How to use Nintendo Switch controllers on your iPhone (and what for)

Today’s mobile phones are compatible with a huge number of external devices, such as a smartwatch or an activity bracelet. However, these two cases are the most common for users, although you will be interested to know that with iOS 16 you can connect the controls of your Nintendo Switch or Joy-Con to your iPhone without any problem.

This is not a novelty at all, since on other occasions we have mentioned the possibility of establishing a connection between your smartphone and PS5 or Xbox controller. An option that was already available for both Android and iPhone, although the Switch controllers only had an affinity with the former. So it is a great novelty for those users who have the console and an Apple phone, since they guarantee a pleasant game session and with greater precision in the movements made.

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Connect the Joy-Con and your iPhone

Over time, the Cupertino company has improved the compatibility of its mobile phones and proof of this is the iOS 13 and iOS 14 version of the operating system, which offered the option of connecting your PS4 or Xbox One and PS5 controls or Xbox Series respectively.

Now, with iOS 16 landing, any iPhone (and even iPad) enjoying this update will also be compatible with Nintendo Switch controllers . In addition, it should be noted that pairing both devices is an extremely simple task that does not hide much difficulty. Next, we offer you the necessary steps to do it in detail:

  1. Open your iPhone settings
  2. Access the Bluetooth section and activate the connection if it remains disabled.
  3. When the phone starts to search for devices around it, pick up the Joy-Con and press and hold the corresponding button to pair. This is located on the outer side, that is, the part that would originally fit into the console. Wait for the green lights to turn on.
  4. In the “Other Devices” section, the controller should appear next to a letter R or L in parentheses indicating whether it is the right or left controller.
  5. Click on them and wait for the connection to end.

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As you can see, it is not very complicated and this feature is also extrapolated when it comes to disconnecting the iPhone controls . Basically, you just have to tap the pairing button on the Joy-Con again to turn them off. Your smartphone will store their information so that you can start the connection again just by going to the Bluetooth settings.

Connect the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

In the same way as the previous case, it is also possible to link the official Nintendo Switch controller . A common controller that provides better ergonomics, making it an ideal choice for comfortable gaming. The steps to pair them again are very simple and somewhat similar to the method for the Joy-Con:

  1. Start the Bluetooth settings on your smartphone.
  2. Press the pairing button, which, this time, is located on the top of the controller, right next to the USB-C input.
  3. Tap on Pro Controller to start the connection.

What models are compatible

This is a property that has come along with the landing of the new iOS 16 version . This means that only those terminals that are waiting to receive the update will enjoy the ability to pair Switch controllers with iPhone. If you still do not know if your mobile is going to renew its software, here we leave you the list recently confirmed by Apple itself:

iPhone 14 Pro iOS 16

  • iPhone 13 series
  • iPhone 12 series
  • iPhone 11 series
  • iPhone SE (3rd generation)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XSMax
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8Plus
  • iPhone 8