Atmosphere is a popular custom firmware (CFW) for the Nintendo Switch gaming console. It allows users to run homebrew applications, backup and restore game saves. If you want to switch to Atmosphere or update it, here are the general steps you can follow:
Backup Your Data:
Before making any changes to your Nintendo Switch’s firmware, it’s crucial to back up your data, including game saves and important files.
Download the Latest file:
Visit the official GitHub repository or another trusted source to download the latest version of CFW.
Prepare Your SD Card:
Ensure you have an SD card that’s compatible with your Nintendo Switch and has enough space for the files. Format the SD card to FAT32 or exFAT, depending on the size of your card.
Copy Files: Extract the downloaded files and copy them to the root directory of your SD card. You should have files like “bootloader” and “sept” in the root directory.
Download Other Necessary Files: Depending on your setup, you may need additional files, such as the Hekate bootloader or custom system modules. Download these files and place them on your SD card as needed.
Accessing it: To access it, you’ll typically need to launch it from a custom entry point, such as a payload launcher. Common methods include using a payload injector like TegraRCMGUI on a PC or using a dedicated hardware dongle like an RCM Jig.
Boot Into it: Put your Nintendo Switch into RCM (Recovery Mode) and inject the payload using your chosen method. This will launch the CFW.
Using it: Once in the environment, you can use it to perform various actions, including running homebrew applications, installing custom system modules, and more. It also allows you to boot into a custom sysNAND or emuNAND.
Exit it: After you’ve completed your desired tasks, you can usually use the on-screen options to exit it. This might involve shutting down your Switch or returning to the official Nintendo firmware.