Android is unofficially coming to the Nintendo Switch, here’s a first look

An image of the Nintendo Switch console running an unofficial build of Android.

Although there will likely never officially be Nintendo Switch Android support, that hasn’t stopped various modders from making it happen, at least in a bare-bones way. Now, however, it looks like fully-fledged Android is coming to your (hackable) Nintendo Switch sometime soon.

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The team over at XDA Developers got a first look at a new Nintendo Switch Android build. The build isn’t public yet as the developer is streamlining the install process, but it will be available soon along with instructions on how to use it.

The Nintendo Switch Android mod runs entirely from the system’s microSD card. This is great news for two reasons. The first reason is that it will prevent Nintendo from banning you from using its services if it discovers you’ve modded your Switch in this fashion since you’re not messing at all with the actual Switch components.

The second — and more exciting — reason is that you don’t have to “break” your Switch to run Android. Instead, you can swap back and forth from using your Switch as it was intended to using it as an Android tablet.

An image of the Nintendo Switch console running an unofficial build of Android.

Another exciting development related to this Nintendo Switch Android breakthrough is that the Nintendo Joy-Cons are supported. That means you can use the Joy-Cons to play Android games as well as emulators, turning your Switch into the retro console of your dreams.

Keep in mind, though, that this is all in very early development and things will not run smoothly at the beginning. For example, popular emulator software RetroArch doesn’t map the Joy-Cons effectively yet (it doubles up on button mappings) and Fortnite doesn’t work, so there are still some hurdles to get over.

There isn’t an ETA yet for when this Nintendo Switch Android mod will be available. To find out the latest news, including the planned launch date, follow the XDA thread below!