How to Charge Switch Controllers: Tips for Your Joy-Con Controllers

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May 15, 2020 02:53 AM

Nintendo Switch has been gaining a lot of popularity nowadays. One of its best selling games which is currently quite happening these days is Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It's a life simulation video game specially designed for Switch.

For you who start to think of investing your money on the handheld console for this game—or other released games which are as exciting as Animal Crossing—, then you need to learn more about your device! Since it’s a handheld video game console, what you need to pay attention to is the battery life of the device as well as its sticks! 

Do you know that the controllers are really unique since they can either be attached to the main console or detached and used wirelessly? Also known as Joy-Con controllers, using the controllers wirelessly will be quite fun. You can share one of them with your friend and play Switch games in a multiplayer mode!

But, the controllers’ versatility means you need to take for its battery life. No worries, though, since you can charge them the same way you can charge a phone in many ways with a wall charger, an external battery, or even your computer. 

You may have to invest in other equipment like a third-party charging dock or a Switch charging dock, but you’ll have many ways of still enjoying your Switch while it recharges. In this article, you’ll learn how to charge Switch controllers in many ways.

1. How long does it take to charge Switch controllers?

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Before going straight to know how to charge Switch controllers, first, you’ll want to know how long it takes to charge Switch controllers. Based on Nintendo’s official page, it takes approximately 3 ½ hours to fully charge the Joy-Con controllers. To see how much charge they have, simply hit the Joy-Con icon on Switch’s main menu and you’ll see their current charge level.

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There are some ways to charge your Nintendo controllers. First, we’re going to show you how to charge Switch controllers while attached to the Nintendo Switch console. Simply follow the guide below to know how:

Step 1. With the Switch on, attach the Joy-Con controllers to either side of the console until they click. You should see a notification on the screen showing that they’re connected.

Step 2. Plug the AC adapter into a power outlet, then connect the adapter’s plug to the USB-C port on the bottom of the Switch.

Step 3. Put your Nintendo Switch into sleep mode by hitting the power button located on the top. The Joy-Con controllers will not charge if the Switch is powered off completely.

Step 4. Your controllers are charging.

Another way to charge your controllers is by attaching them to the Joy-Con Charging Grip. It’s important to note that the Joy-Con Charging Grip is not included in any Nintendo Switch bundle. You have to buy the product separately. - Photo by

The following is how to charge Switch controllers using the Joy-Con Charging Grip.

Step 1. Attach the Joy-Con to the Joy-Con Charging Grip.

Step 2. Connect the Joy-Con Charging Grip to the Nintendo Switch dock using the USB cable that was included with the Charging Grip. Or connect it directly to the Nintendo Switch AC adapter.

Step 3. Your controllers are charging.

3. How to charge Switch controllers (Switch Lite version)

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There’s another version of Nintendo Switch, that is, Nintendo Switch Lite. This version is dedicated to handheld gaming, meaning that the controllers are built in the device, so you can’t remove them. That’s why Nintendo Switch Lite can only play the games in the Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode.

For games that do not support handheld mode, players can wirelessly connect compatible controllers to Nintendo Switch Lite (note that you have to separately buy Joy-Con controllers for Nintendo Switch Lite). If using separate Joy-Con controllers, you’ll also need to have a device to recharge them, such as the Joy-Con Charging Grip.

To know how to charge Switch controllers this way, you’ll just have to follow the easy steps below:

Step 1. Attach the Joy-Con to the Joy-Con Charging Grip.

Step 2. Connect the Joy-Con Charging Grip to the Nintendo Switch AC adapter.

4. How to charge Switch controllers with your Switch dock

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If you bought a Switch Pro Controller, you can charge it at any time through the included USB-C cable connected to your Switch dock. The front two USB ports on the dock are easiest to access while still playing.