How To Remap Nintendo Switch HeroSource: iMore

If you don't like how the buttons are arranged on your Nintendo Switch, you can easily remap the buttons and joysticks on Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons or Pro Controllers. Whether you're making adjustments for comfort or necessity, here's how to remap Switch controller buttons.

Remapping controllers for Nintendo Switch

How to remap Switch controller buttons

  1. From your main Switch menu, select System Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Controllers and Sensors.

    How to remap Switch controller buttons step one: select System Settings from your main Switch menuHow to remap Switch controller buttons step two: scroll down to Controllers and SensorsSource: iMore

  3. Select Change Button Mapping.
  4. Choose the Joy-Con or Pro Controller you want to edit.

    How to remap Switch controller buttons step three: select Change Button MappingHow to remap Switch controller buttons: choose the Joy-Con or Pro Controller you want to editSource: iMore

  5. Select Change.
  6. Scroll to the control you want to change.

    How to remap Switch controller buttons step five: select ChangeHow to remap Switch controller buttons step six: scroll to the control you want to changeSource: iMore

  7. Press A.
  8. Choose the new control you want for that button.

    How to remap Switch controller buttons step seven: press AHow to remap Switch controller buttons: choose the new control you want for that buttonSource: iMore

  9. To change the joysticks, select Control Stick Settings.
  10. Select the joystick you want to modify.

    How to remap Switch controller buttons step nine: select Control Stick Settings to change the joysticksHow to remap Switch controller buttons step 10: select the joystick you want to modifySource: iMore

  11. After changing the joystick, press B to back out of this menu.
  12. When you're done making changes, select Done.

    How to remap Switch controller buttons step 11: after changing the joystick, press B to back out of the menuHow to remap Switch controller buttons step 12: select Done when you're done making changesSource: iMore

  13. Select OK.

    How to remap Switch controller buttons step 13: select OKSource: iMore

How to save and load custom mapping

There are spaces for you to save up to five custom mapping configurations. You will first need to complete the steps above before you're able to save different mapping options.

How to save custom mapping

  1. Once you've customized your buttons or joysticks, select System Settings from the main menu.
  2. Scroll down to Controllers and Sensors.

    How to save custom mapping step one: Once you've customize your buttons or joysticks, select System Settings from the main menuHow to save custom mapping step two: scroll down to Controllers and Sensors Source: iMore

  3. Select Change Button Mapping.

  4. Choose the Joy-Con or Pro Controller you want to edit.

    How to save custom mapping step three: Select Change Button MappingHow to save custom mapping step four: Choose the Joy-Con or Pro Controller you want to editSource: iMore

  5. Select Save Mapping.

  6. Choose a slot from the five available spaces.

    How to save custom mapping step five: select Save MappingHow to save custom mapping step six: Choose a slot from the five available spacesSource: iMore

  7. Select Overwrite.

  8. Select OK. Now your custom mapping has been saved to that slot.

    How to save custom mapping step seven: Select OverwriteHow to save custom mapping step eight: Select OKSource: iMore

How to load custom mapping

  1. Once you've customized your buttons or joysticks, select System Settings from the main menu.
  2. Scroll down to Controllers and Sensors.

    How to load custom mapping step one: Select System Settings from the main menuHow to load custom mapping step two: Scroll down to Controllers and SensorsSource: iMore

  3. Select Change Button Mapping.

  4. Choose the Joy-Con or Pro Controller you want to edit.

    How to load custom mapping step three: Select Change Button MappingHow to load custom mapping step four: choose the Joy-Con or Pro Controller you want to editSource: iMore

  5. Select Load Mapping.

  6. Select the slot you want to load.

    How to load custom mapping step five: Select Load MappingHow to load custom mapping step six: Select the slot you want to loadSource: iMore

  7. Select OK.

    How to load custom mapping step seven: select OKSource: iMore

Now you know how to remap Switch controller buttons or joysticks on your Joy-Cons or Pro Controllers. Have fun playing your games. I hope this button customization allows you to play more comfortably.

Additional Equipment

I love these accessories and have found that they greatly improve my Switch gaming sessions. See if anything catches your eye.

Pro Controller ($60 at Best Buy)

This traditional-looking controller features motion controls, rumble, and NFC capabilities. It works great with either the original Nintendo Switch or the smaller Switch Lite.

Hori Compact Playstand ($13 at Amazon)

There are times when you want to prop up your Switch or Switch Lite without using your hands. I absolutely love this stand and use it every day.

Gimme some space! ($24 at Amazon)

Your Nintendo Switch only has 32GB of internal memory. If you plan on downloading a bunch of games, you're going to want to invest in a quality micro SD card like this one.

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