Hacking Switch Informations by serial number - READ THE FIRST POST before asking questions

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TL;DR. Compare your serial here to know if your Switch is patched or not:

Serials beginning with XAW1:
Serials between XAW10000000000 - XAW10074000000 are safe to buy
Serials between XAW10075000000 - XAW10120000000 are possibly patched
Serials above XAW10120000000 are definitely patched


Serials beginning with XAW4:
Serials between XAW40000000000 - XAW40011000000 are safe to buy
Serials between XAW40011000000 - XAW40012000000 are possibly patched
Serials above XAW40012000000 are definitely patched


Serials beginning with XAW7:
Serials between XAW70000000000 - XAW70017500000 are safe to buy
Serials between XAW70017500000 - XAW70030000000 are possibly patched
Serials above XAW70030000000 are definitely patched


Serials beginning with XAJ1:
Serials between XAJ10000000000 - XAJ10020000000 are safe to buy
Serials between XAJ10020000000 - XAJ10030000000 are possibly patched
Serials above XAJ10030000000 are definitely patched


Serials beginning with XAJ4:
Serials between XAJ40000000000 - XAJ40046000000 are safe to buy
Serials between XAJ40046000000 - XAJ40083000000 are possibly patched
Serials above XAJ40083000000 are definitely patched


Serials beginning with XAJ7:
Serials between XAJ70000000000 - XAJ70040000000 are safe to buy
Serials between XAJ70040000000 - XAJ70050000000 are possibly patched
Serials above XAJ70050000000 and above definitely patched


Serials beginning with XAW9:
Refurbished Consoles directly from Nintendo. Possibly patched. However, data show a good percentage of unpatched consoles with this prefix.


Serials beginning with XAK:
No informations available, since those are only sold in Korea (?)


Serials beginning with XKW and XKJ:
These Switches have the new motherboard revision called "Mariko".
They are 100% patched.


F.A.Q:

Q: The Serial of my Switch begins with four or more zeros, what does it mean?
A: Those Switches are all unpatched and can be bought without hesitation. Leading zeros just
mean that actual serial number that follows is very small, so the switch is rather old.

Q: My Serial is in the orange region, which says that it is possibly patched, what does that mean for me?
A: This means that it is not possible to tell from your serials number if your Switch is patched or not. It has
to do with the fact that after patched units were first produced, Nintendo also produced unpatched units. That
leads to an overlap.

Q: I've already bought a Switch in the orange region, what should I do?
A: It depends. If it is still sealed and you have the possibility to return it, you should probably try to get a Switch
in the green region. If you can't return it, just try and see for you self if it is patched or not. It is not possible
to brick/harm/destroy the Switch with this method:
https://gbatemp.net/threads/a-defin...atched-or-not-purchases-after-07-2018.512018/

Q: My Switch is definitely patched, what should I do now?
A: You have two options:
1) Wait till a hacker finds a way to hack a patched Switch unit. We don't know when or if they'll find a solution. You need to be patient.
2) Sell the Switch and get an unpatched one

Q: I found a Switch with serial XYZ and it is really close to the XYZ+1 one I found in the spreadsheet, which was unpatched. Should I buy it?
A: This is missleading. Yes, it might be unpatched, but serial XYZ could also be in the orange region. That would mean the guy on the spreadsheet got an
unpatched one, while yours could be patched. Always compare the serials to the colour regions above, never to a single serials in isolation.

Q: I have read this guide and I know that the guide said my switch is unpatched/possibly patched/patched. Should I still ask a question about if anyone has information
about my Switch?

A: No. The guide is up-to-date and the borders are trusted. You can post it of course, but don't expect any new informations.

Q: I have seen other guide similar to this guide with slightly different borders, what's the deal with that?
A: Basically, other sites copied the informations and posted them on their side without giving credit. I don't care. What
I do know is that this guide is the most accurate one out there. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

Q: I found a bundle XYZ. Is it patched or unpatched?
A: Bundles don't play any role whether a Switch is patched or unpatched. Always go after serials number.

Q: I read everything and I am still confused about the guide. Please help?
A: If you have read everything twice you have my permission to ask in this thread. Beware of snarky comments.

Q: What about XAW9, XAK and other serials numbers not in the guide?
A: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I don't know. I don't work for Nintendo, nor do I have any insider knowledge. I just gather that the people have collected in this thread
and the spreadsheet. There is to little information about those to make good predictions.

Q: Where can I find the serial number on the Box?
A: Have a look in the spoiler. The box has a little cut-out where the serial should be visable.
switch-box-9aba6420-9a51-414f-9d24-d26052031da1.png

Q: I want Switch with a specific firmware preinstalled, can you help me out?
A: Compare the serial to the list inside this spoiler.
1.0.0

