How To Turn Your Android Phone Into A Nintendo Switch Controller To Play Game During India Lockdown

Dhir Acharya - Mar 26, 2020


How To Turn Your Android Phone Into A Nintendo Switch Controller To Play Game During India Lockdown

Using this way, you can play video games with friends and family during the India lockdown without having to buy an extra controller. Here's how.

It’s fun to play video games, and the experience will get even better now that you can spend all day playing with your family or friends, due to the India lockdown of course.

However, there’s one small problem with multiplayer: you need an extra controller. Fortunately, a simple app promises to help you solve this issue by turning your Android smartphone into a wireless controller.

Joy-Con Droid turns your Android smartphone into a Nintendo Switch controller
Joy-Con Droid turns your Android smartphone into a Nintendo Switch controller

Joy-Con Droid, a free app for Android users from DeppBlue Labs, has come out as Public Alpha, meaning the app may still have bugs to kill before it can be released officially. Your phone must run Android 9 or higher to be connected to the app and so that the app can support Bluetooth Human Interface Device profile that lets it function as a wireless keyboard, gamepad, or mouse for other devices, the Nintendo Switch for example.

Joy-Con Droid emulates the left or right Joy-Cons of the Nintendo Switch with either assorted buttons of the controller available as touchscreen proxies, the app can also emulate a Switch Pro Controller. It can even take advantage of the gyroscope on your smartphone to facilitate gamepads’ motion control gestures.

The app works but it's in an early stage
The app works but it's in an early stage

This app will definitely help you play games with other people while social distancing and not having to buy a new controller. However, it’s worth noting that the app is currently in a pre-release state, which means the experience won’t likely be smooth. Early testing showed that the app successfully recognized and paired to a smartphone as a Pro Controller and a Joy-Con, but it disconnected each time the player returned to the home screen to start a new game.

Let's hope that the app will soon be ready for official release so that it can help all of us get through this 21-day lockdown.

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