How to connect a Nintendo Switch Pro controller to an Android device


Mobile gaming on Android smartphones and tablets is becoming more and more popular by the day. While playing games on your favorite Android device can be exhilarating, the experience is often improved if you have the right hardware. There are plenty of Bluetooth controllers out there which can connect to your smartphone or tablet, but you don’t need to spend any extra money if you already own a gaming console.

Buy a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

On its own, the Nintendo Switch is considered a mobile gaming device, but if you happen to own the dock to connect the Switch to your TV and the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, you can now use the same accessory to pair with a smartphone or tablet running on Android 10. While the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is capable of connecting with older Android devices, the button mapping didn’t always work.

Step-by-step Instructions

  • Press the pair button located on the back of the Nintendo Switch Pro controller (located next to the USB-C port)
  • On your Android 10 smartphone, swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers to open the Quick Settings panel
  • Taps the Bluetooth icon to turn the setting on
  • Long-press the Bluetooth icon to jump into the Bluetooth settings page
  • Tap Pair new device and then select the controller

While the controller will not be paired with the phone, you may still need to configure and remap the Nintendo Switch Pro controller buttons for specific games. Many game developers have incorporated Bluetooth controller support into their games, so you should have no issues with most racing, fighting or side-scrolling games. That being said, there are very few puzzle games that support external controller input, so you will still need to rely on your phone’s touch screen for those.


Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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