Back in the day not only was connecting Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch a tedious task, but it also required gamers to fork out some extra bucks for a Bluetooth audio transmitter to get the connection going.
Gladly this is not the case anymore. After four long years, Nintendo has finally pulled the trigger and added Bluetooth headphone support.
This means that now you can easily connect your Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch to enjoy a hassle-free audio experience.
So if you are excited to pair your Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch but do not know how to, we have got you covered. In this article we'll walk you through the entire connection process. Read on!
1. Turn on the Pairing Mode on Your Bluetooth Headphones
First things first, you need to put your Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode. In order to do this, you need to press down the power button for a little longer. However, make sure to hold down the button until you hear a chime or see a flashing LED light.
Be mindful that the Bluetooth headphones take a little longer to connect to another device than to boot up. So make sure to hold the power button for at least 7-10 seconds.
Apart from Bluetooth headphones, you can also connect Apple AirPods to a Nintendo Switch.
For that, all you need to do is open your AirPods case with both the AirPods inside. Press down the power button at the back of the case until the connection is established.
Moreover, you can also establish a connection between wireless earbuds and a Nintendo Switch. But the connection process might differ depending on the model you own.
2. Locate the Bluetooth Audio Settings on Your Nintendo Switch
After successfully pairing your Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch, visit the main menu of your Switch and look for the settings icon. You can easily locate the settings option on your Nintendo Switch right beneath the game library.
After clicking the gear-like settings icon, make sure to scroll down the settings panel located on the left side of the screen to find the Bluetooth audio option.
From there, click on the Bluetooth audio option and a pair device message will appear on your screen.
However, if you are struggling to locate the Bluetooth audio option, it is perhaps because you have not updated your Nintendo Switch to version 13.0.0 or above. If this is the case, ensure you update your Switch first and then try to find it again.
3. Connect Your Bluetooth Headphones With a Nintendo Switch
After entering into the Bluetooth audio option, your Switch will begin finding all the nearby Bluetooth devices. So with your Bluetooth headphones or AirPods in pairing mode (as discussed in the first step), you will be able to see the model name of your headphones on your screen.
After finding your device name on your Switch's screen, be sure to click on it to establish a connection.
When your Bluetooth headphones are successfully connected, a message stating "Connected to Bluetooth audio" will pop up on your screen.
And voila! You have your Bluetooth headphones connected with a Nintendo Switch.
The Bluetooth connectivity feature in the Nintendo Switch was long due. But finally it was released in a firmware update in April 2021.
Luckily for the Switch users, they no longer need a third-party adapter as they can now connect their Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch seamlessly.
So make sure to properly follow the steps mentioned in this blog and enjoy games on your Switch with a stunning audio experience like never before.
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