Xbox One Controller and Nintendo SwitchSource: iMore

The Nintendo Switch is clearly an awesome gaming system with a library of great games that you can enjoy whether it's docked to your TV, propped up on a tabletop, or used in handheld mode while on the go. One thing many avid gamers complain about is how small and oddly shaped the Joy-Cons are. You could purchase the amazing Switch Pro controller, but it's a little pricey. Fortunately, if you already own an Xbox One, you can connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch and play wirelessly. Here's how to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch!

Products used in this guide:

  • Adaptable: Mayflash Magic-NS Wireless Adapter ($20 at Amazon)

Note: You can also connect your Xbox One controller to the Nintendo Switch via cable if that's what you prefer. If you're going to play in tabletop mode, it really helps to have a stand handy so that the cable can get plugged into the bottom of the console without issue. I love the Hori Compact Playstand and use it regularly.

Connect your Xbox One Controller with the Nintendo Switch

Wireless tabletop mode

  1. Insert the USB-C cable that comes with the Magic-NS Adapter into the Nintendo Switch.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless tabletop mode step one: Insert the USB-C cable that comes with the Magic-NS Adapter into the Nintendo SwitchSource: iMore

  2. Insert the Magic-NS Wireless Adapter into the other end of the cable.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless tabletop mode step two: Insert the Magic-NS Wireless Adapter into the other end of the cableSource: iMore

  3. There is a small black button on the side of the Magic-NS Adapter. You can hold it down for 3 to 5 seconds to make it change modes. A different colored LED denotes each mode. If you have the new version of the Nintendo Switch with longer battery life, change modes until the purple LED lights up. If you're using the original Nintendo Switch, you'll need to use the red LED light instead of the purple one.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless tabletop mode step three: hold the small black button on the side of the Magic-NS Adapter down for three to five seconds to turn the red or purple light onSource: iMore

  4. Now that the correct colored LED is lit up, quickly press and release the black button to make the LED flash faster.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless tabletop mode step four: Now that the correct colored LED is lit up, quickly press and release the black button to make the LED flash fasterSource: iMore

  5. With the LED flashing rapidly, grab your Xbox One controller and press the Xbox home button to wake it.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless tabletop mode step five: With the LED flashing rapidly, grab your Xbox One controller and press the Xbox home button to wake itSource: iMore

  6. Now press the small button on top of the controller to sync the adapter and controller via Bluetooth. The Xbox home button will start flashing.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless tabletop mode step six: press the small button on top of the controller to sync the adapter and controller via BluetoothHow to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless tabletop mode step six: The Xbox home button will start flashingSource: iMore

  7. Hold the Xbox One controller near the Switch until the Xbox symbol stops flashing.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless tabletop mode step seven: Hold the Xbox One controller near the Switch until the Xbox symbol stops flashingSource: iMore

  8. If this screen comes up on the Switch, press down the LB and RB buttons at the same time.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless tabletop mode step eight: press down the LB and RB buttons at the same timeSource: iMore

  9. Now you're all good to go. Enjoy wireless tabletop mode!

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless tabletop mode step nine: Enjoy wireless tabletop modeSource: iMore

Wireless docked mode

  1. Insert the Mayflash Magic-NS Adapter into one of the Nintendo Switch's USB ports. Note that there's only room for one Magic-NS Adapter, so you can't connect additional controllers using this method.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless docked mode step one: Insert the Mayflash Magic-NS Adapter into one of the Nintendo Switch's USB portsHow to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless docked mode step one: there's only room for one Magic-NS Adapter, so you can't connect additional controllers using this methodSource: iMore

  2. There's a small black button on the adapter that you hold down for 3 to 5 seconds to change modes. If you're using the new version of the Nintendo Switch with longer battery life, change modes until a purple LED lights up. If you're using the original Nintendo Switch, you'll need to use the red LED light instead of the purple one.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless docked mode step two: hold down the small black button on the adapter for 3-5 seconds until it changes modesHow to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless docked mode step two: If you're using the original Nintendo Switch change modes until you get the red LED lightSource: iMore

  3. Quickly press and release the small black button to make the LED flash faster.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless docked mode step three: Quickly press and release the small black button to make the LED flash fasterSource: iMore

  4. With the correct colored LED quickly flashing on the adapter, press the home button on the Xbox One controller to wake the controller up.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless docked mode step four: With the correct colored LED quickly flashing on the adapter, press the home button on the Xbox One controller to wake the controller upSource: iMore

  5. Press the small button on top of the controller until the Xbox symbol starts flashing. This allows the controller to sync to the Switch via Bluetooth.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless tabletop mode step five: press the small button on top of the controller to sync the adapter and controller via BluetoothHow to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless tabletop mode step five: The Xbox home button will start flashingSource: iMore

  6. Hold the controller near the Nintendo Switch until the Xbox symbol is no longer flashing.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless tabletop mode step six: Hold the Xbox One controller near the Switch until the Xbox symbol stops flashingSource: iMore

  7. If this screen comes up, press LB and RB at the same time.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless tabletop mode step seven: press down the LB and RB buttons at the same timeSource: iMore

  8. Now you're good to go. Enjoy wireless docked mode.

    How to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch in wireless docked mode step eight: Enjoy wireless docked modeSource: iMore

Being able to use an existing controller instead of having to purchase a new one can really help you save time and money. Nintendo likely never intended you to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch, but there are ways to make it happen. If you have any complications with the Magic-NS adapter, reach out to the manufacturer for additional assistance.

Adaptable

Magic NS Controller

Mayflash Magic-NS Wireless Controller Adapter

The adapter that makes it possible

This Mayflash adapter comes with a small USB-C to USB cable to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch, whether in tabletop or docked mode. It's small and works on plenty of other controllers as well.

While this stand isn't necessary to connect your Xbox One controller with the Nintendo Switch, it really helps if you plan on playing in tabletop mode. It allows the adapter and cables to connect to the device more easily. What's more, it lifts the screen a little, so you don't have to hunch over as much to see it.

Take a stand

Compact Playstand

Hori Compact Playstand

A stand for tabletop gaming

This stand folds into a compact shape, making it easier to transport and store. When the Switch is in place, it allows any connected cables to get plugged into the console's USB-C port easily.

Additional products for Switch gamers

The right accessories can seriously enhance your Switch gaming experience. Here are some that I personally love to use.

Screen protector

amFilm Nintendo Switch Glass Screen Protector (2-Pack) ($7 at Amazon)

To protect the Switch screen from scrapes and smudges, you'll want to apply a screen protector. I love this one because it's glass and there are two of them in case you need to try again.

PowerA Everywhere Messenger Bag

PowerA Everywhere Messenger Bag ($35 at Amazon)

Safely store your entire Switch system, including Pro Controllers and the Dock for easy transport. It features both a handle and a detachable shoulder strap to make traveling easier.

PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller For Nintendo Switch Black Frost

PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller (From $35 at Amazon)

If you'd rather purchase an officially licensed Switch controller, this one will do the trick. It can last up to 30 hours on two AA batteries. There are a few colors and designs to choose from.

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