How to fix long load times, laggy and unresponsive downloadable games on Switch OLED

When playing a downloadable game on your Nintendo Switch OLED system, you may experience long load times, lag or general unresponsiveness. To fix these issues, you can check out this troubleshooting guide at Seeking Tech.

1. The first step we recommend taking is to restart your Nintendo Switch OLED.

  • In order to do so, press and hold the power button on the system for around three seconds. Afterwards, select Power Options and then Restart.
  • If your system is unresponsive, press and hold the power button for 12 seconds to force a shut down. You can then press the power button again to turn your system back on.

2. You can also try checking if the software data for the game is corrupted. In order to do so, you can take the following steps:

  • From the Home menu, go to System Settings.
  • On the left column, scroll down and then select Data Management.
  • On the right side of the same screen, select Manage Software.
  • Select the game you are having issues with.
  • Finally, select Check for Corrupt Data.

3. You can also try deleting and then reinstalling the problematic game. To do so, you need to do the following:

  • Go to System Settings from the Home menu.
  • Select Data Management from the left column.
  • Select Manage Software on the right side.
  • Select the problematic game.
  • Select Archive Software to delete the game.
  • Go back to the Home menu and select the icon of the game you previously deleted to redownload and reinstall the game again.

4. Furthermore, you can try updating the software version of the game. To do so manually, you need to take the following steps:

  • Hover over the game icon.
  • With the game highlighted, press the + or – button on your Nintendo Switch OLED controller.
  • Select Software Update.
  • Select Via the Internet.
  • 5. You can also try updating the firmware of your Switch OLED system, which you can do manually by doing the following:
  • Go to System Settings from the Home menu.
  • Select System from the left column.
  • Select System Update on the right side.

6. The long load times, lag or general unresponsiveness issues when playing downloadable games on the Nintendo Switch OLED may be related to the microSD card.

If your problematic game is installed on a microSD card, then try reformatting the card. To do so, you need to take the following steps:

  • In the Home menu, go to System Settings.
  • Select System on the left side.
  • On the right side, select Formatting Options.
  • You may have to enter the Parental Controls PIN to continue.
  • Select Format microSD Card.
  • Select Continue.
  • Select Format.

7. You can also try removing the microSD card from the Nintendo Switch OLED system.

To do so, you need to do the following:

  • Turn off your system.
  • Open the adjustable stand.
  • Press down on the microSD card and then slide it out from the slot.
  • After removing the microSD card, you can either redownload the game on another microSD card or directly on the internal storage of your Switch OLED system.

Nintendo Switch OLED First-Party Accessory Compatibility Guide

The Nintendo Switch OLED is a new revision for the Switch family of gaming systems. You can check out this guide from Seeking Tech to see which first-party accessories are compatible with the new console.

Nintendo Switch OLED Compatible First-Party Controllers

The Nintendo Switch OLED system should be compatible with the following first-party controllers:

  • Nintendo Joy-Cons
  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
  • Nintendo Entertainment System Controller
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System Controller
  • Nintendo 64 Controller
  • Sega Genesis Controller
  • Poké Ball Plus

Before using any of the aforementioned controllers, you need to sync them to your Switch OLED console.

GameCube Controller Adapter

The new Nintendo Switch OLED dock, which comes with a built-in LAN adapter, should work with the official GameCube Controller Adapter.

To use the GameCube Controller Adapter with the Switch OLED’s handheld mode or tabletop mode, Nintendo recommends using the officially licensed HORI Dual USB PlayStand.

Is the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit compatible with Nintendo Switch OLED?

When it comes to the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit, the Switch OLED system won’t work with the Toy-Con Piano or Toy-Con Motorbike.

Moreover, because the OLED model has a bigger screen, the screen will be partially hidden when you are playing Toy-Con Fishing Rod and Toy-Con House.

Is the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit compatible with Nintendo Switch OLED?

The Nintendo Switch OLED system should be fully compatible with the Robot Kit from Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02.

Is the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Vehicle Kit compatible with Nintendo Switch OLED?

As for the Vehicle Kit, the larger screen of the Nintendo Switch OLED system will be partially hidden when you are playing with the Toy-Con Car.

Is the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit compatible with Nintendo Switch OLED?

