How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Nintendo Switch

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Finally, after months of people asking, Nintendo finally made it so that Bluetooth Audio devices could be used with the Nintendo Switch consoles with a simple software update.

Why it wasn't done earlier, we don't know, but better late than never, eh?

How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Nintendo Switch


If you're looking to do it yourself and can't work it out, we've got a quick run down on it for you.

First of all, head to the Settings menu on your Switch and scroll down to Bluetooth Audio on that first page.

Then, select Pair Device to set up you headphones, whether they're AirPods or something else. You'll then need to press the pair button on your headphones until appear as connected to your Switch.

Below are full instructions, direct from Nintendo's official FAQs page:

  1. Make sure that no more than two wireless controllers are currently connected to your Nintendo Switch system. If a controller needs to be disconnected, hold the SYNC Button on the controller for at least one second. A pair of Joy-Con counts as two wireless controllers.
  2. Turn on your Bluetooth audio device and set it to a searchable state or pairing mode. Follow the instructions for your specific Bluetooth audio device on how to enable it to be paired.
  3. From the Nintendo Switch HOME menu, open System Settings.
  4. Scroll down to Bluetooth Audio, then select Pair to search for any available Bluetooth audio devices in range. Searching for pairable devices can take several seconds. If 10 devices have already been paired and saved to the system, you will need to remove at least one saved device before you can pair a new one.
  5. Select your Bluetooth audio device’s name when it is found.
  6. Once connected, any audio that is played will be output through your Bluetooth device. Be sure to adjust the system volume to a comfortable level. If desired, you can also lower the maximum headphone volume.

Give it a go for yourself, it'll be great for when you're travelling or don't want to disturb people.