Is your Nintendo Switch Pro controller experiencing drift? Here’s how you can fix it, easily and safely.
You’re hard-pressed these days to find a gaming controller that won’t ultimately succumb to drift. It’s such a widespread problem that companies like Nintendo and Xbox have even faced lawsuits from all over the world because of it.
Joy-Con bypass is the most common form of bypass for Nintendo. But while drift may be less common on Pro controllers, they’re by no means immune to it. So if your Nintendo Switch Pro controller is drifting, here’s how you can fix it.
How do I know when my Nintendo Switch Pro controller is drifting?
If your controller suffers from drift, you’ll be painfully aware of it almost immediately. The way a controller generally works is that the player applies pressure to the joystick and moves it in a certain direction. The joystick then detects that input and reflects it back into the game.
If your controller strays, the joysticks detect incorrect input and start moving your character as if it had a mind of its own. This can result in lost games or early death and is extremely annoying.
If your Nintendo Switch Pro Controller has been displaying any of these symptoms recently, you have drifted. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can try to cure it yourself.
How to calibrate your Nintendo Switch Pro controller
Before doing anything with your Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, it’s a good idea to calibrate it. This is the best way to diagnose whether or not you are drifting, and might be enough to resolve your issues without further action being required. This step is also the first thing to try when you are trying to fix your Nintendo Switch Joy-Con drift.
Please follow the instructions below to calibrate your Nintendo Switch Pro controller.
- Head over to your Nintendo Switch System settings pressing the button gear icon.
- Scroll down to Controllers and Sensors.
- Select Calibrate Control Sticks.
- Tilt and hold the control stick that is drifting.
- On the next screen, you will see a circle with a cross section and a + symbol in the center. Nintendo advises you to only recalibrate your controller if there is a problem. If he + The symbol turns into a circle when you are not touching the controller, it is drifting, and you can safely go ahead and calibrate it. Press X to calibrate
- Press Calibrate.
- Follow the on-screen prompts and move the joystick in each requested direction until triangle changes its color
- Turn your stick when directed.
Once you have completed this process, your controller will have been calibrated and hopefully your problems will be gone. If not, you can try cleaning your controller.
How to Clean Your Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Most of the time, controller drift is caused by dirt and dust under the joysticks and controller sensors being disrupted. Cleaning out any debris that may be present may be enough to fix your controller drift. To clean your controller, you’ll need some rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip.
These are essential supplies that any console owner should have and can also be used to clean your PS5 console and controller.
Cleaning the sticks on your Pro Controller is an exceptionally easy process. All you need to do is moisten your Q-tip with rubbing alcohol and clean under them. Move the joysticks in a circle, making sure to fully extend them, so you don’t lose any points.
You can then lift up on the joysticks and push down on them a couple of times to try to loosen any dirt that may be under the casing.
Once your joysticks are clean and dry, reconnect your controller to your Nintendo Switch and see if it has helped your situation. If so, great! If not, you may need to seek further help from Nintendo. Take your controller to your local game store to discuss sending it to Nintendo for repair.
Prevention is the best cure for driver deviation
In most cases, calibrating and cleaning your Nintendo Switch Pro controller is enough to cure it of drift. Making sure to take care of your controller and cleaning it often are the best ways to keep drift at bay.
But if it’s too late for you, hopefully this guide has been enough to fix your drift controller.