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Connecting a Joy-Con from the Nintendo Switch to a Mac

Most devices today share Bluetooth technology. We recently told you that the Apple keynote showed us how compatible Xbox One and PS4 controllers are with iOS 13 and iPadOS. We can also connect game controllers to our Mac.

Sometimes we don’t think about the compatibility of console controllers with our computers, but connecting a console controller to a computer can be easier than it seems at first. In this article we will see how we can easily connect a controller Joy-Con from the Nintendo Switch to a Mac. This will allow us to play on our apple computer as if we were playing on a console.

Connecting the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con to our Mac

Connecting a Joy-Con from the Nintendo Switch to a Mac
Connecting a Joy-Con from the Nintendo Switch to a Mac

As we explained in the previous paragraph, the procedure is very simple to perform. We will only have to follow the following steps:

  1. We press the central button on the side of our Joy-Con. The lights on the remote will start flashing indicating that we can pair it via Bluetooth.
  2. On our Mac we click on “” – “System Preferences” – “Bluetooth”.
  3. The Joy-Con will appear in the “Devices” window.
  4. Click on “Connect” and once the pairing is complete, you can use the Joy-Con controller as a normal game controller for your computer.

If you have a Nintendo Switch Pro controller , you’re in luck, too. You can connect it to your Mac in the same way as the Joy-Con. In this case the game experience will be better than with the Joy-Con as it has less lag and establishes a more stable connection .

Using a mapping application for Nintendo Switch controllers

Although the connection does not require anything for the controls to work properly, it is advisable to use a mapping application to make the experience as good as possible. You have available the Enjoy2 app for this purpose. With it you can configure the buttons of the controller to your liking.

For now we cannot connect both Joy-Con simultaneously with our Apple computer, we have to settle for using only one. Hopefully in future updates we will be able to implement the use of both at the same time.

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