The Nintendo Switch is clearly an awesome gaming system. It can be docked to your TV and played like a normal console, or it can be used in tabletop and handheld mode for when you're on the go. One of the things I've heard people complain about is how small and odd the Joy-Cons are. You could purchase the amazing Switch Pro controller, but it can be a little pricey. Fortunately, if you already own an Xbox One controller, there is a way to connect it to your Nintendo Switch and play wirelessly. Let me show you how it's done.
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 this Hori Compact Playstand and use it regularly.
Connecting your Xbox One Controller to the Switch
Wireless tabletop mode
Insert the USB-C cable that comes with the Magic-NS Adapter into the Nintendo Switch.
Insert the Magic-NS Wireless Adapter into the other end of the cable.
There is a small black button on the side of the Magic-NS Adapter. You can hold it down for 3-5 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.
Now that the correct colored LED is lit up, quickly press and release the black button to make the LED flash faster.
With the LED flashing rapidly, grab your Xbox One controller and press the Xbox home button to wake it.
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.
Hold the Xbox One controller near the Switch until the Xbox symbol stops flashing.
If this screen comes up on the Switch, press down the LB and RB buttons at the same time.
Now you're all good to go. Enjoy wireless tabletop mode!
Wireless docked mode
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.
There's a a small black button on the adapter which you can hold down for 3-5 seconds to make it 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.
Quickly press and release the small black button to make the LED flash faster.
With the correct colored LED quickly flashing on the adapter, press the home button on the Xbox One controller to wake the controller up.
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.
Hold the controller near the Nintendo Switch until the Xbox symbol is no longer flashing.
If this screen comes up, press LB and RB at the same time.
Now you're good to go. Enjoy wireless docked mode.
Being able to use an existing controller instead of needing to go out and purchase a new one can really help you save time and money. Nintendo likely never intended for Xbox One controllers to be used with their gaming system. Fortunately, 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.
The adapter that makes it possible
This Mayflash adapter comes with a small USB-C to USB cable to connect your Xbox One controller to the 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 play your Xbox One controller on your 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
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.
amFilm Nintendo Switch Glass Screen Protector (2-Pack) ($8 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 ($37 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. There are three designs to choose from.
PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller - White ($38 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 to choose from.
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