When it comes to games, there is never really enough time in a day to do whatever we want. Often times, we squeeze in as many hours as possible after a long day of school or work, and that’s hardly ever enough for what we want to accomplish in our favorite virtual worlds.
In fact, our playtime is so important that one of the most annoying things in the world is when the game we’ve been looking forward to isn’t available to play right away. So how do you make sure your game downloads even when your Switch is in sleep mode? Let’s find out.
What is sleep mode?
Sleep mode is a console setting that preserves your Switch’s battery life, while still allowing easy starting. This is a great way to avoid battery drain and extend the battery life of your Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo Switch sleep mode allows you to download games when your console is not in use. Sleep mode is great for making sure you never waste precious gaming time and have it ready to play whenever you want. However, there are a few conditions that you must meet.
How to download a Switch game in standby mode
To download a Switch game in standby mode, simply download a game normally through Nintendo eShop or through your Nintendo Switch app. Next, avoid opening games that even remotely connect to the Internet to run. Then let your Switch fall asleep on its own to continue downloading.
It is important that you do not manually put your Nintendo Switch console into sleep mode. For this method to work, you must allow your Switch to fall asleep on its own. Indeed, several users report that game downloads stop when they manually put the device into sleep mode.
Other than that, your Switch must have at least 20% battery power for a download to continue. With that, if you plan to leave your Switch downloading in sleep mode, it may be best to plug it into an outlet or docking station.
To protect the health of your battery, it is always a good idea to never let your Switch’s battery drain. If possible, always make sure it is charged a bit before leaving for an extended period.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about downloading Switch games in standby mode.
Will downloading Switch games in standby mode be faster?
In general, it is faster to download games in standby mode. By downloading in standby mode, your Switch can devote its energy only to downloading instead of the other functions it needs to maintain.
However, there are several factors that affect the download speed of the Switch, such as internet connection, distance to router, etc. However, downloading games in standby mode means you don’t have to worry about your download stopping, which happens when you use your Switch for online games while downloading.
Is it possible to download using the Nintendo app when your Switch is in sleep mode?
Yes. You can download games from your Nintendo eShop through your mobile phone app, and they will be downloaded in standby mode. With it, you can even buy games while you’re at work and expect them to be ready to play when you get home.
Keep your Switch ready to play every day
While Switch users who connect their consoles to TVs don’t have to worry about this, leaving your Switch to download in sleep mode can save you a lot of time and trouble.
If you leave your Switch on your docking station while downloading, consider installing a wired connection using an Ethernet cable with your docking station to improve download speed. Alternatively, it is recommended that you leave your Switch near your router but not directly on it to get the best signal, so that it downloads as quickly as possible.
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