You Can Find Your Missing Nintendo Switch Controller in the New Firmware Update

It's actually pretty cool.

News by Matt Kim, .

Did you ever lose a Nintendo Switch Joy-Con? Me neither. If you do plan on misplacing those little things however there's a new Nintendo Switch firmware update that, with a simple press of a button, finds your missing controller. I tested it out myself and I have to say: it’s actually kind of rad.

Nintendo pushed out a new Nintendo Switch 3.0.0 update today and among other features like registering to a channel to receive news for a specific game, or adding friends from either the Nintendo 3DS or Wii U, you can also use a “find my controller” function.

The way it works is basically if you have an undocked Joy-Con lying around somewhere, simply pull up the controller menu from the Switch home screen, press “find my controller”, and press the corresponding Joy-Con icon on the touch screen. The missing controller will soon let out a buzz loud enough for you to hear. Check out this Twitter video below for an example.

I tested it out myself and the buzz is much louder in person than it is in that video. I assume that the Joy-Cons’ HD Rumble feature probably helps give the vibrations their unique, and loud, pitch.

You can download the firmware update right now on your Switch, and check below for a full list of updates.

  • Register a channel to receive News for specific games
  • To register, head to News > Find Channels
  • Add friends from your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Friend Lists
  • To add friends, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Friend Suggestions
  • Receive notifications when your Friends go online
  • To turn this ON/OFF, head to System Settings > Notifications > Friend Notifications
  • Find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature
  • To search, head to Controllers > Find Controllers
  • Change the user icon order on the Home Menu
  • To change order, head to System Settings > Users > Change Order
  • Select from 6 new Splatoon 2 characters for user icon
  • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
  • Change the system volume from the Quick Settings
  • To access Quick Settings, hold down the HOME Button
  • Lower the maximum volume for headphone or speakers connected to the audio jack
  • To lower the max headphone volume, head to System Settings > System > Lower Max Headphone Volume
  • * This settings will be ON when Parental Controls are enabled
  • Change display colors to Invert Colors or Grayscale
  • To use this feature, head to System Settings > System > Change Display Colors
  • Connect a USB keyboard to the dock to type whenever the keyboard is on the screen
  • Use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller via wired communication by connecting the USB charging cable
  • To enable, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Pro Controller Wired Communication
  • * The NFC touchpoint on the Pro Controller will be disabled while the controller is using wired communication.
  • Update connected controllers
  • To update, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Update Controllers
  • Added a feature that suggests deletion of software data if there is insufficient space when downloading other software
  • To use this feature, head to System Settings > Data Management > Quick Archive
  • * User save data is not deleted
  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:
  • Resolved an issue that caused game software updates to fail and prevented the software from starting
  • Improvements to prevent unintended HDMI input change with certain TVs while the console is docked in Sleep Mode

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Comments 14

  • Avatar for Roto13 #1 Roto13 7 months ago
    Some good new features that are not the ability to backup save data.
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  • Avatar for link6616 #2 link6616 7 months ago
    Some nice stuff here. But like everyone I'm waiting on better data management and virtual console maybe?
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    Well, it is a $40 controller that's not bigger than the palm of your hand.
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    Part of me wonders are some of these cool features just thought up after the fact or are they built into the device from the start and held off to be unlocked with firmware to keep people from exploiting old security weaknesses by not updating.
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