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Nintendo Switch just got Bluetooth audio — here’s how to set it up

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Nintendo Switch
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For years, gamers have been searching for how to connect Bluetooth headphones to a Nintendo Switch, only for answers to declare it's not possible without a third-party adapter. But Nintendo has issued an update that enables native Bluetooth audio support, letting you connect some of the best wireless headphones to the console. 

Now up to two wireless controllers can connect to the Switch while Bluetooth audio is enabled, just be aware that to connect more controllers, the Bluetooth headset will need to be disconnected. and only one Bluetooth headset can be used at a time, but up to ten can be paired with the Switch.

Bluetooth microphones cannot be used, unfortunately. And, according to Nintendo, users may experience audio latency depending on the Bluetooth device being used.

Either way, here's everything you need to know how to connect Bluetooth headphones to the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite and the Nintendo Switch OLED model. 

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Nintendo Switch

Before you connect any Bluetooth headphones or earbuds to a Nintendo Switch you need to make sure it's running the latest update, which is 13.0.0. at the time of writing. 

Here are the steps to follow to get the update and then connect a pair of headphones or earbuds to your Switch of choice. 

1. Go to System Settings

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Nintendo Switch

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2. Scroll down to System and select the System Update option. 

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Nintendo Switch

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3. Follow the prompts and download the update. Make sure you're connected to Wi-Fi. 

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Nintendo Switch

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4. Select OK on the following prompt. The console will restart and after the update is complete.

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Nintendo Switch

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5. After the update is complete, go back to System Settings and scroll down to Bluetooth Audio. From there, select Pair Device.

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Nintendo Switch

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6. The Nintendo Switch will then begin searching for Bluetooth devices. Make sure your Bluetooth headphones are in paring mode.

For AirPods, put both earbuds into the charging case and open the lid. Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until lights flash white. 

For Beats by Dre, turn off the headphones and hold the multifunction button above the "b" button for five seconds. Rapid flashing blue and red LEDs on the right ear cup will indicate that it's in pairing mode.

For Galaxy Buds, put both buds into your ears and hold the touchpads for a few seconds until they enter pairing mode. 

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Nintendo Switch

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6. Select your Bluetooth audio device once it appears on the Nintendo Switch system. 

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Nintendo Switch

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8. Another prompt will appear declaring the Switch is "connected to Bluetooth audio." Press OK

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Nintendo Switch

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And that's it. Your Switch will be paired to your Bluetooth headphones of choice, finally letting you play games on the go with wireless audio and no need for third-party connectors. 

Imad Khan

Imad Khan is news editor at Tom’s Guide, helping direct the day’s breaking coverage. Prior to working at the site, Imad was a full-time freelancer, with bylines at the New York Times, the Washington Post and ESPN. Outside of work, you can find him sitting blankly in front of a Word document trying desperately to write the first pages of a new book.