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Turn your Android phone into a Nintendo Switch controller

Turn your Android phone into a Nintendo Switch controller

Using the JoyCon Droid app, you can turn an Android phone into a Nintendo Switch left or right controll or even into the Pro controller on the console. Do you need a new controller? Bluetooth and JoyCon Droid are your pals.

Nintendo Switch has a great success by combining a tablet, a portable and a desktop console with modular control knobs in the same device. Now you can add an extra controller to your Switch with this Android app.

How to turn Android phone into a Nintendo Switch controller?

The process is pretty straightforward, you need to install the app (from here) and search through the phone’s Bluetooth option and synchronize them. The good part is, the JoyCon Droid app uses a fully functional physical control simulator.

The app is in the alpha state of development, which also tells that it is not 100% stable nor does it work correctly on all phones. Pairing might take some time, you might need to start over, but when it pairs, it works well.

Turn your Android phone into a Nintendo Switch controller

After installation, follow these steps:

  • Open JoyCon Droid. Accept the request for permission to put Bluetooth in discovery mode.
  • Choose which controller you want to simulate: the left JoyCon, the right JoyCon, or the pro controller.
  • Press ‘Later’ and the remote will appear on the screen.
  • Go to the Nintendo Switch and press the third icon from the right (controls).
  • Click on ‘Change the order’.
  • Accept the appearing pairing request with the Switch.
  • Your phone will appear active on the console as a controller. Now you can control the console with the JoyCon Droid interface.

Turn your Android phone into a Nintendo Switch controller

Apart from offering a new controller, the app allows you to remap buttons, personalize the interface, activate using accelerometers, gyroscope and even use the NFC to read the Amiibos. The bad part is, you can not play with a mobile and JoyCon together, so it won’t be used to replace a broken JoyCon, but the app is useful to add a new player to some games. And it succesfully simulates the Pro controller, yet the quality won’t be similar.