Nintendo Switch can't download games in sleep mode

Plan on buying digital Switch games from the eShop? Then there's something you should know.

Published Mon, Mar 6 2017 5:11 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:56 AM CST

Although Nintendo's new Switch handheld-and-console hybrid supports remote game downloads via Wi-Fi, it actually won't download digital eShop games in Sleep Mode.

Nintendo Switch can't download games in sleep mode 331 |

Earlier tonight I bought Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment from the Nintendo Switch's eShop, expecting the console to auto-download the game while it's sleeping in its cradle. However I soon found out that the Switch tablet's Sleep Mode functionality isn't the same as the PS4, and it won't download games while asleep.

According to the status message sent by Nintendo, the Switch has to be awakened out of Sleep Mode before it will download digital eShop games. "Your download will begin once you wake your Nintendo Switch from Sleep mode. The time required to download may vary. You can check the status of your download via the icon displayed on the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu," read the message.

Nintendo Switch can't download games in sleep mode 332 |

So this tells us the Nintendo Switch's Sleep Mode turns off all functionality to retain battery life when undocked. It also appears the Switch will not charge attached JoyCon controllers while undocked as well.

Keep an eye out for more Nintendo Switch coverage in the future!

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

Newsletter Subscription

Related Tags

Newsletter Subscription
Latest News
View More News
Latest Reviews
View More Reviews
Latest Articles
View More Articles