How to remap buttons on Nintendo Switch controllers

Want a different setup for your Joy-Cons or Pro Controller? Here's how to remap on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Button Remap
(Image credit: Future / Mike Lowe)

We know what it's like: you switch to your Nintendo Switch after playing a PS5 or Xbox game and, gah, the buttons feel backwards. But you can remap controls using the Switch's built-in settings. 

Maybe you fancy yourself a bit of a pro, perhaps you want specific setups for Joy-Cons and others for your Pro Controller, or you want different profile settings for different games. All of this is possible, so let's show you how. 

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Button Remap

(Image credit: Future / Mike Lowe)

Nintendo Switch button remap: Head into settings

First thing's first: head into the settings. That's on the Switch's (or Switch Lite's) home screen - you can get there by pressing the Home button - and is the cog-shaped icon beneath your games tiles. 

It'll even say 'System Settings' when you tap it the first time - you'll need to tap it again to actually gain access. 

From here select Controllers and Sensors on the left side of the screen, which will load a larger menu of options for you to pick from.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Button Remap

(Image credit: Future / Mike Lowe)

Make your remapping changes

If the Joy-Cons are connected to your Switch then these will show up as 'Attached', with left (L) and right (R) marked out - even colour coded for your convenience. 

You can select either - or a Pro Controller instead, if that's what you have connected - and then select 'Change' from the list of options. This will open up the remapping screen.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Button Remap

(Image credit: Future / Mike Lowe)

You can change any button's control

It's a very open system, as you can see from our Switch photograph above. Simply select the button control you wish to reassign, then select the control that will become. You can do this multiple times and then save. 

Interestingly there's also options for 'Save as a Preset', 'Load a Preset', and 'Reset'. The former two mean you can map buttons for, say, specific games and load that prior to a particular session. Very clever - but you'll likely want to revert back afterwards.

And that's it: Nintendo's controller remapping options are pretty extensive from the in-built software. Just don't go playing any cruel pranks on your friends, y'hear!

As the Tech Editor at T3, Mike handles all things tech - from phones, tablets and laptops, to gaming and computing. Everything that's geeky yet cool. He's been working as a consumer technology journalist for the best part of 15 years, travelling the globe to attend all manner of industry events. You'll always find him setting up a new mobile phone or planning his next get-away.