Nintendo Switch won't turn on


Whether you want to throw yourself headlong into a game of Super Smash Bros Ultimate or any other Nintendo Switch title, it’s a real pain if the console doesn’t want to log in.

Although we are talking about one of the most successful gaming consoles of recent years, problems with this console are not uncommon: from controllers that don’t work to multiplayer that doesn’t work as it should.

Nintendo Switch won’t turn on? Some practical tips to solve the problem

In this article, we will focus on the problems related to starting the aforementioned platform and, the first step in this regard is to identify the reasons that can prevent it from turning on.


These can be multiple and relate to batteries (discharged or damaged), physical damage to the device, a faulty socket or cable but also problems related to the software .

Restart the console

It may seem obvious, but it is worth following a logical path, by going to the exclusion. In this process, shutting down and restarting the Nintendo Switch is a vital step.

If you usually wake the machine using the Home button on a controller, it is possible that the controller’s battery is dead. Instead, you should try to wake the console using the power button on the console.

If the Nintendo logo pops up and then disappears, it’s likely your Switch’s battery is dead, which brings us to our next solution.

Recharge the Nintendo Switch

The most common answer to “ Why doesn’t Nintendo Switch startup? ”Is the battery charge low or completely absent? Try docking the console and charging it for at least 30 minutes before turning it back on.

If the Nintendo Switch is charging correctly, the green light will appear on the bottom left of the dock. If the light does not come on, check that the dock is connected. If it is and it still doesn’t turn on, you may have a dock-related problem.

Check for physical damage to the console or power cord

If the Nintendo Switch still does not turn on, gently move the power cord to where it connects to the console. Is the cable loose or not seating? Is there any meltedburnt, or discolored plastic near the power cord or port?

If so, it’s all due to physical damage. It will be difficult to recover the console unless the damage is limited to the cable.

faulty cable could be the culprit for the misfire. Check for dirtbare or frayed wires, a bent adapter, or bent pins. If you see the damage, you just have to buy a new cable.

faulty cable

Consider replacing the charger

If your Switch is unresponsive to external stresses and you don’t see anything on the screen when you start it (not even the low battery indicator or the Nintendo logo), then one possibility is that your charger needs to be replaced.

You can optionally purchase third-party alternatives, which are cheaper than Nintendo products. Provided they choose the product carefully, they will be able to do their job very well for a reasonable cost.


Check the USB-C connector for damage

Your Switch may not charge properly if your console has taken damage to the USB-C port on the bottom of the unit. Inspect this area carefully for telltale signs of damage, such as a bent door, cracks, or anything exposed that shouldn’t be.

If the switch has actually been damaged, the unit will need to be repaired or replaced.

Also, check that the USB-C connector is clean, dirt may have entered that is preventing the console from charging.

Try a new power source

If there is no damage, you need to identify the other potential source of the problem.

The socket you are using may be defective. Try plugging the device into a different outlet to see if that solves the problem.

Try resetting the console

Another possibility is that your console has crashed and is not fully responding to controller input or even the power button. While this may be a somewhat rare occurrence, it is worth trying to manually reset the console to try and recover it.

You can hard reset the Switch by holding the power button on the top of the machine for 15-20 seconds, then turning on the console normally (by pressing the power button once).

Please note: Please note that your console’s battery may be low if it has been in this state for some time, so have the charger handy.

Assistance and repair

If you are reading on, it means that your power supply does not appear damaged and the console has not suffered any damage to the USB-C port. You tried resetting both the switch and the AC adapter and charged it for a while with nothing showing on the screen. You have tried a little bit of all the solutions described with no results.

At this point, it’s probably worth contacting Nintendo Support to see if your console can be inspected and repaired. If the console is still under warranty (in the EU this is 2 years from purchase), you may be able to return it to the retailer you purchased it from to fix the problem.

If your console is no longer under warranty, the after-sales repair is your only choice. Without knowing what’s wrong with the console, it can be difficult if you’re not a technician. Eventually, look for someone who is particularly tech-savvy – in big cities, it shouldn’t be impossible to find someone who can fix your console.

Depending on what’s wrong with the console, repairs could be expensive, especially if you hire technicians tied to the manufacturer itself. Consider taking the device to a third-party repair center that may be able to help you.

Please note: If your console is still under warranty, never open it yourself and never let anyone other than Nintendo attempt a repair.

Your saves and settings may be lost

If you manage to repair (by yourself or through technicians) your console, there is a possibility that you will not lose any data on it.

If you have Nintendo Switch Online, many (but not all) of your saves are stored in the cloud. However, any information saved in the internal memory (not the microSD card ) will not be saved. Nintendo may offer you a refurbished unit instead of the original unit, which means that you will lose everything on internal storage not backed up to the cloud.

Note: Be sure to remove the microSD card before sending the console for repair.


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