iOS16>Nintendo Switch Controllers



Updating your iPhone/iPad to iOS16 /iPADOS16 brings new support for game controllers, this time we get Nintendo Switch Native Controller Support!

Yes that’s right iPhone & iPad now natively support the Switch Pro Controller & Joy-Con controllers.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller connects easy enough from your iPhone/iPad’s Bluetooth settings, just set the controller into pairing mode by holding the sync button, now on your iPhone/iPad look for “Pro Controller” in the blueooth list and tap it to pair.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons are similar to Switch Pro controller but because they automatically pair with your Switch, they will also need to be put into bluetooth pairing mode, remove the Joy-Cons from your switch and hold the sync button, On your iOS device look for Joy-Con(L) and Joy-Con(R) in the bluetooth list and tap to pair. Joy-Cons work individually or both together.

Here is the important bit, when you pair both Joys-Cons, iOS16 can unify them as one controller, meaning we now have a fully functional bluetooth MFi controller with all the inputs mapped correctly.

This operation is dynamic, meaning it can be split into 2 controllers or be linked as one single controller at any point, to do this, first make sure both your Joy-Cons are paired with your iOS device, then hold the Screenshot button on the left Joy-Con & the Home button on the right Joy-Con together for approx 3 seconds.

When unified as one controller the left Joy-Con’s “-” button will act as the media capture button, so double tapping the “-” button will take a screen shot, hold it will start video recording etc, whereas the Right Joy-Con’s “+” button acts as the home button.

UPDATE: 11th Oct 2022

You can test your Joy-Con’s inputs with a game controller tester app here, best one we found so far is:-

Game Controller Tester Gamepad

Game Controller Tester Gamepad

by Emoji Apps GmbH

Customer ratings: (418 ratings)
MFi Game Controllers Supported.
Price: $FREE
We noticed sometimes when unifying 2 JoyCon controllers together one of them becomes unstable and very slow & laggy to react to input, for me it’s always the Joy-Con (R). we think this maybe a bug in iOS16’s pairing order in the MFi controller framework, however, do not fear there is a simple solution to fix this, if it happens to you also.

Goto your iPhone’s/iPad’s bluetooth settings whilst both Joy-Con’s are connected and turn off the bluetooth. then turn it back on and press the shoulder buttons on both controllers to automatically re-connect to your iOS device. This re-connection usually fixes this input lag issue, having assigned their order correctly. Maybe an OS update will correct this? we’ll keep you posted.

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NOTICE: We recommend only using the official Nintendo Joy-Cons,as we have tried several brands of 3rd party cheaper “knock off’s” and although they work ok with the Nintendo Switch Console they do not work correctly on iPhones/iPads running iOS16, we shall continue to test different brands but have found none so far that are fully compatible.