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Controller Buttons Not Responding When Joy-Con Controllers Are Attached to the Console

The information in this article can help you when the buttons on the Joy-Con controllers do not respond or respond incorrectly while the controllers are attached to the Nintendo Switch console.

Important:

The Joy-Con controllers can be used as wireless controllers with the Nintendo Switch Lite system.

Important

Additional Information:

  • The button test feature on the console is not available for the POWER, Volume, HOME, SYNC, or Capture Buttons.
  • You may find information regarding Inquiries about Various Technical Issues Related to Joy-Con Controllers helpful.

What to Do:

  1. Check if the non-responsive buttons feel sticky or stuck down.
    • If any are sticky or stuck, turn off the console and clean the area around the problematic buttons using a soft, dry toothbrush.
      • Important: Avoid using any cleaners or fluids.
  2. Ensure your console has the latest system version.
    • If the console is already up to date, restart it by holding down the POWER Button for three seconds, then selecting Power Options, followed by Restart.

Which button is not responding?


  1. While on the HOME Menu, press and hold down the POWER Button for at least one second.


  1. While on the HOME Menu, verify that volume changes on the console speakers when the volume buttons are pressed.

  1. While navigating the menus or within a game, press the HOME Button.

Situation Not Resolved:

If the Joy-Con is recognised as being attached to the console but the HOME Button does not respond correctly, the right Joy-Con controller will need to be repaired.

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  1. While on the HOME Menu, press the Capture Button.

  1. Perform a button test for the unresponsive button.

Did the button respond during the button test?



Situation Not Resolved:

If the Joy-Con is recognised as being attached to the console but the button test fails, the problematic Joy-Con will need to be repaired.

Important:

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Was the non-responsive button issue occurring with a specific game or application?



  1. It's possible that the intended button is not compatible with that game or application. Check the software manual for more information.

Situation Not Resolved:

If the game or application is compatible with the intended button but it is not working with your Joy-Con, the non-responsive Joy-Con will need to be repaired.

Important:

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Situation Not Resolved:

The non-responsive Joy-Con will need to be repaired.

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