- Press the home button to return to the home screen, and select System Settings.
- Select Controllers and Sensors.
- Select Disconnect Controllers.
- Push and hold the X button on one of your controllers or Joy-Cons.
- Select OK.
How to Turn Off Any Nintendo Switch Wireless Controller Without Sleeping or Powering Down Console
How to turn off a Nintendo Switch controller before a game
If you want to swap controllers on the Nintendo Switch, you can turn your current controller off before entering the game.
Step 1: Go to the main menu of the Switch by pressing the home button on your controller, and select the Joy-Con icon at the bottom of the screen.
Step 2: On the next screen, select the Change Grip/Order option on the right, and you’ll be prompted to press the L and R buttons on the controllers you want to use. What this will also do is turn off every controller currently connected to the system. Not only is this the perfect way to turn off a controller you don’t want to use, but it can also let you reconfigure the one you’re using already.
Step 3: Want to turn a Joy-Con sideways instead of playing with it vertically? Just press the L and R buttons on the side of it when this screen is up to do so.
How to turn off a Nintendo Switch controller by putting the Switch to sleep
As with most other game consoles, you can put the Nintendo Switch to sleep to also shut off any controller currently connected to it.
Step 1: Either tap the Power button located on the top of the Switch itself, or select the Power icon at the bottom of the main menu and confirm your selection.
Step 2: Pressing the Home button on any of your controllers will wake the console back up, and that controller will be the only one still connected.