How to Charge Joy Cons for Nintendo Switch

Attach the Joy-Con to the Joy-Con charging grip. Connect the Joy-Con charging grip to the Nintendo Switch dock using the USB cable that was included in the box, or connect it directly to the Nintendo Switch AC adapter (HAC-002).

As a Nintendo Switch fan, you want to make sure that your console and Joy Con controllers are always charged up and ready to go. In this post, we’ll show you how to charge your console and Joy Cons, how to check their battery life, and other useful tips.

Charging the Main Console

Charging the main console is pretty simple. Just use the dock that comes with the console and keep it plugged in. Every time you set your console into the dock, it will start charging automatically. Alternatively, you can plug it in directly into the wall. When you set the console into the dock, a little light at the bottom will turn green, and you’ll see a battery charging icon in the top corner of the screen.

What’s nice about this is when you lift the console out of the dock, it will immediately pop up and tell you what percentage you have in your console battery. You’ll get a nice little visualization of exactly what percentage you have left.

The battery life of the console is about three hours of gameplay if it’s fully charged up to a hundred percent. On the main screen of the console, you’ll see the little battery icon next to the Wi-Fi signal, which is a nice little way to keep track of your main console battery.

Charging the Joy Cons

Each Joy Con controller has a battery in it, so you’ll need to keep both of them charged up in addition to the console. To charge the Joy Cons, attach them to the console. Once they’re attached, they will start charging automatically.

The only way to charge them other than attaching them to the console is to get some kind of charging dock, which can cost extra money. So, it’s better to use the console to charge them whenever possible.

Checking Joy Con Battery Life

To check the battery life of your Joy Cons, go to the Home menu and select the Controller section of the screen. You’ll see the battery life of each Joy Con controller displayed on the screen.

Keep in mind that if the Joy Cons are not connected, the little battery indicators will be in the corner of the screen. So, it’s best to keep them connected to the console and charging as much as possible.


Charging the Nintendo Switch console and Joy Cons is pretty straightforward. Always keep them charged up, so you don’t have to worry about falling behind and having your controllers die on you. With these tips, you can enjoy your Nintendo Switch gaming experience without any interruptions.


Is there a way to charge Joy-Cons while playing?
How to charge using the Charging Grip. If you want to play on the television while the Joy-Con controllers are charging, you'll need to get the Joy-Con Charging Grip. It's shaped identically to the standard Joy-Con Grip, but can connect to your Switch dock to continue charging the controllers while they're in use.