Beginners guide to install Atmosphere, Sigpatches, emuMMC, Incognito & Tinfoil | Nintendo Switch - JILAXZONE (2023)

Please treat this article for EDUCATIONAL purposes only.

Please DO RESPECT the Console Maker, Game makers, Developers, Publishers by always buying and playing the originals on their original systems. Without you supporting them, there won’t be any good and great systems and games in the coming future.

The reason I’m writing this article is for summarizing the steps for my own use in the future should I want to redo all the steps I did last time without the need to scramble the internet for hours and days, I used the steps here on my own POC – Proof Of Concept – testing that following the steps, I could get my Switch to run Atmosphere on emuMMC with Sigpatches, Incognito and Tinfoil installed. This article is also intended for any new beginners or noobs, so you won’t have much difficulties in figuring out everything from scratch. I, however, am going to give just the high level steps in the recommended sequences instead of writing the all the tiny details, main reason is because there are tons of amazing people from community who has written a very great guides (but many of them are not in the proper sequence), so for each high level steps provided, I shall include link to the respective guides (which were made by those amazing people from community) on how you can do the steps in details.


a) Nintendo Switch

b) MicroSD Card with size at least 64GB.

c) USB-C to USB-A (normal USB) cable

d) Computer (Windows or Mac).

Other pre-requisites are mentioned in details on each of the link given.

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Here’s how to backup NAND, create emuMMC, install Atmosphere, Sigpatches and Tinfoil on Nintendo Switch

Before begin, though I have tried all the steps mentioned below myself (as part of my POC) and successfully backup NAND, create emuMMC, install Atmosphere, Sigpatches and Tinfoil, I take no responsibility at all if you follow the steps mentioned here and end up with damaged or banned Switch. Do everything at your own will and at your own risk.

1) Check Switch whether it’s a patched or unpatched unit

This is to check whether your Switch is a patched unit or unpatched unit. Patched unit is also known as iPatched. In between the unpatched unit and patched unit, there’s this “possibly patched” unit. Use the following tool to check which version is your Switch.

Link to check

In case you are getting response as “Your console is not patched. Hooray!” and you see “Green” color, you can skip step 2 and proceed to step 3 onward.

In case you are getting response as “Your console is possibly patched.” and you see “Yellow” color, you should proceed to step 2.

In case you are getting response as “Your console is definitely patched! That’s a bummer!” and you see “Red” color, you should refer to this guide instead:

2) Confirming Switch whether it’s patched or unpatched

This is to confirmed whether your Switch is patched or unpatched.

Link to check

3) Setup 90DNS

90DNS is intended to block and redirect all traffic to Nintendo while 1) passing any connection tests without connecting to Nintendo servers and 2) allowing anything that isn’t Nintendo (so you can still enjoy homebrew & connect to Internet).

Fun fact: 90DNS name came from 90 as Ninety, in short Ninty, referring Ninty to Nintendo.

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Link to check

4) Backup your NAND

NAND is basically the whole software that makes your Switch to be a Switch and unique to your Switch. Eg: The OS, the Serial Number.

Why taking backup of NAND? It’s a safe harbor just in case you mess up your Switch, so you can revert back to your backup NAND.

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5) Partition SD Card to create emuMMC

In Switch homebrew world, there are these terms: sysMMC (referring to sysNAND too) and emuMMC (referring to emuNAND too).

sysMMC is your actual and main Nintendo Switch Storage, including Operating System. Where as emuMMC is the emulated Switch Storage (including the alternate Operating System).

The reason why you want to partition your SD Card is so that you can create and use emuMMC for anything homebrew, avoid messing up with the sysMMC (the actual and main Nintendo Switch storage).

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6) Create emuMMC

While the step before is to create a partition ready for emuMMC, this step is to actually use the SD Card partition to create the emuMMC. emuMMC is the storage for Switch alternative OS and other homebrew apps.

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7) Install Atmosphere + SigPatches

Atmosphere is the alternate OS for Switch, while SigPatches allows you to run homebrew apps like Tinfoil and your game dumps.

