How to deal with liquid or water damage on the Nintendo Switch

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Electronics and water don’t mix, and the Nintendo Switch is no exception.

Whether you’re playing too close to the pool or just spilling your drink while playing a favorite title, it’s never ideal when expensive electronics and water collide. But even if your Switch has been completely submerged, there are steps you can take to recover or minimize water damage to your Switch.

The Nintendo Switch is not waterproof; liquids can damage the device, regardless of their quantity. Besides being on the safe side, investing in a waterproof Switch case can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

What to do if your Nintendo Switch is exposed to liquid:

  • Immediately unplug the console from the power supply to avoid further damage. Eliminating the electrical current as soon as possible is essential. As with any electrical device, there is a risk of electric shock if used when wet).
  • Turn off the console completely. Press and hold the power button for three seconds to turn it off, prompting the Food menu. To select Power Options – Power Off to turn off the handheld completely.
  • Wipe any excess liquid from the device with a soft, dry cloth—ideally microfiber.
  • Avoid turning, shaking, pressing buttons or blowing water on the device. Doing all of this could help liquid move through the device, causing further damage.
  • Allow the system to air dry for a few days. If the system has been submerged more severely, you may also consider letting the switch dry out in a bag or bucket of uncooked rice. It may take a few days to completely absorb all the moisture on your Switch.
  • After air drying for a few days, try turning the switch back on. If it does not turn on, contact Nintendo Switch Support and go from there.

Things to watch out for

  • Avoid opening the console, which may void the warranty.
  • Do not apply any type of external heat to speed up the process (hair dryers, heaters, microwave ovens, etc.) as this may damage the system.
  • Do not connect the device to the mains after suspected water damage. If the console does not turn on, it is a bad sign that liquid damage is preventing the device from turning on. The switch may need to air dry longer or require professional repair or replacement.

The Nintendo Switch warranty does not cover liquid damage. If the system won’t turn on after air-drying for a few days, it’s likely that your console will need to be repaired or replaced. Be sure to review your warranty to iron out the details and use third-party repair equipment at your own risk.

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