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You don’t need to have yourhandy to use your . In fact, now that is available, you can pair Nintendo controllers with your iPhone (and iPad when iPadOS 16 comes out later this year) to play. And best of all, pairing the Joy-Cons to your iPhone or iPad only takes seconds.
Over the past few years, game makers have introduced more complex gameplay into the mobile experience. Services likeand allow you to play games like Call of Duty, and Apex Legends, which can be difficult to tame on your mobile device. Your phone or tablet has a smaller screen than your TV, which means less space for visuals and controls, so a gamepad may be needed.
Third-party controllers aren’t new to Apple, however. Currently, you can pair both PlayStation’s DualSense and Wireless Controller for Xbox to your iPhone or iPad. And controllers from other companies, like theand the are specially designed for mobile games.
However, if you already have a, there is no need to buy a third-party gamepad. You have two attached to the sides of your console.
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How to Pair Your Joy-Cons to Your iPhone or iPad
To get started, you need to make sure your Joy-Cons are charged and ready to go. Otherwise, just attach them to the Nintendo Switch while it charges in the dock. Once your Joy-Cons are charged and ready to use, slide them out of your console and do the following:
1. First, press and hold the black pairing button above the Joy-Con until the green light begins to cycle back and forth. This means the Joy-Con is now in pairing mode.
2. Then, on your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Bluetooth.
3. Now scroll down and find your Joy-Con under Other Devices. You should see either Joy-Con (L) Where Joy-Con (R), depending on the Joy-Con you are currently pairing.
4. Finally, tap on the Joy-Con option to pair it. Repeat this process for the other Joy-Con, if necessary.
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Once your Joy-Cons are paired, you can access any game that supports third-party controllers, like Minecraft, Among Us, and Call of Duty, and play with your newly paired Joy-Cons. Not all mobile games support both Joy-Con controllers at once, so you may only need to pair one.
To unpair the Joy-Cons, go to Settings > Bluetoothpress the blue information iconthen press Disconnect.