Nintendo has released an update for a perpetual issue with the on-screen indicator involving the console’s battery. According to Polygon, the release of Version 3.01 of the Switch system software “[addresses] an issue in which the remaining battery charge can’t be displayed accurately.” The issue has been a long-standing one given that the indicator can go from a full charge to nearly depleted in a matter of minutes.
Now, Nintendo’s update does not seem to be a perfect fix for the console. It the problem persists, you will need to take some additional steps. The support website states that “if the system’s battery power display suddenly increases or decreases, it will gradually improve” providing you complete this multi-step process.
Here’s the step-by-step process:
- 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.
Nintendo itself says that the process could take several hours. Hopefully it won’t take that long but do not plan on doing it when you are about to head out the door. If you have time during the weekend or a day off, that may be when you should do it.