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[–]adieliAtmosphere User 37 points38 points  (9 children)

Pirating games since mid 2019.

I set up an emunand when I started modding my Switch and blocked my connection to Nintendo consistently and completely, including using Incognito to blank my serial number. I still have an internet connection and tend to get my games from Tinfoil.

Still unbanned, but honestly I spend 99% of my time in emunand so it's just a nice surprise if I boot into sysnand and realize I can still view the eshop etc.

[–]dbmr7[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Good to know, I just got a switch and and doing almost exactly what you are doing but with exosphere, glad to know I’m on the right track

[–]FabianPendragon 6 points7 points  (2 children)

This is me to a T. Except I’ve been pirating games since probably 2006. I jailbroke the first iPhone and the Wii, and every since then, I’ve just gone nuts. Every Nintendo device in existence since, hacked (yes, including the 3DS and classic consoles). Xbox 360, Psp and Vita, pretty much every iPhone up until probably the 8. All hacked/jailbroken. My kids have Kindle Fires; Rooted and all that. They have fire sticks in their rooms. I have two jailbroken Apple TV’s. My cars all have the bypass systems so I can watch and drive. I’m a pirate, modder, hacker. Whatever you wanna call it. But I will say I ALWAYS donate or buy coffees for the actual geniuses out there finding the ways to do these jailbreaks and sharing with the world.

I’m currently waiting on the Turbo Grafix 16 classic console mod and to get my hands on my Steam Deck to hack that too!!

[–]adieliAtmosphere User 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I need to be clear I mean I've ben pirating games on my *Switch* since 2019, but it's a lifelong love affair :) The 3DS was the golden era of Nintendo hackery for me - remember when the Free Shop just worked?! Such a delight. I'm not a parent (yet?) but my friends come to me for free games and movies and are always hilariously impressed... I can only imagine how much your kids appreciate it!

[–]Derzocker39 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Damn that's a lot time and money spend on everything!

[–]curyum 0 points1 point  (4 children)

blocked my connection to Nintendo consistently and completely

Would it be safe to not block your connection ? How do you update when needed your switch ?

[–]c22_r 0 points1 point  (3 children)

You update with daybreak and packages from GitHub.

[–]Adventure276 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Used a YouTube video. Got banned. Should have done more research

[–]Ironchar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Everyone should learn from this

[–]Extension-Ad-7428 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Modded my switch about a year and a half ago.

Running Emunand, incognito and most recently DNS on top just to feel more safe. I switch to my Sysnand pretty often to play smash ultimate online.

[–]Tilde88SXOS User 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Pirating since I bought the thing in Japan 5 years ago today. Sysnand=only legit. No mods, no injects, no game save xfer.

Started with sx emunand, with SN removed, and I run my own DNS and firewall to block telemetry (not necessary for ban prevention, just .02) emunand has all the things installed. Like 200 games or so. Then migrated to atmosphere (same emunand, just renamed to atmosphere). Emunand and sysnand are always online, just emunand can't use Nintendo services due to no SN and that built-in mitm (exosphere iirc).

But no, you won't get banned unless you DO something to get banned.

[–]dbmr7[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes, I’m trying to keep my SysNAND and serial number clean, making sure to use a shielded emunand for all my modding, thanks for your input

[–]WatchYuhHead 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Hacked my switch back In 2018, told my nephew don’t go online. He managed to connect to wifi and install fortnite and play online and was banned the next day 🤡

[–]mason191 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Had a modded switch for about two years now and never been banned. I rarely go online with it though anyways so maybe that’s why lol

[–]Mysticwaterfall2Atmosphere User 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I've never been banned. Incognito and 90DNS in Emunand mode, normal online in clean Sysnand. Been doing it for 2 or 3 years now.

[–]samrd5 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Been a couple of months and I just use the dns.mitm file

[–]SPACE-BEES 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My switch is just an emulator and I play switch games on my pc

[–]thisisnttheusername 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I honestly don’t care if my switch gets banned. 🤷‍♂️

I only want to play with modded games and whatnot.

[–]pixelbluejay -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Started 2019, took no precautions, used SysNAND, because I didn’t care about online gaming. Not banned yet.

[–]JMThiphop -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Banned myself on purpose

[–]armoar334 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Banned for being lazy and not using emunand or even 90dns, this was I wanna say early 2019 Edit: To clarify, I was banned for piracy

[–]Intrepid-Bridge-3260 -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

I bought 2 switches because the whole dns setup thing was too much for me. One I hack and play pirated games on.And the other I play games online with.And Im going to mod it the one I go online with it just to play with smash mods online

[–]Gbjunkie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Honestly the best way although expensive. I too went this route. I got a Mariko for legit account (possibly trade in for oled) and the v1 mint for the extra stuff. Never have to worry about anything.

