PS4 DualShock Controller with Nintendo SwitchSource: iMore

The Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con are clever little devices with impressive haptic feedback and sweet motion controls. However, their small size means they can quickly become uncomfortable while playing your favorite 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've upgraded to the PS5, check out our guide for connecting your DualShock PS5 Controller to your 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.

Products used in this guide

  • Adapt it: 8Bitdo Wireless Bluetooth Adapter
  • PS4 style: DualShock 4 Wireless Controller

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 side of the Switch dock.
  2. On your Switch, go into the System Settings.

    How to use a PS4 Controller with Nintendo Switch: Plug your wireless adapter into one of the USB ports on the side of the dockHow to use a PS4 Controller with Nintendo Switch: On your Switch go into the system settingsSource: iMore

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

    How to use a PS4 Controller with Nintendo Switch: Scroll down and select controllers and sensors from the menuHow to use a PS4 Controller with Nintendo Switch: Select pro controller wired communications to turn it onSource: 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.

    How to use a PS4 Controller with Nintendo Switch: With Switch docked and awake push the pairing button on the wireless adapterHow to use a PS4 Controller with Nintendo Switch: On the PS4 DualShock Controller hold down the PS button and share button simultaneously until the light blinks whiteSource: 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. Now, it's time to play some of the best Nintendo Switch games. The Joy-Con are certainly fun, but sometimes you might want a controller with a little more heft to it. This is a great workaround if you don't want to plunk down some cash on a Nintendo Pro Controller.

Our top equipment picks

Wireless adapters

8bitdo adapter

8Bitdo Wireless USB Adapter for Switch

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

PS4 controller

DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PS4

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 Adapter

Mayflash Magic-NS wireless adapter ($20 at Amazon)

This wireless adapter has a USB port on the other side, so you can plug in your Xbox One or PS4 controller to pair it. Once paired, you can unplug the wired connection.

Skywin wireless controller adapter

Skywin wireless controller adapter ($25 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

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller ($70 at Best Buy)

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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