why aren't my controllers connecting to Switch anymore

Have a Switch controller not connecting to the console? Here’s how to fix it.

A recent update to the Nintendo Switch firmware has caused several third-party controllers to stop connecting to the console. If you updated to the 12.0.0 firmware, this is probably why the controller won’t connect to the console. The problem has been documented among Power A wireless controllers and 8bitdo controllers, but the problem may exist among any third-party controllers.

The controllers impacted by the update appear to be at random. So what can you do to fix the problem?

Fix Switch Controller Not Connecting After 12.0.0 Update

To fix the issues, you need to unpair the controllers and repair them. Something about the update changed the way controllers interact with the system firmware. You have to perform these steps if you paired the controller with the Switch console before the 12.0.0 update.

  1. Open the Settings page that looks like a gear icon.
  2. Scroll down to find the controllers section.
  3. Unpair all of the controllers.
  4. Select change grip order to re-pair the controllers.

This should work, but if it doesn’t there’s one more setting we can try. Make sure the setting, “Pro Controller Wired Communication” is checked. If it is checked, uncheck it and re-check it to see if that resolves the issue. Many people on social media are reporting that this combination of fixes resolves the problem.

This also impacts the 8bitdo USB Bluetooth adapter and we’re not sure of a fix for that. 8bitdo is pretty good about releasing firmware updates for their controllers that just require downloading it and connecting it to a PC. Are you still having problems with your controller? Leave a comment with the manufacturer down below and maybe we can help you resolve the problem.

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