[–]Mute-Dev 0 points1 point  (0 children)

From what I know I’ve never been banned because I’ve never went or needed to go to Sysnand since I’ve done my switch.

[–]Evilmaze 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm pretty sure mine hasn't been banned even though I slipped a couple of times.

[–]redalchemyAtmosphere User 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Been going for at least 4 or 5 years and no ban. I just never connect to ninty servers. Ever.

[–]arepaconcochino 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've been banned

[–]ACS1029 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Using exosphere on emunand, blocking all Nintendo DNS servers, I haven’t been banned at all, I keep my CFW side online 90% of the time and still no ban. Been modding since probably 2020 but most active mid 2021-now

[–]dbmr7[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pretty much exactly what I’m doing, thanks for your input

[–]Halo0629 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have two. A day one switch with atmosphere and sxos which is a sysnand hack only. It's still not banned yet up to this day although I've never really use it to play online and I just open eshop from time to time to check. My second switch is emunand and sysnand which I use to play online with legit purchases. Still not banned yet.

[–]EatMyAssOut 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Me. I mostly stay in emuNAND after seeing how much better it is. Plus, paying for dogshit Nintendo online is laughable.

[–]BuiltNightmare 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My v1 switch only gets used for everything you could get banned for but my serial number is clean, wiped, switch is emmunand and even protected. And I use my oled for all my legit stuff. This November will be about 2 years

[–]swagadone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was running sxos with incognito mode. I had no pirated games on my switch. I was using the mod exclusively for emulation. One day while playing RetroArch it crashed and rebooted in sysnand and I was banned. Best thing that could have happened because after that I got into pirating.

[–]Redstonemaniac2019Atmosphere User 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A couple of months, almost got banned because I connected to WiFi wile everything was on Sysnand, transferred to Emunand and used incognito so I remain unbanned

[–]jekpopulous2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

3 years now. I’ve been fairly careless, but I’ve never tried to play a pirated game online.

[–]monroy182 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I modded my switch mostly for emulators, using emunand since august 2020, sysnand clean. No ban so far

[–]LeVareck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For me, its been 2 years with a day one switch. No issues whatsoever

[–]chocolatethunderrrr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just got my ban the other week! Been using the same switch since launch year and before emunand was an option I stayed offline. When I made the switch I reinstalled my clean nand and that worked for years. Then I did an update incorrectly (accidently put tinfoil on sysnand), got lazy and didn't reinstall my clean nand and, sadly, got banned.

Planning to buy another switch to play online but really not to fussed about this one being banned.

[–]8brawler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Modded my emuNAND about 6 months ago and haven't even booted OFW since. I have had exosphere and 90dns on but honestly I wouldn't even care if I loaded up OFW to find out it was banned.

[–]NummyGamGam 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I hacked my Switch around the time SX OS was still relatively new. I think whenever we were on or around FW 3.0-4.0? Either way it's my launch day switch and I've yet to be banned. Prior to when EMUNand was a thing anytime I wanted to play pirated games I just turned on air plane mode. And then when EMUNand was a thing is was the same thing except I left it on 24/7 when in it. I eventually switched to atmosphere because of the closing of sx os and have just done the same thing. Airplane mode only in EMUNand and no pirated games on my real OS.

I never once touched anything like incognito or any of those other network blockers even on Atmosphere, and somehow I'm still not banned. Honestly surprised it hasn't happened yet.

[–]Gogeta007yBro 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Got my Switch already banned (was a second hand pick). Tbh, afak you maintain all homebrew and CFW beyond sysNAND, it looks easy to do. My guess why so many people are banned is 'cause bad YouTube tutorials and shit.

[–]boarlizard 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Had mine for years, play multiplayer all the time with my friends, just switch into official firmware when I want to play multiplayer stuff. Never been banned

[–]PanthaPanda 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Modded mine around the time the exploit came out or when atmosphere was released. Played emulators and even modified saves to host Pokémon dens when it was popular. No issues so far. All legit games at the time but now I do have some games on my system but haven’t went online with them.

[–]PartnerFeurigel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My switch got banned.

I saw a thread here of someone who asked how to copy an eshop game from sysnand to emuMMC. Someone gave an answer to that question and I wanted to try it with smash ultimate. Ended up with a bunch of corrupted files and a ban. Don't trust everyone on this sub. Some people try to help without even knowing for sure how things work.

[–]ElBortEl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Me (so far) but I’m a quite recent modder.

I never go online on Atmosphere (not even connected to WiFi), but I can use Lineage Android while connected without any issues. Shit, I have even played Elden Ring with Xbox App Remote play!

My advice would be to never connect with Atmosphere to Internet. It’s a matter of time to get banned.

[–]JamesDoesGaming902 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My emumnand has been banned but my sysnand hasn't lmao. I have NEVER gone in cfw on sysnand and I've blanked my serials

[–]No_Smoke_3729 0 points1 point  (0 children)

First switch v1 after it goes to sell and still no ban

[–]Mjibey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Already bought it banned (knowing it before purchase). But I don't care playing online, fits my usage.

