In 2019 a team called Switchroot and some folks at XDA Developers ported a version of Android to the Nintendo Switch, allowing apps like YouTube, Spotify, the Google Play store, and even game emulators.
Since then, the same team has upgraded its original mod to Android 10, greatly expanding the port’s capabilities.
Given the unofficial nature of the mod, getting your Switch to run Android isn’t exactly straightforward or 100 percent safe.
Nintendo has been known to ban consoles for playing pirated Switch games, but thus far nobody has been banned for this mod. That said, you should assume that changing your Switch’s software could draw Nintendo’s ire.
But, if you’re willing to take the risk, we’ve highlighted a relatively straightforward method with some pretty nifty upsides. This guide will focus on the newest Switchroot mod which uses a Lineage version of Android 10. The updated method offers major advantages over the initial Android mod, including full Joy-Con support and an easier install process.
Once your Joy-Cons are synced, close the menu and tap on tools at the top of the Hekate interface and choose, “Arch bit, RCM, Touch, Partitions” at the bottom right. Select “Partition Card.”
From here you’ll choose with the slider how much space you want to reserve on the SD card for Android and how much you’ll want to reserve for the Switch (which is the HOS slider).
You’ll want to make sure that you install gApps zip onto your console before you actually start running Android, so if you intend on using apps like the Google Play store, now is your chance. Make sure you’ve downloaded Arm 64 Pico version if you intend to use your Switch like a tablet.