How to Remap Controller Buttons on Nintendo Switch

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Remap Controller Buttons on Nintendo Switch

With the release of the latest system update 10.0.0 you’re not just getting new profile icons but also the ability to remap controller buttons and joysticks on your Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons or Pro Controllers.

So if you’ve been itching to remap some of your buttons around, which has already been made possible before in games such as Smash Ultimate, then this post will help you do that.

One of the great things about this new feature is that you can change the controller buttons around for all three types of controllers: Joy-Con (L), Joy-Con (R), and Pro Controller.

 

You also can disable buttons such as the screen capture button, save your custom mappings, as well as switch around the orientation of the thumbsticks where the latter is an excellent accessibility feature for one-handed play.

 

Note 

This feature is only available after you’ve updated your Nintendo Switch to system version 10.0.0 or later. To check if you’re on version 10.0.0, simply go into your System Settings > System > System Update.

 

If the Current Version says 10.0.0 or higher then you’re good to go! If not click on System Update and update your Nintendo Switch. 

 

Without wasting any more time, let’s dive right in! 

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS
  1. How to Remap Controller Buttons on Nintendo Switch
  2. Saving Your Remapped Controller Buttons as Custom Button Mappings
  3. How to Load Your Custom Button Mappings

 

How to Remap Controller Buttons on Nintendo Switch: 7 Steps

 

  1. Firstly, from your Switch’s main menu, select the System Settings.

Nintendo System Settings

 

  1. Once you’re in your System Settings, scroll a little down, and you should see the Controllers and Sensors option (from the left sidebar). Select Controllers and Sensors.
  2. Next, select Change Button Mapping.

Remap Controller Buttons on Nintendo Switch

 

  1. Now you can choose between your left and right Joy-Cons or your Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Once you’ve chosen the one you would like to change its controller buttons, simply select the Change button. 

Remap Controller Buttons on Nintendo Switch

 

  1. Sweet! Now in the ‘Change Button Mapping’ screen, you will see your chosen Joy-Con or Pro Controller with its various buttons on the screen. Scroll to the button you want to change and then press your A button (on your Joy-Con/controller).

Remap Controller Buttons on Nintendo Switch

 

  1. You will now see a screen that pops up showing the list of various buttons you can map to. For the purposes of this guide, the ‘A button’ will be remapped to be the ‘B button’. Once done, hit the A button again.

Remap Controller Buttons on Nintendo Switch

 

Note

If you wish to remap your controller stick (thumbsticks) then simply select the Controller Stick Settings option from the Change Button Mapping screen in Step 5. You can then choose either you want to switch the ‘Left Stick’ and ‘Right Stick’ around.

 

  1. Once you’ve made your button changes, simply hit the big Done button to save your changes. Take note that if you’re switching, for instance, your A button to be the B button, then you will need to make sure that the B button or any other button gets remapped to the A button. Otherwise, you will not be able to click on the Done button.  As you can see, a few more remapping changes have been made below.

Remap Controller Buttons on Nintendo Switch

 

  1. Lastly, hit OK when you’re prompted with the “Your button mapping has changed ...” message. 

Voila! You can now use your Joy-Cons or Pro Controller with the newly remapped controller buttons to enhance your gaming experience as well as obtain a competitive edge over others. 💪

If you need a step-by-step video on how to do this, It Came From A Box has released a great video tutorial: 

 

 

Help! I change my mind, and I want to go back to how it was before. How do I reset?

If you ever change your mind of remapping all of the controller buttons on your Switch or you just feel like you made a big mess and you now can’t tell which button is which, then you can reset it back to default. It’s super simple. Just follow Steps 1-4 above and instead of selecting ‘Change’, there is a button called Reset just below it which you can select to reset your all your remapped controller buttons. This will NOT reset or erase any of your data stored on Switch.

 

Reset Custom Button Mappings on Nintendo Switch

 


 

Saving Your Remapped Controller Buttons as Custom Button Mappings

Another great little feature is that you can save your remapped controller button setup as a custom mapping. You can then switch between custom mappings at any time. This is a great feature which I have found to be useful, especially if you have family or friends over for a game night and you prefer to use the Switch with the normal controller setup.  

To save your remapped controller buttons, here’s what you do:

  1. From your Switch’s main menu, select the System Settings.
  2. Next, select the Controllers and Sensors from the left. 
  3. Select Change Button Mapping.
  4. Now select either your left or right Joy-Cons or your Pro Controller, then select the Save Mapping option. It’s under both the ‘Change’ and ‘Reset’ options.

Save Custom Button Mappings on Nintendo Switch

 

  1. You have up to 5 slots for saving your controller mappings. For this guide, the first slot will be selected. Hit the A button to ‘OK‘ the selection.

Remap Controller Buttons on Nintendo Switch

 

  1. You may see a message that says ‘The mapping will be overwritten’ if you already have had saved a mapping in that slot before. Simply hit the Overwrite button.
  2. Lastly, you can see the “Mapping has been saved” message which you can select OK.

 

There you have it! You have managed to remap your controller buttons as well as save them as a custom mapping. 

But, wait, we still haven’t answered the question: how do you go about loading the custom mappings when you want to switch between them?

Let’s find out how to do that next. 👉

 


 

How to Load Your Custom Button Mappings

  1. You’ve managed to save your custom controller buttons, but you now want to use them. From your Switch’s main menu, select the System Settings.
  2. Next, choose the Controllers and Sensors.
  3. Then select Change Button Mapping.
  4. Now choose either your left or right Joy-Cons or your Pro Controller which you wish to load its saved custom button mapping.
  5. You should see there is one last option on this screen, right below the ‘Save Mapping’, which is the Load Mapping option. Select the Load Mapping option.

Load Custom Button Mappings

 

  1. Lastly, choose the custom button mapping which you had saved previously. I had previously saved mine into slot 1, so I’ll be loading that custom button mapping. Hit the A button to ‘OK’ your selection. 
  2. You should see a “Your saved button mapping has been loaded…” message which you can just hit OK.

There you have it! You now know how to change your button mappings on your Nintendo Switch as well save and load them whenever you need to.

If you have any questions, please comment down below, and we will love to help you out ❤.

 

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