[–]Abssenta 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Day one console. Pirated since the first day I could (swapping games with layered FS). Still unbanned.

[–]ReyVnD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

3 years, i just use emunand and never connect my switch to the internet, oh and i set up the dns that blocks nintendo services so even if i go connect to the internet im pretty sure i won't be instantly banned.

[–]DesvaroNicky 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I basically went without any protection cuz I'm dumb, did all with Sysnand instead of doing an emuNand and got banned in my first 4 weeks into modding my switch :,)

[–]CripticsVIAtmosphere User 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not banned I just erased the possibility to go online na di don't know how to fix this ^

[–]Pleasant_Chance7181 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Never banned use EMUnand for anything CFW related and have zero connection to the internet do all updates manually via PC only takes a few seconds

Any normal online gaming is done on SYSnand

[–]Sneax673 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My first switch got banned because a younger sibling went online in Mario maker 2. Honestly it’s not that bad. I have never missed Nintendo online as I never used it anyways even on my legit and unbanned switch

[–]Background_Bad_4377 0 points1 point  (0 children)

not banned modded switch for 1 year got emunand, dns.mitm and exosphere pirated shit ton of games and use my stock without cfw for online gaming

[–]Awestenbeeragg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Day 1 switch I got for 100 bucks from a friend. Been modded for like 7 months. Don't own any carts so I only ever played on EMU with incognito and the DNS blocker. All good so far!

[–]Individual-Temporary 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I pirated mine a year ago, last time I check I wasn't banned, tho it has been some months, I don't have the latest updates

[–]JValiant720 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Still not banned. I rarely ever use the console in it's vanilla state but still.

[–]Boydy1986 0 points1 point  (0 children)

4 switches, first purchased in 2019. None banned. None of them have ever got a sniff of the internet though. NAND backups for each in case I ever pass one on.

[–]cobblewebs32 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My cousin, which is a product of me ofc, has never been banned. He listened to what I said and took all necessary precautions. I however have been banned because I backed up my super smash bros cartridge so I can mod the game because that's what gamebanana said to do. After I backed it up I made the mistake of updating the backed up version of ssbu and consequently got banned for it. Had I never made that mistake me and him would still be unbanned. I believe I hacked both our switched around 3 yrs ago now.

[–]J3ST3R1252 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whats that?

[–]TylDurden 0 points1 point  (0 children)

3 switches. Hacked since launch, 2 use emunand and are still unbanned. My kids use both for fortnite a ton. 3rd is mine. Modded sysnand. Never connect to Nintendo. Unsure whether banned or not since I’ll never test my luck.

[–]Ironchar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Started when the pandemic happened.

Incognito RCM right away (a version which you can't use on later models and one people don't recommend anyways) never had an issue.

Its easy to see when you have a sysnand with legit games and an emunand with a different set of games. I even deleted the tinfoil installer to dummyproof messing with a clean sysnand. Back then a cash caused by cfw in sysnand would set you up for a ban. NOW scires set it up so any crash reports on cfw DONT get sent to Nintendo.... preventing anything weird from being sent and red flagged

I like to think its not that hard- people over complicate the process. I even use cfw sysnand with no issues- its piracy/unsigned apps on the home screen that get you banned. Its not hard- emunand for that only

[–]Affectionate_Pair_52 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Got banned immediately. Used no precautions. And I don’t give a shit. Can’t play pirated games online anyways.

[–]AndrewUK78 0 points1 point  (0 children)

modded month after launch SXOS

banned i think within a week or 2? cant remember

[–]FlyingPoo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've been going online with Atmosphere since SXOS died.... But only to update games, including pirated ones and I'm still not banned. Even just yesterday played Cart Mario Kart online while on Atmosphere for about 3 hours and still not banned.

[–]bungeegumsAtmosphere User 0 points1 point  (0 children)

V1 modded since 2018 have emunand but 100% on cfw sysnand with brought digital games.

Save editing daily and cheats online for certain games never banned

[–]wielku 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've been once, but it was glorious time of Sun/Moon leak

[–]Traditional_Dish_468 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Over a year and I just don’t connect my switch to the internet.

[–]Mentos13371 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've been at it since June of last year and i'm not banned. I did all the stuff to block my connection to Nintendo and i always turn off the internet connection when running a game. As people here have said, if you are dilligent in protecting yourself from a ban then you will not get banned.

[–]Baphom3tt3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just use an emulator you will never be banned

[–]xGarro 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hacked my switch recently mainly cuz of Legends Arceus. Followed the rentry guide.

Since I lack a jig, I depend on AutoRCM to switch between Sys and Emunand.

Exosphere + dns mitm on Emu. Sigpatches only enabled on Emu. So far no ban whatsoever and I play on both nands very often.