Switch Running Android OS

Installing Android on a Nintendo Switch can transform your gaming console into a versatile device capable of running Android apps. However, it’s important to note that this process involves modifying your Switch’s software, which could void the warranty and potentially risk bricking your device. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to install Android on a Nintendo Switch.

Understanding the Requirements

Before you start, it’s crucial to check if your Nintendo Switch is hackable. Nintendo has patched some versions of the Switch to make them unhackable. You can check your Switch’s serial number on certain websites to determine if it’s eligible for this modification​​.

Preparing Your Nintendo Switch

  1. Check Your Nintendo Switch Version: Verify if your Switch version is hackable.
  2. Ensure Joy-Cons are Synced: Boot up your Nintendo Switch and confirm that the Joy-Cons are connected and synced with your console.

Preparing the microSD Card

  1. Format the microSD Card: Turn off the Switch, remove the microSD card, and format it in FAT32.
  2. Backup Data: Connect the microSD card to your computer and back up its contents to avoid data loss.

Downloading Necessary Software

  1. Download Lineage OS 17.1: Obtain Lineage OS 17.1, which is based on Android 10, from a trusted source.
  2. Download the Hekate Bootloader: Acquire the Hekate bootloader from the official website or a trusted source.

Installing the Software on microSD Card

  1. Transfer Files to microSD Card: Use 7-zip or a similar tool to open the Lineage OS ZIP file and transfer the contents to your microSD card’s root directory. Then, add the Hekate bootloader file to the microSD card.

Booting the Nintendo Switch with Android

  1. Reinsert microSD Card: Place the microSD card back into your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Use an RCM Loader: Connect an RCM loader to your Switch, which is necessary for the boot process.
  3. Initiate Boot Process: Turn on the Switch and hold the volume down button to enter the Hekate interface.

Configuring the System for Android

  1. Partition the microSD Card: In the Hekate interface, use the tools to partition the SD card, allocating space for Android and the Switch OS.
  2. Install Android: Select the option to flash Android to the microSD card and follow the prompts.

Finalizing the Installation

  1. Reboot into TWRP: When prompted, reboot your system into TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) mode.
  2. Install Lineage OS: In TWRP, select the Lineage OS ZIP file from your microSD card and confirm the installation.
  3. Complete the Setup: After installation, reboot the system and complete the Android setup wizard.


Installing Android on a Nintendo Switch is a complex process that requires careful attention to detail. It’s essential to follow each step accurately to avoid damaging your device. While this modification can significantly enhance the functionality of your Switch, it’s important to proceed with caution and at your own risk.


  1. Will installing Android void my Nintendo Switch warranty? Yes, modifying your Nintendo Switch software can void the warranty.
  2. Can I switch back to the original Switch OS after installing Android? Yes, the process is typically reversible, but it requires careful steps to ensure no damage to the system.
  3. Is it legal to install Android on my Nintendo Switch? While not illegal, it may violate Nintendo’s terms of service and can potentially lead to a ban from online services.
  4. Do I need any special hardware to install Android on my Switch? You will need a microSD card, a computer, and an RCM loader for the process.
  5. Can I play regular Switch games on Android OS? No, when your Switch is running Android, it functions like an Android device and won’t play Switch games.
Eric Chan

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