There are several issues with the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit if you want to play it on the Nintendo Switch OLED system.

For one, the larger OLED screen may hinder the VR effects when using the Toy-Con VR Goggles.

The image size on the screen will also shrink when VR Mode is enabled.

Furthermore, the Switch OLED system can’t automatically detect the VR Mode. Therefore, Nintendo recommends setting “VR Mode Auto-Switch” to “Off.”

Can you use the old Nintendo Switch Dock with Nintendo Switch OLED?

You can use the old dock that came with the original Nintendo Switch model with the new Nintendo Switch OLED model.

Can you use the Nintendo Switch OLED Dock with original Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite?

On the flip side, you can also use the new dock that came with the new Nintendo Switch OLED model with the original Nintendo Switch model.

The new dock that came with the Switch OLED can’t be used with the portable-only Nintendo Switch Lite model.

Can you use original Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite AC Adapter with Nintendo Switch OLED?

You can also use the AC Adapters that came with the original Nintendo Switch system and the Nintendo Switch Lite system with the new Nintendo Switch OLED system.

Can you use Nintendo Switch OLED AC Adapter with original Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite?

Of course, you can also use the Nintendo Switch OLED AC Adapter with the original Nintendo Switch system as well as the Nintendo Switch Lite system.

Where to find the serial number for Nintendo Switch OLED

Like other Nintendo Switch systems, the OLED model comes with a serial number for identification purposes.

In order to find the serial number for the Switch OLED, then you can check out this tutorial from Seeking Tech.

How to find the serial number on the Nintendo Switch OLED

To find the serial number on the Switch OLED console, you need to take the following steps:

1. Turn your system over so that its backside is facing upwards.

2. Fully open the adjustable stand on the back.

3. You should see a white sticker.

In American countries, the serial number for the Nintendo Switch system starts with “XTW” and is then followed by eleven digits.

How to find the serial number on the Nintendo Switch OLED menus

If the white sticker got removed, you can also find the serial number on the menu of the Nintendo Switch OLED.

In order to do so, you need to do the following:

1. If you haven’t done so already, turn on your system.

2. In the Home menu, select System Settings from the options available at the bottom.

For the uninformed, the Home menu is where you can select which game to play. You can get to it by pressing the Home button on your Joy-Con controller.

3. Once you get to the System Settings menu, scroll down on the left column and then select System.

4. On the right side inside the same System Settings menu, select Serial Information.

5. You should find the serial number at the top of the list.

How to fix Nintendo Switch OLED Joy-Con recognition and registration issues

When playing on your Nintendo Switch OLED, you may experience issues with your system recognizing or registering your Joy-Con controllers. You can check out this troubleshooting guide from Seeking Tech to see how you can resolve these problems.

1. The first step we recommend taking is to see if both the left or right Joy-Con controllers will work when detached from the console.

Start be detaching the controllers from the Switch OLED system.

Afterwards, test to see if the system will recognize your inputs from both the left and right Joy-Cons. You can also use the Test Input Devices menu, which you can get to from the System Settings menu by selecting the Controllers and Senors option on the left side and then Test Input Devices option on the right side.

2. If the system still can’t recognize one of both of your Joy-Con controllers when detached, then you can try to reset the gamepads. To do so, you need to do the following:

On the problematic detached Joy-Con, press the sync button, which is the small circular button located in the near the Player LED indicator.

Afterwards, press any other button on the troublesome detached Joy-Con to turn it back on again.

You can then try connecting the problematic detached Joy-Con back onto your Nintendo Switch OLED system to see if it is working normally. Make sure that it is inserted all the way into the correct slot.

3. If the aforementioned solutions do not work, then you can try detaching and reattaching the controller several more times to see if the recognition or registration issues go away.

4. If you are still experiencing problems, then the last step you can take is to see if there is a firmware update available for the Nintendo Switch OLED system.

In order to do so, you can take the following steps:

First off, you should be in the Home menu, which is where you can select which game to play.

In the Home menu, select the System Settings option. (Note: If you don’t have any working controllers connected to your Switch OLED, then you can touch the screen with your finger to select options in the menus.)

Inside the System Settings menu, scroll down on the left column and then select System.

