Saturday, January 25, 2020

Cleaning Nintendo Switch Joy-con with WD-40 to solve drifting

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con - HAC-001(-01)

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I've had my Nintendo Switch for a couple of years now. No doubt about it, this is the best portable gaming console. My nephew love playing it on hand-held mode. While sometimes I prefer docking it and playing Mario Kart on my big screen Tv.

There have been rumors of a 2020 pro version. Well, I hope it's true. They need to catch up with the latest Xbox series and PS5. Which would have better graphics and of course games. Although, I'm not sure if they can do it with a portable console. A come back from the dead new more powerful WII perhaps?

First thing first, they need to solve the joy-con drifting problem. At first, I was hoping, mine wasn't affected. One can wish. But, it turns out mine was already started to drift while gaming. It wasn't that bad. I can still play games without affecting too much of the gameplay.

Overcooked! 2 - Nintendo Switch

One time, my niece was playing a cookhouse game with her friend and she told me there's something wrong with the controller. I've actually done my research and there are videos on how to take apart the joy-con and clean the inside. I was lazy and thought I'll do it one day.

Well, yesterday, I docked my system and decide to watch some youtube videos and the joy-con keep drifting and changing the video on its own. When I tried to navigate through the videos it kept going all the way to the right. It was starting to get on my nerves. I finally switch it off and went to sleep.

I've decided to try to take apart the whole joy-con and clean it first thing in the morning. I check out some videos on it and found a video by a Youtuber using the nick Nintendrew. He had a better solution. Just use an alcohol base lubricant to clean the joy-con.

WD-40 Multi-Use Product with SMART STRAW SPRAYS 2 WAYS 8 OZ

I remembered I had a wd-40 which is mostly used as a lubricant to clean up lots of rust stuff and for work. I thought I'll try using it. I turned off my switch and take off the controller. I sprayed some of the lubricants on a dry tissue and started to clean the side of the joystick.

Some use a toothbrush or cotton swabs to brush and wipe away whatever dirts there is that might hinder the joy-con movement or connections. I only use what I have for now. If it works, I might get them later on. In any case, I did what I can and test it out.

Lo and behold! It seems to work! Although, I'm not sure how long it'll start up again. But, one thing for sure, I don't have to take apart my joy-con, for now. I tried playing some games and try to navigate through youtube videos and it didn't drift anymore.

Now, I can watch my favorite youtube videos in relative peace without the joy-con moving on its own and playing random videos. I will be asking my nephew to test it out later on too. I also want to know how long before it starts to drift again.

Well, that's a load off my mind. And, I was actually thinking of buying a new joy-con instead. Actually, I was thinking of getting joy-cons with a different color. It'll be fun to mix and match colors and make your switch more fun to use!

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con - HAC-001(-01)

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I hope this helps if you guys have the same joy-con drifting problem. If not, you'll have to take it all apart and see what's actually causing it. Might be some faulty mechanism inside. Or, just your luck to receive a faulty controller right out the box.

What you guys think?

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P.S. Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con - HAC-001(-01)

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