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Can I use a Pro Controller with Nintendo Switch Lite?

Switch Lite Joy-Cons Pro Controller
Switch Lite Joy-Cons Pro Controller (Image credit: iMore)

Can I use a Pro Controller with Nintendo Switch Lite?

Best Answer: Yes, you can use a Pro Controller with the Nintendo Switch Lite. While the Nintendo Switch Lite is solely dedicated to handheld mode, you can still use the same controller accessories for it, including the Pro Controller and separate pairs of Joy-Cons.

Not bound to the built-in controllers on the Nintendo Switch Lite?

Nintendo Switch Lite with Pro Controller

Nintendo Switch Lite with Pro Controller (Image credit: iMore)

The Nintendo Switch Lite was built and optimized for handheld mode only, which is why the controllers are built-in and can't be removed like the Joy-Cons. The built-in controllers also don't support HD Rumble or have the IR Motion Cameras needed for motion controls. So you won't be able to play games that use motion controls, such as games like Ring Fit Adventure or Fitness Boxing 2.

But all is not lost! The Switch Lite still has the same functionality as the regular Nintendo Switch when it comes to wireless controllers. You can connect any pair of Joy-cons or any Nintendo Switch wireless controller to the Switch Lite. It's the only way to experience the HD Rumble or motion controls while playing the Switch Lite.

Does the Switch Lite come with separate Joy-Cons or Pro Controllers?

Nintendo Switch Lite Super Mario Party

Nintendo Switch Lite Super Mario Party (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

Unfortunately, no. The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and Joy-Cons are sold separately. We understand that this can be frustrating. However, we think it's worth it if you still prefer handheld gaming mostly but have a soft spot for games that require motion controls.

Does the Switch Lite only play handheld games?

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch Lite

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch Lite (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

The Switch Lite is designed for games that support handheld mode. However, if a game doesn't support handheld mode, it's still possible to play it with the Switch Lite. To play these titles, you will need to connect a compatible controller, such as Joy-Cons or the Pro Controller.

It's easy to tell when a game supports handheld mode. All you need to do is look for the "handheld mode" icon (it looks like a Nintendo Switch with attached Joy-Cons) on product packaging or Nintendo eShop listings. We also have a guide to some of the best handheld mode games for Switch Lite.

Christine Chan
Senior Editor

Christine Romero-Chan has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently the iMore lead on all things iPhone, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.