Frequently Asked Questions about the 8Bitdo Zero 2 Mini
What is the difference between Zero 2 and Zero?
A. Controller body color
Zero 2 – Switch, Windows, macOS, Steam, Android and Raspberry Pi
Zero – Windows, iOS, Android and Raspberry Pi
Zero 2 – upgrade-able firmware
Zero – firmware can not be upgraded
Special controller mode
Zero 2 – N/A
Zero – iCade mode for iOS and camera selfie mode
Does Zero 2 have Home button when connected to Switch?
DOWN + SELECT = Home button when connected to Switch.
Does Zero 2 have motion controls and vibration?
No, it does not have either.
How can I fix it when my Zero 2 freezes?
Press and hold START button for 8 seconds to force turn off the controller first, then press START again to turn it back on.
Does Dpad on Zero 2 function as a joystick or Dpad?
Its mapping by default is left joystick. However, it can be mapped as:
LEFT + Select : set Dpad as left analogue stick
Up + Select : reset Dpad
Right + Select : set Dpad as right analogue stick
*Press and hold any of the key combinations above for 5 seconds to set the mapping.
*LED will blink in red to indicate the success of each mapping.
*You need to reset the Dpad manually.
How can I get to the menu page when playing Switch Online games?
Select+Start = ZL+ZR to bring out the menu.
What systems does it work with? Does it auto reconnect to those systems?
It works with Switch, Switch Lite, Windows, macOS, Android, Raspberry Pi as well as all the devices our retro receivers/adapters support.
It does auto reconnect to all the systems mentioned above with the press of START once they have been successfully paired.
How do I charge the controller? How long does the battery last when fully charged?
We suggest you charge it via a phone power adapter.
The controller uses 180mAh rechargeable battery with 1-2 hour charging time. The battery can last up to 8 hours when fully charged.
How can I use Zero 2 to control painting applications on my phone/tablet?
A. Press R+Start to turn on the controller.
B. Go to your iOS device bluetooth setting, choose ‘8BitDo Zero 2’ to pair.
C. Go to your painting App and set the controller as ‘keyboard’ before using.
*Suggested App – Clip Studio Paint
Can I use this controller via the USB connection?
No, you can not. The USB connection is for firmware upgrade and power charging only.
Does Zero 2 work with 8BitDo retro receivers and USB adapters?
Yes, it does. It works with all 8BitDo retro receivers as well as USB adapters.