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Delete Save Game

Been wanting to restart your progress in Pokemon Sword and Shield? You have come to the right place! This guide will tell you how to delete your save file and start a new game in Pokemon Sword and Shield!

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Delete Your Save Data First!

There is no in-game option to restart your game. But don't worry, you can delete your save game in Pokemon Sword and Shield by using Nintendo Switch's Data Management feature.

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How To Delete Your Save Data

Check the detailed steps below on how to delete the saved data to start a new game of Pokemon Sword and Shield.

# How to Delete Save Data
1 Go back to the HOME Menu.
2 Go to System Settings.
3 Go to Data Management.
4 Choose Delete Save Data.
5 Choose your Pokemon Sword / Pokemon Shield Save Data.
6 Choose which Profile's save data needs to be erased.
7 A warning message will appear. Choose Delete Save Data to confirm deletion.

Go to the Home Menu

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If you are in-game, close the game and go to the Home Menu.

Go to System Settings

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Go to the System Settings screen by tapping this button on the screen or by using the directional buttons.

Go to Data Management

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Under System Settings, go to the Data Management Tab.

Go to Delete Save Data

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Under Data Management, select Delete Save Data.

Choose your Pokemon Save Data

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Select the Save File for your Pokemon game.

Select the Profile

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Select the profile for which you want to delete the Save File.

Warning Message

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A warning message will appear notifying you that the save file cannot be recovered. Select Delete Save Data to delete your Save File and to be able to start a new game. Afterwards, a message will appear notifying you that the deletion was successful.

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