The Nintendo Switch comes with two controllers referred to as Joy-Cons. One is a controller you can use to play games in TV mode, and the other is one that you can attach to the side of your device as a standalone controller or hand it to a friend for cooperative or versus gameplay. This article explains how to connect your Joy-Con to your phone so that you can use it as a remote control, track its performance, and even customize its colors.
What You’ll Need
First and foremost, you’ll need a Nintendo Switch and a pair of Joy-Cons. You’ll also need a phone that is compatible with the Joy-Cons. Currently, that’s only the following Android phones:
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy S9+
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
You’ll need a Nintendo Switch, a Joy-Con controller for each player, and an Android phone. You can use a Bluetooth headset if you want to use voice chat. You’ll also need a Nintendo Switch Online account for multiplayer games.
How to Connect Your Joy Con to Your Phone
First, turn on Bluetooth and make sure your phone is close to your Switch. Open the Switch’s Controllers menu and select the type of controller you want to connect.Your phone must exhibit up in the list. Tap your phone’s name to connect it. If you want to use your phone as a screen while playing games, simply turn on your phone’s screen and open the game you’d like to play. The game will continue on the phone’s screen.
However, keep in mind that the game will look smaller on the phone’s screen. If you want to use your phone as a controller for an individual player, you need to turn on your phone’s controller. To do so, open the Nintendo Switch’s Controllers menu, select the controller you want to pair with your phone, and select the Switch’s Remote option. Your phone’s screen will turn on and it will act as a controller for the selected player.
Track Your Joy-Con’s Battery Life and Usage
The Nintendo Switch’s companion app tracks your Joy-Con’s battery life, signal strength, and last usage. However, keep in mind that this feature is only available when you’re using the app to connect your Joy-Con to your phone. To track your Joy-Con’s battery life, signal strength, and last usage, open the Nintendo Switch’s app and go to Controllers. Tap the Connected Controller button and tap your Joy-Con.
The app displays information about your controllers’ battery life, signal strength, and last usage. If you tap Battery Life, you can see how much time is left until the controller’s battery dies. If you tap Signal Strength, you can see how far away the controller is from your phone. The app also shows you how long the controller has been connected to your phone.
Use the Joy Con as a Remote Control
You can use your Joy-Con as a remote control for your phone. To do so, open the Nintendo Switch’s app and go to Controllers. Tap the Connected Controller button and tap your Joy-Con. Then, tap Remote Control and select the phone you want to control. The app will take over your phone’s screen and act as a remote control.
You can scroll through menus and webpages with the left Joy-Con’s thumbstick and select items with the A button. You can also use the right Joy-Con’s buttons to go back, return to the home screen, or pause and play videos.
Change the Colors on Your Joy-Con
If you want to change the colors on your Joy-Con, open the Nintendo Switch’s app and go to Controllers. Tap the Connected Controller button and tap your Joy-Con. Then, select the Customize Colors option. The app will open a color palette with six colors and a Custom button. You can select the Custom button to create your own color. You can adjust the color’s brightness and saturation and then tap the Save button when you’re done.
You can also use the color palette to create new colors or select your current colors. Tap the color you want to change and select the color you want to replace it with. Tap the Save button when you’re done. Tap the Back button and select Close when you’re ready to exit the app.
The Joy-Cons are the best parts of the Nintendo Switch. They allow you to play games in TV mode, hand one to a friend for multiplayer fun, and even turn them into a remote control for your phone.
This article explains how to connect your Joy-Con to your phone so that you can use it as a remote control, track its battery life and usage, and even change the colors on your controller. Now that you know how to connect your Joy-Cons to your phone, go ahead and explore all the features these controllers have to offer!