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How to improve your Nintendo Switch’s battery life

After 800 charge cycles, the average Nintendo Switch battery life drops by around 80% ( Erik Mclean on Unsplash)
After 800 charge cycles, the average Nintendo Switch battery life drops by around 80% ( Erik Mclean on Unsplash)

Following in the well-loved footsteps of the Nintendo Wii and Gameboys, the Nintendo Switch is the perfect cosy game console, bringing portability and tactile comfort to gaming.

With games like Animal Crossing and The Legend of Zelda in its arsenal, it’s a popular console choice for many around the world.

The Switch is portable enough on its own to take on the go or curl up on the sofa with, while also linking to bigger screens via its charging dock if you want a larger set-up to enjoy many of its game’s stunning graphics.

Nonetheless, its power as a mobile console is only as good as its battery life and (as with any console) this will degrade over time. Here’s a look at the lifespan of a Nintendo Switch battery and what you can do to mitigate performance drops.

What is the lifespan of a Nintendo Switch battery?

In general, a Switch’s battery life is between four and a half to nine hours. That’s quite a large window, with nine hours seeing you through an entire day on the go, but four and a half barely seeing you through to lunchtime.

What’s more, it’s estimated that after 800 charge cycles, the average Nintendo Switch battery life drops by around 80 per cent.

With this in mind, if you’re noticing your Nintendo Switch’s battery life dropping over time, you might find yourself thinking about swapping it out for a new one.

Can you replace the battery in a Nintendo Switch?

Nintendo states in no uncertain terms that you should not attempt to change your Switch’s battery yourself. It says you should instead contact its customer support with your concern.

While there are tutorials out there and it’s easier to change a Switch battery than other consoles where it’s not as easily accessible, it’s worth noting that it’s a delicate business.

Even the screws you need to remove to expose the inner workings need to be handled sensitively to avoid stripping them.

Can you improve battery health in a Nintendo Switch?

Instead of replacing the batteries outright, there are some steps you can take to prevent or at least slow down the battery’s lifespan loss.

Try to avoid letting your Switch run down to very low battery before putting it on charge. The ideal point to start charging is above 50 per cent wherever possible.

Plus, be sure to keep your Switch out of extremely hot, cold, or humid environments where possible as this can also affect the health of the battery.

Is there a way to check Nintendo Switch battery life?

You can check the battery life of both your Switch console and the controllers if you’re using them separately by doing the following:

  1. Go to the home screen on your Nintendo Switch and select ‘System Settings’

  2. Scroll down and select ‘Controllers and Sensors’

  3. Select ‘Check Controller Battery’ from the menu

  4. A new window should pop up displaying the current battery health for your controllers