How to Stop the Nintendo Switch from Going to Sleep

The steps in this guide are going to show you how to stop the Nintendo Switch from going to sleep when you haven’t interacted with it in a few minutes.

  • The Nintendo Switch screen will still dim when you haven’t interacted with it in a few minutes. This tutorial addresses the auto-sleep option on the device, which is what will make the Nintendo Switch stop turning off when you haven’t pressed a button in a while.
  • If you’ve never changed the Sleep Timer setting on the Nintendo Switch, then it’s likely that is is set to 10 minutes. If you would like to keep the Sleep Timer, but change the duration, you are able to do so.
  • Simply having the Nintendo Switch turned on will cause the battery to drain. If you are planning to leave the device on for an extended period of time, it’s a good idea to connect it to the charger.
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How to Stop the Nintendo Switch from Going to Sleep

How to Stop the Nintendo Switch from Going to Sleep

The steps in this guide will show you how to stop the Nintendo Switch from going to sleep or turning off if you haven't pressed a button in a while.

Prep Time 1 minute
Active Time 1 minute
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 3 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Tools

  • Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite

Instructions

  1. Select the Settings icon.
  2. Choose Sleep Mode.
  3. Select Auto-Sleep.
  4. Choose Never, then press the A button to save the setting.

Notes

Note that if you are doing this to prevent the Switch from turning off while you watch a movie, then there is a separate option on the Sleep Mode menu that lets you handle that situation.

If you would still like the device to go to sleep after a period of inactivity, but want that amount of time to be longer, simply select one of the longer auto-sleep durations.

The battery life on the Nintendo Switch is pretty good, and it’s likely that you can play it for several hours before you need to connect it to a charger.

But like many other electronic devices, it will take some steps to help you prolong the amount of time that you can use the Switch.

One of these options is a sleep timer which will cause the Nintendo Switch screen to turn off after several minutes of inactivity.

Our tutorial below will show you how to stop the Nintendo Switch from going to sleep by changing the setting for this sleep timer.

How to Stop the Nintendo Switch Lite from Going to Sleep

The steps in this article were performed on a Nintendo Switch Lite, but will work on the regular Nintendo Switch as well.

Step 1: Select the Settings icon on the Home screen.

open Nintendo Switch settings

Step 2: Choose the Sleep Mode option at the left side of the screen.

select the Sleep Mode option

Step 3: Select the Auto-Sleep button.

select Auto-Sleep

Step 4: Choose the Never option, then press the A button to save it.

how to stop the Nintendo Switch from going to sleep

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