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    How to Attach/Detach the Joy-Con Controllers from the Nintendo Switch Console


    Instructions for attaching and detaching the Joy-Con controllers from the Nintendo Switch console.

    Additional Information:

    The Joy-Con controllers can be paired to one console at a time. If you wish to use the Joy-Con controllers on another console, they will need to be paired to that console.

    Complete These Steps:

    How to attach the Joy-Con controllers to the console:

    1. Make sure the Joy-Con controllers are correctly oriented.

      First, ensure the screen is facing you. To ensure the right and left Joy-Con controllers are positioned properly with relation to the console, align the - Button on the left Joy-Con with the top-left corner of console, and align the + Button on the right Joy-Con with the top-right corner of the console. hac_photo_console_joycon_plusminus.jpg

    2. Attach the Joy-Con controllers to the Nintendo Switch console.

      Use the rail on the side of the console and slide each Joy-Con down from top to bottom, until you hear a click. hac_photo_console_joycon_attach_right.jpg

      • Once the Joy-Con controllers are attached to the console, they are paired to that console and can now be detached and used wirelessly.

    How to detach the Joy-Con controllers from the console:

    Press the release button at the back of each Joy-Con while sliding it up from bottom to top.


    After detaching the Joy-Con controllers from the console, be sure to attach the Joy-Con straps before starting a game or software.

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    • The Joy-Con pairing information is not deleted when the Joy-Con controllers are detached. You can now use them as wireless controllers.