How to Fix a Nintendo Switch That Keeps Scrolling Down on its Own

You can fix the random scrolling problem of your Nintendo Switch console by re-calibrating its controllers.

If this didn’t do the trick, restart your Switch console, clean the controllers from dust, update the Joy-Con software, or re-pair them again.

Don’t worry! I will explain each of these in detail.

Re-Calibrate the Controller

The first thing to try when your Switch keeps scrolling on its own is to re-calibrate its controllers. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open System Settings.
  2. Select Controllers and Sensors -> Calibrate Control Sticks.
  1. Now tilt the right stick first and then begin its calibration.
  1. Now, start moving the joy-con controller stick in all directions and make sure it is operating properly.
  1. If it’s not operating like it should, press the X button on the controller to recalibrate the stick.
  2. Once you are done calibrating the right stick, start over and this time, calibrate the left stick.

When both the sticks are calibrated, close the Settings, and see if the scrolling problem is resolved.

Restart Switch

Here’s how to restart your Nintendo Switch:

  1. Press and hold the power button on your Nintendo Switch for 5 seconds until a menu appears.
  2. Select Power Options and then choose Restart.

If you can’t see the Power Options menu, press and hold the Power button for 15 seconds to force shutdown your Nintendo Switch console and then turn it On again.

Clean the Joy-Con Controller

If re-calibrating the sticks does not fix the scrolling problem of your Nintendo Switch, try cleaning your Switch controller.

The buildup of dust and debris on the buttons and sticks on Joy-Con contollers can also the reason of its malfunction.

Try cleaning with a soft toothbrush or cloth, especially around the area near the sticks.

If you have an air blower, try it too remove the dirt from your Joy-Con.

Update the Controller Software

Outdated controller software can cause random bugs and glitches.

So, if you haven’t updated your Nintendo Switch controller software for a quite long time, there is a possibility that this scrolling issue is due to software.

To update your Nintendo Switch Controller, follow these steps:

  1. Open System Settings.
  2. Select Controllers and Sensors. Click on Update Controller.
  1. When the update process begins, don’t touch any button on the controller or the console.

Disconnect and Reconnect the Controller

Finally, if you have tried all the above fixes, but fix the scrolling issue, then it is possible that your Nintendo Switch is receiving input from some other controller.

  1. Open System Settings and go to Controllers and Sensors.
  2. Select Disconnect Controllers. This will disconnect all the controllers from your Switch.

Now, you will need to pair your Joy-Con controllers again. Usually, they pair automatically when attached to the console.


I hope one of the solutions I explained above will resolve the random scrolling issue on your Nintendo Switch.

If you have any questions about this guide, please ask me in the comments section below.

About the Author

Muhammad Qasim

Muhammad Qasim

Muhammad Qasim is an Electrical Engineer, Solo Entrepreneur, and Web Developer who loves troubleshooting gadgets and making cool things for the internet.

You can contact him on Email, LinkedIn, Twitter, or GitHub.

Leave a Comment