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How to fix incorrect battery charge indicator or percentage on Switch, Switch Lite and Switch OLED

When using your Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite or Nintendo Switch OLED, you may notice that the battery indicator or percentage may not be displaying the correct information.

For example, your system may show that its internal battery is nearly depleted even though you can still play for several more hours. Your Switch system may also show a nearly depleted battery even after you fully recharged it.

To fix these incorrect battery charge indicator or percentage displays, we recommend doing the following:

Solution #1

First off, we recommend recharging your system to see if the battery can reach 100%.

During that time, you shouldn’t be using the system while it is charging as it will slow down the process, which should take around 3 hours.

Solution #2

If the battery doesn’t show that its capacity is at or near 100% after 3 hours, then we recommend updating the firmware.

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

1. On your system, go to the Home Screen and then select System Settings.

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

3. If there is a new firmware available, you will get a prompt to begin the update process.

Solution #3

If fully charging and updating the firmware on your system does not resolve the battery display issue, then the next solution you can take is to try to fully charge and then fully deplete the internal battery of your Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite or Nintendo Switch OLED.

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

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

2. Inside System Settings, select Sleep Mode on the left side.

3. If you have the original Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch OLED, makes sure you set the Auto-Sleep (Playing on Console Screen) and Auto-Sleep (Connected to TV) to Never.

If you have the Nintendo Switch Lite, make sure to set Auto-Sleep (Playing on Console Screen) to Never.

4. Next, you need to recharge the battery of your Switch system to 100%.

If the battery percentage does not reach 100%, then make sure you wait at least 3 hours.

5. After the battery reaches 100% or 3 hours have passed, leave your Switch system charged for another hour.

6. After waiting an extra hour, disconnect the AC adapter from your Switch and then let your Switch display the Home menu.

7. You need to let your Switch display the Home menu until the battery life is almost depleted.

If you have the original Switch or Switch OLED, then this battery draining process may take 4.5 to 9 hours.

If you have a Switch Lite, then this process may take 3 to 7 hours.

8. After letting the battery life depleted as much as possible, press and hold the power button on the Switch system for at least 3 seconds. In the Power Options menu, select Turn Off.

If that doesn’t work, you can press and hold the power button for at least 12 seconds to force a shut down.

9. After turning your Switch system off, wait 30 minutes before turning it back on again.

10. Repeat the process from steps #4 through step #9.

The battery charge indicator or percentage should get more accurate every time you repeat this process.

If you don’t see any improvements, then you may have to contact Nintendo about possibly sending your Switch, Switch OLED or Switch Lite in for repair.