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Unable to Progress Past the Detach Joy-Con Controllers Message (Nintendo Labo)


  • The message “Detach the Joy-Con controllers from the console and connect them wirelessly” appears on the screen, and you are unable to progress past that point.

Additional Information:

  • This message indicates that the software is waiting for you to use the Joy-Con controllers with your Toy-Con accessory.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Detach the Joy-Con controllers from the Nintendo Switch console, as directed by the message.
    • You may need to detach one specific Joy-Con, or both Joy-Con controllers.
    • When you detach the Joy-Con controllers, the screen should show the console and controllers communicating together.
  2. If there is no change on the screen when you detach the Joy-Con controllers, reattach them to the console and then detach them again.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to correctly insert the Joy-Con controllers into your Toy-Con.
    • For example, if you’re using the Toy-Con House, you will be directed to insert the Joy-Con (R) into the chimney.

Situation Not Resolved:

  • If the message persists when you detach the Joy-Con controllers, there may be an issue with the console. For additional troubleshooting, click here.

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