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How to Use the “Search for Controllers” Feature

Step-by-step instructions to search for a controller using the vibration feature on Nintendo Switch.


  • In order to use this feature, the controller in question must have been previously paired to the Nintendo Switch console.
  • A system update may be required to use this feature.

Complete These Steps:

  1. From the HOME Menu, select "Controllers" > "Search for Controllers".
  2. Tap on the icon for the controller you wish to find.


  • If a controller is on top of clothing or a soft object like a pillow, the vibration may become difficult to hear. Please be as quiet as possible during the searching process.
  • If a controller is not vibrating, try moving the console closer to where you think it might be or try searching for the controller using a different console. Controllers may not vibrate if:
    • They are too far away from the console.
    • They are out of battery or have low battery.
    • They are not paired to the console or are paired to a different console.