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6 Common Nintendo Switch Problems and How to Fix Them

Hey, Nintendo Switch owners! We know how awesome gaming on the Switch can be, but sometimes you encounter a few hiccups along the way. Don't worry, though, because we've got your back with the ultimate guide to fixing common Nintendo Switch problems, all with an urban geek twist.

But before we dive in, here's a quick reminder: if you're still facing issues after trying these fixes, don't hesitate to reach out to Nintendo for help. They're the experts, after all! If not in warranty bring it to Urban Geek.

Problem: Battery Runs Out Quickly

Is your Switch's battery life draining faster than you'd like? We've got some tips to extend that playtime.

Solution: Lower your brightness by heading to System Settings > Screen Brightness. Also, turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth through System Settings > Airplane Mode when you don't need them.

Remember, battery life varies depending on your Switch model. The OLED Switch and standard Switches with a serial number beginning "XK" have longer battery life compared to standard Switches with a serial number beginning "XA" or the Switch Lite. If your battery barely lasts a few hours, it's time to contact Nintendo for a repair.

Problem: No Space to Install Games

Running out of storage space for your game library? Let's fix that.

Solution: Use the Switch's data management tools to free up space. Go to System Settings > Data Management > Quick Archive to uninstall software and make room for new games.

Or, better yet, get yourself a microSD card (up to 2TB) and insert it into your Switch. Then go to System Settings > Data Management > Move Data Between System/microSD card to transfer games from internal storage to the external microSD card.

Problem: Scratches or Marks on the Screen

Got some smudges or scratches on your Switch screen? Let's clean it up.

Solution: Grab a microfiber cloth and gently wipe the screen from top to bottom to remove any smudges or fingerprints. If there are scratches, it might be trickier to fix. You can try buffing out light scratches with a cloth, but for deeper scratches, it's best to apply a screen protector or contact Nintendo for a repair.

Problem: Joy-Con Controllers Misaligned or Drifting

Are your Joy-Con controllers acting up? Let's get them back in line.

Solution: Ensure your Joy-Con controllers are connected to your Switch by going to the home screen and selecting Controllers. If not, search for and pair them from there.

Update your controller firmware by heading to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Update Controllers.

If you're experiencing controller drifting, recalibrate your controllers through System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Calibrate Control Sticks.

If all else fails, Nintendo has acknowledged the Joy-Con drifting issue and offers free repairs. Reach out to them for assistance.

Problem: Can't Connect to the Internet

Stuck without an internet connection on your Switch? Let's fix that.

Solution: First, restart your Switch by holding down the power button and selecting Power Options > Restart.

If that doesn't work, review your internet settings by going to Settings > Internet > Test Connection. Double-check your network connection and look up any error codes online. Also, keep an eye on Nintendo's Network Maintenance Information page for any known issues.

Problem: Dead Pixels on the Screen

Spotted some dead pixels on your Switch's screen? Let's address that.

Solution: Dead pixels can be normal for LCD screens, but if you notice them right out of the box, you have the right to return the product.

If dead pixels appear over time, it's best to contact Nintendo for repair. They might assist you if you explain the situation.

Remember, don't delay in contacting Nintendo if you need repairs since your Switch has a 12-month warranty.

That's it, urban geeks! These are some of the common Nintendo Switch problems and how to fix them. We hope this guide helps you get back to gaming without a hitch. Stay geeky and keep enjoying your Switch adventures!

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