Gamers are just realizing Nintendo Switch ‘boost tricks’ instantly extend battery life

NINTENDOS Switch makes a great living room console that plugs into your TV – but a big plus is the ability to take it anywhere.

If you regularly use your Nintendo Switch on the go, there are some battery life tips you should know.

Treat your Nintendo Switch battery with care and you'll find that it rewards you with a better charge


Treat your Nintendo Switch battery with care and you’ll find that it rewards you with a better chargePhoto credit: Nintendo

This is especially important if you’re going to be going charge-free for a while.

According to Nintendo, a Switch typically offers between 4.5 and 9 hours of battery life.

How you use the console affects which end of the range you get.

So a few simple tweaks to your settings might be just what you need to extend battery life.

It’s no use that the Joy-Cons last longer than the screen.

Nintendo expects them to last up to 20 hours, so they usually outperform your console by a lot.

How to extend the battery life of the Nintendo Switch

One of the simplest and most effective changes you can make is to lower the screen brightness.

Go to settings and drag the slider down as much as you like. Of course, make sure you can keep watching your game.

It’s also okay to set auto-brightness if you usually just have the slider set to maximum.

This way you automatically use lower brightnesses – instead of always leaving them at maximum.

You should also disable controller vibration (and HD Rumble as an extension of it) to conserve battery life.

Turning on Airplane mode is another great way to conserve battery life.

This is because actively searching (and then using) WiFi drains the battery.

Another helpful change is to lower the auto-sleep setting as low as possible — try a minute or three.

This way your Nintendo Switch won’t use up much battery life if you forget to turn it off.

Finally, make sure you treat your battery generally well.

It’s not a trick, but good advice for any wearable device.

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What is particularly (and permanently) damaging to a battery like the one in your Nintendo Switch is excessive heat.

If your Switch is constantly overheating, it’s very bad for your battery’s health – and you’ll find yourself running out of charge faster in the log run.


TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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