On the right side of the same menu, select the System Update option.

If none of the aforementioned help fix the Joy-Con recognition and registration issues, then you may need to contact Nintendo in order to send in the controller and/or the console for repair.

How to insert, format and remove the microSD card on Nintendo Switch OLED

Like the other Nintendo Switch systems, the new OLED model supports expanded storage through the use of microSD cards.

You can check out this step-by-step guide from Seeking Tech to see how you can insert, format and remove a microSD card into the Nintendo Switch OLED system.

Nintendo Switch OLED microSD card Requirements

Before we begin, it is important to note that the Nintendo Switch OLED only supports microSD cards. The bigger SD cards, as well as other types of memory cards, won’t work with this system.

As for the microSD card formats, the following are supported:

  • microSD (for microSD cards up to 2 GB in capacity)
  • microSDHC (for microSD cards between 4 GB to 32 GB in capacity)
  • microSDXC (for microSD cards of at least 64 GB in capacity)

When it comes to the Ultra High Speed rating, the Nintendo Switch OLED system is designed to work with UHS-I. Although you can also use UHS-II cards, the Switch OLED won’t take advantage of the excess speed.

The system also requires a microSD card with a read or transfer speed between 60 MB per second to 95 MB per second. While there are cards that exceed 95 MB per second, the OLED model won’t take advantage of the extra speed.

If you are looking for a compatible microSD card, then you can check out this guide.

How to insert microSD card to Nintendo Switch OLED

In order to insert the microSD card to your Nintendo Switch OLED system, then you need to take the following steps:

1. Before inserting the microSD into the game console, we recommend moving any important files you have stored on the card.

This is because the microSD will need to be formatted, which will erase all the data that was previously store on it.

2. Once you are ready, turn off the Switch OLED system.

You can do so by pressing and holding the power button on the system for at least three seconds. Afterwards, select Power Options and then Turn Off.

3. Next, you need to lay the Nintendo Switch OLED system down on a soft surface with the screen at the bottom.

3. On the back of the system, swing the adjustable stand open. You should see the microSD slot at the bottom left corner.

4. You can now insert the microSD card into the slot. Make sure that the label on the microSD card is facing away from the system.

5. After the insertion, carefully push down on the card until it clicks into place.

How to format microSD card for Nintendo Switch OLED

In order to format a microSD card for the Nintendo Switch OLED console, you can do the following:

1. With the microSD card inserted, turn on your Switch OLED.

2. In the Home menu, go to System Settings.

3. In System Settings, scroll down and then select System.

4. On the right side of the same screen, scroll down and then select Formatting Options.

5. If you previously set up a Parental Controls PIN, then you have to enter it to continue to the next step. If you don’t have a PIN set up, then you can skip to the next step.

6. Afterwards, select Format microSD Card.

7. Select Continue.

8. Finally, select Format.

After the formatting is completed, the Nintendo Switch OLED system will restart.

How to remove the microSD card from Nintendo Switch OLED

To remove the microSD card from your Nintendo Switch OLED system, you need to do the following:

1. Turn off your Switch OLED.

2. Lay your Switch down with the OLED screen at the bottom.

3. On the backside of the system, open the adjustable stand.

4. Locate the microSD card slot, which should be on the bottom left.

5. Press down on the microSD card to loosen it from the slot.

6. Finally, slide the microSD card out from the microSD card slot of the Switch OLED system.

How to update the Nintendo Switch OLED dock firmware

The new dock that comes with the Nintendo Switch OLED system can get firmware updates. In order to do so, you can check out this step-by-step tutorial from Seeking Tech.

1. Before we begin, it should be noted that only the firmware of the new dock can be updated. The old dock that came with the original Nintendo Switch doesn’t have a firmware to update.

For the uninformed, this new dock should have a built-in LAN port and a model number of HEG-007.

2. It should also be noted that the portable-only Nintendo Switch Lite can’t be put on the new dock. Therefore, you won’t be able to update the firmware of the new dock by using the Switch Lite handheld.

Instead, you need either the original Switch model or the new Switch OLED.

3. The first step is to update to the latest firmware for your Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch OLED if you haven’t done so already.

To begin, turn on your system.

