[QUICK FIX] Right Joycon Not Charging Easily!!

Apart from charging the console of Nintendo Switch, you also need to charge JoyCons as well in order to play games on the console.

If the right joycons aren’t charging properly, then you won’t be able to play games. Don’t worry as I’ve got an easy solution to fix this issue.

So, How Fix Right Joycon Not Charging?

In order to fix the Right Joycon not charging, simply disconnect and reconnect it from the Switch, update the firmware of the Switch console and inspect the condition of the joycons carefully.

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These are some of the easiest ways to fix the charging issue of Joycons in Nintendo Switch. Let’s talk about this issue in a more detailed way and see what else you can do to get rid of this issue.

Before we move ahead, let me answer the main you may have in your mind right now.

Why the Right Joycon isn’t charging?

The main reason why nintendo switch right controller is not charging is because of the dust and dirt present in the console and the joycons themselves. Cleaning both of them will fix the charging issue immediately.

So, How do you clean the console and joycons properly?

There are 3 ways to clean them.

  • With Brush: Simply take a new and unused brush and then gently clean the right side of the console and then do the same with the right joy-con as well. Take your time and don’t be in a hurry while doing this or else you may damage the internal components.
  • With Water: Simply pour a small amount of water into a soft cloth and then wring it until you remove the excess water from that cloth. Now, wipe both of these things gently and then wait for some time until they get dry.
  • With Alcohol: Similar to the above one, apply a small amount of alcohol in a soft cloth and then clean the joycons and console gently.

These are the effective ways to clean the console of Nintendo Switch and the joycons without taking any risk. Also, you should keep in mind that you should not pour water or alcohol directly into any of these products or else it may get damaged permanently and you’ll have to buy a new one.

Apart from cleaning the ports of the console and joycons, there are a few other ways to fix the charging issue of joycons. Let’s explore that.

Updating the firmware of the console:

To update the firmware of the Nintendo Switch console, you have to:

  • Open the “System Settings” from the main menu.
  • Next, tap on “System” from the list of options.
  • And finally, select “System Update” and complete the update process.

Updating the software is one of the effective ways to solve any technical glitch you may have in your Switch console including the charging issue. Before updating the switch, you need to make sure that the battery of the console is charged at least 80% to avoid any kind of issues.

There has been a minor battery bug in Nintendo Switch which was discovered a couple of years before. You might be a victim of this bug. So, always charge your Switch before updating the firmware.

Inspect the Joycons

If you have any hardware-related issues with the Joycons, then you won’t be able to charge it unless you inspect it and fix the problem.

Just like any other electronic device, your Joycons may have got damaged internally. The chances of getting Joycons damaged are quite low however, it is worth taking a look at that. The best thing you can do in this situation is taking the Joycons to your nearest repair center and let them diagnose the joycons carefully.

If the Joycons has no issue at all, then you may have found any other way to solve this issue or you can get in touch with the official support team of Nintendo and let me know about your problem. You might get the replacement or refund if you have purchased the joycons recently and is under warranty. If it isn’t under warranty, then, unfortunately, you have to spend some money to get a new one.

Alternative Way to Charge Joycons

If you have any trouble charging the right joycons of the Switch via console, then consider getting Joy-Con Charging Grip by Nintendo that is designed especially to charge joycons.

The usual way to charge the joycons is by connecting them with the console however, there’s another method by which you can easily charge the joycons and i.e Joy-Con Charging Grip. You won’t be getting this charging grip when you purchase the Nintendo Switch. You’ll have to buy it separately and is going to cost you around $50. If you don’t mind spending a small amount to get a separate peripheral to charge your Joycons, then it is worth the money.

If you have any doubts about how to charge Joycons with Joy-Con Charging Grip, then I would recommend you watch the below video.

Video by: YouTube.com/ Nintendo Collecting

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How do you check Joy-Con battery life?

Once you connect the Joycons to your Switch console, just tap on “Controllers” and then you will be able to see how much battery is left of both the Joycons as well as the console.

2. How long do Joy-Cons last?

A fully charged Joycons would last around 20 hours or so depending upon your usage.

3. Do Joy-Cons charge while playing?

Yes, you can easily charge the joycons while playing games on the console.


Unable to charge the Joycons of the Switch may give a headache for a lot of gamers like me. Thankfully, there are a few easy ways such as cleaning the console and updating the firmware to overcome this issue and charge it as usual. If you have solved the charging issue of Joycons with the help of this quick guide, then do share your thoughts in the comments below. I would love to hear them out. Cheers!

Christoffer K

Christoffer is the man behind Gaming Simplified. He has been an avid gamer and Tech lover and that has motivated him to share All Things Tech on this blog!

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