Bluetooth Audio Support for Nintendo Switch Owners

  • 18-09-2021 |
  • Abigail Davis

Nintendo confirmed on Twitter that the latest update will allow all Switch users to enjoy the Bluetooth audio support. The update (version 13.0.0) is a welcome feature for a huge number of users. It especially applies to those having the console since its release. Now you can finally connect your favorite Bluetooth-enabled headphones. 

Speaking of devices, Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite users received support for this feature. The OLED Switch is currently in question.

Long-Awaited Changes

Along with the update, there come instructions with detailed information on how to pair your devices with the console. A new menu option called 'Bluetooth Audio' will appear in the Switch's settings menu. You just need to tap ‘add device' there and run through the motions to pair. Unfortunately, the implementation is not perfect yet, so you should check Bluetooth audio limitations.

According to the official Nintendo website, you can use no more than two compatible wireless controllers while Bluetooth audio is on. You can't use the Bluetooth audio function when local wireless communication is running. Also, this add-on allows you to use Bluetooth devices to output audio, but you can't use the microphone because the audio input function has not been added. Nintendo also points out that there might be some latency.

Issues and Pitfalls

Let's take a look at the additional features this update provides. The new setting allows users to download games and updates while the console is in Sleep Mode. The only thing you need to do is maintain a wired Internet connection when Nintendo is asleep. Another useful option is the ability to update the firmware of your console dock with a LAN port. 

Since Nintendo kept silent on the wireless audio topic, many fans had to invent methods to use Bluetooth audio. For example, many have found a way out by using the Bluetooth Adapter. 

Although it has taken the company a long time to introduce this feature, it's better late than never. What do you think about this update? Leave your comments below and share this article with your friends

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