Yuzu complete guide for Android – Play Switch games on Android
Who would have guessed that playing switch games on Android devices would be possible, at least it has happened sooner than I had expected. This is the complete setup guide for Yuzu on Android.
With Yuzu officially released on the Android platform it is now very much possible that we will be able to enjoy the latest Switch titles like Xenoblade and the Legend of Zelda. Although, the Emulator is still in the early stages and might need some time to get to a stable state.
Before proceeding, It is important to ensure that your Android device meets the minimum system requirements for running Yuzu. As per the official Yuzu website, you will need at least a SnapDragon 865 and 8 GB of ram to get the best experience. Specs relatively close to that should run reasonably well keeping in mind that YUZU is in very early stages.
Download Yuzu for Android
Configure Yuzu on your Android device
- Launch the Yuzu emulator on your Android device.
- Yuzu will prompt you to select the Nintendo Switch product keys, which can be found via a simple Google search.
- Navigate to the location where you stored the Product keys and Open them.
- At the next step, Yuzu will ask you to add Nintendo Switch game files (ROMs) to the emulator. You can dump the game files from your Switch directly to your Android device or to your computer first.
- In the ‘Games’ section in the Yuzu main menu, navigate to the folder where all your games are stored, all the games present in that folder should load up on your screen. Always ensure that you have legal copies of the games you play on emulators and respect the property rights of game developers.
- Once you have added the games to Yuzu, you should be able to launch them and start playing.
- Make sure to check if the game is in a playable state, we can expect better performances as the development progresses, as of now some best titles that are somewhat playable at 30ish FPS are-
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Super Mario Odyssey -*
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
- Fire Emblem Engage
- Metroid Dread
- Pokémon Sword Pokemon Legends: Arceus
- Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
- Diablo III
- Naruto 3
- Resident Evil 5
- Resident Evil 6
- Dragon’s Dogma
- Ninja Gaiden 3
We can expect better performance and upgrades as the development of the Emulator progresses, you can try signing up for the Yuzu Early Access to get beta updates and test out the latest features before hand.
YUZU Optimisation and best settings for Android.
Alot of the settings options on the android version of Yuzu are very similar to the one’s on the Pc version..To get the best best performance out of Yuzu on your android device follow the steps below-
- Click on the gear icon on the top-left of your screen to bring up the Settings menu.
- Under the system, disable docked mode to reduce the overall game’s resolution as it may help improve the performance.
- In the General settings, set the game speed limit to 100% and Cpu Accuract to auto.
- In the Graphics settings,
- Set API to Vulkan
- Set Accuracy to Normal for best performance and for slightly better visuals you can try High on some titles if you have an extremely high-end device
- The resolution depends on the specs of your Android device, you can go as low as 0.5x. We advise you to test out the performance and select the best option out of 0.5x,0.75 and 1x.
- Leave the rest at default and you can try experimenting with the Docked mode enabled by upscaling the resolution to get a sweet spot between performance and Visuals.
- Note: All Qualcomm can try installing custom GPU Drivers via the Discord link here to experiment with performance upgrades for particular games.
We are excited to see how far the Yuzu emulation on Android takes us, and if it will get as good as the PC version. We hope to see more and more games gettings the playable checkmark, until then check out our guide on how to play Legend of Zelda games on Android devices.