How To Connect Pro Controller To Switch

The Pro controller is undoubtedly one of the best controllers ever made; it is classy, comfortable, and adds fun to the user gaming experience. But what makes this fantastic controller stand out are its excellent direction, vibration tech, and motion sensors. Furthermore, this fantastic controller also uses Bluetooth, so you don’t need an adapter to connect to your PC.

The Pro Controller can also be used on Windows PC but appears as a DirectInput controller instead of an XInput controller, just like Xbox One gamepads and Xbox Series S/X. However, this article is focused on connecting a Pro Controller to a Switch. 

How to connect a Pro Controller to a Switch

The easiest way to pair your Pro Controller with a Nintendo Switch is to slide the plug at the other end of the wire to the controller itself.

If you are doing this for the first time, the controller will sync automatically with the base console; press the power button to power it up once you have done this. Check for a light on the side to determine if the Pro Controller is functioning. If it is cycling, then it is on. 

You can connect your Pro Controller to Switch in any mode of your choice, including if your console is docked to the TV—all you need to do here is make sure that you don’t pull with force to avoid the Switch console detaching from the Pro Controller while docked. Another way you can enjoy connecting your controller to your console is using the wireless connection; there are different methods users can explore:

USB Cable Method 

The simplest way to do this is to connect your Pro Controller to your Switch using the USB-C charging cable that comes with the controller. The first thing to do is plug the cable into the Switch’s dock.

Connect your Pro Controller with its USB-C cable while connecting the Switch to the dock. Once you follow the steps above, the controller will connect automatically.

Wireless Connection Method

This is the second way to connect your Pro Controller with your Switch. Wirelessly playing games is more comfortable and allows you to play from anywhere you want. Wireless connection involves using your Sync button at the top of the controller next to the USB port. You can also use this method to connect your controller with the Nintendo Switch Lite.

Select “Controllers” from the list of options at the bottom of the Switch Home menu. After that, select “Change Grip/Order” on the sidebar towards the right.

Finally, press the Sync button on your Pro Controller for at least five seconds, and you will see it on your system.

How to Find Out If the Pro Controller is Connected 

If your Pro Controller is connected, you’ll see a green light on your Switch; if you are connected wirelessly, and your controller battery gets low, the light will start to blink, turning on and off repeatedly; and if the battery dies, it goes off completely.

Once you notice that your Pro Controller is blinking, it is time to start charging it or switching to a wired connection.

Also, if you had paired two Pro Controllers, the first connected controller will have just one light turned on, while the second will have two lights.

If there is a third controller, it will have three lights turned on the same as the fourth pair; it will have four lights turned on.

You may want to Charge your Pro Controller if it’s not connecting.

If your Pro Controller refuses to turn on, or it keeps powering off on its own, there’s a big chance that your battery has run out. You can charge the Pro Controller in different ways and continue playing even when charging. 

First, you can charge your Pro Controller with any USB-C cord or plug them directly into your Switch Dock. Another alternative would be to skid them into the sides of your console and then connect the console with your dock or USB-C port.

You can take charge of your Pro Controller to another level by purchasing separate docking stations that charge Pro Controllers independently.


This is how to connect your Pro Controller with your Switch. Now, you can enjoy the best gaming experience on Switch using one of the best controllers in the world. 

Connecting and using the Pro Controller is very simple; all you need to do is follow all the simple steps as explained in this article, and you can enjoy your favorite games nonstop. Depending on your preference, you can connect the Pro Controller wired or wirelessly.

It is easier to connect through the wire, but wirelessly playing gives users more freedom; the choice is yours.