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How to Use Nintendo Switch Pro Controller on your PC

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I don’t know about you – but have you tried playing Rocket League on the PC with your mouse and keyboard? To say the least, it’s not so easy. The solution for me was to connect my Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to PC! Nintendo’s distinctive controller creations are now compatible to play your favorite games on your PC, Android devices, and your Mac.

First, we will discuss how to connect your Switch Pro Controller for pc using Steam. Next, how to use Bluetooth to connect your Nintendo Switch Pro Controller as well as your Joy-Cons.

Here are 2 easy ways to connect a Nintendo Switch controller and Joy-Cons to your PC!

Let’s get to it!

Connect your Switch Pro Controller using Steam

Using Steam to connect your Switch Pro Controller is amazingly easy. Now that the Steam client allows for compatibility, you can use your Switch Pro Controller to play your favorite games on Steam and even change the button layouts!

1. Open up Steam > Settings > Controller > then General Controller Settings

switch pro controller pc
switch pro controller pc

2. Now you can plug in your Switch Pro Controller to pc using a USB Cable. Then you will be asked to register the controller and calibrate its gyro sensor for motion control you may need for particular games.

3. Finally, your Switch Pro Controller will be registered! Now all you have to do is configure your controller by going to Controller Configuration.

switch pro controller pc

Note: Enable, Use Nintendo Button Layout. If this is unchecked, the A/B and X/Y functions will be similar to that of the Xbox One.

Connecting your Switch Pro Controller and Joy-Cons using Bluetooth

For playing games on Steam, connecting your Switch Pro Controller via USB is definitely the way to go if you want a simple connection. However, if you want to play games outside of Steam on platforms such as Batte.net, Origin, Ubisoft, etc…you will need to connect your Nintendo Switch Controller (same for Joy-Cons) using a Bluetooth connection.

All you need for Bluetooth connection is to contain hardware that allows for the connection, a Bluetooth dongle, or built-in Bluetooth connection device in your PC.

1. First, find the notification tab on the bottom right-hand side of your monitor. From here, find Bluetooth and make sure it’s turned on.

switch pro controller pc
switch pro controller pc

2. Next, go to Settings  > Devices > find Bluetooth and Other Devices.

switch pro controller pc
switch pro controller pc
switch pro controller pc

3. Before we move on, you first need to make your Nintendo Switch Pro Controller discoverable by syncing the Bluetooth connection.

For Joy-Cons, the syncing button is just right inside each of the controllers. Hold for 1-2 seconds > then let go after seeing the flashing lights. Do this for both.

For the Switch Pro Controller hold the Bluetooth sync button (1-2 seconds) on top of the controller until the lights start flashing lights on the bottom of the controller.

switch pro controller pc
switch pro controller pc

4. As all your devices now are finding a place to Sync, click Add Bluetooth or other Device > Bluetooth. Your devices should now be discoverable!

Click on the first device > Done > Repeat Process.

switch pro controller pc
switch pro controller pc

Note: Using x360ce is a freeware program that allows for Bluetooth Device compatibility for your Nintendo Switch Controllers. Compatible software for both the Switch Pro and Xbox 360 controllers.

Switching it Up!

Now that you have your Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers on pc ready to go, we hope you guys have a great time playing your favorite games with a controller. Score a goal in Rocket League, play two-player games with your friends using the Joy-Cons, and have a great time!

We hope you enjoyed, 2 Easy Ways to Connect a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and Joy-Cons to your PC!

Let us know if you have any questions and concerns. We always have a solution – for you!

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