Why Is My Nintendo Switch Not Turning On – Like any electronic device, the Switch isn’t perfect in hardware or software, and although issues with either are shouldn’t crop up too often, they can happen. If your Switch is unresponsive and won’t turn on or has a problem with charging, we’ve got a few solutions for you to save yourself a tremendous amount of headache, hopefully.
My Switch won’t turn on Why Is My Nintendo Switch Not Turning On
If your console was otherwise behaving and then suddenly refused to turn on, there are a few things you can try.
Plug it in to charge Nintendo Switch Not Turning On
Why Is My Nintendo Switch Not Turning On – Sounds basic, we know, but we’re none of us immune to simply forgetting that the Switch didn’t have as much charge as we thought. Usually, the screen will still light up with a battery indicator letting you know it needs charging, but if it’s seriously empty, it won’t have the charge to do that. Charge it with the official Nintendo Switch Power adapter with the console and leave it for at least an hour. You’d be surprised how often this works.
Perform a hard reset Nintendo Switch Not Turning On
If charging does nothing, 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 turn it on. With any luck, things should now function you’d expect them to; this solution has even saved some of the NLife crew once or twice.
My Switch won’t charge Why Is My Nintendo Switch Not Turning On
If your console isn’t taking or keeping a charge, there’s a couple of solutions you can try before taking the nuclear option.
Use an official Nintendo Switch Power Adapter Nintendo Switch Not Turning On
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. Still, we can’t vouch for their reliability or safety, but we (and Nintendo) can vouch for the official charger.
Power-cycle your power adapter Nintendo Switch Not Turning On
Seems ludicrous, but there’s a surprising amount of gubbins inside that power adapter of yours. Unplug it from your Switch and the wall and leave it for 30 to 60 seconds. This will, in essence, reset the adapter and set things right before you test it, though.
Check the power adapter for damage Nintendo Switch Not Turning On
Does it all look all right on both ends? The official power adapter is pretty hardy, but it’s not impervious. Check inside the USB-C plug for any bent pins that might not be making good contact (bad), inspect the cable for fraying as this can cause a short (very bad), and as evident as it sounds, make sure there are no cracks or buckling on the housing of the wall adapter side (genuine fire risk). If you see any signs of damage, do not use the adapter as it could pose a danger. Replace it with another official adapter, and see if using a brand-spanking-new solves your issue.
Please leave it to charge for a few hours Nintendo Switch Not Turning On
If the battery’s been heavily drained, it needs to recharge slowly for safety reasons (that’s a fundamental explanation of how lithium-ion batteries work, but it’s enough for this guide). If your console only just ran out of juice and you plug it in, it will likely be useable almost immediately, but if it’s sat for weeks or even months with no charge, it could take several hours to get even any kind of response out of it. Leave it on charge (supervised) for at least 2 hours, but keep it plugged in for longer if it still shows no signs of life. If you still get nothing from turning it on after 12-24 hours, try a hard reset as detailed above as one last attempt to get things going.
The nuclear option Why Is My Nintendo Switch Not Turning On
If all of that fails, your last sensible course of action is to call Nintendo directly and discuss getting it repaired. If your console is still within warranty, they may not charge you for the service, but be prepared that this most likely won’t be free, unlike the advice we’ve given you.
What about third-party repair shops?
Be very wary of any unauthorized repair shops. The chances are that they’re all completely trustworthy, hardworking, and knowledgeable individuals who will be working on your system.
But using one of these will, in all likelihood, mean that if anything else goes wrong in the future, Nintendo will refuse to repair or service your console, even for a fee. It sucks, but that’s the kind of dystopia we’re living in at the moment.
Can I repair it myself? I have a screwdriver somewhere
This is even more dangerous. I mean, have you ever seen inside a Switch before? Wires, circuitry, resistors, strange-tasting heatsinks, it’s not exactly like that time you blew in your N64’s cartridge slot and ‘fixed it’ (side note: don’t do this, it’s terrible for the contacts). We don’t want anything to happen to your console, and if you had the know-how and skills to repair this yourself, you likely wouldn’t be using this article as a resource, so keep things safe and leave it to the professionals. Feel free to try the simple stuff we’ve mentioned above, but don’t risk your expensive Animal Crossing machine accidentally.
Why Is My Nintendo Switch Not Turning On
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