The Nintendo Switch isnt the most powerful console on the block, but it has a slew of features that set it apart from the competition. Some of these are so mundane or obscure that you might never realize they exist until someone tells you.
The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid home/handheld console with a host of unique features that you won't find on any other modern gaming platform. For example, most game controllers today include rechargeable batteries, but recharging your Switch Joy-Cons is as easy as putting them into the console. This is one of the most well-known features, though, because many features are overlooked and underused.
Find Lost Controllers
Many personal items have a nasty habit of going missing, including keys, socks, remotes of every shape and function, and games. Usually, these are hidden under sofa cushions, but the Switch has an extra function that helps you locate your undetected item.
If you cant find a missing controller, you should try using the Switchs Find Controllers feature. This should be located on the right side of the main menu. If you are looking for a Joy-Con, the console will turn on. Hold down the A, L, or R buttons on the screen while the missing controller is selected. The controller should be located.
Although this function is fantastic, it isnt 100% foolproof. Soft surfaces do not conduct vibrations very well, so if the controller is under a pillow somewhere, you may not hear it unless you strain your ears. If the controller isnt out of range or out of juice, you may need to move to another room to activate it. If the controller is out of juice, you're on your own.
The Magic of Extra Profiles
Every game console nowadays connects a player to their games via profiles. This way, multiple gamers can use the same console without worrying about deleting another's progress. However, if only one person uses a console, they may still create more than one profile to cheat the system.
Many games come standard with more than one save, but not with Switch games. Titles such as Animal Crossing and Pokemon only provide players with a single save slot. Anyone who wants more is out of luck unless they create a new profile.
Simply go to System Settings in the main menu, select Users, and then select Add User. Follow the directions to create a new profile, and when you're done, log in. That's it, you've got one more save slot for your games.
The benefits of having additional profiles extend beyond just obtaining more save slots. If you want to acquire a game that hasnt been officially released in your country (yet), there is no need to buy it online and inserting it; the Nintendo Switch isnt region locked. However, if you can purchase the game digitally, you can always acquire it using your original Nintendo account. That is bound to your country.
Simply log in to accounts.nintendo.com and enter all the required information, including your email address (DONT use the same one for your main account), and, when asked for your country of residence, choose that country. For instance, if the game you want is only available in Japan, choose that country. Once your account has been linked, you may go to another country's eShop offerings and buy them.
Plug and Play With USB
When the Nintendo Switch is docked, it allows users to connect wired headphones to the console via an aux cable. As of September 2021, Nintendo finally patched in the ability to pair Bluetooth headphones to the Switch. However, the console still allows you to use those under certain conditions.
If you own a wired controller (such as a PowerA), you know that connecting the USB cable to one of the Switch's USB ports is as easy as connecting the headsets USB cable (or dongle) to the docks USB port. The headset is now ready to use.
If for some reason you are playing a Switch game that allows you to input names and other words via a virtual keyboard, you may prefer to use a physical keyboard instead. While the Switch is docked, simply plug the USB cable or dongle of any wired or wireless USB keyboard into the dock, and you have a keyboard for all of your typing needs.
Connect Controllers to Other Platforms
PC gamers are spoilt for choices when it comes to controller options for PC gaming. You may also want to include other peripherals such as joysticks and racing wheels into your cart. Yes, both the Switch Pro Controller and Joycons may be connected to computers.
The first method is the easiest: USB connection, and the computer takes care of the rest. You may also pair the controller via Bluetooth by touching the little button at the top of the controller, then navigating to your computers Bluetooth settings. Use the Bluetooth method instead.
There are many other non-Nintendo platforms that you can use with Switch controllers due to Bluetooth, and they are equally adept at connecting with Joy-Cons and Pro Controllers. However, if you want to play Castlevania: Symphony of the Nightor Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the go without using touchscreen controls, this is your best bet.
Built-In Button Mapping
Controllers are now somewhat more universal in appearance. The analog sticks may be in different locations, but everything else is roughly the same. Even though their buttons have different names, they still have the same functions depending on their positions. The Nintendo Switch is the only exception to this rule, although only if you modify its basic button functions.
Switch consoles now have the ability to remap buttons. As the name implies, that feature allows any button on any controller to function as a different button instead. Say you want a character to jump with the B button, but a game has them jump with the A button instead. Just swap them around with the Switchs button remapping.
Select System Settings, go to Controllers and Sensors, and then select Change Button Mapping. Highlight the button you wish to change, and then select the button you want it to function as.
Charge the Switch With a Battery Pack (or Use It As One)
What are the similarities between the Nintendo Switch and the cell phone? Both of them run out of electricity fairly quickly, and you may not see a wall socket before they die. Fortunately, there is more than one technique to charge them.
You can plug a battery pack into the Switch via its USB-C port to charge it. Of course, you need to make sure the battery in question is compatible with the Switch, but you can also use your Switch as a backup in a pinch. Just connect a Switch to a phone with the appropriate cable and you're good to go.
Don't charge a Nintendo Switch with a phone charger or vice versa. The charging cables arent half as compatible as the systems are.
Prevent Theft With Passcodes
Thieves can strike any time, anywhere. Say you arrive at an airport, open your backpack to play some Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and suddenly, your Switch is gone. Where could it have gone? You only glanced away for a second. However, you can lock it down so that nobody else can use it.
The Nintendo Switch is equipped with parental controls, like most modern electronics. It is possible to monitor how long children spend on the Switch, limit gaming sessions, and prevent children from playing age-appropriate titles. In this case, the Nintendo Switch can even lock children out of the Switch completely.
To ensure that would-be burglars do not harm your poorly-gotten Switch, simply download the Parental Control app from your appropriate smart device store and link it to your console. Once you have completed registration, in the phone app set Restricted Software to the lowest age allowed (i.e., 3+ under Custom Settings), and then your Switch is officially protected.
If you want to keep your console safe from prying eyes, be sure to turn it off after you finish traveling. Otherwise, you will have to enter the pin every time you want to play a game. This can get frustrating.
Switch Up Dock Orientation
This isn't so much a hidden piece of Nintendo Switch programming as it's a clever feature that exploits its design, but, nonetheless, a feature is a feature.
If you are short of space for your Switch and can't locate it in a position that allows you to slide it down into the dock, you can turn the dock on its back. This allows you to place the Switch console horizontally, or at least at an angle, although it's a good idea to store your Switch.