how to install sigpatches

How to Install Sigpatches: 7 Quick Steps for Seamless CFW Setup

How to Install Sigpatches?

If you have a Nintendo Switch and want to run custom firmware (CFW) on it, you might have heard of sigpatches. Sigpatches are small modifications that allow you to run unofficial software and games on your Switch, bypassing the security checks of the original firmware. Sigpatches are essential for using CFW, as they enable you to install and launch homebrew applications, emulators, backups, and more.

However, installing sigpatches can be a bit tricky, especially if you are new to the Switch hacking scene. There are different types of sigpatches for different CFW methods, and they need to be updated regularly to keep up with the firmware and CFW updates. In this article, we will guide you through the process of installing sigpatches on your Switch in 7 quick steps, using the most popular CFW methods: Atmosphere and Hekate. We will also provide some tips and resources to help you troubleshoot any issues that might arise along the way.

What You Need

Before we start, make sure you have the following items ready:

  • A Nintendo Switch console that is compatible with CFW. You can check if your Switch is hackable by entering its serial number here.
  • A microSD card with enough space for your CFW files and games. We recommend using a 64GB or larger card formatted to FAT32 or exFAT.
  • A USB-C cable to connect your Switch to your computer.
  • A payload injector such as TegraRcmGUI or Rekado for Windows or Android devices, respectively.
  • The latest version of Atmosphere, the most popular CFW for the Switch.
  • The latest version of Hekate, a bootloader that allows you to launch Atmosphere or other payloads from your microSD card.
  • The latest version of sigpatches for Atmosphere and Hekate.

Step 1: Prepare Your microSD Card

The first step is to prepare your microSD card with the necessary files for CFW. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Insert your microSD card into your computer using a card reader or adapter.
  • Download the latest version of Atmosphere from its official website or GitHub page.
  • Extract the contents of the Atmosphere zip file to the root of your microSD card. You should see a folder named atmosphere and several files such as boot.dat and hekate_ctcaer_x.x.x.bin.
  • Download the latest version of Hekate from its GitHub page.
  • Extract the contents of the Hekate zip file to the root of your microSD card. You should see a folder named bootloader and a file named hekate_ipl.ini.
  • Download the latest version of sigpatches from this link.
  • Extract the contents of the sigpatches zip file to the root of your microSD card. You should see two folders named atmosphere and sept, and a file named hekate_ipl.ini.
  • If you already have an existing hekate_ipl.ini file on your microSD card, you can either replace it with the one from the sigpatches zip file, or merge them manually by copying the contents of the [CFW (SYSNAND)] and [CFW (EMUMMC)] sections from one file to another.
  • Safely eject your microSD card from your computer and insert it into your Switch.

Step 2: Enter RCM Mode

The next step is to enter RCM mode on your Switch. RCM stands for Recovery Mode, and it is a special mode that allows you to inject payloads into your Switch using a USB-C cable. To enter RCM mode, follow these steps:

  • Turn off your Switch completely by holding the power button for a few seconds and selecting “Power Options” > “Turn Off”.
  • Remove any game cartridge or accessory from your Switch.
  • Slide the right Joy-Con out of your Switch and attach a RCM jig to its rail. A RCM jig is a small device that short-circuits two pins on the Joy-Con connector, triggering RCM mode. You can buy one online or make one yourself using a paperclip or a wire.
  • Press and hold the volume up button on your Switch, then press and release the power button. Your Switch screen should remain black, indicating that it is in RCM mode. If you see anything on the screen, such as the Nintendo logo or an error message, it means that you failed to enter RCM mode. Try again until you succeed.
  • Connect your Switch to your computer using a USB-C cable.

Step 3: Inject Hekate Payload

The third step is to inject the Hekate payload into your Switch using a payload injector. A payload is a small program that runs on your Switch and performs various functions, such as launching CFW or backing up your system. Hekate is a payload that acts as a bootloader, allowing you to choose which CFW or payload to launch from your microSD card. To inject the Hekate payload, follow these steps:

  • Download and install a payload injector such as TegraRcmGUI for Windows or Rekado for Android devices.
  • Open the payload injector and select the hekate_ctcaer_x.x.x.bin file from your microSD card as the payload to inject.
  • Click on the “Inject Payload” button (or tap on the “Inject” button for Rekado) and wait for the injection to complete. You should see a confirmation message on the payload injector and the Hekate logo on your Switch screen.

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Step 4: Launch Atmosphere CFW

The fourth step is to launch Atmosphere CFW from Hekate. Atmosphere is a CFW that allows you to run homebrew applications, games, and emulators on your Switch. To launch Atmosphere CFW, follow these steps:

  • On the Hekate main menu, select “Launch” > “[CFW (SYSNAND)]” or “[CFW (EMUMMC)]” depending on whether you want to use your system NAND or an emulated NAND (EMUMMC) as your CFW storage.
  • Wait for Atmosphere to boot up. You should see the Atmosphere logo and some text on your Switch screen.
  • Once Atmosphere is loaded, you should see the Switch home menu as usual. However, you will also notice a small album icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. This indicates that you are running CFW and that you can access the homebrew menu by holding the R button and tapping on the album icon.

Step 5: Test Your Sigpatches

The fifth step is to test your sigpatches and make sure they are working properly. Sigpatches are necessary for running unofficial software and games on your Switch, as they bypass the security checks of the original firmware. To test your sigpatches, follow these steps:

  • On your Switch home menu, hold the R button and tap on the album icon to enter the homebrew menu.
  • On the homebrew menu, select an application that requires sigpatches to run, such as Goldleaf or Tinfoil. These are file managers that allow you to install NSP files (digital games) from your microSD card or other sources.
  • Launch the application and try to install or run an NSP file of your choice. If the installation or launch succeeds, it means that your sigpatches are working correctly. If you encounter an error message such as “Invalid NCA signature” or “Key generation mismatch”, it means that your sigpatches are outdated or incompatible with your firmware or CFW version.

Step 6: Update Your Sigpatches

The sixth step is to update your sigpatches regularly to keep them compatible with the latest firmware and CFW updates. Updating sigpatches is very easy, as you just need to replace some files on your microSD card with newer ones. To update your sigpatches, follow these steps:

  • Download the latest version of sigpatches from this link.
  • Extract the contents of the sigpatches zip file to a folder on your computer.
  • Insert your microSD card into your computer using a card reader or adapter.
  • Delete the atmosphere and sept folders and the hekate_ipl.ini file from the root of your microSD card.
  • Copy and paste the atmosphere and sept folders and the hekate_ipl.ini file from the sigpatches folder on your computer to the root of your microSD card.
  • Safely eject your microSD card from your computer and insert it back into your Switch.

Step 7: Enjoy Your CFW

The seventh and final step is to enjoy your CFW and all the possibilities it offers. You can now install and run homebrew applications, games, emulators, themes, cheats, mods, and more on your Switch. However, be careful not to do anything that might get you banned from Nintendo’s online services, such as playing online with pirated games or using cheats in online games. You can read more about how to avoid getting banned here.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed sigpatches on your Switch and set up a seamless CFW experience. We hope this guide was helpful and informative for you. If you have any questions or issues regarding sigpatches please feel free to leave a comment below. We will try our best to assist you as soon as possible. Thank you for reading this article. Happy gaming! 😊

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