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How to Calibrate the Controllers

Instructions for calibrating the control sticks and motion controls on the Joy-Con controllers and Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for use with Nintendo Switch consoles.

Additional Information:

  • In order to calibrate motion controls for a Joy-Con, the controller must be detached from the Nintendo Switch console.
  • The Joy-Con controllers and Nintendo Switch Pro Controller can be paired and used wirelessly with Nintendo Switch Lite.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Ensure your console has the latest system update.
  2. From the HOME Menu, select “System Settings”, then scroll down the menu on the left-hand side and select “Controllers and Sensors”.

  1. Select “Calibrate Control Sticks", then press down on the control stick for the controller you want to calibrate.
  2. Follow the on-screen prompts to verify the control stick functionality.
  3. If the calibration is complete but is not immediately reflected when testing the control sticks, do the following:
    • Set the console to sleep mode, then press the POWER Button to "wake it up" again.
    • Reset the Joy-Con or Pro Controller by pressing the SYNC Button once, then press any other button to power it on again.
  1. Select “Calibrate Motion Controls" then hold down the - Button or + Button on the controller you want to calibrate.
  2. Remove any straps or accessories attached to the controller.
  3. Place the controller with the stick facing upwards on a flat, stable surface and wait for a moment.
  4. Once the calibration is complete, select “OK”.