How to Record Switch Gameplay for Free (No Time Limit!)

If you want to show people how you play games on your Nintendo Switch, you may need to record them and share those recordings with them. But recording on Nintendo is not an easy task. Given that, this article comes in handy. Here we will walk you through how to record Switch gameplay with some easy solutions. So just check the solutions to capture gameplay on Switch.

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Melissa Lee

Updated on Apr 19, 2024

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Nintendo Switch is a fantastic video game console that enables you to play various games with it. Since it was published on March 3, 2017, this hybrid device has become popular worldwide. Nintendo Switch can be regarded as both a home console and a portable device, and its portability is why more and more types of games are transplanted into it.

Sharing videos about computer games is not a difficult task as there are enough screen recorder programs you can use on a PC. But how to record Switch gameplay? There are two frequently-used methods: recording gameplay with the built-in tool in Switch or mirroring Switch game on PC and recording it with a Nintendo Switch screen recorder. This post will walk you through those two ways step by step. Keep reading if you want to know the details.

Methods Effectiveness Difficulty
EaseUS RecExperts High - Record Switch without a time limit. Easy
Nintendo Switch Control Low - Record 30s at most. Easy

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Record Nintendo Switch Gameplay [No Time Limit]

You can find all kinds of capture cards for Switch on the market, each of which has its own characteristics. The most significant difference between them may be the properties of the recording program they offer. A powerful capture card helps you record Switch gameplay without downloading any other software. Otherwise, you need to use a third-party game recorder to capture the gameplay, like EaseUS screen recorder.

📝What to prepare
A Nintendo Switch device
A Nintendo Switch Dock
A desktop computer
HDMI cables to connect the capture card
EaseUS RecExperts installed

#1. Connect Switch to PC with Capture Card

Step 1. Prepare capture card and HDMI cables.

Step 2. Plug one end of an HDMI cable into the HDMI OUT port on the Switch, and insert the other end of the cable into the HDMI IN port of the capture card. Likewise, connect your computer to the capture card.

Step 3. Now, you need to connect the Nintendo Switch to your computer. The output ports should be connected to the PC, and the input port should be connected to Switch.

Connect Switch to Your PC

Now, a Windows screen recorder will help you capture the gameplay. Continue reading to know the steps to make your gameplay videos with a lightweight but powerful Windows screen recorder.

#2. Record Switch Gameplay on PC 

If you can't record Hollow Knight footage on Switch, try EaseUS Screen Recorder. It enables you to record Switch gameplay on your PC for a long time with high-quality output. It's worth noting that there are three optional video qualities you can select: 720P, 1080P, and 4K. Besides, this software supports starting and stopping a recording automatically, and you can set the tasks to do that. After recording, this software will give you a video trimming tool to remove the unnecessary part with ease.

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Step 1. Launch the gameplay that you want to record. Next, open EaseUS RecExperts and click on the "Game" button on the left.

Record gameplay

Step 2. Click on the "Select Game" option to choose a Game Window or Game Process. Then, you can enable the audio and webcam recording if needed. When all are done, click the big REC button to start the gameplay recording.

Choose gameplay

Step 3. A floating toolbar will appear, and you can pause or stop the recording. Besides that, the camera icon enables you to take a screenshot, and the timer icon lets you stop the recording automatically.

Start gameplay recording

Step 4. After saving the recorded gameplay video, a media player will pop up. It gives you a built-in tool to trim the recording, extract audio from the video, and add an opening & ending part. You can find the tool at the bottom of the player.

View gameplay recording

How to Record Switch Gameplay Without Capture Card

The most regular way for Nintendo Switch recording is using the pre-installed gameplay capturing tool. This is free and convenient for users who don't want to set up a capture card.

However, this method comes with an inevitable defect: you can only record the gameplay for up to 30 seconds, but it's effortless to press the button and capture what you need directly.

Capture switch gameplay with a capture card

How to Record on Nintendo Switch with Built-in Tool:

  • Step 1. Start your gameplay on Nintendo Switch.
  • Step 2. Press and hold down the Capture Button on the left Joy-Con. (The Capture Button is a square button located under the directional pad).
  • Step 3. Make a long press to start the recording. Once done, you can view the captured video in the Album.

Here is a video tutorial about how to record Switch gameplay, and you can take a look:

How to Record Switch Gameplay

Apart from recording videos, it also supports taking screenshots from the saved gameplay video.

How to Screenshot on Switch:

  • Back to the HOME Menu, tap "Album" > "All Screenshots and Videos".
  • Choose a video to edit, and the video playback will begin. While playing, you can press "Y" to stop it.
  • Tap "Editing and Posting" > "Save as Screenshot" to take a screencast.

✅Note: The built-in recorder only supports recording for up to 30 seconds. So, if you want to record your gameplay for more than 30 seconds, you need to download and try EaseUS RecExperts.

What are Capture Cards & Benefits of Recording Switch on PC

Recording Switch gameplay on PC with a capture card is a good idea for many reasons. This part will offer you more related information about this method so that you can get your own Switch gameplay video conveniently.

1. What is a capture card for Switch?

The capture card is a device that can be connected to a computer to record on-screen content. In addition to that, the capture card can help encode what is happening on the screen so that you can play it as a Live stream or save it as a video file. However, the capture card cannot encode the data itself, and it helps an important role in transmitting the data from one end to the other.

You can follow the guide on the following picture to set up and use a capture card.

set up capture card

2. What are the benefits of recording Switch on PC?

Recording Switch gameplay on PC using a captured card is a great choice for those following reasons:

  • Good quality of the output video: EaseUS RecExperts can help you record videos in 1080P, 60fps.
  • Unlimited recording time: A powerful screen recorder on PC enables you to capture gameplay without the 30-second restriction, while Nintendo only allows you to record the gameplay for 30 seconds.
  • No limitation of the update version: Switch supports recording some games directly on the device, however, some of them rquries the latest version. But screen recorders on PC can record any game on Switch.
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FAQs about How to Record Switch Gameplay

Check the frequently asked questions related to this topic below.

1. Can you record your gameplay on Nintendo Switch?

Yes, to capture video gameplay footage, you need to press and hold down the "Capture" button on the left Joy-Con. The captured videos can be viewed within the "Album".

2. How do I record my Nintendo Switch for more than 30 seconds?

Recording Nintendo Switch for more than 30 seconds requires external hardware. A capture card or a third-party screen recorder is needed.

3. Can you record Switch gameplay without a capture card?

The most regular way to record Switch gameplay without a capture card is using the pre-installed gameplay capturing tool. This is free and convenient for users who don't want to set up a capture card.


This post discussed how to record Switch gameplay in high quality with or without a capture card. 

  • If the recording time is less than 30 seconds, you can capture the Switch gameplay with the default recorder.
  • If you need to record a long Nintendo gameplay video for YouTube, you'd better try EaseUS RecExperts with a capture card.

Whatever you choose, make sure the solution is suits you best. We hope this post can help you!

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