How To Fix Incorrect Nintendo Switch Battery Indicator

One of the uncommon yet confusing issues for some Nintendo Switch consoles is when there’s incorrect battery indicator. This is usually due to a software error although in some cases, bad hardware is also to blame. 

If you can continue using your Nintendo Switch console even though the battery indicator is saying that power is almost empty, then this article might help you fix it.

Causes of incorrect battery indicator issue on Nintendo Switch

There can be a number of possible reasons for this problem. Let’s discuss each of them briefly below.

Outdated software.

Just like any electronic device, your Nintendo Switch needs regular software updates in order to perform well. In some cases, known bugs are fixed by a new software update. Be sure to check for updates manually if your console does not indicate new software version at this time.

Follow the steps below on how to check for a system update:

  1. Make sure that your Nintendo Switch is connected to the internet.
  2. Go to the Home Menu.
  3. Select System Settings.
  4. Select System.
  5. Select System Update.
  6. Wait for a few moments to allow the system to check for new software version.
  7. If an update is available, the download process will begin automatically.

Sleep Mode Settings bug.

Some Nintendo consoles are reported to experience erroneous battery level indicator due to a bug with Sleep Mode feature. Try to disable or set Sleep Mode to Never and see if that will fix the problem.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Go to the Home Menu.
  2. Select System Settings.
  3. Scroll down the options on the left and select Sleep Mode.
  4. Disable Auto-Sleep by selecting Never.

Charging issue.

If you don’t fully charge your console before using it again, it may develop battery level indicator bug. Try to connect the AC adapter directly to the console and let it charge for about three hours.

If your Nintendo Switch appears to have a charging problem, you can visit this article for help.

Deeper software issue.

You may need to return the device to its factory state if the solutions in this article won’t help at all. Make sure to factory reset your Nintendo Switch if the issue continues.

Troubleshooting Nintendo Switch battery level indicator error

There are a number of troubleshooting steps that you can do in order to fix this problem. Follow the steps below on what to do.

  1. Keep the software updated.

    Make sure to follow the steps above on how to update your Nintendo Switch console.

  2. Set Auto-Sleep Mode to Never.

    Follow the steps above on how to change Auto-Sleep feature.

  3. Charge the console.

    If the battery indicator won’t reach 100%, let it charge for about 3 hours.

  4. Charge for additional hour.

    After charging the battery for 3 hours, or when the battery is 100%, leave it connected to the AC adapter for another 1 hour.

  5. Let the battery drain.

    Do not use your console but leave it to display the Home Menu for 3 hours to allow the battery to drain.

  6. Charge the console.

    Once the battery is almost depleted,Turn off the console and charge.

  7. Repeat Steps 2-6 several times until the issue is resolved.

    This entire process should slowly calibrate the battery level indicator to its normal state.

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