While it’s easy to put your Nintendo Switch to sleep, an extra step is needed to turn off (or restart) your switch completely, which is not obvious. Here’s how to do it.
Normally, when you tap the power button on the top edge of your switch, it puts the console in low power sleep mode but does not turn it off completely. If you want to save battery life, don’t plan to use your switch for a while, or fix a problem, you’ll need to turn off the console completely.
How to turn off your Nintendo Switch
First, locate the power button on the top edge of your switch console. On the original switch, the switch light, and the OLED switch, you’ll find the power button on the left, next to the volume buttons. Hold this button for about three seconds.
The screen will turn black and a special system menu will appear. Select “Power Options”.
On the Power Options menu, select “Turn Off”.
(Alternatively, if you want to reboot your switch completely, you can select “Restart” here.)
The screen of your switch will turn black and it will turn off completely. Unlike sleep mode, when switched off this way, your switch will not use battery life or network data.
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How to force your switch to turn off.
If your switch is unresponsive and will not turn off normally, hold down the power button on the upper left side of the console for about 12 seconds to force the device off.
This long press technique should only be used in emergencies when your switch is malfunctioning. Otherwise, if you force the power off repeatedly, you could potentially damage game save or system data.
How to turn on your Nintendo Switch.
To restart your Nintendo Switch, press and hold the power button on the top edge of the console until the Nintendo logo appears. Happy Gaming!