SD Preparation

We will now place the required files for the Atmosphere custom firmware and some additional homebrew files on the SD card.

Atmosphere has its own bootloader, called fusee (primary). For the purposes of this guide we will be using Hekate instead, so that we can back up the system's NAND (internal storage) and take advantage of other advanced features in the future.


File name extensions

If you use Windows, you should enable file name extensions before continuing. See this link for a guide on how to do this.


What you need

  • The latest release of Hekate (Download the hekate_ctcaer_(version).zip release of hekate)
  • The hekate config file: hekate_ipl.ini
  • The bootlogo zip folder:
  • The latest release of Atmosphere (Download the atmosphere-(version)-master-(version)+hbl-(version)+hbmenu-(version).zip release of Atmosphere.)
  • The latest release of Lockpick_RCM (Download the Lockpick_RCM.bin release of Lockpick)
  • The latest release of Checkpoint (Download the Checkpoint.nro release of Checkpoint)
  • The latest release of FTPD (Download the ftpd.nro release of FTPD)
  • The latest release of NXThemeInstaller (Download the NxThemesInstaller.nro release of NxThemeInstaller)
  • The latest release of NX-Shell (Download the NX-Shell.nro release of nx-shell)
  • The latest release of the hbappstore (Download the appstore.nro release of hbappstore)


  1. Insert your Switch's SD card into your PC
  2. Copy the contents of the Atmosphere .zip file to the root of your SD card
  3. Copy the bootloader folder from the Hekate .zip file to the root of your SD card
  4. Copy the bootloader folder from the file to the root of your SD card
  5. If you're asked to merge the bootloader folders, do so
  6. Copy hekate_ipl.ini to the bootloader folder on your SD card
  7. Copy Lockpick_RCM.bin to the /bootloader/payloads folder on your SD card
  8. Create a folder named appstore inside the switch folder on your SD card, and put appstore.nro in it
  9. Copy Checkpoint.nro, ftpd.nro, NX-Shell.nro and NxThemesInstaller.nro to the switch folder on your SD card
  10. If you were already using your microSD card as a storage device for your games and backed it up before partitioning your microSD card, please place it back on the root of your microSD card.
  11. Reinsert your SD card back into your Switch

Your SD card should look similar to this. The Nintendo folder will not be present if your switch has not already booted with the microSD card inserted. sdfilesimg


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