Fans had to wait 4 years for this update, now the time has finally come. The new system software of the Nintendo Switch allows gamers to connect and use Bluetooth audio devices with the handheld console.

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Using Bluetooth headphones and the like with the Switch: Nintendo fulfills a great wish

Since the release of the Switch, there is a feature that all players sorely lack: Bluetooth-Audio-Support. If you want to play with the handheld console on the go, you either have to buy wireless headphones specially designed for the switch, buy a compatible Bluetooth adapter or connect your headphones via jack. It’s frustrating!

But with that new console update 13.0.0, which can now be downloaded, these problems are finally a thing of the past! After installing the system software, users can finally pair Bluetooth audio devices with the switch and use them afterwards. To do this, proceed as follows:

  • Opens the system settings.
  • Scrolls almost to the bottom to the menu item “Bluetooth audio”.
  • Make sure your audio device is in pairing mode.
  • Now select “Add device”. The search may take some time.
  • After your device has been found, you can pair it and then use it with the switch.

(Those: Nintendo)

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Finally Bluetooth – but with restrictions …

Anyone who has a Bluetooth audio device connected to their switch has to live with some restrictions. So can about a maximum of only two wireless controllers connected to the switch if a Bluetooth audio device is currently connected to the console. If you want to use more controllers, you must first disconnect the Bluetooth speaker or headphones.

In addition, the connection is automatically disconnected when the Switch detects that a local wireless multiplayer game is starting. Nintendo also advises that a maximum of one Bluetooth audio device at the same time can be connected to the switch. However, you can save up to 10 device connections on the switch. This makes it easier to switch between devices.

After all, we can now cross Bluetooth audio off our list:

There is bad news for users of a Bluetooth headset: You can let the sound of the switch run through your headphones, the integrated microphone, however, cannot be used. Nintendo also advises that there may be delays in audio playback depending on the Bluetooth device. If you are bothered by it, you should continue to use the connection via the jack.