Do you occasionally encounter issues with your Nintendo Switch? Many of them, but not all, are caused by overheating. Your console may be experiencing an overheating problem if it freezes, randomly enters sleep mode, or has trouble handling games that it used to run with ease. Not all Nintendo Switch problems are caused by overheating, and not all heat produced by your Switch indicates a problem.
The fact that the console might get warm at times is something Nintendo themselves is aware of. The item may feel warm or even hot to the touch while charging or using it, but that is not necessarily uncommon. However, the issue becomes significant when it starts to interfere with your normal use of the console.
Your Switch may be overheating for a variety of reasons, but all of the solutions are straightforward to implement. Because routine maintenance also guards against potential overheating, you will probably need to repeat them in the future.
Dust buildup is one of the most frequent causes of overheating. The likelihood that it will have trouble sustaining the proper temperatures increases with the amount of dust present. You’ll need to clean it completely and then repeat the process once every three to six months in order to cure this. It resembles cleaning a desktop computer a lot.
How to clean your Nintendo Switch of dust
Take a can of compressed air (also known as compressed gas, pressurized air, or gas duster) before we start, along with a clean microfiber cloth, cotton swab, or clean toothbrush. Once everything is ready, proceed to the next step to remove the dust.
Completely turn off your Nintendo Switch, take it out of its dock, and unplug the docking station. Get rid of the Joy-Cons.
Wipe the console’s surface gently with the cloth. Don’t force dust into the vents.
Place the straw inside the compressed air container and shake it.
Use pressurized air to blast through the air intake ports on the device’s backside, which are located at the bottom. Instead of tilting the can downward, tilt your console.
Make care to thoroughly clean the console’s components, including the Joy-Con rails. If you come across any hard-to-reach areas that require cleaning, use a cotton swab or a toothbrush.
Maintain the docking station in the same manner, being sure to leave it pristine.
After you’re finished, disconnect everything for 10 to 20 minutes just to be safe before plugging everything back in.
*Under no circumstances should you blow air into your console’s top vent, which has five tiny holes. The air is meant to leave the Switch here. If you blow air into this space, all you’ll be doing is pushing the dust around a little bit deeper.
Safety comes before heat
There are other ways to ensure your Nintendo Switch functions well in addition to the crucial step of regularly cleaning the dust. Instead of attempting to remedy the issue after it has already arisen, prevention is preferable. Follow the advice we’ve provided below to prevent wear and tear on your Switch’s internal components. Letting your Switch overheat for a prolonged period of time will harm it.
Nintendo warns against using the console in hot weather. It is recommended that you utilize the console between 5 and 35 degrees Celsius, or 41 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit, to do so safely. But that’s not all; be sure the console is not kept in a place with poor ventilation. Particularly if you’re putting it through an intense gaming session, it needs to be in a space with lots of airflow. Do your best to avoid lengthy sessions while it’s warm. Play for an hour, then give your console a chance to settle down. If you play games that need a lot of resources, this is even more crucial.
Even after taking all of these precautions, if your console is still overheating, it may not be your use and maintenance habits that are to blame. If you recently dropped it, that was probably the cause, although its fans could also be damaged. What you need done is to speak with Nintendo directly and research local, approved repair facilities.