4. If your system is connected to the Internet and there is a new firmware available, then your system should automatically download the update file.

If you don’t see a notification for the automatic firmware update and your system is connected online, you can do a manual update by first selecting System Settings in the Home menu.

5. In System Settings, select System from the left column.

6. On the right side, select System Update.

7. If there is a new firmware for your Switch or Switch OLED is available, then the download for the file will start.

8. Now that the firmware of your system is up to date, go back to the Home menu and then select System Settings once again.

9. Inside the System Settings menu, select System from the list of options available on the left side.

10. On the right screen of the same menu, select Update Dock.

11. In the next screen, select Begin Update.

12. If, for some reason, the firmware update for the new dock stops before completion, you need to repeat steps #10 and #11.

How to prevent Nintendo Switch OLED screen burn-in issues

The Nintendo Switch OLED system is susceptible to screen burns. To prevent the potential burn ins, you can check out this guide at Seeking Tech.

According to Nintendo, the OLED screen may get burns if it is continuous displaying the same static visuals over a long period of time.

Taking breaks when playing games and watching videos

If you are playing a videogame, then the user interface, including the heads-up display, may cause issues with the screen. If you are watching a video, then a logo may cause problems.

Therefore, we recommend taking frequent breaks during long, continuous gaming or watching sessions with your Nintendo Switch OLED.

During your break time, it is important that you manually put your system to sleep to give the OLED screen a rest.

How to manual put your Switch OLED in Sleep Mode

There are three ways to manually put your Nintendo Switch OLED system in Sleep Mode.

The first is to simply press the power button on the system.

The second method is to press the home button to go to the Home menu. From there, select the Sleep Mode option.

The last method is to press and hold the Home button to open the Quick Settings menu. From there, select the Sleep Mode option.

How to enable Auto-Sleep on Switch OLED

In order to prevent accidental potential OLED burn ins, Nintendo also recommends enabling Auto-Sleep. This feature will put your system in a low power state mode that will turn off the screen after a certain amount of time has passed due to inactivity.

In order to enable Auto-Sleep, you can take the following steps:

1. If you haven’t done so already, turn on your Nintendo Switch OLED system.

2. Press the Home button on the Joy-Con to open the Home menu.

3. From the Home menu, select the System Settings option.

4. In the System Settings menu, scroll down and then select Sleep Mode on the left bar.

5. On the right side of the same menu, select Auto Sleep (Playing on Console Screen).

6. In the Auto Sleep (Playing on Console Screen), you have the following options:

  • 1min
  • 3min
  • 5min
  • 10min
  • 30min
  • Never

How to enable Auto-Brightness and lower screen brightness on Switch OLED

Nintendo also recommends enabling Auto-Brightness and/or manually lowering the OLED screen brightness.

In order to do so, you can take the following steps:

1. Press and hold the Home button to bring up the Quick Settings menu.

2. Inside the Quick Settings menu, make sure that the Auto-Brightness is set to On. If it is set to Off, simply select that setting to turn that mode on.

3. Under the Auto-Brightness setting, you will see the brightness bar that you can use to manually lower brightness level with the directional pad, left analog stick or right analog stick.

If enabling Auto-Brightness and/or manually lowering brightness makes the OLED screen too dark, then you can disable Auto-Brightness and/or increase the brightness level. Instead, make sure you are using Auto Sleep and are diligent at putting your Switch OLED system to sleep when not in use.

How to disable Vivid Console-Screen Colors on Switch OLED

Furthermore, you can try disabling the Vivid Console-Screen Colors on your Nintendo Switch OLED system.

In order to do so, you need to do the following:

1. Press the Home button to bring up the Home menu.

2. Go to System Settings from the Home menu.

3. Once you get to System Settings, navigate down and then select System.

4. On the right side in the same menu, select Console-Screen Colors.

5. If the Console-Screen Colors setting is set to Vivid, then you need to change it to Standard.

If changing the Console-Screen Colors to Standard makes games and videos on the OLED screen look worse, you can change the setting right back to Vivid. As alternative, we recommend enabling Auto Sleep and being more diligent at manually using the Sleep Mode.

How to clean the Nintendo Switch OLED

The Switch OLED is a new version of Nintendo’s game console. You can check out this guide at Seeking Tech to see how you can properly clean the system.

