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Joy-Con drift is an issue where the analog sticks on the Joy-Cons (the main controllers used for the Nintendo Switch) are exposed to dust, causing the system to detect analog stick movement that isn't actually happening.
What Made This Worse
- Nintendo claims that this is not a real issue and has not re-designed the Joy-Cons to fix it. All they've done about this is offering repairs, which tend to last only a few weeks before drifting happens again. What's worse is that they are receiving a number of lawsuits for that issue.
- The Switch Lite has the same issue, and since it's Joy-Cons aren't detachable, you need to send in the whole console to have it fixed.
Ways You Can Fix This
- Blow the dust off using compressed air or straw.
- Go into the controller finder menu on the system and hold down the button for the Joy-Con that's drifting until it's battery runs out. Then dip a Q-Tip in isopropyl alcohol or a hand sanitizer, hold the analog stick all the way to edge, and rub the Q-Tip in the center underneath the analog stick. Do a few full rotations and let the alcohol dry out before recharging the battery.
- Go into the controller finder menu on the system and hold down the button for the Joy-Con that's drifting. While the Joy-Con is vibrating, do a few full rotations of the analog stick.
- The pro controller, the GameCube-styled controller, or any of the third-party ones do not have this issue.
- This can be fixed if you do any of the following steps mentioned above.