Charging the Joy-Con controllers

Applies to: Nintendo Switch


You can charge the Joy-Con controllers in the following ways:

  • Attach them to the console while it's charging
  • Attach them to a Joy-Con charging grip accessory (sold separately)

A full charge takes about three and a half hours.

Attaching them to the console

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What happens if I attach the Joy-Con controllers to the console when it's not charging?

The Joy-Con controllers will only be charged if their battery is low.

They will stop charging at around half battery life to keep from draining the console battery too much.

Attaching the controllers to a Joy-Con charging grip (sold separately)

Connect the Joy-Con controllers to the charging grip accessory, then connect it to the Nintendo Switch dock.

A USB charging cable is provided for connecting the accessory to the dock.

You'll need to connect the dock to the AC adapter.

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You can also charge the accessory using the AC adapter included with the console.

You can charge the Joy-Con controllers by attaching them to the Joy-Con charging grip and connecting it to the AC adapter (HAC-002) provided with the console.