So the holidays have come and gone, and you find yourself in the possession of a shiny new Nintendo Switch. The Switch is a fantastic console that gives players the flexibility of taking their games on the go with them. Unfortunately, the Switch doesn’t have the battery life necessary for lengthy gaming sessions away from an outlet. Luckily, there are various ways to make sure you’re conserving your Nintendo Switch’s battery life.
Turn on Airplane Mode
If you sometimes fly, then you’re probably aware of Airplane Mode. Turning this on will disable all of the wireless communication capabilities of a device. Things like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth all consume a bit of energy when turned on. By engaging Airplane Mode on your Nintendo Switch, you can eke out a little bit more battery life when you’re on the go.
Turning off Wi-Fi by engaging Airplane Mode is a no-brainer if you’re playing a single player game. You can do so by selecting “System Settings” from the Home menu. In the next menu, select “Airplane Mode” from the column on the left. Finally, select “Airplane Mode” on the right side of the menu, and press the “A” button to activate it. Be aware that when Airplane Mode is activated, you will not be able to use the Joy-Cons if they are detached from the console. However, the Joy-Cons will still function if left attached.
Lower the Screen Brightness
As with any electronic device with a screen, battery life will take a hit when the brightness of the screen is jacked up. Fortunately, turning the screen brightness down on your Nintendo Switch is super simple and one of the easiest ways to extend the battery life of your Switch console. You can access the screen brightness setting in one of the following two ways.
From the home screen, go to System Settings by tapping on the cog icon. In the System Settings menu, tap on “Screen Brightness” in the column on the left. Next, turn off “Auto Brightness Adjustment.” The Nintendo Switch has this enabled by default. This allows the Switch to automatically change the brightness of the screen based on a sensor that measures ambient light. To conserve the most battery power possible, we need to control the screen brightness manually. To do so, adjust the slider to decrease or increase the screen brightness.
Of course, turning the brightness down may impact your ability to see the screen. Fortunately, you can quickly change the brightness of the screen by holding down the Home button to pull up the quick settings screen. Here, you can access the brightness adjustment slider.
Disable Joy-Con Vibration
The Joy-Con controllers of the Nintendo Switch have a feature called HD Rumble. This allows the Joy-Cons to shake and vibrate in conjunction with the action on the screen. Many games available for the Switch make use of this rumble feature. Inside the Joy-Con controllers are small motors that are responsible for producing the vibrations that require power. Of course, the battery provides the power necessary to operate the HD Rumble feature. To conserve a bit of energy, you can opt to turn the rumble feature off.
At the Nintendo Switch’s Home menu, jump into the System Settings menu by tapping on the cog icon. From there, tap the option labelled “Controllers and Sensors” in the menu on the left. Next, you can toggle “Controller Vibration” to turn the HD Rumble feature on or off. This may not save a ton of juice, but every little bit counts.
Set Sleep Mode
The Nintendo Switch has a Sleep feature that puts the console into a state of hibernation when not in use to conserve battery life. Sleep Mode shuts off most of the functionality of the console, including the screen, and suspends your game. A single button press will “wake” your Nintendo Switch and allow you to resume where you left off. Unfortunately, Sleep Mode doesn’t kick in until the console has been idle for 30 minutes. When you’re trying to conserve as much battery power as possible, this isn’t ideal. Luckily, you can change the amount of time that needs to elapse before the Switch goes into Sleep Mode.
From the Home menu, select System Settings by tapping on the cog icon. in the following menu, tap on the option labelled “Sleep Mode” on the left side. Next, look for the “Auto-Sleep” option. Here you can change the amount of time that needs to elapse before the Switch enters sleep mode: 1, 3, 5, 10 or 30 minutes. Selecting a shorter time will prompt the Switch to go into power-saving Sleep Mode sooner, helping to conserve your battery.
Purchase a Portable Charger
If you’re going to be away from an outlet for a long period of time, you may want to invest in a portable charger. Granted, a large-capacity portable charger can be a bit cumbersome. However, it’s better to have a way to charge your Nintendo Switch than run out of juice during a long plane or car ride. There are a number of portable chargers available for the Nintendo Switch; however, the Anker PowerCore 13400 is a highly-rated, affordable option that is officially licensed by Nintendo.
If you opt for a different charger, you want to make sure that it is a USB-C charger. Furthermore, we recommend that you look for a charger that has a capacity of at least 10,000 mAh. Granted, portable chargers aren’t exactly a way to conserve battery life in your Switch. However if you want to avoid running out of battery while gaming on the go, it’s a good idea to cart one around with you.
Do you have any other ways to conserve battery life in your Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments!