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Video: Check Out A DIY Solution To Fixing Left Joy-Con Connection Issues

Recent worldwide reports point towards the left Joy-Con having some issues with connectivity. Some consumers have complained (along with a few well-known gaming websites) that the signal drops off completely if there are any obstructions between the player holding the Joy-Con and the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo have since issued a statement which urges players to remove any obstructions and to keep away from aquariums. Big bundles of wires are a no-no too.

Thankfully YouTube member Spawn Wave has found out a nifty little trick to ensure that connection issues will be no more. By adding a small cable into the left Joy-Con it boosts the signal strength so you won’t have Link falling to his death or standing there aimlessly while a Guardian makes you the next best recipe on Breath Of The Wild.

Check it out below. I’d advise against fiddling around with it myself and to remove your aquariums as it does look a bit tricky:



  1. It’s bullshit that for some of us, this actually seems like a necessary step.

    I’ve found that the only way I can consistently use the Switch docked is if the face buttons of the controller are facing the Switch (Which is nigh-on impossible)

    I point the controller in the wrong direction and the left JoyCon loses signal, lags or completely desyncs from the Switch.

    Even at less than a metre away with no obstructions. It’s completely infuriating and Nintendo’s support have been less than helpful… :/

    1. Don’t worry, there is eventually going to be a propper solution to this problem (whatever it may look like). The Switch is still brand new and childhood illnesses like this are pretty much normal for any console at this stage, but since the Switch is also quite complex and sophisticated in its design, naturally it has more childhood illness than other consoles. With time, most of those should eventually disappear in some way or another.

      For now, I recommend the Pro Controller if you can somehow get your hands on that. It doesn’t seem to have any of the connectivity problems so far and it feels so great and perfect in your hands that, at least for me, the day one purchase was absolutely worth it. Definitely never going to use anything else while playing in TV mode.

    2. The issue isn’t that the signal has to be directed at the Switch, but that it can’t be obstructed by your body. GameXplain thoroughly tested this. If the Joy-Con is at your side, you’ll have issues. If the Joy-Con is covered by or too close to your other hand, you’ll have issues. If you’re having legitimate desync issues, it is most likely under warranty for replacement through Nintendo.

      1. I didn’t realize it was that bad, I haven’t experienced any problems with my joyconson and I play them like a Wii mote and nunchuck (Arms in God knows what position while in bed)
        Did I get lucky or something?

      2. I really don’t think everyone’s switch is behaving the exact same. These Sad-cons appear to behave with great variances depending on what is in the room along with other factors. Game Explain has a different setup in his room than Spawn wave, and that is different from the person above who posted to this article.

        I would love to see Spawnwave’s solution applied to a couple other, differentiated locations to see if the antenna extension could help with people having signal issues due to objects in the room absorbing too much of the signal.

        Given this is Bluetooth, I don’t see how so many people can be having mass-problems. This is obliviously a design flaw, and Nintendo really needs to make it a priority. I feel bad for anyone who can’t even play Zelda without spending another $70+.

        I will say this, Nintendo rejected my screen repair request the very first time before it was a known issue. They are fucking stubborn. Once they have no choice but to acknowledge it, they take care of the problems quickly. Since this is a game-breaking issue, it really should receive “all-hands-on-deck” treatment.

    3. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Hopefully it will also await us at Nintendo Switch if Nintendo doesn't FUCK things up again!} says:

      “But your issues are bullshit! I haven’t been experiencing them! Hurr durr!” Or that’s what I would say if I was a stupid fanboy trying to damage control for Nintendo like a good little sheep.

    4. I have the same problem. I may try this, but I’m not really good with soldering, so I’m considering giving it to someone more experienced. Sending it to Nintendo is out of the question for me, since it would mean I wouldn’t be able to play Zelda for at least few weeks, until they’d resolved the problem.

      1. Nintendo have had my Switch for 11 days now. I’ve been told to be expected to wait an additional 3-4 weeks.

        Honestlyโ€‹, the lack of Zelda is so frustrating, and, knowing they’ll likely have factory reset my Switch while they’ve had it is a huge bummer, too.

  2. Looks like Nintendo is following the PC master race protocol. Release broken shit and the community will fix it lol.


  3. I would actually do this if I wasn’t planning on selling my Switch. If anyone is interested… Ill sell it for cost + shipping + ebay and paypal fees. It’s the Neon one. You’ll have to wait until i’m finished Zelda though.

  4. Havent had a single problem with my joy cons, except when i had a joycon almost completely under my leg at one point. Seems pretty normal that it wouldnt work in that situation to me.

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