3 Workable Ways to Record Gameplay on Nintendo Switch without Lagging

Jenefey Aaron Jenefey Aaron
Aug 26, 2021 (Updated: Dec 11, 2022)Filed to: Record Gameplay

This article provides three ways to record Nintendo Switch gameplay: two without a time limit but with a capture card, and one with the switch's built-in screen recording but sometimes with a time limit.

  • Record Freely: AnyRec Screen Recorder > Click "Game Recorder" > "Select the Game" > "REC".
  • Record Online: Project Switch, click "Record for Free" > "REC".
  • Record within 30s: Long-press "Capture" to record for 30s. Find it on "Album".
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Whether you want to capture the highlighs of The Legend of Zelda, the interesting parts of Mario Party, and more, you can directly record Switch gameplay with the capture button. But you should note that it will only capture the last 30 seconds of the games. So how to break the time limit? You can connect your Nintendo Switch to the computer and record Swicth gameplay with professional tools. Keep reading this article and learn the following 3 efficient ways with detailed steps.

Record Switch Gameplay without Time Limit (High Quality)

Since the built-in recorder on Nintendo Switch has a time limit of 30 seconds, you should use a professional screen recorder like AnyRec Screen Recorder to record the whole Switch gameplay with high quality. It is a versatile screen recorder for Windows/Mac that supports recording games, capturing video/audio, and taking screenshots. With customized settings, the exporting smoothness and quality is guaranteed. Then you can follow the detailed steps to record Switch gameplay without time limit:

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AnyRec Screen Recorder

Provide the designed game recorder with 60 fps and 1080p high quality.

Add voiceover, webcam, and annotation on your game recording video.

Use advanced video trimmer, video cropper, video compressor, and more before export.

Set hotkeys to start/stop Switch game recording and taking screenshots.

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Step 1.Before recording Switch gameplay on your computer, you need to connect your Nintendo Switch to the computer through the Switch capture card. You should connect the Switch to capture card and capture card to the computer through two HDMI-to-USB cables. Then the Switch gameplay will be shown on your computer screen.

Switch capture Card

Step 2.Launch AnyRec Screen Recorder on your Windows/Mac. Click the "Game Recorder" button on the main interface.

Choose the Game Recorder

Then you can click the "Select Game" button to select the Switch game window. And turn on the "System Sound" button with the desired volume. If you want to record Switch gameplay with your voice, please turn on the "Microphone" as well.

Change the Game Recording Settings

Step 3.Click the "Record Setting" button. Later, click the "Output" button. Here you can change the output video format, frame rate, and quality according to your need. The recommended setting is 60 fps to keep high quality. Then go back to the main interface and click the "REC" button to start recording Nintendo Switch game video.

Change the Output Settings

Step 4.When you want to stop the recording, you can click the "Stop" button. If you want to delete unwanted clips, you can use the video trimmer. If you have updated to AnyRec Screen Recorder 1.0.30 or higher, you can get much more editing tools, such as video cutter, advanced trimmer, video compressor, file merger, and more. At last, click the "Save" button to choose the storage path.

Clip and Save the Switch Recordings

How to Record Nintendo Switch Online for Free

If you don't want to download any software, you can rely on AnyRec Free Online Screen Recorder. It's easy to use for everyone. You can record Switch gameplay more than 30 seconds online too. Compared with the desktop version, there are not many advanced recording and editing tools. Also, don't forget to use a capture card to play Switch games on desktop.

Step 1.After connecting your Switch to the computer, you should go to the website of AnyRec Free Online Screen Recorder. Click the "Record for Free" button to install the launcher. Then click it again to open the screen recorder.


Step 2.Set the recording area of the full screen, and then turn on the "System Sound". You can also turn on the "Microphone" and "Webcam" according to your need.

Adjust Settings Before Recording

Step 3.Click the "Settings" button to adjust the output settings to keep high quality. Then click the "REC" button on the main interface to start recording Switch gameplay.

Recording Preferences

Step 4.At last, click the "Stop" button to stop recording, and the recordings will be saved on your computer automatically.

Save the Recordings on Capture

Record Switch Gameplay without Capture Card (30s Limits)

You can also learn how to use the default recorder to record Nintendo Switch gameplay, such as two player games, and more. Although it has a time limit, it's convenient for quick and easy recording. Here you can record up to 30 seconds of Switch gameplay with 1280 × 720 resolution.

Step 1.The capture button is at the bottom of the right gamepad. By long pressing the "Capture" button, you can record a 30-second video on the Switch screen of the past. Then a message of “Saving at the upper left side” will pop up.

Nintendo Switch Capture Button

Step 2.Then go back to the main interface of Switch, and choose the "Album" button to see the recordings. You can directly share them on Facebook or Twitter.

Nintendo Switch Album

FAQs of Recording Switch Gameplay on Windows/Mac with No Limit


After reading this article, you have learned the detailed steps to record on Switch with the default recorder. And in order to record the Switch gameplay without a time limit, you need to connect your Switch to the computer and record it on your computer through the professional screen recorder software.

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