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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