Bluetooth Support Finally Comes to the Nintendo Switch

September 15, 2021

The latest Nintendo Switch update finally adds Bluetooth support to the system. This allows players to conveniently output their audio to either Bluetooth headphones or a Bluetooth speaker.

Many players were shocked that the system did not launch with Bluetooth support. Now, it’s shocking that it took this long for Nintendo to add this long-awaited feature. Fortunately, Nintendo has added a helpful support page that walks you through how to set up Bluetooth for your console.

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For the most part, Bluetooth on the Switch is pretty intuitive. You simply pair the headphones or speaker to the system and then it should automatically connect when your Bluetooth device is in range. If you have any trouble, though, you can always return to the System menu to re-pair your headphones or device.

Unfortunately, this Bluetooth functionality comes with some annoying limitations. For example, you can’t use more than two controllers while using Bluetooth. And Bluetooth turns off when you are using local communication and can’t be used at all as a microphone. Finally, despite being able to add up to 10 Bluetooth devices to your system, you can only output audio to one at a time.

While the limitations are annoying, most fans are just happy to finally have this level of audio support. And we can’t help but wonder if the upcoming OLED model of the Switch will be getting any superior audio updates in the future compared to the original model.

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