- Try unplugging it.
Okay, I’ll wager you might have already tried this option. But hey, you never know– maybe it’s time to give it another shot. It’s really quite simple: just unplug the charger from the wall and your Switch, wait about a minute or so, and plug it back in.
- Make sure it’s fully plugged in.
This is a basic step, but one that’s also easy to overlook. First, check to make sure your USB is fully plugged in and connected. If that’s all good, make sure the power brick is also fully connected to its outlet. If you’re fully powered up, your Switch should switch on. (See what I did there?)
- Wait a while.
When you plug in your Switch and the screen remains black, your first thought may race to the worst, but you might be surprised what giving it some more time can do. Though a little scary, this is a very common occurrence when the battery is completely drained. Leave your Switch plugged in for about an hour or so and see what happens then.
- Try using a different outlet.
This actually might not even be a Nintendo hardware problem; instead the problem, could just be a broken outlet. If this is the case then the solution is really quite simple: just use a different outlet and see if anything changes in the status of your Switch.
- Reset your Switch.
A frozen Switch could be causing your problem here. Luckly, there’s an easy way to fix this issue too. What you’ll have to do is hold down your power button for about 12 seconds, then release. Once you do this, try plugging it back in. If the screen was frozen and this step worked, your Switch should resume charging.
- Check for damage.
If your charging problem is caused by external damage, a visual inspection should uncover the culprit pretty quickly. Unplug your power adapter from the wall and check for any damage on it. Damage could USB adapter itself which may have bent pins, or your wire itself may be damaged (which is usually pretty easy to spot), or the spokes on the plug’s block may be bent out of place.
- Make sure you’re using the right adapter.
Nintendo strongly recommends that you use their official Nintendo Switch adapters, and not just a random USB-C adapter. Using just any old adapter could actually be doing harm to your system; so just try to ensuremake sure yours says Nintendo on it!
- Make sure your Joy-Cons are connected.
If the problem isn’t with your actual Switch, but instead your Joy-Cons, then you’ll need to resolve that problem to get your console to turn on again. Make sure you securely connect both your Joy-Cons to your actual Switch. If they aren’t fully connected within their respective slots, they won’t be charging properly, and you won’t be able to use them.
- Contact an expert.
This is a last resort kind of option, because no one wants to have to talk with technical support. But if your warranty is up to date, give the Nintendo support team a ring to see if your device damage is covered. If you’re no longer under warranty, or just want an answer in-person faster, bring it to your local experts instead. uBreakiFix offers free diagnostics, so you have nothing to lose by dropping by to get the lowdown on why your console isn’t charging properly.
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