Ever experienced the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Not Charging issue? If you have the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, charging is as simple as connecting it to the docking station with a USB-C cable. You can also charge it directly with the Switch adapter from the wall socket. But if your Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is not charging with both methods, there’s a problem.
It’s, in most cases, not a big problem, though. I’ll help you troubleshoot your Pro Controller charging issues in this article. I’ll tell you why you have the problem, how to fix the charging issue, and how you should correctly charge the controller.
Reasons for Your Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Not Charging
Before showing you how to fix the problem, the most common reasons for this problem are explained below:
1. An improperly plugged cable
The most common reason is an improperly plugged-in cable at the dock end or the controller port. So first unplug your USB cable(s) from the Switch console charging station and controller. Then try reconnecting it again. That usually fixes the problem.
2. A defective cable
The cable could be defective if the first method didn’t fix the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller not charging issue. You can get a replacement and see. But before spending on another cable, why not try your phone’s USB-C cable to see if it charges the controller?
3. The USB port on the dock could be the cause.
Lint, debris, or dust may have gathered in the USB port at the back of the dock station and caused the cable not to connect well. That’s why some could see that the problem was solved by charging the controller directly with the Switch adapter.
4. The controller’s battery is flat dead
This is common with all devices that run on batteries. If the controller’s battery is completely dead, powering back on may be difficult, even with a plug-in charger.
Working Fixes for Your Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Not Charging Issue
Now that we’ve seen some of the reasons your Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is not charging, here are the working fixes to try:
If your controller battery is completely dead or has another charging or powering issue, use the sync button to rouse it up!
For example, one user had his controller battery dead and not charging. He got it charging again by plugging in the device and pressing the sync button next to the charging port.
Note that sometimes, you may have to press the sync button for up to 4 minutes.
2. Use another USB port on the dock.
If the Nintendo Switch controller is not charging, the problem may be with the USB port on the dock station.
The Nintendo Switch has four USB ports for charging. So, switch to another port, and the controller should charge.
Of course, you can also charge the controller directly from the adapter plugged into the wall or extension socket.
3. Change your USB cable.
If the controller still doesn’t charge after trying the above, you should replace the USB cable.
Ensure you get a USB-C type with a long cord of at least 5 feet. I recommend the USB-C Nintendo Switch Charger from Heatfun. It’s long, charges fast, and has a USB-C interface.
4. Contact Nintendo
If you have tried everything suggested above and the battery is still not filling up, the device may be defective. You may call Nintendo at (800) 255-3700 to discuss how to send it in for repair.
5. Replace the controller
As a last resort, you have the option of replacing the controller. If the official Switch Pro Controller is too expensive, you can get the Qiaoting Switch Controller. This is one of the best-selling Switch Pro controllers on Amazon. And it sells for one-third of the original Switch Pro Controller price.
Read also: Why Are Joy-Cons so Expensive?
How to Charge the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
To charge the Nintendo Mega pad, proceed as follows:
- Connect the charging adapter to a wall socket
- Plug in the USB-C connector of the charging adapter to the docking station at the back. Incidentally, the console does not have to be in the docking station.
- Plug the smaller USB connector of the supplied charging cable of the Pro controller into the pad
- Connect the bigger USB connector to the dock station, and your controller should start charging. A red LED will indicate this at the top of the controller.
Still not getting it? Below is how your setup should look like:
Note: When the battery is fully charged, this will be indicated by a green LED.
How to Charge Switch Controllers While Playing
Note that the charging method varies according to your controller type.
● The Pro Controller
If you have the Switch Pro Controller, plug in the USB-C charging cable to the docking station and charge while you play. Alternatively, you can charge the controller from a power bank, your laptop USB C port, or the Switch charging adapter connected to a socket.
● The Joy-Cons
Connect the controllers to the Switch by sliding them down on the sides to charge your Joy-Cons while playing. Then, while you play, the Joy-Cons will draw juice from the Switch.