How to Fix Nintendo Switch Lite Not Charging


If you’re searching for the answer to how to fix Nintendo Switch Lite not charging, you came to the right place. Many times the Switch Lite won’t charge because it’s cold or you let the battery drain to zero power.

There are several methods you can try to recharge your Nintendo Switch. The easiest method is to recycle the AC adapter by unplugging both ends. Then plug the adapter into a wall outlet and plug in your Switch. Hold down the Switch power button for 30 seconds and then let it go. Then hold it down again for about 6 seconds. If you see the Nintendo logo, your Switch should start charging as usual.

If you get your Switch switch charged, great. If not, don’t panic. You can try the following other methods to fix Nintendo Switch not charging.

Steps for Fixing Nintendo Switch Lite Not Charging

If your Switch is completely dead, make sure you’re using an official Nintendo Switch AC adapter or the dock. It usually takes a full day to recharge from 0%. This helps recondition the battery, so it will hold a charge.

Before beginning, check your AC adapter for any damage, such as fraying or kinks. If you find any, that’s probably the problem. If the charger is in good shape, try this solution.

Follow these steps to get your Switch up and running again.

  1. Hold down the power button for 15 seconds.
  2. Release the power button.
  3. Press the power button as you normally would to turn it on.
  4. Plug the Switch into the dock and power it off by holding down the power button for 15 seconds.
  5. Wait for about 20 minutes with the Switch turned off and plugged in.
  6. Use the power button to turn it back on.
  7. Let it charge at least 24 hours to get it back to normal.

Once your Switch is fully charged, try not to let it get below 20% power. This should prevent it from happening again.

Did You Jailbreak Your Nintendo Switch Lite?

If you modify your Switch by jailbreaking or hacking, it’s possible that’s why it won’t charge using the previous method. Since jailbreaking voids the warranty, you can’t send it to Nintendo for repairs.

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If possible, revert your Nintendo Switch back to the original system you had before jailbreaking. This solves the charging issue for many people.

What to Do if Your Nintendo Switch Won’t Hold a Charge

If you get your Nintendo Switch charged, but the battery loses power when you disconnect it from the charger, it could be the battery age.

According to Nintendo, the life of lithium-ion batteries decreases as they get older. After you charge it about 800 times, the battery loses 80% of its life.

Once you charge the Switch battery completely, the duration of battery life depends on your model.

  • Model HAC-001 – Battery life lasts from 2.5 to 6.5 hours.
  • Model HAC-001(01) – Battery life lasts from 4.5 to 9 hours.
  • Model HDH-001 – Battery life lasts from 3 to 7 hours.
  • Model HEG-001 – Battery life lasts 4.5 to 9 hours.

These are the normal durations for your Nintendo Switch battery once it’s charged.

How to Fix the Nintendo Switch Battery Charge Indicator not Working?

Sometimes, your battery charge indicator doesn’t display the battery life accurately. It might say 10% left for example, but you’re able to play for hours.

When this happens, you can follow these steps to repair the Switch battery charge display:

  1. Check that your Switch has the latest updates.
  2. Set the Auto-Sleep mode to Never.
  3. Charge your Switch for at least three hours.
  4. Keep your Switch connected to the charger for another hour.
  5. Disconnect your system from the charger.
  6. Let your Switch show the HOME menu for three to four more hours to deplete the battery life.
  7. Turn off the Switch and leave it for 30 minutes.
  8. Repeat steps 2 through 7 several times.

After you complete these steps several times, your battery charge indicator should gradually improve. It won’t repair itself if you only do it once.

Is the Nintendo Switch Battery Dead if It Won’t Turn On?

You might be thinking that your Nintendo Switch battery is dead if it won’t turn on. That’s not always the case. One of the most common reasons the Switch won’t turn on isn’t a dead battery but a faulty charge port. A bad cable could also be the problem.

Take a look at the charge port first. Look inside the charge port, and you’ll see small copper pins. If the pins are bent, your charging cable won’t be able to connect properly.

Sometimes, you can try to use a tiny flat screwdriver to straighten the pins, but usually, that doesn’t turn out very well. The full proof method is to replace the charge port.

You can send it to Nintendo for repairs or maybe a local repair shop could fix it for you.

This is a complicated repair that requires disassembling your Switch and soldering the new charge port in place. If you’re a do-it-yourself person, and you’re comfortable working with small electronics and heat guns, you can try fixing the charge port yourself.

As a last resort, send your Switch to Nintendo Support for repairs. If your Switch is still under warranty, you can have the repairs done for free. You can also call technical support, and might have other solutions to the Nintendo Switch not holding a charge. 

Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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