What cleaning solution can you use on Nintendo Switch OLED?

To clean your Switch OLED, Nintendo recommends using plain water or a solution that has at least 70% isopropyl alcohol concentration.

We suggest using isopropyl alcohol as it also acts as a disinfectant that will kill a vast majority of surface bacteria and viruses. Furthermore, the alcohol will also dry out a lot faster than water.

If you are looking for an isopropyl alcohol product, then we recommend getting the MG Chemicals 824-1L 99.9% Isopropyl Alcohol Electronics Cleaner, which you can find with this link from Amazon. (#CommissionsEarned).

Using any other types of cleaning solutions may end up damaging your system.

What cleaning tools can your use on Nintendo Switch OLED?

When it comes to the cleaning tools, Nintendo recommends using a soft cloth. Cottons and other tools that have soft surfaces should work as well. You just need to avoid using tools with rough surfaces as you might end up scratching your Switch OLED system.

If you are looking for a cloth, then we suggest getting the MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, which you can find on Amazon with this link. (#CommissionsEarned).

How not to clean your Nintendo Switch OLED

When it comes to cleaning your Nintendo Switch OLED, you should not poor any liquids, even the aforementioned plain water and isopropyl alcohol, directly onto the system.

Of course, you should also avoid submerging your system in any type of liquid.

Finally, avoid turning on or recharging your Switch OLED when cleaning.

How to clean and disinfect the Nintendo Switch OLED

In order to clean and/or disinfect your Nintendo Switch OLED system, you can take the following steps:

1. Turn off your Switch OLED.

To do so, press and hold the power button until you see the Power Options menu. Afterwards, select the Turn Off option.

2. Remove any cables and accessories (other than the Joy-Cons) that you have attached to the system.

3. Make sure that the cloth or cleaning tool you are using doesn’t have any sharp and/or rough objects on it. Otherwise, you will risk scratching your Switch OLED console.

4. Pour the water or isopropyl alcohol onto the cleaning tool.

You need to make sure that the tool isn’t too damp. If it is, squeeze out any of the excess solution before using the tool on your Switch.

5. Gently use the cloth or cleaning tool to wipe your Nintendo Switch OLED system.

6. When cleaning, try to avoid getting water into the game card slot, audio jack, USB Type-C port and speakers.

7. Once you are done wiping your Switch OLED clean, let the system completely air dry.

We don’t recommend using a blow dryer or other heating sources to speed up this drying process as these may harm the system.

8. After the Nintendo Switch OLED has been dried out, you can plug back in any cables and accessories you previously attached.

9. You can then turn on and/or recharge your Nintendo Switch OLED system.

How to fix game card recognition issues with the Nintendo Switch OLED

When you try to play a physical game by using the game card slot with your Nintendo Switch OLED, you may get the following error messages:

  • “Unable to start software. Return to the menu and try again.”
  • “There is nothing inserted in the game card slot.”
  • “System Does Not Detect a GameCard is Inserted.”

You can check out this troubleshooting guide at Seeking Tech to see how you can resolve these issues.

1. The first step we recommend taking is to remove the game card.

In order to do so, you need to take the following steps:

Open the cover of the game card slot on top of Nintendo Switch OLED system.

Next, you need to press down on the game card so that it will be loosen from the slot.

Finally, you can pull the game card out from the game card slot.

2. The next step is to make sure that the game card is compatible with the Nintendo Switch.

For the uninformed, the Nintendo Switch OLED system is compatible with all Nintendo Switch games, even those that were published for other regions.

However, the Switch OLED is not compatible with game cards that were made for other systems like the Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita.

If the game card has not been officially licensed by Nintendo, then it might not be compatible with your system.

3. If you believe that the game card is compatible with the Nintendo Switch OLED, then you can try inspecting the back of the game card to see if the connectors are dirty or damaged.

If the game card is dirty, you can use a soft clean cloth to gently wipe the connectors.

After cleaning, you can try testing the game card again to see if your system can recognize the game.

If you see some potential damage, then you will need to send the game card to Nintendo for repair.

4. You should also inspect the game card slot on the Nintendo Switch to see if there is any damage or if something is stuck inside.

