Nintendo Switch

How do you fine-tune your Nintendo Switch to get the perfect settings for your preferred gaming experience? We'll show you!

There are a lot of useful features folded into the Nintendo Switch settings. If you've been spending too much time shredding Zelda, here's all the minor (and some major) adjustments, tweaks, and changes you can make to your Switch system.

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How to enable Airplane Mode on your Nintendo Switch

Airplane Mode on Nintendo Switch provides customizations beyond just turning everything off temporarily. You can enable Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC separately. You can also turn Airplane Mode on or off from Quick Settings.

  1. Select System Settings from the Home screen of your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Select Airplane Mode from the menu on the left.

    Select System Settings, then select Airplane Mode

  3. Select Airplane Mode to turn it on.
  4. Scroll down and select Controller Connection (Bluetooth) to turn on Bluetooth connectivity while in Airplane Mode.

    Select Airplane Mode, then select Controller Connection (Bluetooth)

  5. Scroll down and select Wi-Fi to turn on Wi-Fi connectivity while in Airplane Mode.
  6. Scroll down and select NFC to turn on near-field communication connectivity while in Airplane Mode.

    Select Wi-Fi, then select NFC

To disable Airplane Mode, just select it again and all connectivity settings will turn back on.

How to adjust the screen brightness (and save on battery use) on your Nintendo Switch

You don't need to have your screen brightness at its fullest setting on Nintendo Switch. It's easier on the eyes, and saves a little bit of battery juice when the screen is a bit dimmer. You can adjust the screen brightness in the Switch's system settings, or from Quick Settings

  1. Select System Settings from the Home screen of your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Select Screen Brightness from the menu on the left.
  3. Select Auto-Brightness Adjustment to turn on or off automatic brightness adjustment, which changes the screen brightness depending on the amount of light in the room.
  4. Drag the slider to the left or right to manually increase or decrease the screen brightness.

    Select System Settings, then select Auto Brightness Adjustment, then drag the brightness slider

How to lock your Nintendo Switch screen

When you lock your screen, it will keep it in sleep mode while you're on the go so you don't accidentally wake it with a screen tap or button press. When enabled, you'll have to press the same button three times before you can exit Sleep Mode. This doesn't work when the Switch tablet is connected to the TV Dock.

  1. Select System Settings from the Home screen of your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Select Screen Lock from the menu on the left.
  3. Select Lock Console in Sleep Mode to turn it on or off.

    Select system settings, then select Screen Lock, then select Lock Console in Sleep Mode

How to change the internet settings on your Nintendo Switch

Sometimes, your Switch might have trouble connecting to the internet. You might switch over to a different Wi-Fi, or you may want to manually add a Wi-Fi (or wired) internet connection.

  1. Select System Settings from the Home screen of your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Select Internet from the menu on the left.

    Select System Settings, then select Internet

  3. Select Internet Settings to search for a different Wi-Fi connection.
  4. Tap the new wi-fi network and enter the login credentials.
  5. Tap Wired Connection to set up a wired internet connection.

    You'll need a LAN adapter connect to the internet with a wired connection.

    Select Internet Settings, then select a network or select Wired Connection

You can also test your internet connection if you are having trouble logging into the eShop or playing a game online.

  1. Select System Settings from the Home screen of your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Select Internet from the menu on the left.

    Select System Settings, then select Internet

  3. Select Test Connection to begin testing the upload and download speed of your internet connection.

    SelectTest Connection, then wait for the test to complete

How to set up and adjust notifications on your Nintendo Switch

You can get notifications on your Switch in the form of blue dots on your profile avatar and System Settings. If you want, or don't want, these notifications, you can manage them individually.

  1. Select System Settings from the Home screen of your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Select Notifications from the menu on the left.
  3. Select "Download Complete" Notification to turn the notification on or off.

    Select System Settings, then select Notifications

  4. To change friend notifications, select Friend Notification.

    Select which user you are changing the friend notifications for.

    Select Friend Notification, then select the user profile

    Select Online Users to turn notifications for friends online on or off.

    Select Friend-Request Notification to turn friend request notifications on or off.

    Select Online Users, then select Friend Request Notification

  5. Select Notification Sound to turn on or off notification sounds.

    Select Notification Sound

How to adjust Sleep mode settings on your Nintendo Switch

Sleep Mode puts your screen to sleep without actually turning off your Switch. It saves battery life and screen wear. It is a great way to temporarily shut down your Switch, while keeping your game data at the ready (you don't have to reconnect to your current game). You can trigger Sleep Mode from Quick Settings (or by pressing the Power button), but you can adjust how long it takes for Sleep mode to trigger when you're not actively using the Switch, too.

  1. Select System Settings from the Home screen of your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Select Sleep Mode from the menu on the left.

    Select System Settings, then select Sleep Mode

  3. Select Auto-Sleep (Playing on Console Screen) to change how long it takes before auto-sleep triggers when the Switch tablet is not connected to the TV Dock.

    You can select 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 minutes, or never.

  4. Select Auto-Sleep (Connected to TV) to change how long it takes before auto-sleep triggers when the Switch is connected to the TV Dock.

    You can select 1, 2, 3, 6, or 12 hours, or never.

    Select Auto sleep for console or auto sleep for TV dock

  5. Select Suspend Auto-Sleep While Playing Media Content to keep auto-sleep from triggering when you're watching a video trailer or some other media content.

    The Switch will still go to sleep after four hours, even if you've suspended auto-sleep while media content is playing.

    Select Suspend Auto Sleep while playing media content

How to change the nickname of your Nintendo Switch

When you first set up your Nintendo Switch, you were asked to name it. If you change your mind and want to give it a more clever (or appropriate) name, you can do so whenever you want from your Switch's system settings.

  1. Select System Settings from the Home screen of your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Select System from the menu on the left. It's the last option at the bottom.

    Select System Settings, then select System

  3. Select Console Nickname.
  4. Enter a new nickname.
  5. Select OK when finished.

    Select Console Nickname, rename your Switch, then select OK

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about the various settings options on the Nintendo Switch? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.