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How to Pair Joy-Con Controllers

Step by step instructions for pairing the Joy-Con controllers to the Nintendo Switch console.

Additional Information:

Up to eight wireless controllers can be paired to the Nintendo Switch console. However, the maximum number of controllers that can be connected will vary depending on the type of controllers and features that are used. More info

Important:

The console must be powered on. It is not possible to pair the Joy-Con while the console is in sleep mode.

What to Do:

The Joy-Con can be paired to the Nintendo Switch console in the following ways:

  • Joint Pairing.

    Simply attach the Joy-Con controllers to the console.

  • Button Pairing.
    1. From the HOME Menu, select “Controllers,” then “Change Grip and Order.” While the following screen is displayed, press and hold down the SYNC Button for at least one second on the controller you wish to pair.
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      Once paired, the player LED(s) corresponding to the controller number will remain lit.

    2. Confirm how the Joy-Con will be held.

      Important:

      • By doing the Button Pairing alone, the console will not be able to tell if the Joy-Con will be held as a dual-controller grip, or if the Joy-Con will be held horizontally as individual controllers.
      • To confirm how the Joy-Con will be used, press the L Button / R Buttons as indicated below while on this screen.
      How to Use the Joy-Con Buttons to Press
      As a dual-controller grip
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      L Button (on left Joy-Con) + R Button (on right Joy-Con)
      ZL Button (on left Joy-Con) + ZR Button (on right Joy-Con)
      As a solo horizontal grip
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      SL Button + SR Button on each Joy-Con you wish to use horizontally