Can you use an Xbox One controller (or a PS4 controller) on a Nintendo Switch? The answer is yes! But you'll need to use an adapter. In this guide, we'll go through how to use the Mayflash Magic NS Bluetooth USB adapter for Nintendo Switch, allowing you to use Xbox One S Bluetooth controllers and PlayStation 4 controllers.

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Prepare the Mayflash Magic NS on Nintendo Switch

  1. First, plug in the Mayflash Magic NS into one of the Switch's USB ports.

    • Note: You can also connect it to the bottom of the Nintendo Switch in portable mode using the included dongle.

  2. On your Switch, navigate to the settings menu at the bottom of the home screen.
  3. Go down to Controllers and sensors and enable Pro Controller Wired Communication.

  4. Go back and now select Change Grip/Order.
  5. Make sure that your Nintendo Switch joycons are mapped into one controller by pressing down on both triggers, as seen here.

These steps seem to help the Mayflash Magic NS circumvent some issues with pairing.

How to use a Bluetooth Xbox One controller on Nintendo Switch

  1. Press and hold the button on top of the Mayflash Magic NS for 5-ish seconds to swap it between modes. The Xbox controller seems to work best when the light is purple, in Nintendo Switch Pro controller mode.

  2. Tap the button to put it into pairing mode. It will flash rapidly.
  3. Press and hold the pairing button on your Xbox controller until the Xbox logo light flashes rapidly in pairing mode.

  4. When the lights are solid, you should be ready to play! Use the notes in the Mayflash Magic NS box for an overview of the button mapping.

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This is the gear you need to get set up with an Xbox controller on Nintendo Switch.

Xbox control on Switch

Mayflash Magic NS

Like magic.

The Mayflash Magic NS allows you to quickly and easily set up third-party controllers on a Nintendo Switch, circumventing the need to purchase an expensive Nintendo Switch Pro controller.

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Xbox One controller

Industry standard.

Cheaper than the Nintendo Pro controller, the Xbox One controller is widely regarded as the best in the world, supporting Xbox One consoles and PC, as well as mobile devices via Bluetooth.

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Nintendo Switch

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The Nintendo Switch is the world's fastest growing gaming platform, with maximum portability and a huge range of high-quality titles in a fun-sized package.

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