How To Fix Left JoyCon Not Charging? (8 Easy Solutions)

Nintendo Switch work as a stress reliever for many. It helps in relaxing the stressed mind from hectic office work.

Last Saturday, I was doing the same, and my JoyCon battery level dropped after a few leagues, and I noticed that my left JoyCon was not charging.

I opened my phone browser and typed- why is my left JoyCon controller not charging? I found that thousands of Switch users are facing similar issues.

After trying a few methods, I found some solutions that helped me to fix the problem.

And in this post, I’m sharing those methods with you. So, if your right or left JoyCon is not charging, go through this guide and fix the issue.

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How To Fix Right Or Left JoyCon Not Charging?

There can be various reasons for a JoyCon not to charge. It might be a firmware issue or a problem with the charging port.

No matter the reason, you can try the following methods to fix the issue.

Solution #1: Re-attach the JoyCon

JoyCon Attached with Switch

If any of your JoyCon is not charging, you should detach the right and left JoyCon controllers. It’ll fix the connection issue between Switch and Controllers.

After detaching both controllers, please wait for 15 seconds and re-attach them. Now, go to Settings to check if the left Joy-Con is charging or not.

Solution #2: Power Cycle Your Nintendo Switch

Power Off Nintendo Switch

Some minor software glitches can also cause issues in charging. If you have detached and re-attached both the consoles, try power cycle your Nintendo Switch.

First, go to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Disconnect Controllers. Hold the “X” button until confirmation that both controllers have been disconnected.

Once your JoyCon controllers are disconnected from the Nintendo Switch, detach them and Turn OFF the Switch.

Wait 60 seconds and then press the Power button to turn on the Switch. Once your Switch is turned on, re-attach the left controller first and then the right.

Most probably, the JoyCon charging issue will be solved after this solution. Mine was resolved after doing this.

However, if the problem still persists, you can read the next solutions.

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Solution #3: Clean JoyCon and Switch

JoyCon Cleaning

Dust particles are insulator of electricity, and due to regular use, the power connectors attracts dust.

You should clean the connecting points of the JoyCon controller and Switch for proper functioning.

Follow these steps to clean your JoyCon controller and Nintendo Switch:

Nintendo Switch Connector Cleaning
  • Disconnect your JoyCon controllers from the Switch by System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Disconnect Controllers.
  • Detach both controllers from the Switch.
  • Power OFF the Nintendo Switch by pressing and holding the power button.
  • Now, take a soft fabric and clean the connectors of both JoyCons.
  • With the help of a Cotton Swab and Isopropyl Alcohol, clean the side connector of the Nintendo Switch.

After cleaning both controllers and the Switch, wait for 20 minutes to dry and once isopropyl alcohol is completely vaporized, power on the Switch and re-attach the Joy-Cons.

Solution #4: Replace the Battery

JoyCon Battery
Credit: iFixit

Both JoyCon controllers have separate Li-Ion batteries. With regular use, the battery life degrades, and ultimately they start causing charging and backup issues.

Disconnect your controllers from the Switch and open the cover with a screwdriver.

Now, swipe the batteries of the left controller with the right to check the battery’s health.

Now, attach the left JoyCon to the Switch and check if it starts charging or not.

If your left Joy-Con is charging by putting the right controller battery, it means the problem lies in the battery.

Buy a new pair of batteries from the official store or Amazon and replace them. After battery replacement, pair your Joy-Con with a Switch, and it’ll start charging again.

Solution #5: Update Firmware

Update Switch Firmware

Have you updated your Nintendo Switch firmware? If not, it could be why your left Joy-Con is not pairing or charging.

The company regularly releases firmware updates to patch known bugs and improve the overall performance of the Switch.

So, connect your Switch to the internet and update it to the latest version by going into System settings > System > System Update.

Once you are done with updating, restart your Switch and re-attach JoyCon controllers.

Solution #6: Calibrate JoyCon

Calibrate Nintendo Switch Controllers

If your JoyCon controllers are not working as intended or are not responding to certain commands, you need to calibrate them.

To calibrate yourJoyCon controllers, go into System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Calibrate Control Sticks.

Now follow the on-screen instructions properly for controller calibration. After calibrating the controllers, check if the JoyCon issue is solved or not.

Solution #7: Use JoyCon Grip

You should use the JoyCon grip if you can still not charge your JoyCon controllers.

The Joy-Con grip not only charges both controllers simultaneously but also improves ergonomics while playing games.

To charge your controllers using the Joy-Con grip, ensure that it is turned OFF. Now attach both controllers to the Joy-Con grip and plug them into the Switch dock. Your controllers will start charging.

Solution #8: Contact Nintendo Support

It is probably a hardware issue if all the above methods fail to charge your JoyCon.

In that case, you should contact Nintendo support for further help and assistance. If your Switch is under warranty, they will replace it.

Conclusion

I hope this article helped you solve the JoyCon not charging issue. Please let me know which method worked for you in the comments below.

Also, feel free to reach out if you need any further assistance. Until next time, stay safe and keep gaming!

Daniel is a tech enthusiast and repair technician who loves experimenting with various gadgets and home appliances. On this blog, he shares a troubleshooting guide for software and hardware faults.

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