Pokémon Sword and Shield saving explained - how to save, autosave and turning off autosaving

Everything you need to know about autosaving in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are the first Pokémon games to include autosaving, alongside the tradition saving features.

Thankfully, if you're not a fan of autosaving, then you can turn this feature off in the game's Options menu.

This guide will also cover whether you can cloud save Pokémon Sword and Shield, and whether there are multiple save files. (Though I think you already know the answer to that one…)

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How to save in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Some things never change and how you manually save in Pokémon games is one of them.

As always you can save your game by opening the main menu, done by pressing 'X' in Pokémon Sword and Shield, and then selecting the option to 'Save.'

From there, you just need to select the option to 'Save your progress' and your game will have been manually saved.

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The tradition steps for saving your Pokémon game.

(Then, like me, repeat the process again, because you can never be sure…)

Autosaving in Pokémon Sword and Shield explained

For first time in Pokémon history, autosaving has been added to a main-line Pokémon game.

Autosaving occurs whenever you leave a building, like a Pokémon Centre. You'll know when it's happening, because, in the top right-hand corner of the screen, you'll see the words 'Now saving…'

Once those words have disappeared, your autosave will be complete.

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When autosaving is occurring, 'Now saving...' will appear in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

How to turn off autosaving in Pokémon Sword and Shield

If you want to play Pokémon Sword and Shield using the traditional saving method only, then you can easily turn autosaving off.

Simply open the X menu and select 'Options' from the list of, well, options.

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Select Options from the main X menu.

Now this new page scroll down until you find the option entitled, 'Autosave.'

Here you can easily select 'On' or 'Off' to turn the autosave function on or off.

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It's now possible to transfer Pokémon to Pokémon Home and get Gigantamax Toxtricity. For more like this, our complete Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough, explainer on the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, and Pokémon Sword and Shield tips are the places to start. Otherwise, we cover everything from the Wild Area and Pokémon Camp to strong-looking Pokémon and autosaving. After discovering the starters Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey, we have a guide to the Turffield treasure riddle solution, and Ballonlea quiz answers and solutions, lists of all TM locations and TRs, new Gen 8 Pokémon, the Sword and Shield Pokédex, Sword and Shield version differences, all Galarian forms and the Sword and Shield Legendaries. We also have an evolution guide, including details on evolving Applin, Farfetch’d, Milcery, Sinistea, Toxel and Yamask.


Can you have multiple save files in Pokémon Sword and Shield?

No.

Keeping with Pokémon tradition, you can only have one save file per game in Pokémon Sword and Shield. If you want to start a new adventure, you'll need to delete your save file.

Does Pokémon Sword and Shield support Cloud Saving?

Sadly, Pokémon Sword and Shield is not supported by the Nintendo Switch Online paid membership's Save Data Cloud backup features.

This means that there is no way for you to backup your save file in case of accidents, which is a shame.

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Lottie Lynn is Eurogamer's guides writer. She likes exploring new games and still has nightmares about the moon from Majora's Mask.

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