Tutorial Video: Gamepad Pairing with macOS: Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons & Grip

Astrogun games support MFi Gamepads, like the Steelseries Nimbus, and, on macOS, additional gamepads from major consoles.

Here, we’ll cover pairing the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and Grip with macOS to play our debut title ‘VAST – Cosmic Treasure Hunters’, available now on the macOS App Store. It is also available on the tvOS App Store and as ‘VAST – Pocket Edition’ on the iOS App Store.

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Charging Grip:

AC Adapter:

Wireless Pairing

For macOS, first, power on a charged pair of Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons by pressing any button on each.

Then press and hold the Pairing Buttons for each to enter pairing mode.

Go to the Bluetooth menu item up at the desktop Menu Bar and select Open Bluetooth Preferences.

If this menu item isn’t displayed, you can find it by going to System Preferences and selecting ‘Bluetooth’.We recommend clicking the checkbox to ‘Show Bluetooth in Menu Bar’ so you can easily access and manage your connected devices, handy for turning them off later.

Under the Bluetooth Preferences window, the Left and Right Joy-Cons will appear with a Connect button beside them. Press any button on your Joy-Cons again to make sure they are activated and didn’t go dormant at this point.

Next, Click Connect. This is only necessary if this is your first time pairing. macOS may automatically connect the Joy-Cons for you.

In the Bluetooth menu, the Joy Cons listed will rise up to the top of the list and show a Connected status once paired. Once paired, the Joy-Cons on macOS will still show their light indicators bouncing left to right.

You can now close the Bluetooth window. It is important to always turn on your paired gamepad first before launching the app.

You can now launch the ‘VAST – Cosmic Treasure Hunters’ app and play.

You can play with a Joy-Con in each hand freely or you can dock them to a Grip.

We recommend the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Grip, so you can keep your macOS paired Joy-Cons in their own Grip and charge them with a Nintendo Switch AC Adapter.

You’re all set! Next, enjoy the game!

Disconnecting & Powering Off

When finished playing, quit the game to return to the macOS desktop.

There, access the Bluetooth option at the desktop Menu Bar.

Select your paired Left and Right Joy-Cons listed to expand their menus and select ‘Disconnect’ for each. This not only disconnects the Joy-Cons but also automatically turns them off to conserve battery charge.

It’s that easy.

Repeated Play

The next time you play is even easier. You can simply turn on your Joy-Cons by pressing any button on them, and they will automatically remember and connect with your Mac. Be sure to do this before launching the app each time you want to play this way.

Wrapping Up

This tutorial with more detail is available as an article on A link to it is also in the video description below.

Other Videos

We provide video tutorials on our YouTube channel and for pairing our games on macOS with the PlayStation 4 DualShock 4, the Xbox One Controller, the MFi Steelseries Nimbus, Gamevice for iOS, and more.

Other Videos

We provide video tutorials on our YouTube channel and for pairing our games on macOS with the PlayStation 4 DualShock 4, the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons, the MFi Steelseries Nimbus, Gamevice for iOS, and more.

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Also be sure to give VAST a five-star rating on the macOS App Store or on the App Stores for the tvOS and iOS editions.

Have fun!