Easy Ways To Fix Nintendo Switch Not Charging

While Nintendo Switch is loved by millions around the world, many users also find that sometimes the console can’t live up to its claimed 6-hour gaming battery endurance. At some other times, some Nintendo Switch consoles are also encountering issues by not charging at all. Both of these issues are significant since they affect the performance and usability of the console. 

If you have an issue with your Nintendo Switch not charging at this time, there are a number of troubleshooting steps that you can do to identify the reason for it. This article will help you narrow down the factors why a Switch may not charge.

Why Nintendo Switch is not charging?

As a portable gaming platform, the Nintendo Switch has a serious limitation when it comes to its power resource. Although the maker claims that the Switch can be used for up to 6 hours of gaming after a full charge, this is not always the case as some games may be more power hungry than others.

This makes it very important that the Switch should always be ready to be charged when needed. It can be very frustrating if the console won’t charge after its battery is drained. 


There are a number of factors that can cause a charging problem.

For one, the console may have emptied its 4310mAh Lithium-ion battery to the point that it requires a few minutes of charging before it shows signs of powering up. It’s not uncommon for Nintendo Switch console not to turn on right away after plugging it in to charge. Wait for at least 30 minutes after connecting the console to the charger before you power it on.

The other reason why your Nintendo console fails to charge may be because of a defective power cable or adapter. In some cases, the power strip that you may be using may prevent charging too. 

Lastly, a software glitch can also occur so as to prevent the console from turning on or charging.

Troubleshooting a Nintendo Switch that won’t charge

Time Needed : 10 minutes

You’ll need to do a few troubleshooting steps to know the real reason why your Nintendo Switch is not charging. Below are the specific things that you must do:

  1. Leave Nintendo Switch charging for at least 30 minutes.

    Allow the console to charge longer by waiting for at least 30 minutes. This should give the battery more than enough power to jumpstart the system again. Keep in mind that this suggestion only applies if you have a charging issue.

  2. Check the AC adapter.

    If charging the console won’t fix the issue at all, you can reset the AC adapter by disconnecting both ends unplugged for up to 1 minute.
    Also, make sure that you check the cable and adapter for damage. A breakage in the cable may have cut off power totally when charging. 

  3. Replace the AC adapter.

    Make sure that you’re using the official Nintendo Switch charger only (model No. HAC-002). If you’re not, make sure that the adapter is compatible and working. Otherwise, replace the current charger with a known working accessory.

  4. Connect AC adapter directly to the wall outlet.

    Skip the power strip (if you’re using it) and connect the AC adapter directly to the wall outlet.

  5. Perform a hard reset.

    If the charging indicator is not showing up on the screen at all, you need to do a hard reset. You can do that by pressing and holding the Power button for at least 12 seconds.

Get help from Nintendo

If none of the solutions above won’t fix your charging issue, there’s probably a deeper issue that can only be resolved by repair. Check the warranty details of the console and visit your local Nintendo store for assistance.

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