XAW100006 - XAW100128

XAW700014 - XAW700047

XAJ100022 - XAJ100042

XAJ400004 - XAJ400091

XAJ700002 - XAJ700065


2.1.0

XAW100139 - XAW100140

XAW700049 - XAW700050

XAJ400105 - XAJ400136

XAJ700070 - XAJ700085


2.2.0

XAW100158 - XAW100173

XAJ400105 - XAJ400174

XAJ700090 - XAJ700093


2.3.0

XAW100175 - XAW100214

XAW400008 - XAW400016

XAW700053 - XAW700055

XAJ100086

XAJ400105 - XAJ400155

XAJ700098 - XAJ700132


3.0.0

XAW100154 - XAW100230

XAW400017 - XAW400033

XAW700056 - XAW700081

XAJ100109 - XAJ100138

XAJ400169 - XAJ400191

XAJ700133 - XAJ700153


3.0.1

XAW100218 - XAW100320

XAW400028 - XAW400036

XAJ100121 - XAJ100158

XAJ400197 - XAJ400267

XAJ700150 - XAJ700199


3.0.2

XAW100294 - XAW100442

XAW400042 - XAW400081

XAJ100175 - XAJ100182

XAJ400267 - XAJ400281

XAJ700197 - XAJ700319


4.0.1

XAW100439 - XAW100552

XAW400081 - XAW400090

XAJ100248 - XAJ100252

XAJ400309 - XAJ400372

XAJ700304 - XAJ700371

4.1.0

XAW100572 - XAW100940

XAW400088 - XAW400154

XAW700097 - XAW700183

XAJ100172 - XAJ100277


XAJ400344 - XAJ400605

XAJ700319 - XAJ700465


5.10

XAJ700417 - XAJ700437

Q: I want to help, what can I do?
A: If you have all informations about your Switch, fill out the form below and post it here.

Serial:
Serial on device matches serial on box:
Region:
Firmware:
Color option:
Store:
Was a bundle (if yes, which):
Purchase date:
Fusée Gelée works:

If you know with which Firmware your switch came out of the box, please fill in those fields.




According to CTCear, here are some information about the Switch serial numbers:

X: From NX. It's actually the platform code.
A: It's the hardware code. A: Switch, B: Joy-Con (L), C: Joy-Con (R). And I assume D for Pro (check the plastic sliver that came with, if it exists).
J/W: West or Japan? Probably the region that was supposed to reach. Maybe with all the pre-orders and the after-launch demand, they just sent them everywhere to keep people happy. Or, at some point they weren't Region-free.
10/14/40/70: Factory made or assembled?

For example: XAJ70002712345

X: Product of NX line
A: Switch Hardware
J70: Assembly line
The following numbers are probably a consecutive number. So the Switch in the example is Switch number 2712345.

Here is a quick guide on how to check the Firmware without going through the initial setup.
Yes, you push and hold both volume keys while powering on, and keep holding them until the recovery menu loads. It will display the firmware version immediately, then you do nothing and just press the power button to power off (this also clears any pending updates).




Xplic1T created a spreadsheet that contains all information that we gathered in this thread in more detail then the OP.
You can view it here
Feel free to edit the spreadsheet with more informations
 
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Assembly Line:W10
Batch Number:6.8m
Region: USA
Firmware: 2.2.0
System Color: Grey
Was a bundle (if yes, which):No

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Version Number: XAW1001
Region: US
Firmware: 2.2.0
System Color (checking a hunch): Grey

Bought from Amazon, via Sim Wireless as the 3rd party seller. System came with 2.2.0 installed.
 
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Serial Number: XAW400012*****
Assembly Line: W40
Batch Number: 1.2 million
Region: USA
Firmware: 2.3.0
System Color: Gray
Was a bundle (if yes, which): No

Bought at gamestop 8/15/17
 
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Serial: XAW100196XXXXX
Serial on device matches serial on box: Yes
Region: CAN/US
Firmware: 2.3.0
Color option: Grey
Store: Best Buy
Purchase date: 2017-08-17
 

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Serial: XAW700026XXXXX
Region: CAN
Firmware: 1.0.0
Color option: Grey
Store: Amazon.ca
Purchase date: 2017-03-03 (Release Date)
 

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Haven't opened my new one yet, but I will soon. I've got the receipt too.

Version Number: Will edit this post and get back to you
Region: USA
Firmware: Will edit this post and get back to you
System Color (checking a hunch): Grey
Store: Wal-Mart (USA)
Purchase Date: Will edit this post and get back to you
 

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Serial: XAW10002
Region: USA
Firmware: 1.0.0
Color option: Grey
Store: Best Buy
Purchase date: 2017-03-03 (Release Date)
 
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So, in USA regions, we can say XAW1000 is 1.0.0 ans XAW1001 is 2.2.0

Serial: XAW700026XXXXX
Region: CAN
Firmware: 1.0.0
Color option: Grey
Store: Amazon.ca
Purchase date: 2017-03-03 (Release Date)

Man, this breaks my "theory", are you sure is 7000 and not 1000? :( Or maybe XAJ7000, like the EUR consoles? :/
 
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So as we all know a exploit that existed till Firmware version 3.0 has been fixed in 3.01. While where is probably no
Switch with 3.0.1 sold in stores to this day (17.08.2017), I think it would be a good idea to start a thread where people
can post the serial number and informations about their switch consoles to help people buy hackable switches in the future.

Version Number:
Region:
Firmware:
System Color:


If you know with which Firmware your switch came out of the box, please fill in those fields.

As Cyan pointed out, don't post your full serial number. The serial number should start with XAW. The first 5 numbers after the XAW should be enough.
Probably even less, but there are no information about how many numbers are important to distinguish between Fimwares yet.


1.0.0

XAW1000 (3x)
XAJ70002
XAW700026

2.2.0

XAW1001 (2x)



2.3.0

XAW100196
XAW4000
What does XAJ70006 mean?
It came with version 1.0.0 since i didn't have any internet when i unboxed my switch. As soon as i connected it wanted me to update to 3.0.0.
 
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What does XAJ70006 mean?
It came with version 1.0.0 since i didn't have any internet when i unboxed my switch. As soon as i connected it wanted me to update to 3.0.0.
Uhm, I don't know?
Is that your serial number?

It looks for me like only the first four numbers matter, after that the serial number is probably console unique.
I will edit the OP to only include the first 4 numbers.
 
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