Fashionably Late, Nintendo Adds Bluetooth Audio For Switch

A new system update brings new audio options for the four-year-old console.

Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch

A software update on Tuesday, September 14th, enabled the Nintendo Switch to connect to Bluetooth headphones.

As outlined on Nintendo’s post-update Support page, Switch owners can find the new option in the Switch’s System Settings under the option labelled Bluetooth Audio. From there, players will be able to pair their preferred listening devices. 

Switch Bluetooth Details

The Nintendo Switch can only pair with one bluetooth device at a time, and can only connect via Bluetooth when two or less controllers are connected to the system, which translates into no more than one pair of Joy-Cons at a time while using the new Bluetooth feature.

Prior to this update, the Switch did support wireless USB headphones, but players could only use Bluetooth headphones via an external adapter.

These changes come ahead of the release of the Switch OLED model, which is slated for release on October 8th and will have an improved screen and visual processing power. While this is hardly a timely update, as the Nintendo Switch turned four years old this year, it is interesting that Nintendo chose to roll out this software update for all existing Switches instead of locking it to the new model.

The Bluetooth update is only for headphones, and bluetooth speakers are still not supported on Nintendo Switch at this time.

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