Joy-Con Drift Fix: The Best OptionAmidst all of the potential fixes you can find on the internet, perhaps this one which was shared by ComicBook.com could be the best option you have. They cite a certain video from the YouTube channel VK’s Channel, which shows how to perform the fix. And judging by the like/dislike ratio as well as most of the comments, it seems to work like a charm. The actual fix is a little too complicated to describe in words, so you can just watch the video instead. You can skip ahead to the 5:55 mark for the fix, but it also pays to watch the entire video to know how to do it absolutely right: But if for some reason this doesn’t fix your problem, you can move on to the rest of the article. Read also: Nintendo Switch OLED is ‘Joy-Con Drift’ Prone–Controller Issue Will Continue Despite Upgrades
Calibrate your Joy-ConsCNET shares what’s likely the most obvious and easiest attempt at a fix: calibrate your joy-cons. This would work on all Switch models, including the OLED one (assuming that it really doesn’t fix the issue, as rumors claim). There’s a chance that the drift you’re experiencing could simply be a software issue, hence why the calibration is a good place to start.
- Take out the Joy-Cons from the console (if you have a Switch Lite, obviously, you don’t have to).
- Go to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Calibrate Control Sticks
- Press down on the thumbstick you want to calibrate.
Clean the Joy-Con StickPerhaps the drift is being caused by dirt and gunk gumming up the hardware, so you can try cleaning the thumbstick.
- Take a Q-tip and wet it with 70% isopropyl alcohol.
- Dab the wet Q-tip under the stick’s head which looks like a “graduation cap.”
- Move the thumbstick around for around 30 seconds to ensure that the alcohol gets under there.
- Let the thing sit for 15 minutes, then go ahead and recalibrate.
Replace the Thumbstick On Your OwnIf you’re relatively handy with tools, then you can just replace the thumbsticks yourself. It could be possible that the contacts have worn out over time, hence the drift. This fix, however, is the most drastic and technical out of everything. Don’t try it if you have absolutely no experience fiddling with anything, especially electronics. You can buy a new set of thumbsticks on Amazon for basically pennies on the dollar. Sometimes, the package even comes with tools. Once you get them, it’s time to replace the old, drifting ones. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
Drift Still Not Fixed? Send Your Joy-Cons to NintendoThis is your last resort. Nintendo made the Switch, so they for sure know how to fix it, right? You can send back your Joy-Cons for allegedly “free” repairs, and you’ll get them back good as new under the right circumstances. But suppose you have special edition Joy-Cons (like those special edition “Zelda: Skyward sword” ones) or a Switch Lite. In that case, you’ll have to deal with the possibility of getting boring-looking controllers in return or sending away your entire console for a few days or weeks.
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Written by RJ Pierce