How to Fix Nintendo Switch Stuck at Black Charging Screen

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For several days, weeks, months or even years, you are probably too busy or has no time to play your Nintendo Switch. One day, you’ve tried to turn it on and charge it. Unexpectedly, your Nintendo Switch didn’t turn on and was stuck on a Black Charging Screen. The only display shows on the screen is a low battery indicator on the upper left corner. You might be think it’s just something to do with the battery, maybe so depleted that it didn’t turn on and just need charging.

So you’ve decided to leave it for a charge in a couple of hours. You turn it again, and boom, still stuck on the black charging screen. This time, you are a little bit worried and may be thinking that there is a problem with your Nintendo Switch hardware.

Well, Nintendo Switch requires some decent amount of battery charge for it to boot up due to its hardware components that are too powerful that it takes a lot of energy. For this reason, the switch won’t turn on when the battery was depleted for a longer period of time, and some might have minor issue that is similar to yours.

The good news is, your switch is not broken “yet”, you just have to do some tricks to turn it on again. Remember back in days during the SNES era? that if a cartridge is not working, you’ll just blow the bottom of it and it magically works? something like that.

How to Fix Stuck on Black Charging Screen

To fix it. Follow our step by step guide below.

  1. First, you need to remove the Joycons from your Nintendo Switch.
  2. If your Nintendo Switch is connected from a dock, remove it as well as the adapter charger.
  3. Now, charge your switch directly with the adapter charger and wait for about 10 to 15 minutes. This is needed to have some juice for boot up.
  4. Then turn off your switch by holding the power button for 12 seconds until the screen turns off.
  5. Remove the charging cable from your switch and wait for about 3 to 5 seconds to cool it down.
  6. Turn it on again by pressing the power button.
  7. Once it’s turned on, your switch should now proceed to the Home Screen and shows a reminder message saying it needs to be charged.
  8. Immediately charge your switch, it should now starts to increase its charging capacity.
  9. Done!

From now on, you’re good to go and your Nintendo Switch won’t go back to the Black Charging Screen – unless you decided deplete its battery again. Once it is at least 15% in charging capacity, you can put back the Joycons to your switch.

To summarize the workaround, the Switch Dock with Joycons attached is not enough to charge your system when it is so depleted and it requires direct charging for it to work.

That’s it! Hope this guide helps you revive your precious Nintendo Switch. If you still have problem with this, please let us know in the comment section.

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  • Wolfen Heiger September 2, 2020 4:57 am

    Thank you for the guide!

    This did work for me, my battery was showing full green when the issue occurred, It kept flashing to charging green power. Holding the power button would pop up the Nintendo logo then go back to charging.
    I let it charge and still didn’t work, then I let it drain for 2 days. Had the joycons disconnected and put the charger direct to the Switch, then it showed 0 battery.
    15 min later I saw the Switch automatically go to the home page, I followed the rest of the instructions and hopefully all will be well after this 🙂

    Much appreciated.

  • Simon Bülow June 29, 2021 8:51 pm

    Thank you. Worked perfectly! I really was worried 😉


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