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How to Fix it When Nintendo Switch won’t Charge or Turn On

In this article, we'll explain what to do when your Nintendo Switch is unresponsive and won’t turn on, or has an issue with charging

Nintendo Switch won’t Charge or Turn On – If your Switch is unresponsive and won’t turn on, or has an issue with charging, we’ve got a few solutions for you.

There are a few reasons why your Nintendo Switch might not turn on, and most of them aren’t serious. Here’s how to quickly troubleshoot a Nintendo Switch that won’t start.

Let it Charge

Most of the time, when a Switch refuses to turn on, you can chalk it up to a drained battery. This is especially true if it’s been a long time since its last charge over time, it may have lost even its residual charge.

Place it into its dock or plug the charging cable in directly and wait at least an hour for it to charge back up. The Switch should soon be operational, and will be fully charged in about three hours.

Nintendo Switch won’t Charge or Turn On? Perform a Hard Reset

If charging does nothing at all then your next bet should be to perform a hard reset. You can do this by holding down the power button on the top of the console (not the Home Button on the Joy-Con) for around 12 seconds, or 15 if your second counting ability leaves something to be desired. Release the power button from your firm finger force, and press it once as you usually would to turn it on. With any luck things should now function just as you’d expect them to.

Use an Official Nintendo Switch Power Adapter

The Switch charges using a non-standard protocol, so if you’ve been using a third-party solution that may be where issues arise. We’re sure there are plenty of perfectly sensible third-party adapters out there, but we can’t vouch for their reliability or safety, but we (and obviously Nintendo) can vouch for the official charger.

Nintendo Switch won’t Charge or Turn On? Power-cycle your Power Adapter

Seems ludicrous, but there’s a surprising amount of gubbins inside that power adapter of yours. Unplug it from both your Switch and the wall and leave it for 30 to 60 seconds. This will in essence reset the adapter and set things right.

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Founder & CEO of Novabach - Yusuf is a Tech enthusiast. Fascinated by Computers and all sorts of Technology. He writes news, updates, walkthroughs, guides, troubleshooting tips, and how-to tutorials on gadgets and consumer electronics.
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