Nintendo Shares Tips on How to Sanitize the Nintendo Switch and its Joy-Cons

The Nintendo Switch was released in 2017, and it took the world by storm. Ever since then, the handheld hybrid console has become one of the most popular gaming platforms currently available on the market.

As we all know, the Nintendo Switch has a pretty hefty price. If you have one, then it’s in your best interest to take good care of it and to keep it clean at all times, especially in the middle of a pandemic.

Fortunately, Nintendo has shared a few tips on its website discussing the best and safest ways to clean and disinfect the Nintendo Switch and its Joy-Cons. According to the English support page of Nintendo, you need to use alcohol-based products if you want to sanitize your console.

That being said, Nintendo notes that it’s best to only use consumer-grade alcohol that’s primarily meant for disinfection. Not only that, but it also recommends using alcohol that doesn’t go over 70%. Once this specific kind of product has been obtained, you can then proceed to disinfect your Nintendo Switch.


The process is pretty easy: simply pour the right amount of alcohol on a soft cloth, and then lightly wipe the product with it. One vital thing to remember when sanitizing the console is that you shouldn’t directly pour alcohol onto it. Obviously, this will cause major problems for the device as it’s neither water-resistant nor waterproof.

You can use this same process if you wish to disinfect the console’s accessories as well, such as the Joy-Con controllers. However, you need to be extra careful with this one, as you might accidentally push in debris inside the controller. You need to make sure that this doesn’t happen because it could potentially cause Joy-Con drift.

This new information from Nintendo is pretty interesting though because the company previously said that players should never clean their Switch with alcohol products. Now, it seems that the company has since changed its opinions. After all, we are currently in the middle of a global pandemic.

Unless your Nintendo Switch is a very personal console that you don’t like sharing, it’s a type of device that potentially many people will hold in their hands. Thus, disinfecting it is of utter importance, even if it’s only being shared with family members.

If you’re understandably hesitant to use alcohol on your Switch, it’s best to try out a small amount first on a small area before completely wiping the entire console.


In other Switch-related news, Nintendo still hasn’t revealed or given any hints to fans about whether or not it has plans for a Switch successor, especially since both Microsoft and Sony have already released their next-generation consoles.

That being said, there have been rumors circulating as of late claiming that the company is currently working on a Pro version of the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo hasn’t officially confirmed this rumor yet, but it’s said that this new and improved console will feature an upgraded screen.

Even though Nintendo is still keeping its plans secret for now, it’s expected that the company will announce new hardware some time next year. We’re definitely excited to see what Nintendo has planned for its fans.

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