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

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

How to attach the Joy-Con to the console:

  1. Make sure the Joy-Con are correctly oriented.First, ensure the LCD screen is facing you. To ensure the right and left Joy-Con are positioned properly with the console, align the "-"symbol on the left Joy-Con with the top left corner of console, and align the "+"symbol on the Joy-Con with the top right corner of the console. 

  2. Attach the Joy-Con to the Nintendo Switch console.Use the rail on the side of the console, and slide the Joy-Con from top to bottom, until you hear a click. 

    • Once the Joy-Con controllers are attached to the system, they are registered, and can now be detached and used. 

How to detach the Joy-Con from the console:

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

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

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

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