Upon the launch of the Nintendo Switch, some owners of the console encountered connectivity issues regarding Joy-Con sync problems, which required fans of the company to ship the system in to the Big N in order for it to be fixed and sent back to the user over the course of several days. Now, players have come across another annoying situation with the console – this time related to the battery – but thankfully, it’s being addressed somewhat in the hardware’s latest update.
According to myriad reports from Nintendo Switch owners, the system can often appear to go from a full charge to an almost completely drained battery in just a matter of minutes, or it simply won’t display that the battery is charged at all, even after sitting in its dock for multiple hours. The latest system software update aims to provide a fix to this troublesome issue by not only offering up “General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience,” but also by “[addressing] an issue in which the remaining battery charge can’t be displayed accurately.”
However, it seems as if the Version 3.0.1 update itself isn’t a foolproof solution to the battery life issue, which has led Nintendo to share additional steps that are supposed to nip the problem in the bud after going through them multiple times. So, in order to truly ensure one’s battery is in tip-top shape, Switch owners will need to run through the following steps in a rinse and repeat process in order to “gradually” fix the situation.
- Ensure the console has the latest system update. The steps below apply to system menu version 3.0.1 or higher.
- Set the Auto-Sleep mode to “Never” for “Playing on Console Screen” and for “Connected to TV.”
- Connect the AC adapter directly to the console until the battery is fully charged.
- If the battery charge indicator does not reach 100%, simply allow the console to charge for approximately three hours.
- The console can be in use while it is charging.
- Once the battery is fully charged, leave the console alone for one hour with the AC adapter still connected to it.
- Afterward, disconnect the AC adapter and allow the console to display the HOME Menu for approximately three to four hours.
- The remaining battery life must be depleted as much as possible.
- Once the battery charge is almost depleted, power off the console by holding down the POWER Button for three seconds, then select “Power Options” > “Turn Off.” Leave the console alone for at least 30 minutes.
- Repeat steps 2 – 6 several times.
- The battery charge indicator will improve gradually by repeating this process several times.
All things considered, should the latest software update for the Nintendo Switch not fix the battery problem outright, then it’s likely that a lot of fans who have been affected by the issue will be incredibly miffed to learn that they will have to manually go through a convoluted list of lengthy procedures themselves to smooth out the situation. After all, the less time spent playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild due to a hardware problem leads to more time being frustrated.
The Nintendo Switch is available now.