How to charge Nintendo Switch controllers

Thanks to our how to charge Nintendo Switch controllers guide, you don’t have to worry about them running out of juice in the middle of a game.

how to charge Nintendo Switch controllers: two white JoyCons on a mauve background with a battery symbol

When docked at home, you might end up in seriously long gaming sessions that drain the battery of the Joy-Cons, in which case, you need to know how to charge Nintendo Switch controllers. We love the best Nintendo Switch consoles here at Pocket Tactics, as we’re sure many of you do too, thanks to its hybrid nature and terrific library of games.

Once your gamepads have a full charge, you can dive into some fantastic adventures, just check out our best Zelda games, Mario games, and Final Fantasy games lists to see what we mean. Or, if you want to know what the upcoming titles are, it’s our new Switch games guide that you should read.

How do I charge Nintendo Switch controllers?

If you want to charge Joy-Cons, you can do either of the following:

  • Attach them to the sides of your Switch
  • Or, you can get a charging grip to keep them full as you game

We suggest that you keep the Joy-Cons attached to your console when they’re not in use, and the most efficient way to charge everything is when the Switch is docked with the dock plugged in and turned on.

To charge a pro controller, you can:

The best thing about a pro controller is that you can charge it while still playing, thanks to the USB slots in the dock.

To put the best Nintendo Switch controllers to good use, check out our picks for the best Switch RPGs.