Are you struggling to connect your Nintendo Switch to Wi-Fi? No way to play Switch multiplayer games? Below are several methods to try.
Is there any ways to fix Nintendo Switch not connecting to Wi-Fi
For a long time, the Nintendo Switch has been on top of the most popular portable game consoles. And it isn’t surprising, because Nintendo doesn’t have direct competitors in this niche – PlayStation Portable and PS Vita are a thing of the past and there is no such demand for them as before. Although, Nintendo still holds the bar, and the constant service shows its result.
And if you suddenly have any problems with the Nintendo Switch, you can always find quite a lot of information on how to fix it. In order to make it easier for you, here are collected mostly the most common problems with Nintendo Switch, which can cause problems with your Internet connection.
How to restart Nintendo Switch
Since the Nintendo Switch also works without the Internet, you still can’t have the same access to games and services as when connected to a network. And if you have a problem with the Nintendo Switch and you can’t connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi, the first thing all users do is to reboot the device. However, be careful, pressing the power button or leaving the device in sleep mode doesn’t mean that you have restarted the whole process. This way, you will not get rid of bugs and internal errors in Nintendo Watch. Here’s how to do it right:
- First of all, press and hold the physical Power button in the top left corner of the system for a few seconds
- Then, choose Power Option and click Restart
- Finally, the system will reboot. Give it time, and then check to see if your Switch is connected to the Internet
How to reboot Internet equipment
Next, if the above method didn’t help, it’s time to deal with the router. The fact is that often the router can give some kind of failure and it naturally affects the quality of the Internet and how other devices are connected to it.
To reset the router, first, try turning off the power button on the router. It should be somewhere on the back or just be obvious. When you press it, all indicators that indicate that the router is working should go off.
If nothing changes, try just unplugging the router. It’s almost the same, but sometimes the difference in the result is huge.
How to install system and game updates
Another thing that not everyone remembers is the update of the system. Yes, during the disconnect you can’t install updates a priori, but perhaps earlier your system began to download an updated version but didn’t install it in time to your device. And now Nintendo isn’t functioning as it should. Follow these steps to check if your system is up to date:
- Head to Settings > System
- Choose System Update to check for updates that are ready to install
If you have a problem with the game or a particular game that doesn’t work as well as before and notifies you that you need an Internet connection, then perhaps the new version of the game isn’t installed correctly or not installed at all. Since games are updated automatically, this shouldn’t happen often. Although, you can always manually update the game or app. Here’s how to do it:
- To check for game updates, press the Plus or Minus button when highlighting a game on the home screen
- then go to Software Update > Via the Internet
In case you’re next to someone else who also has a Switch and an up-to-date copy of the game, select Match Version with Local Users instead. There you can create a group and install the update locally through someone else’s Switch.
How to review Switch’s network settings
Still, have problems with the connection? Then it’s time to take a look at your Switch’s Internet connection settings to see where the problem lies. Follow these steps to do this:
- Open the “Settings” menu on the “Home” screen and click the Internet tab
- There, select “Test Connection” to do a quick test to make sure everything is working properly
However, if you don’t get a Connection test was the successful message, write down any error codes, as they might come in handy later.
To make sure you entered everything correctly, open the Internet Settings menu from the previous page. In this menu, select your current network, and then Change Settings to make sure the information is up to date. In particular, select Enter password to make sure you haven’t entered a Wi-Fi password for your network. If someone else is managing your home network, check to see if they recently changed their password. If that doesn’t work, select Clear Settings to erase the connection and set it up again, which may solve the problem.