How to fix Nintendo Switch not Turning On [Guide]

The Nintendo Switch is a great handheld console that was released in 2017 and continues to be so thanks to a large number of games that are available for it. The Switch also has a lot of accessories and even indirectly supports input from the Nintendo Wii controllers. Since it’s an electronic gadget you may face some issues with your Nintendo Switch. Sometimes the Switch will just not want to power on and it can be annoying. Today’s guide is all about how to fix the Nintendo Switch not turning on.

There could be a time when you were using the Nintendo Switch normally, playing a few games, and then you left it plugged into the power source to charge its battery. When you pick the Switch and realize that it is no longer turning on. You begin to panic and wonder what went wrong and what wrong did you do for the Switch to be dead this way. You have come to the right place to know how to fix the Nintendo Switch won’t turn on.

Fix Nintendo Switch Not Turning On

If you have a Nintendo Switch that suddenly decided to die on you, here are a few troubleshooting methods that you could try to bring your Nintendo Switch back to life.

Leave Nintendo Switch plugged in

If you have a Nintendo Switch that hasn’t been used in quite a long time, chances are high that the Switch battery has been exhausted completely. Sometimes it is best if you leave the Switch plugged into the charger. It can take a while for the battery to begin charging- around 15 to 20 minutes before it begins regular charging.

Reset your Nintendo Switch

Performing a hard reset on the Nintendo Switch can help solve some issues. If you know that your Switch has a good amount of charge left in its battery. Yes, you can also perform the factory reset even when your Nintendo Switch is off. To know how to perform a hard reset on the Nintendo Switch, you can refer to our guide. Make sure to follow the last reset method mentioned in the linked guide. After resetting try powering on your device, it may fix the Nintendo Switch won’t turn on issue.

Check for damaged cables and adapter

Now, it could be possible that you might have plugged your Switch in to get charged for an hour or so, but then later realized that it doesn’t seem to be charging. Why? There could be some damage to the charging cord and or the charging adapter. Check for any cuts and slices on the cable and also check if the adapter is not burnt inside. If there are any damages then it is time to get a new charger for your Nintendo Switch. This may fix the Nintendo Switch not turning on issue.

Use the original power adapter

It is always best to make use of the power adapter that comes in the box as its power rating is perfect for the Switch. Third-party or off-brand adapters might not support charging the Switch in the right way or might just not work at all. You can buy the power adapter for the Switch from the online Nintendo Store for $29.99 or just buy the USB adapter for $9.99. It is recommended that you make use of the original chargers and cables and also those that are compatible with the Switch.

Reset Charging adapter

Well, you can’t really reset it, but leaving it unplugged for a while should definitely help. It could be possible that the adapter is overheating while trying to charge the Switch and hence is not delivering the required power to the Switch to get charged. Leave the charger disconnected for about 3 to 5 minutes and then plug it back in. The Switch should begin charging in about 5 to 10 minutes or so. This is another way to try for fixing if Nintendo Switch won’t turn on.

Take it in for repairs

If all the above options fail and still your Nintendo Switch not turning on, then it could be possible that the battery needs a replacement or it could be that the charging port on your Switch has gone bad. Either way, the best you can do now is take it to the authorized Nintendo Switch service center. If your Switch is still under warranty then well and good. Avoid taking it to the third-party repair centers if the issue can be solved by Nintendo themselves. If everything else fails, you could always try the third-party repair centers, but it’s all a game of luck and risk that you need to play. You can also contact the Customer Care team for the Nintendo Switch online.


This is how you can fix the issue of the Nintendo Switch not turning on. Have you had a Switch that had an issue similar to this and got it fixed? If so, do share your experience about how you got it fixed and if it was done at the service center, what changes have they done. Let us know about it in the comments below.

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