Easy Nintendo Switch Blue Screen Fix (Beginner Guide)

a Nintendo Switch in portable mode

Did you drop your Nintendo Switch and the screen turned blue? The Nintendo Switch blue screen is also known as the “screen of death” because it makes it impossible for users to keep playing their favorite games. Fortunately, the Nintendo Switch blue screen can be fixed.

There are two reasons for Nintendo Switch to show the infamous “blue screen of death”. In the first case, there is a software issue that can be easily fixed by booting the device in recovery mode. This can be done by holding the power button for 12 seconds to force it to shut down and then by holding the volume up & down buttons while also pressing the power button on the console to enable recovery mode. The second reason for getting the blue screen is hardware issues. This happens when the console gets dropped and the hardware gets damaged and the warranty will fix it.

If you can’t fix the blue screen on your Nintendo Switch, you have arrived at the right place. We wrote multiple guides about Nintendo Switch and today, we are presenting an ­in-depth guide to fixing the blue screen.

How to Fix Nintendo Switch Blue Screen – A Beginner’s Guide

Windows users know too well just how annoying it can be to get the blue screen of death on their PCs. Unfortunately, this infamous issue is now present on Nintendo Switch as well. However, I do need to mention that unlike Windows PC, the Nintendo Switch blue screen can be fixed.

The best thing that Nintendo Switch fans can do when they get the blue screen after the console gets dropped is to boot it in recovery mode. Here is how to boot the console in recovery mode:

  • Hold the power button for 12 seconds to force shut down the console;
  • Hold down the volume up and volume down buttons, then press the power button to enable recovery mode;
  • The recovery mode will now appear, and users need to select “Update System”.

The console will now download the latest operating system update and fix all software issues at the same time.

What is the Cause of Blue Screen of Death?

In general, the reason why Nintendo Switch gets the blue screen of death is because the console is dropped and the corner bond is removed. If this happens, the CPU will get detached almost immediately because the corner bond is what keeps it in place. My advice is to consider getting in touch with Nintendo customer support if this happens. The console always comes with a warranty and it’s best to use it whenever possible.

How Much Does a Nintendo Switch Screen Repair Cost?

The price to repair a Nintendo Switch screen depends on how broken it is. Some screens might only need minor repairs while others require a full replacement. Nintendo will not give an official pricing until it receives the Switch so that it can determine what kind of repairs it needs.