How to turn off autosave in Pokémon Sword and Shield

The choice is yours.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield are the first games in the core RPG series to introduce an autosave feature. It’s always on by default when you start a new game, but it can be a pain for some players.

For the trainers who want to exploit the game to the fullest or those who just like having control over their saves, there is a way to turn the autosave function on and off within the game’s system menu.

If you want to turn off, or turn autosave back on, just follow these simple steps:

  • Step one: Press the X button to access the main menu.
  • Step two: Navigate to Options.
  • Step three: Scroll down to “autosave.” You’ll then be able to decide if you want the game to have autosave functionality turned on or off.

It’s a simple process, but it isn’t exactly explained to the player throughout their session. Turning off autosave does come with its benefits for trainers chaining shiny Pokémon or using speedrunner exploits, though.