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Joy-Con FAQ

How can the Joy-Con controllers be used with each console in the Nintendo Switch family?

Depending on the software application and the supported play style, the Joy-Con controllers can be used in the following ways:

  • While attached to the Nintendo Switch console in handheld mode
  • Paired wirelessly to Nintendo Switch Lite or to the Nintendo Switch console (tabletop mode or TV mode):
    • Held vertically, the left and right Joy-Con can be used as a single unit
    • Held horizontally, each Joy-Con can be used as individual controllers

How many Joy-Con controllers can be paired to a Nintendo Switch console?

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

How do you charge the Joy-Con controllers?

You can find information on how to charge the Joy-Con for each console in the Nintendo Switch family.

How long does it take to fully charge the Joy-Con?

Approximately 3.5 hours.

How long does the battery charge last?

Up to 20 hours of continuous use, though this may vary depending on the software and the actions being used with the controllers.