It is really impossible to play with your Nintendo Switch if the console stops charging, right? This is a really frustrating and annoying situation, and if it’s happening to you right now, know that there are several reasons why your Switch may no longer charge.
Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can try before sending your console to an official repair center. If your Switch Lite or Nintendo Switch wo n’t charge, then you should try our tips to try and solve this annoying problem. Are you ready? Let’s start!
Nintendo Switch no longer charging: what’s going on?
There are many reasons why your Nintendo Switch can no longer be charged. We summarize them below:
- Charger may need to be replaced;
- There may be a problem with the outlet;
- The contact points inside the console’s USB-C charging port may be dirty or damaged.
- The adapter may have become dirty or damaged.
- The Dock can be damaged if you mainly load your console using the Dock .
- You may be using an incompatible third-party adapter . In fact, remember that some third-party accessories do not work properly with the Switch console.
- If you have made changes or ‘hacked’ your Nintendo Switch, the console may not work properly. You may need to undo any changes made to the Switch in order to load it again.
What to do if the Nintendo Switch no longer charges
As you may have guessed, there are several reasons why the console can no longer charge. The good news is that there are a number of ways to fix the problem too. We will explain them all to you in the following paragraphs.
Check the connection
If the Nintendo Switch can no longer be charged, the first thing to do is check the outlet you are using to charge the console. So, try plugging the cable of another device into the socket and check if it can be charged. If the problem is the electrical outlet, a fuse may have blown. How to solve it? If your outlet is faulty, try plugging the Nintendo Switch into another outlet and see if it can charge.
Check the base
If you charge the console primarily with the base, you must first make sure that all cables are connected correctly . In fact, it is possible that one of them has detached or has a bad connection. If that doesn’t fix the problem, the base may be damaged. In this case, you may need to send it to an official repair center.
Reset the adapter and plug
Before purchasing a new adapter and before sending your console to a repair center, it is recommended that you try to reset the AC adapter . In this paragraph we explain how to do it.
First, turn off the console by holding down the power button for at least three seconds. Then select Power Options and select the Disable option . Now, unplug the charger from both the outlet and the console and wait 30 seconds.
If the charger you are using has a reset button, press it. At this point, reconnect the adapter to the switch and then to the charger. Check if you see the charging indicator on the console screen. If the battery still has some charge, you will see a green indicator in the upper right of the screen. On the other hand, if the battery is low, you will see an empty charge indicator in the upper left of the screen.
That’s it, by doing this you should have solved your problem. If resetting the adapter and plug didn’t solve the problem, read the next tip.
Charge the battery if it is very low
If your Nintendo Switch’s battery has run out and you haven’t charged it for a long time, be aware that it may take a little longer for the console to “recognize” the power adapter when you plug it in.
Remember that the console’s battery is almost completely discharged if you see the battery status indicator in the upper left of the screen instead of in its usual upper right position. In this case, leave the console connected to the charger overnight and then try to turn it on the next morning. That’s it: now you should have solved the problem.
Thoroughly clean the USB-C port and charger
A small layer of dust can prevent the USB-C port on the Switch console or the USB-C port on the Dock from incorrectly connecting with the charger . In this case, careful cleaning could solve the problem.
Remember, of course, that when you are preparing to clean a USB-C port, you must be very careful. You should never use metal objects like safety pins and knives in the USB-C port because it could permanently damage not only the small points of contact but the entire device as well.
Buy a new charger
Have you come this far, have you put all our tips into practice but the Nintendo Switch still doesn’t charge? So you may need a new charger. We always advise you to choose an official adapter for Nintendo Switch: this way you can completely solve your problem, without risk of incompatibility between devices.
But if you’re looking to save some money, you can also find some cheaper third-party chargers .
Contact customer service
If you’ve tried everything, but your Nintendo Switch still won’t charge, it’s time to see a pro! You will need to create an official ticket through Nintendo customer service and you will likely need to send the console in for repair.