When your Nintendo Switch controllers run out of battery life, it’s definitely not the best way to spend a gaming session – you don’t want to lose a game over such a technical triviality. It’s especially annoying when you’re distracted by the blinking indicator light, which signals a low battery. However, Nintendo took care of that and made it easy for players to keep their Joy-Cons charged up and ready for action.
In addition to the fact that for a comfortable game everything is already installed in advance, in addition, come accessories that help to always have a charged Joy-Cons.
In this article, I will tell you what methods to charge the Joy-Cons and enjoy the game.
How to charge Joy-Cons
If you use the Joy-Cons as your primary controller for playing the Nintendo Switch, then you’ve probably experienced how quickly the devices run out of juice. Thankfully, you can charge them quickly and it doesn’t require any additional accessories or settings:
- With the Switch on, attach the Joy-Con controllers to either side of the console until they click. You will see a notification on the screen showing that they’re connected
- Make sure the Switch’s dock or AC adapter is plugged into a power outlet. Either connect the adapter’s plug to the USB-C port on the bottom of the Switch or place the Switch in the dock
- Set your Nintendo Switch to a “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
- Nintendo estimates that it will take some time – usually about three and a half hours to fully charge the Joy-Con controllers. To see how much charge they have, simply hit the Joy-Con icon on the Switch’s main menu and you’ll see their current charge level
How to use a charging dock
If you don’t want to leave the Switch on, you can use a charging dock. This device comes separately, and it’s convenient because you don’t have to use the Switch while charging the Joy-Cons.
- For the Joy-Con charging dock, plug the included cable into the USB port on the Switch’s dock
- Place up to four Joy-Con controllers into the dock and ensure the lights on the top are red. When they’ve turned green, the controllers are fully charged
How to charge Joy-Cons mid-game
Thinking about keeping playing on your Nintendo Switch while your Joy-Cons charge? There are a few ways to do that, follow these steps:
- Take a Nintendo Switch AC adapter and plug it into a wall so that the cord still reaches where you’ll be playing, and plug the USB-C end into the port on the bottom of the consol
- Attach the Joy-Con controllers and get gaming! As long as the Switch is charging, so are the Joy-Con controllers
How to charge using the Charging Grip
In case you decided to play games while the Joy-Con controllers are charging, you’ll need to get the Joy-Con Charging Grip. Its shape is identical to the standard Joy-Con Grip but in addition, it is connectable to your Switch dock that continues charging the controllers while they’re in use:
- Use the included cable to connect the Charging Grip to the Switch’s dock, then open the small slider on the top of the Charging Grip and insert your Joy-Con controllers before closing the slider
- Now you can play. Your controllers will now charge as you’re using your Switch
And that is all on how to keep your Joy-Cons charged and play games without distraction.