Connecting Your Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons to Your iPad and iPhone


If you’re a fan of gaming on the go, you’re probably well acquainted with the easy-to-use Nintendo Switch console. But what if you could make playing your favorite mobile games on your iPad and iPhone even more fun by using your Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons as controllers? In this article, we’ll explain how you can connect your Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons to your iOS devices for an even better gaming experience.

Required Tools:

To connect your Joy-Cons to an iPhone or iPad, you will need the following tools:

1. A pair of disconnected Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers.

2. An iPad or iPhone running iOS 13 or higher.

3. The nControl app from Cydia repository ($9.99) – this allows you to sync your controllers with iOS devices.

Step-by-Step Guide:

Follow these steps to connect your Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons to your iPad or iPhone.

Step 1: Prepare Your iPhone or iPad

Before starting, ensure that your device is running on iOS 13 or higher. You can check this by going to Settings > General > About and look for ‘Software Version.’

Step 2: Install nControl

On your iPad or iPhone, open Safari, search for Cydia repository, and purchase the nControl app ($9.99). This app will enable the communication between your iOS device and the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons.

3: Connect Your Joy-Cons via Bluetooth

Disconnect both Joy-Con controllers from your Nintendo Switch by pressing the small button on the back of each controller and sliding them out. Then, open the nControl app on your iPad or iPhone.

Step 4: Pair Your Joy-Cons

On your iOS device, go to Settings > Bluetooth, and turn on your Bluetooth if it’s not already enabled. Press and hold the sync button (located between the SL and SR buttons) on each Joy-Con controller to put them in pairing mode. They will appear as ‘Joy-Con (L)’ and ‘Joy-Con (R)’ in your device’s list of available Bluetooth devices.

Step 5: Establish the Connection

Tap on each Joy-Con (L or R) on your iOS device’s Bluetooth menu to connect the controllers. Once connected, both controllers will show up on the nControl app’s home screen.

Step 6: Configure Your Joy-Cons in Your Games

Once you’ve successfully connected both Joy-Cons to your iPad or iPhone, they should now work with any game that supports MFi controllers. Setup may vary depending on the specific apps you use, but generally, you can access controller settings in-game or from the game’s main menu.


By following these steps, you should be able to connect your Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons to your iPad or iPhone and enjoy a more immersive gaming experience. Whether you’re playing Fortnite, Oceanhorn 2, or any other mobile game that supports MFi controllers, using your Joy-Cons can make all the difference between a casual gaming session and an unforgettable one.

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