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How to update your Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons

It’s good to occasionally check and make sure your Joy-Cons have the latest firmware update.

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Just like with most electronics and gadgets today, your Nintendo Switch and its Joy-Cons will occasionally receive updates. Nintendo generally applies these updates to help fix bugs or otherwise improve performance on your device.

As long as your Switch is connected to the internet, it should notify you automatically whenever an update is available for the console. But updates for the Joy-Cons aren’t always as obvious or easy to find.

That’s why we’d like to take the time to show you, step-by-step, how to ensure your Nintendo Joy-Cons are updated on time. So, follow along, and you’ll have your controllers updated quickly.

How to update your Nintendo Joy-Cons

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Whether you are using the original Nintendo Switch console or the newer OLED version, the process for updating the Joy-Cons is the same. Here’s what you need to do.

Select the cogwheel from the Nintendo Switch home screen to open Settingshow to update joy-cons
Scroll down and select Controllers and Sensors
Select Update Controllers from the Controllers and Sensors menuhow to update nintendo switch joy-cons
If you have an update available, a screen will pop up showing the update progressjoy-con update screen

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If your controllers are already up-to-date, you’ll get a message confirming that no update is needed. Joy-Con updates are generally pretty small on the Switch and they won’t take up too much time.

Again, Joy-Con updates aren’t always automatically installed, so it’s a good idea to check this screen every once in a while. Repeat the update process for all of your Nintendo Joy-Cons occasionally to make sure that your hardware stays up-to-date.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at alex@knowtechie.com

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