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How to turn off the Nintendo Switch (and its controllers)

Off goes the switch.
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May 13, 2022

When you’re done playing with your Nintendo Switch console, you probably just tap the power button on top. However, pressing the power button once doesn’t actually turn the device all the way off. If you’re someone who worries about the longevity of your device’s battery health, you’re probably going to want to know how to turn your Switch off. The same goes for the controllers, which have built-in batteries. Let’s discuss how to turn off your Nintendo Switch, as well as the controllers.

Read more: How to charge Nintendo Switch controllers

THE SHORT ANSWER

To turn off your Nintendo Switch press and hold down the power button until you see a menu pop up. Select Power Options > Turn Off.

To turn off your Joy-Cons or Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, they must be detached from and wirelessly connected to your Nintendo Switch device. Press the black button on top of your controller and you should see the lights turn off.


KEY SECTIONS

If you weren’t already aware, pressing the power button quickly on your Switch will only put the device to sleep. This is why, when you tap the power button when the screen is off, the Nintendo Switch wakes up so quickly.

While this is very handy and a definite upgrade in terms of wake-up time in comparison to past Nintendo devices, there are always times when you should turn your device off completely. For example, if you need to upgrade your microSD storage, you should always do so with the device completely powered down.

How to turn off the Nintendo Switch

With your Switch out of the dock, in handheld mode, press the power button and hold it down for five seconds.

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Press A on Power Options.

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Press A on Turn Off.

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How to turn off a Nintendo Switch controller

There are two types of officially licensed Nintendo controllers: the Joy-Cons and the Pro Controller.

Joy-Cons

To turn off Joy-Cons, you don’t really have to do anything. They will turn off after a short period of time if the device is off.

However, if you are using them detached from the console itself, then you must press the circular black button on the side to turn off the Joy-Con.

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

If your Pro Controller is connected to your Switch, you can always turn it off and disconnect it by pressing the black button on top of the controller. It is located next to the USB-C port.

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Read more: How to delete Switch games

FAQs

Should you turn off your Switch?

It isn’t required to fully turn off your Switch all the time. However, fully powering down your devices is always a good practice to maintain good device battery health and maintain longer battery life.