Does the Nintendo Switch Lite have a notification light?

Does the Nintendo Switch Lite have a notification light?

Best answer: The Nintendo Switch Lite does have a notification light, but it doesn't seem to have a purpose quite yet.On-the-go gaming: Nintendo Switch Lite ($200 at Amazon)

What the notification light may be used for

You may have noticed a light ring around the home button on your Nintendo Switch Lite or Nintendo Switch controllers. Behind this button is a blue LED light that will illuminate the ring when you receive a notification. In the Nintendo Switch Ver. 9.0.0 update released on September 9, 2019, Nintendo added alarm notifications under notifications in the system settings that we believe will be the reason for the light in the future. For now, these alarms are only available in supported software that Nintendo says is to be added later. To use this feature, controllers may require a firmware update.

What software is coming?

As of now, there is no indication of what software is coming that will support this new notification light feature in the future. This piece of the update came as just one part of a list of other updates. Nintendo's website has the full update information available. The following features were also included:

  • Added a search feature for the News Channel
  • Added Display QR Code to Check-In to User Settings
  • Alarm Notifications have been added to System Settings > Notifications
  • You can now configure touch screen sensitivity settings
  • Added the option to turn on/off the system button input (Nintendo Switch Lite only)
  • Added Online Play Invites section to the User's page
  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

Looking forward to a Nintendo update

Although this light doesn't currently notify players when others are trying to join their party, games download, or shop news yet, we're hoping this functionality will come when they also release the new software for the alarm notifications. For now, we will plan to keep an eye on Nintendo Switch Lite updates and keep you posted as we learn more.

Alex Huebner

Alex has been working with iMore as a Freelance Gaming Writer for three years. You can also find a few articles of hers on Android Central and Windows Central. She regularly covers Nintendo Switch games and accessories as well as iOS game apps. In addition to the Nintendo Switch, you may also find her playing on the PlayStation and PC. When she doesn’t have a controller in hand she likes to spend her time with her husband, son, and dogs, exploring new places, or hiding away with a book (or comic book). A few of her favorite games include the Zelda franchise, Little Nightmares, and Animal Crossing.