Modding Your Nintendo Switch Firmware 17.0+

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘How To Mod Your Nintendo Switch Firmware 17.0 and Up’ by Kristofer

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How does it work?
This tutorial guides how to mod a Nintendo Switch on firmware 17.0, compatible only with V1 Switch unless V2 or Switch Lite has been hard modded, requiring tools like SD card, adapter, reader, USB to USB-C connector, and RCM jig, involving steps such as checking serial number, downloading files, formatting SD card, transferring files, creating Hekate IPL, editing configuration files, setting up EmuMMC, installing drivers, injecting payload with RCM jig, adjusting date and time, partitioning SD card, creating EmuMMC, verifying firmware, and viewing mods in the album.

Key Insights

  • The video is a tutorial on how to mod a Nintendo Switch on firmware 17.0.
  • Only a V1 Switch is compatible with this tutorial, unless the V2 or Switch Lite has already been hard modded with a third-party chip.
  • Tools required for the modding process include an SD card, SD card adapter, SD card reader, USB to USB-C connector, and an RCM jig.
  • The first step is to check the serial number of the Nintendo Switch and verify if it is compatible with the modding process.
  • Various files need to be downloaded, including EaseUS Partition Master, Tegra RCM installer, Atmosphere 1.6.1, Hekate 6.0.7, SIG patches for version 17.0, and more.
  • The SD card needs to be formatted using EaseUS Partition Master.
  • The downloaded files are then transferred to the SD card, including Atmosphere, Hekate, SIG patches, etc.
  • Additional steps involve creating Hekate IPL using notepad and reentry.org, editing configuration files, and setting up EmuMMC for the Nintendo Switch.
  • The Tegra RCM installer is used to install the necessary drivers for the modding process.
  • Finally, the modding process involves injecting the payload into the Switch using the RCM jig, adjusting the date and time, partitioning the SD card, and creating the EmuMMC.
  • After the modding process, the Switch's firmware should be verified, and the mods can be seen in the album.

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Transcript

Hello everyone, I am Christopher, and today I’m going to be teaching you how to mod your Nintendo Switch on firmware 17.0.

In order to mod your Switch, you’re going to need a V1 Switch. So if you have a V2, a Switch Lite, or an OLED, this tutorial won’t work for you, unless you have a hard modded Switch. Which means you purchased a third-party chip and installed it onto your Switch, and now you can install custom firmware onto your device.

In order to even begin modding your Switch, you’re going to need an SD card and an SD card adapter. You’re also going to need an SD card reader, a USB to USB-C connector for your Switch to your computer, and an RCM jig to connect to your Nintendo Switch.

As always, if you don’t have these items, I’ll list them down in the description box down below.

First, we’re going to begin by going into our system settings, scrolling down all the way to system, and as you’ll see, we’re on 17.0. We’re going to scroll all the way down to serial information, we’re going to select that, and where it says console, we’ll see our serial number right next to it. We’re going to type that serial number into ismyswitchpatch.com.

Now that we’re here, we’re going to select our prefix. Whichever prefix your Switch serial number starts with, you’re going to select it here. For mine, it’s XAW1. Once you select that, you’re going to type the first six digits of your Switch serial number. For mine, it’s 000594. And as you can see, my Switch isn’t patched, so I can continue modding my Switch.

Now we’re going to begin downloading the files that we need to mod our Switch. We’re going to need to format our SD card, so I’m going to use EaseUS Partition Master. They have a free version that you can download. You’re just going to select free download. You don’t have to input your email, so you can just exit out of that and select free download one more time, and the download should begin.

After that, we’re going to download Tegra RCM, so I’m going to download the installer. Afterwards, we’re going to go to Atmosphere, and the current version is 1.6.1. So we’re going to scroll down, we’re going to open up the assets, and we’re going to download Atmosphere Zip, and we’re going to download Fuse.bin.

Then we’re going to go to Hekate, and as you can see, we’re on 6.0.7, so we’re going to scroll down again, and under the assets tab, we’re going to select the zip file. Then we’re going to download our SIG patches, so we’re going to go to Sigma Patches, and we’re going to download the SIG patches for version 17.0.

And this is the time we’re going to put in our SD card into our computer. So now that we have everything downloaded, I recommend backing up your SD card in case you have anything you don’t want to lose, for instance, your game saves, your albums from your Switch, or any mods that you currently have on your SD card. Make sure to back it up to your desktop, that way you can re-upload them back to your SD card after we’re done formatting it.

So we’re going to open up our downloads folder, and we’re going to begin by installing the EPM free installer. So for me, it says reinstall, but it should just say install for you guys. So we’re going to select install, and let it do its thing. So then we’re going to select start now.

And as you see here, our SD card is present, so we’re going to select that. And on our right tab, we’re going to select format, and we’re going to select FAT32. Change the cluster size to 32, and select okay. And select yes. And then at the bottom right, we’re going to select execute task, and we’ll select apply. Once it’s done, we can select done, and just exit out of here.

Now we can open up our SD card, and we can begin transferring our files over. So we’ll begin by opening up Atmosphere, and dragging our files from Atmosphere into our SD card. Then we’re going to go back to our downloads, and we’re going to open up Hekate, and we’re going to drag bootloader into our SD card. Then you’re going to grab your Hekate.bin file, and drag it onto your desktop, because we will need that for later in our tutorial.

Next, we’ll go back into our downloads, and open up Sigpatches, and we’ll drag and drop our files into our SD card. Afterwards, we’ll go back to our downloads again, and we’re going to go onto our SD card, and select bootloader. Open up payloads, and you’re going to want to drag the fuse.bin file from your downloads into your payloads folder. Then we’re going to go back once into our bootloader. We’re going to create our own Hekate IPL by using notepad and reentry.org.

So now that we have reentry.org pulled up, we’re going to open up our notepad, and we’re going to go to step three on reentry.org, and we’re going to copy all the text right here in config and paste it into our notepad. Once you’ve pasted it into your notepad, you’re going to go to file, save, and you’re going to change the save as type to all files, and you’re going to rename the file name Hekate_IPL.ini, in all lowercase. And we’re going to select save.

An additional input you can put on your Hekate IPL is custom firmware sysmmc, so you can mod on your sysnan, but just be aware that if you do this,

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘How To Mod Your Nintendo Switch Firmware 17.0 and Up’ by Kristofer