How to use Bluetooth on the Nintendo Switch – Guide

It took Nintendo just four and a half years to finally enable Bluetooth on their Switch handheld consoles. But now you can play your favorite games without disturbing your neighbors or screwing up headphone cables up. Until the last firmware update version 13.0.0 released on Tuesday, Switch owners needed a Bluetooth adapter like the Genki adapter if they wanted to use their wireless headphones. The new update brings native Bluetooth audio support for the Switch and Switch Lite, though it comes with caveats like limiting how many controllers you can connect to your Switch at the same time.

How to use a Bluetooth device with your Nintendo Switch

A screenshot of the Bluetooth Audio Menu on Nintendo Switch The new Bluetooth audio menu is simple to navigate.

  1. First you need to update your Switch firmware to version 13.0.0. To do this, go to System Settings in the Home menu. Scroll down to System, press System Update and follow the instructions on your switch.
  2. Once the switch is updated, go back to the System Settings menu and scroll down to Bluetooth Audio (it’s at the bottom, right under Controllers and Sensors).
  3. Put your Bluetooth audio device into pairing mode (refer to your device’s user manual if you are unsure how to They do this). When your device is ready, press Pair Device on the Switch screen.
  4. Wait until your device name is displayed up on the screen and then select it. You are now paired.
  5. To pair another device, follow the same steps.

How to unpair a Bluetooth device from your Nintendo Switch

Screenshot of Disconnect and Remove device menu When a device is paired, you can disconnect it to pair a different device or remove the device from the switch completely.

  1. From the Bluetooth Audio menu, select the device you want to unpair.
  2. Select Disconnect Device if you want to stop sharing a Bluetooth connection. The switch will still remember this device.
  3. If you want the switch to forget the device completely, select Remove device.

Pairing limitations

Someone holds an airpod with thumb and forefinger Finally, you don’t need to carry a Bluetooth adapter to use your wireless headphones with the Switch. Switch only supports Bluetooth audio. You cannot use a Bluetooth microphone, keyboard or mouse, for example. Bluetooth audio will be disconnected when using your switch’s local wireless communication. the switch will remember up to ten paired devices, but you can only pair one Bluetooth audio device at a time. If you are using a Bluetooth audio device, you can only pair two switch controllers instead of the usual eight. (Each Joy-Con counts as a controller.) You may experience Bluetooth audio delay on your device.

Problems solution

Image of two Nintendo Joycons and a Switch dock Some say the new firmware update has made the switch slower to boot from sleep. Some users (especially those with a v2 switch) claim that the new Bluetooth update is affecting the switch boot time after sleep by ten seconds or more. If your switch is slow to start up, here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Unpair and remove all saved Bluetooth devices (see How to unpair a device above).
  2. Keep the power button until you see the power options.
  3. Press Power Off to completely turn off the switch (restart does not help).
  4. Wait 30 seconds.
  5. Turn on the switch and try again. Review’s product experts meet all your shopping needs. Follow Rated on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok or Flipboard for the latest offers, product reviews and more.

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