Nintendo Switch firmware update fixes unfortunate battery indicator issue with some extra legwork



While I like the Switch as a whole, there’s no denying that it’s had an uphill battle when it comes to hardware issues from the get-go.

In addition to that confirmed left Joy-Con issue the OS was fairly base level at launch, and tiny little problems have been popping up left and right — like the battery indicator problem. Apparently for some, the battery symbol does not correctly display an accurate reading, whether it’s a false deceleration of 0% or any power level above.

Enough users experienced that the battery icon was incorrect that Nintendo issued a full-on system update in 3.0.1 to fix it. You just…might need to go through the below seven step process to actually finally fix your system, as the firmware doesn’t magically make it better.

Ah, modern systems.

The Battery Charge Indicator Displays Incorrectly [Nintendo]

  • Ensure the console has the latest system update. The steps below apply to system menu version 3.0.1 or higher.
  • Set the Auto-Sleep mode to “Never” for “Playing on Console Screen” and for “Connected to TV.”
  • Connect the AC adapter directly to the console until the battery is fully charged. If the battery charge indicator does not reach 100%, simply allow the console to charge for approximately three hours. The console can be in use while it is charging.
  • Once the battery is fully charged, leave the console alone for one hour with the AC adapter still connected to it.
  • Afterward, disconnect the AC adapter and allow the console to display the HOME Menu for approximately three to four hours. The remaining battery life must be depleted as much as possible.
  • Once the battery charge is almost depleted, power off the console by holding down the POWER Button for three seconds, then select “Power Options” > “Turn Off.” Leave the console alone for at least 30 minutes. The battery charge indicator will improve gradually by repeating this process several times.
  • Repeat steps 2 – 6 several times.