How to Check if Your Nintendo Switch is Moddable
If you want to use custom software or allow your Switch to run older Nintendo titles, the only choice you have would be to mod your device. This isn’t a simple task though. Not all Switch consoles can be modded, and even for those that are, doing this comes with risks that you should take note of.
Before We Begin
Nintendo is rather strict about what its users can do both about its consoles and its games. Modding your Switch device will not only void any warranty you may have on it, Nintendo may also refuse to service your device at a charge.
There is also the slight chance that any modification done to the OS of the Switch will result in bricking your device. Seeing as Nintendo will then refuse to service any Switch that has been modded, or has been attempted to be modded, this essentially means that your only solution is to buy a new console.
Be sure to think it over before deciding to mod your Nintendo Switch because, more often than not, there’s no going back. If you think that the risks are worth taking, then read on.
Can My Nintendo Switch Be Modded?
Not all Nintendo Switch consoles can be modded. The mod, or hack, depends on a certain vulnerability to a piece of software called Fusée Gelée. After the vulnerability was discovered, it was disclosed to Nintendo, which has patched it for later console releases. If your device hasn’t been patched, then it can be modded, otherwise there’s no way to mod your console.
There are several ways to check if your device has been patched or not. The simplest would be to compare the serial number listings of patched and unpatched Nintendo Switch consoles. You can find your device’s Serial Number on the underside of your device. It’s the number in the sticker with the bar code. If the sticker isn’t there, you can check it on your Switch by going to System Settings – tapping on System, then on Serial Information.
Once you have the number, you can check it against the list provided here:
- For Serial Numbers beginning in XAW1
Serials between XAW10000000000 to XAW10074000000 are unpatched and moddable.
Serials between XAW10074000000 to XAW10120000000 are potentially patched.
Serials from XAW10120000000 and up are patched and unmoddable.
- For Serial Numbers beginning in XAW4
Serials between XAW40000000000 to XAW40011000000 are unpatched and moddable.
Serials between XAW40011000000 to XAW40012000000 have potentially been patched.
Serials from XAW40012000000 and up are already patched and can’t be modded.
- For Serial Numbers beginning in XAW7
Serials between XAW70000000000 to XAW70017800000 are unpatched and moddable.
Serials between XAW70017800000 to XAW70030000000 have possibly been patched.
Serials from XAW70030000000 and up are patched and can’t be modded.
- For Serial Numbers beginning in XAJ1
Serials between XAJ10000000000 to XAJ10020000000 are unpatched and thus moddable.
Serials between XAJ10020000000 to XAJ10030000000 have likely been patched.
Serials from XAJ10030000000 and up are patched and unmoddable.
- For Serial Numbers beginning in XAJ4
Serials between XAJ40000000000 to XAJ40046000000 are unpatched and can be modded.
Serials between XAJ40046000000 to XAJ40060000000 have likely been patched.
Serials from XAJ40060000000 and up have been patched and are unmoddable.
- For Serial Numbers beginning in XAJ7
Serials between XAJ70000000000 to XAJ70040000000 are unpatched and moddable.
Serials between XAJ70040000000 to XAJ70050000000 have possibly been patched.
Serials from XAJ70050000000 and up are patched and can’t be modded.
- For serials beginning in XKW1, XKJ1, XJW1, and XWW1 all of the consoles released with these numbers are patched and can’t be modded.
Devices that have possibly been patched means that it’s highly likely that modding will not work on the console. There’s a slight chance that you can mod it, but more often than not the patch has closed the vulnerability.
If you don’t like looking at lists or are at a store and want to check if the console on the shelf is moddable, you can use this tool to check the individual serial number.
So, My Switch Is Moddable, What Now?
There are several methods to mod an unpatched Nintendo Switch depending on your Firmware version. You can find the Firmware Version of your device by going to the System Settings, tapping on System and then scrolling down to see the Update Version.
All firmware versions of unpatched Switch consoles can be modded using the Recovery Mode or RCM method. In addition, consoles with firmware version 1.0.0 can be modded using the software called Nereba, and versions 2.0.0 to 4.1.0 can be patched with another software called Caffeine.
Search on Google either Switch mod RCM, Nereba, or Caffeine to see the step by step method to do so.
Even if you have a patched Switch, there may be future versions of these modders that can eventually crack the patch, and if you want to wait, do not update your version beyond 7.0.1. All updates after this will prevent any tampering with the console’s code.
A Risky Proposition
Modding, though risky, can open up your Switch to a whole range of games and applications. Similar to jailbreaking or rooting mobile devices, it allows your Switch to perform things it was never originally designed to do. It’s a weighty decision that comes with both pros and cons.
Do you know of other methods to check if your Nintendo Switch is moddable? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.