Players around the globe are increasingly finding joy in the Nintendo Switch’s versatility—from transforming from a home console to a portable device, to its collection of fun and engaging games. However, it isn’t all fun and games when your Nintendo Switch controller decides to stop working. But don’t dismay, there are a number of potential fixes to get you back in the game.
Understanding the Problem
There could be a several reasons why your Nintendo Switch controller is not working. These could range from a simple issue such as the controller not being properly charged or connected, to more complex hardware issues.
Connectivity issues are often a common problem. The controller (also known as Joy-Con) can lose communication with the console due to its small antenna or even due to interference from physical objects or other electronic devices.
Another commonly faced issue is Joy-Con drift. This refers to the controller registering input on the thumbstick without any physical interaction, causing the game character to move on its own.
Quick Fixes for Your Nintendo Switch Controller
Battery Life: Ensure your Joy-Cons are fully charged. The Switch has a battery life display available under the Controllers menu that you can check.
Reconnection: Momentarily disengage the Joy-Cons from the console then reconnect them. You can do this by going to the Controllers menu, select ‘Change Grip/Order’, and follow the onscreen instructions.
Tackling Connectivity Issues
For connectivity issues, try and minimize any possible interference. Ensure there are no obstructions between the controller and the console, and keep other electronic devices at a safe distance.
A system update could also help. Nintendo periodically releases updates that often include stability improvements and bug fixes. Navigate to System Settings > System > System Update to ensure your console’s software is up-to-date.
Addressing Joy-Con Drift
Joy-Con drift issues may be harder to resolve without professional help. However, there are a few things you can try.
First, you can calibrate your Joy-Con. Go to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Calibrate Control Sticks. Follow the onscreen instructions. If this doesn’t work, you can try cleaning the thumbstick with compressed air or contact cleaner.
However, if the issue persists, it’s advisable to contact Nintendo’s customer service. In fact, according to a recent vice.com report, Nintendo has been addressing the notorious Joy-Con drift issue by offering free repairs.
When All Else Fails
If none of the above solutions work, then it might be a hardware issue. In this case, it would be best to reach out to Nintendo’s customer support for further assistance.
While an unresponsive Nintendo Switch controller can be frustrating, remember that in most cases, the problem can be fixed with just a few steps. However, it is also important to handle your gaming equipment with care to prevent any physical damage to the hardware.
Returning to the delight of seamless gaming on your Nintendo Switch is only a few troubleshooting steps away. So, next time you experience a hiccup, stay calm and game on.