Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Pairs with Android Devices

Today is a big day for gaming fans. Nintendo’s new home (and mobile?) console, the Switch, is available to purchase (assuming they don’t sell out). If you were one of the lucky ones who got the console and one of their “Pro Controllers”, you may find your controller getting more use than you expected.

The gamepad, which works over Bluetooth, appears to be using a standard controller HID (human-interface device) profile. This same profile would be supported on phones and computers to allow for cross-compatibility. There are many third-party gamepads on the market.

YouTuber DreWolf shows off the process on his PC and later confirms it works with his Samsung GS7. It pairs just like any other gamepad and setup is complete. He does note in his second video around 1:05, the controller seemed at times “unresponsive” although he blamed his phone for the issue. Since it pairs with Android phones, it stands to reason it would pair with your Android TV as they both support Bluetooth and standard HID profiles.

It’s not clear how well it will work for general navigating. There is a home button, but not the other buttons one would expect in Android. The NFC & Amiibo support will probably not work.

Standardization of these controllers has become a common theme. The Xbox One S controller almost supports Android. Pairing does work, but the key bindings are incorrect except on the NVIDIA Shield.

The Pro Controller is currently unavailable, although you hopefully will be able to get one once the hype diminishes a little.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub ( Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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