What Is a Remote Shutter Release?

The remote shutter is a remote control device that can control the shutter function of the camera. Allows you to take photos remotely without pressing the main shutter button on the camera.

So in this case, when you enter certain button commands, JoyCon acts as a remote shutter and your smartphone acts as a camera.

How Does the Joy-Con Remote Shutter Work?

This technique involves pairing your Nintendo Switch JoyCon with your Android phone via Bluetooth. After pairing, your phone’s camera app can detect the JoyCon button input. Redditor u / Byotan shared this technique in a Reddit post.

The next time you want to take a group photo without excluding the photographer, or when you want to take a selfie without holding your phone, you can use this technique. This technique is also very suitable with a tripod.

Without further ado, let’s see how to use this hidden feature.

How to Use a Joy-Con as a Shutter Release

This is how to use your Nintendo Switch Joy-Con as a remote shutter release for your Android. Please note that the Reddit post only confirmed this trick to work on Android devices.

  1. Press and Hold the Joy-Con’s Sync button (it should light up green).
  2. Go to Bluetooth settings on your Android and enable Bluetooth.
  3. Look for your Joy-Con to appear in the device menu and select it to pair it.

After pairing, the next steps will vary depending on the version of Android you are using. The JoyCon A and B buttons control the shutter in most camera applications. On some phones, X and Y control zoom in/out. After pairing, trial and error may be required to determine the camera controls.

If you have any questions, please note that this technique does not guarantee success.

I tried this trick on Motorola Android, but I couldn’t get it to work. However, others at Samsung or Google Android have made it work. Possible troubleshooting options include testing the left and right JoyCon, modifying Bluetooth settings or unpairing and repairing the device.

This Joy-Con Trick Is Worth a Shot

How to Use the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con as a Remote Shutter Release

If you find this technique interesting and have the equipment you need, keep trying. However, keep in mind that the success of this technique is not inevitable and it seems that it only applies to certain Android smartphones.

If this technique works for you, congratulations. Now you can take photos remotely on your phone in a very convenient way.

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