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Nintendo Shares Advice For Those Suffering Switch Battery Issues


In recent months, a number of Nintendo Switch owners (particularly those with newer OLED units) have expressed concern over the device’s battery life. A problem could arise, for example, if a console is in sleep mode and the battery drains too quickly when the console is in use.

There are a few simple things you can do to help your battery live longer, and Nintendo’s official customer care department has shared these with you (in Japanese). The procedures are discussed in greater detail below.

  • System Settings > Sleep Mode > Auto-Sleep (Screen Played on Console) should be set to “Never” in order to prevent your console from going to sleep while you’re playing a video game.
  • Make that the Switch is in portable mode and is not connected to an AC outlet.
  • In the case of a Title Screen, a game that may be launched and left unattended is an example.
  • Keep the Switch’s screen illuminated and unattended at all times.

Take your time and allow the battery to completely discharge (the screen will go black as the system shuts down).
When your Nintendo Switch’s battery runs out, plug it into a power source and keep it there for at least four hours.
Using the most recent model, we recommend that you complete these instructions while your battery is already low, so that you don’t waste too much time on the title screen before your battery runs out.