Fix Nintendo Switch Won't Turn On, Why Black Screen?

If your Nintendo Switch hand held console shows a black screen and won't turn on then that doesn't always mean that your device is broken. In this article, we’ll show you two simple fixes to solve your issue.


Switch won't turn on because the battery is dead


Since your Pro Controller may not be connected to the console, you should pick up the Switch and try turning it on by pressing the power button at the top. If the Nintendo Switch is not working, it may be that the battery is drained. This can happen, for example, because you leave your console in standby mode for days or it is in the docking station but the docking station is not connected to the power supply.


How to fix this: make sure the docking station is connected and charge your console. Alternatively, you can of course charge the switch directly with the charging cable. Once the cable is plugged in, a battery icon will flash on the screen. This tells you that the Nintendo Switch actually ran out of power and didn't turn on. Allow the console to charge for about 30 minutes and then turn it back on. Complete charging takes about 3 hours.

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Switch won't turn on because it's stuck


Another common reason why the console won't turn on is because it's stuck. If it happens while playing, the problem is easy to fix. It gets tricky when the switch hangs up while it doesn't seem to be running. As a result, it can no longer be switched on and you are stuck.


In this case, a soft reset of the console will help. This will force a restart of the Nintendo Switch, which will hopefully fix the issue. For a soft reset you have to do the following: Take the console in your hand and hold the power button on the switch for about 12 to 15 seconds. The power button is located at the top of the console next to the volume controls. Then press the power button again and the switch should turn on.


If both suggested solutions do not lead to success and your Nintendo Switch still does not turn on, then you should contact Nintendo customer service and check your warranty claims if necessary.