Nintendo Switch comes with the included Joy-Con controllers that we can use them in various of Switch modes. If you but the Nintendo Switch Console, you get these Joy-Con controllers in the box together with the other accessories and also the console. If you want to use the Switch console in handheld mode, you can attach these Joy-Con controllers to the Switch console. You can also use these Joy-Con controllers as a detachable gamepad when you want to change to the tabletop mode. Using these Joy-Con controllers as detachable gamepad also necessary when we use the console in TV mode, where we can use the controllers by attaching them to the Joy-Con grip which is also included in the box to make it as a conventional gamepad. Before we can explore all variations of using the Joy-Con controllers, there is one thing we need to do to enable them to control the game, that is pairing them to the console. Here is the tutorial to let you know about how to pair Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers to the Switch console.
Tutorial to Pair Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controllers
In this tutorial, we provide the complete step by step to pair Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers to the Nintendo Switch console. You can pair up to eight wireless controllers to the Nintendo Switch console. This maximum number of controllers you can pair to the Switch console will vary depending on the type and the features of controllers you want to use. Before initiating the pairing process, you need to ensure to power on the Switch console. You can’t pair the Joy-Con controllers either the other wireless controllers when the Switch console is in Sleep mode. Well, below are the step by step for how to pair Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers to your Nintendo Switch console.
Using Joint Pairing
If you want to pair Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers using Joint Pairing, only just attach them to the Nintendo Switch console so that we can use the console in portable mode. When we attach the Joy-Con controllers to the Switch console at the first time, they are paired to the console ever after.
Using Button Pairing
- Firstly, we need to open the HOME menu.
- Then, select “Controllers,”
- After that choose “Change Grip and Order.”
- You will see the controllers icon on the screen, and then press and hold down the SYNC button on the Joy-Con image for at least one second.
- Then press L + R on the controller.
- Press A when you are ready.
Now the Joy-Con controllers are successfully paired to the Switch console. Next, you need to confirm how you will hold the Joy-Con. You need to know that by doing this button pairing alone, the Switch console won’t be able to tell if you will hold the controller as a dual-controller grip, or horizontally as individual controllers. Therefore, you need to confirm how you will hold them by pressing the L button/R button.
- Confirm to use the Joy-Con as a dual-controller grip by pressing the L button (on left Joy-Con)+R button (on the right Joy-Con). After then press the ZL button (on the left Joy-Con) + ZR button (on the right Joy-Con)
- Confirm to use the Joy-Con as a solo horizontal grip by pressing SL button + SR button on each Joy-Con you want to use horizontally.
Read more: Pairing The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Using USB Connection Pairing
If you want to pair the Joy-Con controllers using USB connection pairing, you can attach the Joy-Con controllers to the Joy-Con charging grip which is sold separately (not included in the box), then connect the Joy-Con charging grip to the Nintendo Switch dock using the included USB cable. This USB connection pairing is only available after performing a system update.