This guide intends to fix your Nintendo Switch black screen charging. In this situation, your device is frozen and stuck in charging mode.
The screen is black but the lightning bolt shows that it is charging. You try to turn ON your Switch but it does not come to life.
No matter, how many hours you keep the charger connected, the screen remains black. Is this the case with your Nintendo Switch? Surely, we have diagnosed your issue correctly.
Mostly, this problem occurs when you try to charge your Switch after a long time. You may have left it unattended, did not turn it ON, or did not play games for many days.
During this time, the battery drains out completely. So, when you want to use your Nintendo Switch after a couple of weeks, it behaves like this.
However, we have found some very useful tricks to solve your issue. Just follow all the tricks in the correct sequence till the end of this article.
1. Let the Device Charge
Do not turn ON your device immediately after connecting the charger. Because the battery is dead and it cannot take up enough charge in a few minutes.
You may be eager to play games and try to turn ON your Switch after every 5 minutes. Just sit down calmly and let it charge. Wait at least 90 minutes or 2 hours.
The Switch is equipped with a protective mechanism that prevents it from booting up at a low battery.
Surprisingly, your Switch may take 12 to 24 hours to charge fully after a long break; if you have not used it during the past several weeks or months.
So, give it the chance to charge fully and then turn it ON. However, if it is still stuck on the black charging screen then you must try the following troubleshooting methods.
2. Use Original AC Adapter
One of the major reasons for the black screen with charging issue is a bad AC adapter.
If you are not using the original adapter provided by the company, you are putting your device into trouble.
Because the genuine charger is specially designed to deliver the required voltage. While third-party and incompatible adapters cannot provide enough power.
So, replace the charger with the original one that is Model No. HAC-002. Moreover, you need to ensure that the wall power outlet is working well.
Plug in the AC adapter into a different outlet. Alternately, you can use another AC adapter to charge your Nintendo Switch.
Examine it carefully, maybe the current charger is defective, replacing it will solve the issue.
3. Reset the AC adapter
Oftentimes, resetting works like a magic. It activates your device that is currently passive and is not receiving commands properly.
Disconnect the AC adapter from the docking station and the wall power outlet. Wait for 30 or 60 seconds and then reconnect the adapter both to the dock and the power supply.
Another trick is to connect the adapter directly to the Nintendo Switch. Unplug the AC adapter from the dock and plug it into your Nintendo Switch.
Then connect its other end to the wall power outlet. Hopefully, this trick will work and your device will boot up.
Moreover, make sure that you have connected everything precisely and firmly. The Switch should be connected to the docking station which needs to plug in the AC adapter.
4. Apply the Charging Trick
If your Nintendo Switch is not charging through the docking station, charge it directly. You need to follow some quick steps to troubleshoot your device.
Be sure to follow these steps correctly;
- Remove the Joycons from your Switch and undock it.
- Connect the charger directly to your Nintendo Switch and leave it for 15 minutes.
- Now, press and hold the ‘Power’ button for 12 seconds or until the screen with the charging icon goes OFF completely.
- Disconnect the charger from your device and let it cool down for 60 seconds.
- Try to turn ON your device by pressing the ‘Power’ button.
- It will turn ON and will lead to the Home screen that will indicate that your device needs charging.
- Quickly, connect the charger and turn ON the power supply. At this point, your Nintendo Switch will start charging normally.
- Be sure to charge your Switch when its battery goes to 15%. Avoid draining out the battery completely and leaving it uncharged for several days.
5. Reset Your Nintendo Switch
This trick is also helpful in fixing your Switch black screen charging. You can perform a reset by the following steps;
- On your Nintendo Switch, press and hold the ‘Power’ button for 20 seconds or until the screen goes OFF completely.
- Wait for 60 seconds at least and then press the power button once to turn ON the device.
- If this does not work on the first attempt, repeat the same process two more times.
But, before that, you must give enough charging time to your console.
We mentioned this solution at the end, which means you should also try it as a final trick.
6. Seek Nintendo Support
We hope, till now, your Nintendo Switch has been fixed. But, if it is still in the same state then you must contact Nintendo-the manufacturer.
The company can better diagnose the problem and can resolve it. It may be due to an expired battery or a defective motherboard.
Because the software issues must be solved by applying the tricks mentioned in this article.
Some Important Suggestions
In the end, we want to give you some suggestions. The first one is to avoid keeping your Nintendo Switch inactive for a long time like 3 days, a few weeks, or even months.
Because this device is just like your mobile phone that cannot come to life if its battery is drained out fully.
The same thing happens with your Switch, its battery dies when you do not charge it for a long time.
The second suggestion is that always use the genuine charger that came with the device. If it is broken or defective, purchase the original one from the company.
The third and final suggestion is that do not wait for the battery to drain out completely to 0%.
Generally, users do this because they are too busy playing games to notice the battery percentage. This behavior decreases the life of your Nintendo Switch.
So, by following these recommendations, you can avoid many problems- including Nintendo Switch black screen charging- in the future.