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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.