How to transfer Ryujinx saves to Yuzu (2024)

Many would love to be able to play games between emulators and keep the same save states, not having to start all over again.

Transferring your Ryujinx saves to Yuzu can be a simple process with a few steps.

In this blog post, we will go through the easy steps on how to transfer your saved states.

How to transfer Ryujinx saves to Yuzu

To begin with, it is important to be sure that both the Ryujinx and Yuzu are installed on your device. In case you have not downloaded the most recent version of the emulator yet, get and install both versions from there official sites.

Once you have both emulators installed, locate the saved files for Ryujinx. These files are typically stored in a specific folder on your device. The exact location may vary depending on your operating system.

Here are some easy steps on how to transfer Ryujinx saves to Yuzu:

Steps on Ryujinx

  1. On your device open Ryujinx Emulator.
  2. Right-click on a downloaded game and click on ‘Open User Save Directory‘.

    open ryujinx save data

  3. You will now see a save folder open where the specific game data is.
  4. You can copy the entire folder and store it in a different location.

Steps on Yuzu

  1. On your device open up the Yuzu Emulator.
  2. Click on ‘File’ and then click on ‘Open Yuzu Folder

    open yuzu folder

  3. All the save states will be located in this location – /yuzu/nand/user/save/
  4. You can copy the folder that you zipped up from Ryujinx and unarchive it in that location.
  5. Restart Yuzu and the game state should work for you.

Note: The folder name will need to be identical on both Yuzu and Ryujinx since it uses a game ID identifier, so it may be worth loading the games on both emulators and just replacing the actual contents of the games save data.

If you need more information in regards to where the Yuzu save location and the Ryujinx save location are check out our posts on them.

What you need to do before transferring save states

Here are some guidelines you should take before trying to transfer Ryujinx saves to Yuzu.

Making a backup

It’s important to make a backup before you try and transfer save states over, if you were to delete your saved game data there would be no way of recovering it and that would be a nightmare. 

You could easily just open the Yuzu or Ryujinx file location and just copy the entire folder into a different directory just so you have no way of losing your saved data.

Making regular backups of your save states for your Nintendo Switch games is quite important and we recommend you do it.

Checking compatibility between Yuzu and Ryujinx

Make sure have checked both versions you are running on Yuzu and Ryujinx, and try to make sure they are identical just in case the folder structure is to change.

This may be irrelevant but it could pose an issue at some point if things were to change in the way Yuzu and Rujinx store their game save states.

You can easily update the Firmware of both emulators before you transfer any of the save states over.

Final Thoughts

Transferring your Ryujinx saves to Yuzu is a straightforward process. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can easily continue your gaming experience on Yuzu without losing your progress in Ryujinx.

We recommend you back up your save states on both emulators just to be certain you won’t override any data and that you can always roll back if anything were to go wrong.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Are there any risks associated with transferring Ryujinx saves to Yuzu?

It’s generally safe to transfer saved states from Ryujinx to Yuzu but obviously as mentioned above you should back up your saved data before you start doing anything just so you avoid having corrupted save files.

Q2. Why would you even want to transfer states over?

Some gamers may have the emulators installed on different devices just because it’s not specifically compatible.

For example, you can only run Ryujinx on a Macbook and not Yuzu so gamers may have to move over their save states.

Q3. How would I do this on an Android device?

To transfer your save states on your Android device you would need to follow the steps mentioned above and ZIP up all of the Ryujinx save data.

Once you have done this you would need to install a File Manager on your Android device and transfer the save states to the Yuzu save folder which would be this — /yuzu/nand/user/save/.

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