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8) Apply Atmosphere Incognito

Atmosphere Incognito, also known as “blanking Switch Serial Number”, is a way to set your Switch Serial Number to be something like “XAW000000000” – which is basically a blank Serial Number. This is make your Switch unable to connect to Nintendo’s server, because it can’t be identified.

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In case you are wondering the difference between Atmosphere Incognito with 90DNS, the main difference between the 2 is:

  • 90DNS: blocking connection to Nintendo’s servers.
  • Atmosphere Incognito: blanking your serial number, so in case you somehow get connected to Nintendo Servers, your Switch won’t be able to be identified.
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9) Install Tinfoil

Tinfoil is the game & homebrew manager.

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10) Install NUT (Windows)

NUT is the user interface to install game files. Once NUT is installed, you can easily transfer data between Computer and the Switch.

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Bring it all together

It took me couple of days to figure everything out in correct order and sequence, hopefully with this summary guide, it will help you not to get lost and overwhelmed by the numerous steps to be done.

I have to remind you one more time here:

Please DO RESPECT the Console Maker, Game makers, Developers, Publishers by always buying and playing the originals on their original systems. Without you supporting them, there won’t be any good and great systems and games in the coming future.


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How do you install tinfoil atmosphere? ›

Go to Tinfoil application on your switch, select file browser and click on 'usbfs:/'. Select the files where you keep all your games. Here, you can chose any game you like and install it. Wait for the installation to finish.

How do you use an atmosphere Switch? ›

  1. Power on your Switch into RCM, and inject the Hekate payload.
  2. Navigate to Launch using the touch screen.
  3. Find Atmosphere FSS0 EmuMMC and launch it.

How do I Switch to incognito mode? ›

You can also use a keyboard shortcut to open an Incognito window: Windows, Linux, or Chrome OS: Press Ctrl + Shift + n. Mac: Press ⌘ + Shift + n.

What is atmosphere Switch? ›

Atmosphère is a work-in-progress customized firmware for the Nintendo Switch.

How do I use Goldleaf Switch? ›

Installing Goldleaf
  1. Go to the /switch/ folder on your SD card.
  2. Create a folder called Goldleaf inside the /switch/ folder.
  3. Copy Goldleaf.nro to the /Goldleaf/ folder on your SD card.
  4. Create a folder called nsp on the root of your SD card.
  5. Copy the .nsp game files you wish to install to the /nsp/ folder you created.

How do I install a downloaded game Switch? ›

Complete these steps
  1. Link a Nintendo Account to your Nintendo Switch console.
  2. Access the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch console and select your Nintendo Account. ...
  3. Purchase games and/or add funds in the Nintendo eShop. ...
  4. Download and start playing the games you have purchased.

What is tinfoil for Switch? ›

Updates and Patches

Keeping your games up to date is important. Tinfoil helps manage all of your updates and patches, so you know what to install.

Can I hack Switch? ›

Not all Nintendo Switch consoles can be modded.

The mod, or hack, depends on a specific vulnerability to a piece of software called Fusée Gelée. When the vulnerability got discovered, someone disclosed it to Nintendo, who fixed it for later console releases. If you own an unpatched device, it can be modded.

How do I download games with tinfoil? ›

Setting Up HBG Shop (Tinfoil) and Downloading Games
  1. From the Switch Home screen, launch the Album to access the Homebrew Menu.
  2. Select [Tinfoil Installer] to install the Tinfoil application to your Switch Home menu.
  3. Once Tinfoil has loaded, select [New Games]

What is Incognito mode used for? ›

Browsing in Incognito mode means your activity data isn't saved on your device, or to a Google Account you're not signed into. For example, you may use Incognito mode to shop online for a birthday gift for a family member who shares your device.

What is Incognito mode switch? ›

Incognito will remove your device's personal identification information; Nintendo servers will no longer be able to connect to your device and you will not be banned for connecting to the internet with your console.

