Why You Should Enable Airplane Mode on Your Nintendo Switch
Airplane mode is built into almost all of our devices, ready to be activated every time we board a plane. Usually when you are do not stealing is of limited use (unless you really don’t want anyone to call you). After all, why would you voluntarily disconnect from the internet? Well, two reasons, actually, when it comes to your Nintendo Switch: battery life and charging speed.
The Switch is a very internet-dependent device. You must be connected to Wi-Fi to download new updates, play online games and register your friends. That said, you’re probably not doing these things most of the time you’re using it. Unless you play exclusively online, you’re more likely to play alone and play something that you can easily play offline.
Connecting to the Internet requires a drain on battery life, but not just when you’re actively using it. It makes sense that accessing the eShop, installing updates, or connecting to an online match with a friend consumes battery power, but there are plenty of other arguably more battery-hungry internet activities. battery that take place every time your system is powered on.
Your Switch is constantly connecting to wifi, checking for those new updates, checking to see if friends are online and what they’re playing, and sending push notifications for you to buy new stuff. Plus, it’ll continue to do all of this even in sleep mode, which means unless you keep it docked all the time, you’ll have a lot less battery life available when you wake it up. Simply turning Airplane mode on when you know you don’t need the internet stops all of these processes from happening.
Enabling Airplane mode has other benefits that only increase your battery life. It seems that many games, even those that don’t need an internet connection to play, check for one before starting. This can slow down the loading process, especially when you are not within wifi range but wifi is still on.
Airplane mode removes this internet check, which can make your game start up faster. Anecdotal evidence from this Reddit thread confirm as much, with a user report Super Mario OdysseyThe “playing with detached Joy-Cons” screen moves many faster when airplane mode is on. This advantage of Airplane Mode may tempt you to turn it on even when battery life isn’t an issue, such as when your Switch is docked or charging.
One caveat: if you’re a member of Nintendo Switch Online, which includes cloud saving, the prospect of slightly faster load times or a bit more battery life might not be worth the risk. worth sacrificing that ability, especially because you’re paying for it.
Additionally, Airplane Mode suppresses Bluetooth communications, which will cause communication to fail with your detached Joy-Cons. If you need to use the Joy-Cons while detached, you will need to manually enable Bluetooth from System Settings > Airplane mode > Controller connection (Bluetooth).
How to Enable Airplane Mode on Nintendo Switch
To toggle the switch to airplane mode, press and hold the Home button to access quick settings. From there choose Airplane mode, then press A to activate it. You can also enable airplane mode from system settings.