Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – amiibo Backup Guide (Mobile)

As you may very well know, amiibo can be used in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Battle Arenas. For tournaments hosted through arenas, all you need is a Switch, a fully-trained Figure Player, and a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. But there was once a time when amiibo couldn’t be used online at all. In fact, it wasn’t until March 2019 that this became possible. So trainers had to get creative to be able to host tournaments: and this meant using an NFC-enabled device to safely copy the training file from their amiibo. They’d then send that file to a tournament host, who’d have special equipment that can zap the amiibo file onto their console as if it were a genuine figure!

Many trainers still use this method of submission today, and if you’re looking to enter a tournament that requires a .bin file submission, you’re in luck. We’ve got full guides here on how to use an Android or iPhone device to retrieve your amiibo’s training file, and information on how to remove Spirits from it, if needed! We also have a guide on using Amiibo Powersaves to back up your amiibo, and you can access that guide right here. Regardless of the kind of mobile device you own, you’ll need to download the NFC Tools app. You can find it on the Play Store or App Store. You’ll also need to bookmark the Amiibots home page. Once you’ve got all of that set up, though, you’re good to continue!

Thanks to jozz for contributing this guide! You can check out their Twitter by following this link.

Android Devices

Make sure your phone is NFC-compatible. If it isn’t, then you unfortunately won’t be able to retrieve your amiibo’s training file. Luckily, Amiibo Powersaves are a safe alternative, and they’re available for a relatively low price at retailers like GameStop. Assuming your Android is NFC-compatible, though, here’s a full step-by-step guide:

  1. Open the NFC Tools app.
  2. Select the “Other” tab.
  3. Choose “Read memory”.
  4. Tap your amiibo to your phone’s NFC touchpoint.
  5. Open the kebab icon (three dots) at the top right of the screen, and choose “Export as text”.
  6. Select an application to export your text file to. If you have a Google Drive account, you can save the text file to your Drive. Alternatively, you can download it directly to your phone.
  7. Once you’ve obtained your text file, visit the Amiibots home page. Under the “Convert NFC Tools Export to Bin File” section, select Choose File, upload your .txt file, and hit Submit.
  8. Your download should begin. You now have your amiibo’s .bin file, and can send it to tournament hosts. Congratulations!

iPhone Devices

The process for iPhone devices is just a little bit different. You’ll still need the NFC Tools app, and you’ll still need access to the Amiibots home page. Once again, make sure your device is actually NFC-compatible! Your device will need to be an iPhone 7 (or newer), as the previous generations have very limited NFC capabilities. Assuming yours is a newer model, here’s the step-by-step guide:

  1. Open NFC Tools and select “Other”.
  2. Choose “Read / Edit memory”.
  3. Tap your amiibo to your phone’s NFC touchpoint.
  4. After the figurine is scanned, select “Share” at the top-right corner.
  5. Within the sharing options, select “Save to files”.
  6. Once you’ve obtained your text file, visit the Amiibots home page. Under the “Convert NFC Tools Export to Bin File” section, select Choose File, upload your .txt file, and hit Submit.
  7. Your download should begin. You now have your amiibo’s .bin file, and can send it to tournament hosts. Congratulations!

File Editing

There’s one potential complication here. Depending on the tournament you’re looking to enter, it may or may not allow Spirits. What if you’ve trained a Spirits amiibo and want to enter it to a vanilla (non-Spirits) tournament without resetting? No problem. Once you’ve obtained your amiibo’s .bin file, head over to SubmissionApp’s Spirits editor and upload your backup. From there, you’ll be able to remove its stats, Spirit effects, and Spirit type. Furthermore, if your amiibo doesn’t have Spirits, you can also use this app to add some! Be sure to check our competitive training guides for information on each fighter’s most optimal Spirit setup.

And that’s about it! If you have any trouble backing up your amiibo, you’re always welcome to join our Discord server, where we’ll be happy to help out in any way we can. By joining, you also ensure you’ll be the first to receive updates about new posts and guides. Thanks again to jozz for contributing the backup methods for this guide! Until next time — happy training!

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