If you see something stuck inside, try to remove it as gently as possible so that you won’t damage the slot.

If you see some potential damage, then you will need to send the Switch OLED system to Nintendo for repair.

5. If you have another game card available, try inserting it to see if your system is available to recognize the other game.

6. If you have another Switch system available (such as the original Switch, the portable-only Switch Lite or another Switch OLED), then you can also try inserting the problematic game into the other system to see if it works.

7. If you believe that your Switch OLED and game card is functioning normally, then we suggest updating the firmware of your system.

To manually update, you need to do the following:

Turn on your Switch OLED and make sure it is connected to the Internet.

Go to the home screen, which is where you can choose which game to play.

In the home screen, select System Settings.

In System Settings, select System on the left side and then System Update on the right side.

If there is a new firmware available for the Switch OLED, then the system should automatically download and install the download file.

8. You can also try to update to the latest software version of the game that your system can’t recognize. This solution will only work if the game was previously loaded successfully on your Switch OLED.

In order to do so, you need to take the following steps:

Turn on your system and make sure it is connected to the Internet.

In the home screen, hover over to the problematic game.

With the game highlighted, you can press either the + or – button on the Joy-Con.

In the next screen, select Software on the left side.

On the right side of the same screen, select Via the Internet.

If none of the solutions get rid of the “unable to start software,” “there is nothing inserted in the game card slot” and/or “system does not detect a game card is inserted” error messages, then you should contact Nintendo about sending in your Switch OLED system and the problematic game card for repair.

How to fix Nintendo Switch OLED crashes, freezes and lock ups

When using your Nintendo Switch OLED, the system may crash, freeze and lock up. If you are experiencing any of these issues, then you can check out this troubleshooting guide from Seeking Tech.

1. The first step you should be taking is to turn off your console.

In order to turn off a crashed, frozen and locked up Switch OLED, you need to do the following:

  • If your system is connected to the dock, make sure you remove it.
  • If the Joy-Cons are detached from the Switch OLED, make sure you reattach both the left and right Joy-Cons back onto the system.
  • You then need to press and hold the power button on your Switch OLED for at least 12 seconds to forcibly turn off the system.

2. Next, you need to remove the game card and/or microSD card you have inserted into your system.

3. After removing all the cards from inside the Switch OLED, you can try to perform a system update. To do so, you need to take the following actions:

  • Press the power button on the Switch system to turn it on.
  • In the Home menu, go to System Settings.
  • Once you are inside the System Settings menu, you need to select System on the left side and then System Update on the right side.

If a new firmware is detected, then the file should automatically be updated and installed.

4. With your Switch OLED up to date, you can test to see if the crashes, freezes or lock ups are still occurring.

To do so, re-insert game card game card and/or microSD card that you previously removed from the system.

Press the power button to turn on the system.

5. If your Switch OLED is only crashing when you are playing a certain game, then you can try performing a software update.

In order to do so, you need to do the following:

  • From the Home menu, hover over to the problematic game.
  • With the game highlighted, press the + button.
  • In the next menu, select Software Update on the left side and then the Via the Internet option on the right side.
  • With the game updated to its latest software version, you can try to play it again to see if the crashes, freezes or lock ups go away.

6. If updating the firmware of your Switch OLED and/or the software version of a game does not resolve the crashing issues, the one last step you can take is to initialize your system.

The Initialize Console Without Deleting Save Data option will delete everything from your system with the exception of your save data, captured screenshots and user information. To use this feature, you need to do the following:

  • Turn off your Switch OLED.
  • Press and hold the volume + and volume – button on your system.
  • With the two volume buttons held down, press and then quickly release the power button.
  • Keep holding the two volume buttons down until you see the menu for the Maintenace Mode.
  • Inside Maintenace Mode, select Initialize Console Without Deleting Save Data.
  • If you have Parental Control PIN set up for the Switch OLED, then you need to enter the PIN to continue.
  • In the next screen, select Next.
  • Finally, select Initialize Console Without Deleting Save Data.
  • Afterwards, test out your system to see if it still crashes.

If your Switch OLED is still crashing, freezing or locking up, then you should contact Nintendo to get your system repaired.