The switched system has received considerable attention of scholars from all fields because of its wide engineering application background and important theoretical research value. In recent years, the problem of switched nonlinear systems based on sampled-data control has become a research hotspot with the rapid development of computer technology. In this study, the current research status of sampled-data control for switched nonlinear systems is reviewed. First, the basic problems of switched nonlinear systems are introduced, and the fundamental ideas of various control methods of switched nonlinear systems are sorted out. Then, the research status of sampled-data control for switched nonlinear systems at home and abroad is discussed from two aspects:time-triggered sampled-data control and event-triggered sampled-data control. Finally, the existing research results are summarized, suggesting future research directions in the field of sampled-data control for switched nonlinear systems.