Although turning a console off is something usually pretty straight forward, it appears that the Switch isn’t just as easy as pressing the power button to shut it down, as some users have found.
Pressing the power button on the tablet will put the console into a ‘sleep mode’ instead of turning it off, you’ll need to bring up the power options menu to turn it off entirely.
Here’s how it works:
- You’ll need access to the console directly, the Switch cannot be turned off via controllers.
- Hold down the power button for at least five seconds.
- A menu will pop up that gives you the option to put the console in sleep mode or power options.
- Select power options.
- You’ll then have the option to restart the console or turn it off. Select to power down.
You will then have fully powered down the Switch! Although it may seem simple, some may be surprised that there is no way to turn off the console via the joy-cons or any other controller used with the console.