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How to Restart Nintendo Switch to Fix Errors

Find out when and how to restart or reboot your Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch is one of the most successful gaming console ever since its launch. It supports playing high-end games without slowing down. The switch is the go-to-choice as it can be accessed from home and on-the-go. It is a fully-featured gaming console that supports playing online games with internet connection or wireless ad-hoc connectivity. Nintendo Switch is a direct competitor of Microsoft’s Xbox One as well as Sony’s PlayStation consoles. Nevertheless, it means Nintendo Switch has no flaws. It may at times trouble you as the switch may go unresponsive for no reason, would freeze and you will get stuck. In any such situation, you shall fix up the glitches with a restart. You need not be an expert to restart or reboot Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite. It is as easy as you turn on the Switch and the article guides you in detail.

FYI: How to Reset Nintendo Switch [With & Without Losing Data]

Why is Force Restarting Nintendo Switch Not Recommended at First

Force restarting isn’t like normal restart or reboot on Nintendo Switch. Doing this may cause hardware issues and your Switch won’t shut down as normal.

If you don’t bother about both app and device data, then proceed with force restart.

Nintendo Switch has no way to back up your saved data. It neither supports cloud nor local storage. So, you will not be able to retrieve your data permanently.

At times, force restarting Switch will corrupt the entire OS and you will only get the blue screen. You can no longer fix anything on Switch.

Nintendo Switch force restart

For all these reasons, we have come up with other ways in which you can resolve issues on the Switch.

How to Restart / Reboot Nintendo Switch

If your Nintendo Switch goes unresponsive, you should perform restart/reboot. You can do this within a minute or less. Force restarting is quite a risky process and you can better try other options instead of rebooting at the very beginning.

Force Restart or Reboot Nintendo Switch

(1). Press and hold the Power button on the top of the Nintendo Switch for about 15 seconds.

(2). Wait for the device screen to turn dark. If you could see the Nintendo logo following the reboot process, then it means booting is taking place.

Alternative Methods to Restart Switch

There are different ways in which you can restart or reboot Nintendo Switch.

1. Power off and Power On

If your Nintendo Switch is frozen and if you aren’t able to use it further, the first and foremost thing you can do is to power it off and power on again.

(1). Press and hold the power button for about 12 seconds to shut down Nintendo Switch.

(2). Now, press the Power button once again to turn on it back.

Tip! The power button is the small circular button you will find next to the volume button on the top of the Switch.

2. Charge the Battery

charge Nintendo Switch

At times, Nintendo Switch won’t turn on when the device battery is low. In such a case, charge the Nintendo Switch battery. To do so,

(1). Keep the console in the dock or connect it with USB-C cable to let it charge.

(2). Try turning on after some time and check if you could use Nintendo Switch.

3. Restart the Game

If Nintendo Switch freezes or shows no response while playing the game, then quit the game and restart it. To do so,

(1). Press the Home button to go back to the home screen of Switch.

(2). Highlight the game title and press ‘X‘ to quit the game.

(3). When prompted, confirm to end the game.

(4). After some time, press A to restart the game.

Note: You may lose unsaved data while restarting Nintendo Switch with this method.

FYI: How to Perform a Nintendo Switch System Update

4. Dock & Redock Switch

Dock & Redock Switch

If you aren’t able to turn on the Nintendo Switch or it doesn’t resume after freezing, you can do this. Be careful while removing the Switch as dock can scratch the glass surface.

(1). Try removing the Switch from the dock slowly.

(2). After that, place it back in the dock.

Tip! Performing this will release the Switch or get rid of the bug causing the error.

Try any of these!

  • Try removing the wired controllers and Joy-Con controllers from Nintendo Switch.
  • If freezing issues aren’t resolved by restarting, then you shall finally contact the Nintendo Switch customer support.

Instead of force restarting the Nintendo Switch directly, we recommend trying all the other possibilities to fix up the issues. When everything fails, you can then choose for force restart/rebooting the Switch.

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