How to Connect Switch Pro Controller to iPad: A Step-by-Step Guide

Connecting a Switch Pro Controller to an iPad is a simple process that lets you use your favorite gamepad with your tablet. You only need to follow a few easy steps: activate the controller’s pairing mode, access the Bluetooth settings on your iPad, and connect the devices. Let’s dive into the specifics.

How to Connect Switch Pro Controller to iPad

By following these steps, you’ll be able to pair your Switch Pro Controller with your iPad, allowing for a more immersive gaming experience.

Step 1: Activate Pairing Mode on Your Switch Pro Controller

Hold the sync button on your Switch Pro Controller until the lights begin to flash.

The sync button is located on the top of the controller next to the USB-C port. When the lights start flashing, it means the controller is in pairing mode and ready to connect to a new device.

Step 2: Open Bluetooth Settings on Your iPad

Go to the Settings app on your iPad and select Bluetooth.

Make sure your Bluetooth is turned on. You should see a list of available devices that you can pair with. Your Switch Pro Controller should appear on this list once it’s in pairing mode.

Step 3: Select the Switch Pro Controller from the Device List

Tap on “Pro Controller” in the list of available Bluetooth devices.

After selecting the Pro Controller, your iPad should automatically connect to it. This may take a few seconds.

Step 4: Confirm the Connection

Check the Bluetooth settings to ensure that the Switch Pro Controller is connected.

Once connected, the Pro Controller will be listed under “My Devices” with the status “Connected.” This confirms that the connection was successful, and you’re ready to game.

Step 5: Launch a Game or Application

Open any game or app that supports game controllers to start using your Switch Pro Controller.

Your iPad should now respond to inputs from the Pro Controller. Enjoy your enhanced gaming experience!

Once you’ve connected your Switch Pro Controller to your iPad, you can start gaming right away. You’ll notice that the controller inputs are smooth and responsive, making your gaming sessions more enjoyable.

Tips for Connecting Switch Pro Controller to iPad

  • Make sure your Switch Pro Controller is fully charged; a low battery might hinder the pairing process.
  • If the controller doesn’t appear in the Bluetooth list, try turning Bluetooth off and then on again.
  • Restart your iPad if you encounter any issues during the pairing process.
  • You can connect up to four controllers at once, but remember, each one will need to be paired individually.
  • Keep your controller’s firmware updated to ensure compatibility with the latest iPadOS updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why isn’t my Switch Pro Controller showing up in the Bluetooth list?

Make sure the controller is in pairing mode and that your iPad’s Bluetooth is turned on. Restart both devices if necessary.

Can I connect multiple Switch Pro Controllers to my iPad?

Yes, you can connect multiple controllers, but you’ll need to pair each one individually.

Do all games support the Switch Pro Controller?

Not all games support external controllers. Check the game’s compatibility in the App Store or in its settings.

My controller is connected, but it’s not working in the game. What should I do?

Ensure the game supports external controllers and check the in-game settings for controller configuration.

How do I disconnect the Switch Pro Controller from my iPad?

Go to Bluetooth settings, find the “Pro Controller” in the list, and tap the “i” icon next to it. Then select “Forget This Device.”


  1. Activate pairing mode on your Switch Pro Controller.
  2. Open Bluetooth settings on your iPad.
  3. Select the Switch Pro Controller from the device list.
  4. Confirm the connection.
  5. Launch a game or application.


Connecting a Switch Pro Controller to your iPad is a breeze if you follow these straightforward steps. This setup allows you to elevate your gaming experience by using a familiar and comfortable controller. Remember, always keep your devices updated and check game compatibility to avoid any issues.

If you run into trouble, don’t hesitate to refer back to this guide or explore your iPad’s support resources. Enjoy your gaming sessions, and happy playing!

For further reading, you might want to check out additional resources on optimizing your iPad for gaming or exploring other compatible controllers. Feel free to share your experiences or tips in the comments below!

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