There are many things that can cause Nintendo Switch to ‘unable to start.’ This includes not enough power, a damaged or dirty connection, and many other issues. If your Nintendo Switch is unresponsive, you should try these steps to solve the issue.
What is Nintendo Switch Error “Unable to start?”
The error “Unable to start” is when Nintendo Switch is unable to boot. This can happen for many reasons, including not enough power, a damaged or dirty connection, and several other issues. Below are some things you can try to solve this issue if your Nintendo Switch is unresponsive.
What Happens When the Nintendo Switch Is Unresponsive?
The first thing you should do when your Nintendo Switch is unresponsive is to ensure that the AC adapter is plugged in and working properly. If so, make sure it’s not damaged or has a dirty connection. Next, try restarting the device by holding the power button for ten seconds. If this doesn’t work, make sure the console isn’t under too much pressure.
Another thing you can try is to remove and reattach the Joy-Con controllers. If that doesn’t work, you need to check if your Nintendo Switch has enough battery life left. If it does, then it’s likely just an issue with your display or controller connection. Make sure that everything is properly connected and tested one more time before trying again.
How to Fix ‘Unable to Start’ Error
If you’ve tried these steps and still can’t get your Nintendo Switch back up and running, there might be a hardware issue at hand.
First, try using the Nintendo Switch Dock to start the device. If that doesn’t work, you could try a hard reset. To do this, hold down both the power button and the home button for 10 seconds or until it shuts off completely. This will erase all of your data on the console.
If that doesn’t fix your issue, it could be time to call in Nintendo Support.
Troubleshooting Steps for Other Issues.
First, power the Nintendo Switch off and then back on again. If that does not fix the issue, you may need to replace the battery pack or perform a hard reset. There are many other troubleshooting steps that you can try if your Nintendo Switch is unresponsive.
If your Nintendo Switch is still having issues after these steps, contact a Nintendo service representative for further help.
Check your SD card or USB storage device
If your Nintendo Switch is unresponsive, start by checking the SD card or the USB storage device that’s connected to it. It’s possible that data on it is corrupting the system. If you have an SD card or USB storage device plugged into your Nintendo Switch, unplug it and restart your system.
If you’re still experiencing issues with your Nintendo Switch, try these steps below to resolve the issue.
Check for the corrupt data
This is the most common problem, but it can be difficult to diagnose. Check for corrupt data by cleaning the cartridge and making sure that your Nintendo Switch is fully charged. If the problem persists, try a different power cord or cable, or perhaps even try another outlet.
If you’re still having problems after other troubleshooting, try a hard reset on your Nintendo Switch. This will clear all corrupted data and force a new start-up screen to appear. It’s not ideal, but it’s a quick fix for many common malfunctions.
#1 Hard Reset
To perform a hard reset on your Nintendo Switch, follow these steps:
1) Press and hold the power button on the back of your device until it turns off;2) Reconnect the AC adapter;3) Hold down both of the joysticks at once;4) Hold down both of the shoulder buttons at once;5) Press and hold both of the triggers at once;6) Press and hold BOTH of the left-side buttons (L1 + L2);7) Slide out any game cartridges from their slots in this order: GameCube Controller Adapter, Joy-Con Controllers attached to Joy-Con Grip, Joy-Con Controllers
Identify which Nintendo Account bought the game
Go to System Settings on your Nintendo Switch.
Follow the prompts to connect your console to the internet.
Once connected, select Nintendo Account Management and find the Nintendo account that purchased your game.
Select it and follow the prompts to delete or reinstall the game. If after deleting the game you still have issues with your console, go back into System Settings and try uninstalling again.