Nintendo Switch Controllers Not Working When Attached – How To Fix

In this guide, we have mentioned all the steps you can use if your Nintendo Switch Controllers are not working when they are attached.

If you are one among the many users who have been complaining about their Nintendo Switch not registering the Joy-Cons as connected, you are not alone. The controllers are not usable as the console is not able to detect that the Joy-Con controllers once they have been successfully attached. Even though these controllers might work in tabletop mode and TV Mode, wirelessly, they are still not able to connect to the console. To help you with this issue, here are some easy solutions you can try out to start using the Joy-Con controllers.

Fix Joy-Con Controllers not Registering while Attached to the Console

Easy Fixes For Joy-Con Controllers Not Registering While Attached To The Console

System Update

Firstly, you will have to check if you have the latest system version. To do this, you can go to the System Settings which is available in the HOME Menu. From all the other options, you will find ‘System’ option towards the end. Once you select it, choose the ‘System Update’ option to begin the process. If none of your controllers are attached, make sure you use the touchscreen option to carry out this function.

Additionally, if you have already installed the latest system version, simply restart your Nintendo Switch and try connecting the Joy-Con controllers again.

Reset Joy-Con controllers

Another method you can use, is resetting each of the controllers, individually. To do this, you will have to first detach the controllers from the console. Now, you can press the SYNC Button on the left and right controller. This button is circular and black in color. It is present in the center of the Joy-Con. Now you can restart it once again by holding down any other button on the controller and try connecting and attaching it to your console.

Test Another Controller

If you have tried the steps mentioned above and the controllers are still not detected once they are attached to the console, your Joy-Con controllers might need repairing. If out of the two, either the left or right one isn’t connecting, this would mean that particular controller will need fixing.

However, if both aren’t getting recognized once connected to the console, you will have to either invest in a new set or give the old ones to repair. You can book and track your product repair by contacting Nintendo Customer Support.

We have covered everything you need to know about fixing your Nintendo Switch controllers if they are not getting connected once they are attached to your console. You can also check out which are the best Nintendo Switch controllers and how you can charge your Joy-Cons, all available here on Gamer Tweak.