How to Check if Your Nintendo Switch Is Charging

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By combining the power of a console in a portable format reminiscent of 3DS, the Nintendo Switch has quickly become the favourite of millions of people, including many of the world’s leading game content creators. This has only increased its popularity. However, all devices have shortcomings. And when it comes to the Switch, the user interface is described as clumsy and sometimes confusing. But what can you do to solve any problems you might have with the interface?

Wireless switch controllers are largely responsible for the versatility of the system. But you don’t want to find yourself in a situation where your controllers run out of juice in the middle of an ultimate session of Fortnite or heated Super Smash Bros. Your controllers should last about 20 hours when fully charged, but that time can pass quickly, especially if you leave your games idle for long periods of time.

So if you are a new switch owner, or want to know what to expect before you buy, this guide will show you how to keep your Joy-Con or Pro controllers from losing power.

How To Tell If Nintendo Switch is Charging Or Not?

Fortunately, Nintendo has made it very easy to find out whether your system is charging or not. Whichever charging method you use, you’ll notice that a small battery icon appears in the top left corner of the screen. In turn, a flash will appear next to it. When you see these special symbols, you can be sure that the switch is charging.

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Note that some users may be confused if other LEDs light up during, before or after the switch is charging. In general, a green LED in the upper right corner of the display may either blink or stay on permanently – this has nothing to do with the switch battery. Rather, it indicates whether the switch is outputting its video signal correctly or not.

How to Charge the Nintendo Switch Console

Directly with the Nintendo Switch AC Adapter:

  • Insert the USB plug of the Nintendo Switch AC Adapter (HAC-002) into the USB port on the bottom of the system, then plug the AC Adapter directly into an electrical outlet.

Using the Nintendo Switch Dock

  • Connect the Nintendo Switch Power Supply (HAC-002) to the Nintendo Switch Dock (HAC-007).
  • Open the rear cover of the dock.
  • Insert the USB plug of the AC adapter into the top connector on the dock labeled “AC adapter” and close the cover.
  • Insert the Nintendo Switch Console into the dock and make sure the LCD screen is facing the same direction as the front of the dock. Then connect the Nintendo Switch Adapter to a wall outlet.


After all, the switch battery is a fickle beast and must be handled with care. Do not overload the console itself or the JoyCons if you can help it. If you have any tips to extend the battery life or alleviate some of the difficulties you have encountered with the dock or chargers as a switch user, please let us know in the “Comments” section below.

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