Can you use Bluetooth headphones on Switch?

Isn’t it a little surprising that a company like Nintendo doesn’t provide the uses of its popular Switch console with any official way to connect wireless headphones?

Connecting Bluetooth headphones is a basic feature that was present is present even in old gaming consoles like Sony PlayStation Vita. Almost a decade after its release, there exists a console called Nintendo Switch that doesn’t have this feature. 

Nintendo Switch is undoubtedly an excellent handle console, and that is due to its unique form factor. What’s the point of having a portable device that can’t even connect to Bluetooth audio devices. Connecting wired headphones is indeed an option, but again, for someone who doesn’t like messing up with a lot of wires, that isn’t an ideal solution.

Fortunately, there is a way/workaround by which you can connect your wireless headphones to Nintendo’s console. That is exactly what you’re going to discuss in this article. Let’s see what it is.

Using a Bluetooth adapter

Picking the right Bluetooth transmitter is complicated. If you see a lot of good reviews on a Bluetooth transmitter, that does not mean that it is going to perform well with your console. Most of these reviews are written by people who use these devices to connect their home music systems or car music systems. All they care about is sound quality and the only thing that matters to them. What they completely ignore is the latency. 

Latency is something that determines how much time it takes for your Bluetooth transmitter to send the audio from your Nintendo Switch to your Bluetooth headphones. A good Bluetooth transmitter is one that gives a latency of 10-15 ms or less. 

Not to forget another important parameter, along with low latency, the transmitter should come with good battery life. You get a Bluetooth transmitter from Amazon or your local market. Check out the HomeSpot Bluetooth 5.0 Adapter and Genki – The Original Bluetooth Adapter for the Nintendo Switch from Amazon. Both the devices have a design that matches the Nintendo switch perfectly and come with Bluetooth 5.0 for ultra-low latency.

Once you get your hands on one, it’s time to use it to connect your Bluetooth headphones to the Switch.

Step 1: Press the power button present on the top left side of the Nintendo Switch to turn it on. 

Step 2: Plug the audio adaptor that you purchased into the 3.5 mm headphone jack/USB Type-C port of the console. 

Step 3: Now, turn on the Bluetooth transmitter and wait for it to start up. Usually, most Bluetooth transmitters have an LED indicator that flashes in blue/red color when the device is in pairing mode.

Step 4: At the same time, turn on the Bluetooth of your headphone. Just like the Bluetooth transmitter, your headphones will also start looking for devices to pair with. 

Step 5: Wait for the devices to connect, and you’re done. 

Step 6: Open up a game on the Nintendo Switch and have fun!

Wait for the firmware update

If rumors are to be believed, there is a good reason to believe that Nintendo might release a firmware update for the Nintendo Switch sometime later this year which might bring Bluetooth audio support to the device. If that happens, the long-awaited feature might finally make its way to our favorite console.

That leaves us with limited options for now. Until the firmware update is released, it is better to use a Bluetooth adapter or stick to good old wired earphones/headphones.

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