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How to Pair Joy-Con Controllers

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

Additional Information:

  • Once paired, the player LED(s) corresponding to the controller number will remain lit.
  • 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.

Important:

The console must be powered on. It is not possible to pair a controller while the console is in sleep mode.

Complete these steps

To which console do you want to pair the Joy-Con controller(s)?


The Joy-Con controllers 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.

    From the HOME Menu, select “Controllers,” then “Change Grip/Order.” While the following screen is displayed, press and hold down the SYNC Button for at least one second on the Joy-Con you wish to pair.

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From the HOME Menu, select "Controllers", then "Change Grip/Order". While the following screen is displayed, press and hold down the SYNC Button for at least one second on the Joy-Con you wish to pair.

  • Once paired, the player LED(s) corresponding to the controller number will remain lit.
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