Does atmosphere have built in incognito? ›

The incognito feature is now built-in with Atmosphere - below shows how to enable it. There are still some cases where Incognito_RCM is useful, but it is a brute-force method intended for users who know what they are doing! In your Atmosphere installation on your SD card, copy the file exosphere.

Can patched Switch be hacked? ›

For patched Switch consoles, it is impossible to hack them through the RCM. These are the basic meanings of patched and unpatched Nintendo consoles. It all started when someone discovered that hacks or mods could be placed in a Nintendo Switch because of a weak link in the system known as Fusée Gelée.

How do you turn on RCM mode Switch? ›

To access RCM, you must hold down volume up, power and the home button.
Step 0: What You Will Need
  1. For Windows, you can use TegraRcmGUI by eliboa and rajkosto.
  2. For macOS and Linux, you can use fusee-launcher by ReSwitched.
  3. For Android, you can use Rekado by MenosGrante.

Can you play online with a modded Switch? ›

A modded Switch can potentially open the door to using cheats in games, accessing homebrew games, or even emulating older consoles. But modding a Switch voids its warranty, and modified consoles are banned from all online services.

What is Goldleaf for switch? ›

Goldleaf is multipurpose homebrew tool for Nintendo Switch.

How do I install a game to switch on PC? ›

Installing Games via USB with Quark
  1. Launch Quark.jar.
  2. Select [Add New Path] and browse for the location of your Switch game ( .nsp ) files.
  3. On your Switch, select [Explore Content] in the Goldleaf menu.
  4. Select [Remote PC (via USB)]
  5. Browse the folder location on your PC for the .nsp game file you wish to install.

How do I transfer switch games to my PC? ›

Remove the original microSD card from the Nintendo Switch console. Insert the microSD card with the Nintendo Switch data into the microSD card reader/writer. Open Windows Explorer (for PC) and access the microSD card. Highlight the data and drag it to the desktop.

Do you need to install games on switch? ›

You don't need to install games other than their save and update data, so you don't take up precious space on your system. You can let friends and family play the games you buy without having to go through any frustrating sharing procedures on your Switch. Just lend cartridges back and forth.

Can I download switch games to SD card? ›

The game will download onto your microSD card automatically. Remember that you can play the game off the microSD card, but save data will always save to your system memory. This is also useful for quickly transferring your games over if you've decided to upgrade your console.

How long do switch games take to install? ›

The question everyone wants to know is how long these games take to download. Most full length Switch games will be 10-15gb and will take 20-40 minutes to download. Smaller games such as super simple Switch games will download in 5-15 minutes.

What games are on a Switch? ›

Nintendo Switch

How do you remove Tinfoil? ›

But press “+ Options”. 2) Under the Options menu, go to Manage Software > Delete Software. When prompted to delete, press “OK” or “Confirm”. This will delete the corrupted Tinfoil app.

What's the definition of Tinfoil? ›

Definition of tinfoil

: a paper-thin metal sheeting usually of aluminum or tin-lead alloy.

Is my phone hacked? ›

Your phone is running slower than usual. You notice strange activity on your online accounts, like unfamiliar logins, new account signups, or password reset emails. You see unfamiliar calls or texts. You get more pop-ups than usual; this could be a sign of adware.

Can you watch Netflix on the Switch? ›

Although you can't watch Netflix, you can pull up any of the other streaming options available and set up one of the best stands for your console and stream anywhere with Wi-Fi from your portable Nintendo Switch!

Can you jailbreak a Switch? ›

Why you MUST Jailbreak your Nintendo Switch (UNPATCHED CFW)

How do I use NS USB loader? ›

  1. Download and install Java JRE (8u60 or higher)
  2. Get this application (JAR file) and double-click on it (alternatively open 'cmd', go to place where jar located and execute via java -jar thisAppName. jar )
  3. Once application opens click on 'Gear' icon.
  4. Click 'Download and install drivers'
  5. Install drivers.

What is the difference between Tinfoil and aluminum foil? ›

Tin foil is stiffer than aluminium foil. It tends to give a slight tin taste to food wrapped in it, which is a major reason it has largely been replaced by aluminium and other materials for wrapping food.

