Modding the Nintendo Switch

Straight forward they said, easy the said. But after about a month of fluffing round with different methods of modding I finally got it to work. So first you have to determine if your Switch is one that can be patched or not, easy rule of thumb if it's the original switch it should be.

You can check the below website to see if it's patchable or not:

Switch Serials

At the above website you just do a search for your serial number. Once you have confirmed it can be patched you then need to find away of getting into the Switches recovery mode. There are a few ways of doing this, from simple methods with foil all the way up to soldering wires. The orginal method talks about using a paper clip and shorting out some pins on the joycon rails, and if you do a google you can find people selling paper clips and 3d printed sliders. I purchased one of these and it didn't work first time, however bending the pins about you can eventually get it to work.

Foil, this works great. But you need to play around with it on the first attempt but once you get it in the right place it works everytime. I went with the foil method, if you follow the link below it shows you how to use the foil.

Using foil

Plus foil is cheap (or free if you already have it in the kitchen). Once you've done the above, hold the volume up and power button at the same time as you slide on the modded joycon and you will notice that the Switch doesnt power up. Which means it's working! Connect the Switch to your computer and we can then move on to the next step. I recommend using a windows machine for this, although you can even use your Android phone.

What you will need:

The latest release of fusee-interfacee-tk A USB-A to USB-C cable (or a standard USB-C cable if your computer natively supports USB-C)

Payloads you'll need for this guide:

The latest release of Hekate (the hekate_ctcaer bin from the hekate_ctcaer zip)

The latest release of fusee.bin from Atmosphere

Basic Guide:

  1. Install TegraRcmGUI by unzipping and put the contents in your preferred place on your computer.
  2. TegraRcmGUI came with the payloads in the favorites folder. We need to make sure we update them with latest payload bins, copy the latest payload bins into the favorites folder and just say yes to overwrite.
  3. Navigate to the Settings tab, then press Install Driver and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. Connect your Switch in RCM to your PC using the USB cable.
  5. Navigate to the Payload tab of TegraRcmGUI.
  6. Your Switch should be shown as detected in the bottom left corner.
  7. Press the file button next to Inject payload, and navigate to and select your payload .bin file.
  8. The first time you read this page you should inject hekate_ctcaer bin for partitioning your sd card for emuMMC.
  9. Click Inject payload to launch the payload you selected. 

You know it has worked if you get RCM OK in green, if it has failed then your will get NO RCM in red.

RCM has failed

RCM has worked