How to Shut Down Your Nintendo Switch Completely

Want to completely turn off your Nintendo Switch, instead of just putting it into sleep mode?

The Nintendo Switch is a great little console, but if you want to turn it off, rather than just put it into sleep mode, you have to jump through a few hoops. Here’s how to shut your Switch down, ensuring it won’t be using any power at all.

  1. Hold down the round power button on the top of your Nintendo Switch.
  2. After about five seconds, you’ll see an on-screen menu.
  3. Using your left Joy Con, go down to power options and hit “A”.
  4. Go down to power off and hit “A” again.

Hey presto, your Nintendo Switch has been turned off. This is particularly handy if you’re on a plane and you’re told to turn off all your gadgets. You can also turn it off by holding the round power button down for about 10 seconds, but it’s safer to do it the above way.