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

You might be wondering why so many amiibo tournaments require file submissions. After all, you can just use them in Battle Arenas, right? Well, that wasn’t always the case, as that functionality wasn’t added until early 2019. Before then, we had to find our own ways to host tournaments, and file submissions worked so well that we still use this method of competition to this very day. If you want to participate in a tourney that requires file submissions, you’ll first have to download the NFC Tools app, which you can find on either the Play Store or the App Store. You’ll also need to bookmark the Amiibots home page. Once you’ve got all that set up, you’re good to continue!

Special thanks to jozz for contributing the information presented in this guide!

Android Devices

First, make sure your phone is NFC-compatible. If it isn’t, then you unfortunately won’t be able to retrieve your amiibo figure’s training file. Luckily, amiibo Powersaves are a safe alternative, and we’ve got a full guide for using those right here. 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 (the 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 backup 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 more 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 on. Be sure to check out our competitive training guides for information on each fighter’s most optimal Spirit setup.

And that’s everything you need to know! Some mobile backup guides make use of Tagmo instead, but this app is not available on any official app store — you’d have to manually download the installation and get it working yourself. We decided to go with NFC Tools because new trainers might not be so comfortable downloading an app installation file from a site they don’t know very well. If you’d rather use Tagmo to back up your files, that’s fine too! If you have any trouble with backups, you’re always welcome to join our Discord server, where we’ll be happy to help you out in any way possible!

If you would like to read more amiibo training guides, please follow this link.


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One thought on “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – amiibo Backup Guide (Mobile)”

  1. Thx il be trying this soon so I don’t have to grind for spirits
    But can I alter things like how aggressive they are as wel?

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