How to Connect an Analog Joystick to Raspberry Pi Pico

There are many reasons you might want to use an analog joystick in your Raspberry Pi Pico project. Perhaps you’re creating a game or maybe you need an input device for navigating. Whatever the case, connecting an analog stick to your Raspberry Pi Pico is really easy and coding for it in MicroPython is also a snap. 

What you’ll need 

  • Raspberry Pi Pico with pins. See how to solder pins to Raspberry Pi Pico.
  • Analog thumb joystick with 5-pin interface. There are many models. We used one of these.
  • Breadboard (optional). You can also connect your joystick directly to the pins.
  • Five jumper cables: female-to-male. If you’re not using a breadboard, you’ll need female-to-female.

If you haven’t programmed your Pico before, see our tutorial on how to set up Raspberry Pi Pico

(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

Wiring a Joystick to Raspberry Pi Pico