[Fix]Nintendo Switch Won’t Turn On After Hard Reset

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It can be very irritating if your gaming console doesn’t turn on when you want to play your favorite games. Unlike a PC, fixing the gaming console by switching the internal components is not so easier. In case you open the console, the warranty stays void.


If you have a Nintendo switch, and if it does not turn on even after a hard reset, then this article is for you. Here, we have covered the possible reason why the Nintendo Switch is not turning on and what are the possible ways to troubleshoot it.

Why Won’t the Nintendo Switch Turn on Even After a Hard Reset?

If you know that the power button of your Nintendo console is working, but the console is not turning on, it can be either a hardware issue or any other internal issue. Also, there is a possibility that there is not enough charge in the console to boot up.

Due to the hard reset, the console has to restart multiple times, and this will drain the battery. This can also be the primary reason for the Nintendo Switch not turning on.

So, it is recommended to plug in the console in charge for at least an hour and see if the console is now turning on or not. If not, follow any of the below-mentioned solutions to fix the issue.

Methods to Fix Nintendo Switch Won’t Turn On After Hard Reset

Before you take the Nintendo console to the service center, here are a few quick fixes that you can try:

Method 1: Charge the Nintendo Switch Battery

One of the common reasons for the Nintendo Switch not turning on can be the complete battery drain. You need to charge the battery for at least 3 hours before you try to turn on the Nintendo Switch console.

You can either use a charging dock or the wall adapter to charge the Nintendo Switch. However, once you put the console in charging, make sure you see the charging indication.

Once the battery is charged for at least 3 hours, press the power button and see if the device is turning on or not.

Charging Nintendo Switch

Method 2: Try a Different Charging Dock

If the Nintendo Switch does not show any signs of charging even after following the above method, it might be a cable problem. Check if any dust is accumulated around the Nintendo Switch’s charging port.

If the charging cable has any cuts or damage, then the charging might not happen. Also, if you are using a non-Nintendo charger or cable, it might lead to the device’s malfunction.

Check if the wall outlet is faulty or working fine. In case the outlet is faulty, try to connect it to the different one. Make sure to remove the surge protector as well (if you are using it).

Method 3: Try a Soft Reset

If the first hard reset did not work properly, then you can try to reset the AC adapter along with the soft reset of the Nintendo console.

  • Firstly, unplug the AC adapter from the Nintendo console and the outlet.
  • Now, leave the device unplugged for 30 seconds.
  • Hold the power button of the Nintendo Switch on the top left for about 20 seconds and release it.
  • Once again, press the power button to turn on the Nintendo Switch.
[Fix]Nintendo Switch Won't Turn On After Hard Reset

Method 4: Remove the SD Card

When you are performing a reset, make sure to remove the SD card. Performing a reset with an SD card installed in the console can lead to data corruption. This will also make the SD card unreadable after the reset is done.

After you remove the SD card, try to perform the reset once again and see if it works.

Method 5: Perform Another Hard Reset

If you find the battery working fine and the console is charged for at least an hour, try to perform the hard reset once again. For this, follow the steps given below:

  • Firstly, turn off the AC adapter and disconnect the charging cable from the Nintendo console.
  • Now, remove the SD card before performing the reset.
  • After unplugging the charging cable, wait for at least 30 seconds. Now, press all the buttons for at least 10 seconds till you see the Nintendo logo appear.
  • Once you see the logo, release all the buttons. The Nintendo console then goes into the ‘Maintenance Mode’.
  • In the maintenance mode, you will see two options. The first reset option is to reset all the game data. The second option is to delete the user data but keep the game data as it is.
  • Select the second option for reset, as it is equivalent to performing a hard reset.


These are some of the common methods you can try to fix the Nintendo Switch issue. If you perform all the methods given above but are still unable to turn on the Nintendo Switch, then we recommend you check if there is any physical damage to the device (like battery bulging).

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