PS4 DualShock Controller with Nintendo SwitchSource: iMore

The Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons are clever little devices with their impressive haptic feedback and sweet motion controls. However, their small size means they can quickly become uncomfortable while playing the best Nintendo Switch games. Sure, you could purchase the Pro Controller, but that's pretty expensive. If you already happen to have a PS4 controller lying around, here's how to use your DualShock PS4 Controller with your Nintendo Switch.

If you're more of an Xbox fan, we also have a guide for connecting your Xbox One S/X controller with Nintendo Switch consoles.

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How to use a PS4 Controller with Nintendo Switch consoles

Wireless adapters only work while the Switch is connected to the Dock or with a USB-C adapter.

  1. Plug your Wireless adapter into one of the USB ports on the back of the Switch dock.
  2. On your Switch, go into the System Settings.

    Using PS4 DualShock Controller with Nintendo SwitchNintendo SwitchSource: iMore

  3. Scroll down and select Controllers and Sensors from the menu.
  4. Select Pro Controller Wired Communications to turn it on.

    Nintendo Switch settingsSettings Nintendo SwitchSource: iMore

  5. With your Switch docked and awake, push the Pairing button on your wireless adapter.

  6. On the PS4 DualShock Controller, hold down the PS button and Share button simultaneously. The indicator light will blink white to show it's in pairing mode.

    Using PS4 DualShock Controller with Nintendo SwitchPS4 DualShock ControllerSource: iMore

  7. Once the white blinking on the PS4 DualShock controller turns solid blue, it should be paired. If it's not, follow the steps again.

    Using PS4 DualShock Controller with Nintendo SwitchSource: iMore

So, there you have it. Now you know how to use a PS4 controller with Nintendo Switch consoles. It's time for some serious gaming. The Joy-Cons are certainly fun, but sometimes you might want a controller with a little more heft to it. If you don't want to plunk down some cash on a Nintendo Pro Controller, this is a great workaround.

Our top equipment picks

Wireless adapters

8Bitdo Wireless Bluetooth Adapter

Designed with Nintendo in mind

While many other adapters will certainly work, the 8BitDo wireless adapter is specifically designed to be used with the Switch. This makes it a great choice for pairing a DualShock with the Nintendo.

Dual shockers

DualShock 4 Wireless Controller

Your Joy-Con replacement

The DualShock 4 is the workhorse of the PS4. It's a great controller to employ on your Switch as well. If you don't already have one, you can pick one up for a reasonable price on Amazon.

Other wireless Switch options.

If you don't want to go with the 8BitDo wireless adapter, here are some other options to consider.

Mayflash Magic-NS wireless adapter ($22 at Amazon)

This wireless adapter has a USB port on the other side, so you can plug in your Xbox One or PS3 controller to pair it. Once paired, you can unplug the wired connection.

Skywin wireless controller adapter ($20 at Amazon)

This adapter has a USB port on the other side and works with wired or wireless controllers. You can switch between modes using the convenient button on the side.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller ($59 at Amazon)

If using an adapter sounds like too much of a hassle, you might as well get the Pro Controller. It has an ergonomic design that's more in-line with traditional gamepads. Plus, it was specifically designed for the Switch.

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