Tinfoil - Installing Game Files (NSP) From PC via USB

In addition to HBG Shop and all its wonderful features, Tinfoil also allows you to install your .nsp game files directly from your PC via USB connection. This is currently the fastest way to install .nsp files as you do not need to remove your SD or wait for copy and install times. This guide will show you how to setup Tinfoil + NUT Server for fast .nsp game title installs.

Tinfoil can also install .XCI, .XCZ and .NSZ file formats.

Required Downloads:

Nintendo Switch with Custom Firmware

Tinfoil Installed on Switch

  • Tinfoil will be required to connect to the NUT Server application

MicroSD Card (128GB or Larger Recommended)icon-amazon

  • Games can be installed to the Switch’s internal storage or to the MicroSD
  • 128GB or more is recommended for storing games

Install USB Driver + Prepare Tinfoil

  1. Launch tinfoil_driver.exe to install the USB driverswitch tinfoil nut usb driver install
  2. On your Switch, launch Tinfoil
  3. Go to [Options] and scroll down and select [Install Unsigned Code]switch tinfoil nut install unsigned code
  4. Press [Up] -> [Up] -> [Down] -> [Down] -> [Left] -> [Right] -> [Left] -> [Right] -> [B] -> [A] -> [+]switch tinfoil install unsigned code password

Congratulations, you’ve now installed the Tinfoil USB driver so your Switch will be able to connect to your PC via USB. Now you can launch Tinfoil and begin installing game files from your PC.

Installing Games via USB with Tinfoil + NUT

  1. Connect your Switch to your PC via USB and Launch Tinfoil
  2. Place nut.exe in the same folder as your .nsp game files and launch the applicationtinfoil nut nsp folder usb
  3. NUT will open a black window with a squirrel and a second window showing the .nsp files in the folderswitch tinfoil nut exe usb
  4. On your Switch in Tinfoil, go to [File Browser] and select [usbfs:/]switch tinfoil usbfs file browser nut
  5. Browse to the location of your NSP games and press the [Right Thumbstick] to pin the location in tinfoilswitch tinfoil nut usb file browser
  6. You will now be able to locate your .nsp game files in the Tinfoil [File Browser] for installationswitch tinfoil nut usb pin location
  7. Once your game is installed, you may launch it from the Switch Home menutinfoil nut usb installed
Congratulations, you can now use Tinfoil + NUT server to install your .nsp files quickly from your PC via USB.

Switch Games and Homebrew