It’s been four years since the console’s debut Nintendo Switch, a device that has proved to be rather flexible, so much so that new solutions are still emerging that exploit its potential.
One of the most recent is the one that allows you to use the Nintendo Joy-Con controller as a remote shutter button for the camera of an Android smartphone.
In practice, if you pair a single Joy-Con controller to an Android smartphone, you can use the right side, in particular the “A” button, to take pictures on the smartphone remotely: this feature could prove useful in some cases, such as for example when you mount the phone on a tripod or place it somewhere to capture a family photo (or, in any case, a scene without holding the smartphone).
How to turn Nintendo Joy-Con into a remote control for your smartphone camera
These are the four steps to follow:
- pair the Joy-Con controller with the Android smartphone
- put the Camera app on the home screen
- open the Camera app
- press to take a photo
First, you need to long press the “Sync” button on the Joy-Con and then you will need to pair it with your phone by opening the Bluetooth menu and searching for “Joy-Con (R)” or “Joy-Con (L)”. The green lights on the side of the controller must be on for the pairing process to complete.
Once paired, the “A” button will now act as the home button on the first click and then you will need to select the apps by pressing the “Y” button. The controller will select the first app on the home screen looking from left to right and top to bottom: therefore, if you put the Camera app icon in the top left of the home screen, pressing the “Y” button will be selected (this may vary by device and therefore you need to try to find the right location).
On Google Pixel smartphones at this point just press the “A” key to take a photo while on Samsung ones, once the camera is open, with the “X” and “Y” buttons you will manage the zoom while with the “B ”The photo will be taken.