When did they stop making Tinfoil? ›

After 1940, tin foil was replaced by aluminum foil and is widely known as a kitchen tool then.

How do you turn on RCM mode switch? ›

To access RCM, you must hold down volume up, power and the home button.
Step 0: What You Will Need
  1. For Windows, you can use TegraRcmGUI by eliboa and rajkosto.
  2. For macOS and Linux, you can use fusee-launcher by ReSwitched.
  3. For Android, you can use Rekado by MenosGrante.

How does homebrew change the atmosphere? ›

Access the Homebrew Menu by holding the R button while opening any game, app or the album while in Atmosphere. Note that for games, you need to hold R after choosing a user (if applicable).

How do I update my Atmosphere 2022? ›

Updating Atmosphere
  1. Turn off your Nintendo Switch and plug your SD card in your computer.
  2. Download the latest release of Atmosphere (Download the atmosphere-(version)-master-(version)+hbl-(version)+hbmenu-(version).zip release of Atmosphere.)
  3. Copy the contents of the Atmosphere .zip file to the root of your SD card.

What is hekate Nintendo switch? ›

Hekate is a multi usage tool that, among other things, allows you to boot between multiple configurations on your Nintendo Switch. In essence, it lets you pick between your Custom firmware of choice or Official firmware, and supports patches and multiple partitions.

How do I connect a Switch to my computer? ›

Connect your Nintendo Switch console to a computer using a USB cable (sold separately). The USB cable must be connected directly to the USB Type-C™ connector at the bottom of the Nintendo Switch console (the USB ports on the dock do not support this feature).

How do I know if my Switch is in RCM mode? ›

If your Switch displays the Nintendo logo and boots normally or immediately shuts down, you didn't successfully enter RCM and should try again. Otherwise, if your console did not turn on normally, and the screen remained black with no backlight, your Switch is in RCM.

Do you need an RCM jig to mod a Switch? ›

If you want to unlock new, different features on your Switch, you need to mod the firmware. This requires you to access RCM mode, which in turn requires an RCM jig.

What is Homebrew Switch? ›

Homebrew is a method of jailbreaking the Switch which then allows you to use the console however you like and install whatever games and software you would like on the device as well. Jailbreaking is a popular thing to do to consoles for the user but it isn't very popular with the console maker, in this case Nintendo.

What do I need to homebrew a Wii? ›

The Beginner's Guide to Wii Homebrewing/Softmodding (Full ...

Can you get CFW on Switch Lite? ›

Switch News: Atmosphère CFW now supports Mariko (Switch v2 & Lite) consoles thanks to newly-released update! For months, hacked Switch Lite & Switch v2 console have been only able to run SX OS but with the latest release of Atmosphère, that's just changed!

How do I update firmware Switch? ›

Ensure your console has the latest system update installed. From the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu, select System Settings. Scroll down to System. Select Update Dock, then Begin Update to begin updating the dock's firmware.

What is all in one Switch updater? ›

A Nintendo Switch homebrew app to download and update CFWs, FWs and cheat codes. Supports Atmosphère, ReiNX and SXOS. Works on unpatched (Erista) and patched (v2/Mariko) Switches.

How do I know what firmware My Switch has? ›

Select 'System Settings' from the HOME menu, then scroll down to 'System' to see System Update version and automatically check for system update. For additional help, search 'system update' on the Nintendo Support website.

Is Hecate evil or good? ›

Hecate (Hekate) is a goddess of Greek mythology capable of both good and evil. She was associated with witchcraft, magic, the Moon, doorways, and creatures of the night like hell-hounds and ghosts.

What is a Switch bootloader? ›

The bootloader is the software that runs the unit when it first powers up, performing basic initialization and executing the product software release. As part of the startup process of the switch, the bootloader allows you various options before running the product operating system software.

Why do people worship Hecate? ›

Worship of Hecate existed alongside other deities in major public shrines and temples in antiquity, and she had a significant role as household deity. Shrines to Hecate were often placed at doorways to homes, temples, and cities with the belief that it would protect from restless dead and other spirits.


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