How to connect your AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch

Bluetooth audio devices can now be paired with the Nintendo Switch operating system version 13.0.0. We'll show you how to connect them.

How to connect your AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch

Nintendo released version 13.0.0 of the Nintendo Switch firmware on Wednesday, September 15. The update, which is now available for players of the hybrid console and the Nintendo Switch Lite model, is notable for enabling Bluetooth connection with audio devices, allowing all Bluetooth 4.1 and later headphones to be used to listen to audio during our gaming sessions. We'll show you how to connect AirPods or comparable headphones to a Nintendo Switch, as well as the important things to remember.


How to pair your Apple AirPods with your Nintendo Switch using Bluetooth

First and foremost, a few points should be clarified, as they may cause confusion when connecting wireless headphones to our Nintendo Switch for the first time. The first thing to remember is that while utilizing a Bluetooth audio device, we may only connect two Nintendo Switch controllers at a time; so, two Joy-Con are the maximum allowed.

How to connect your AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch

When playing in local or online multiplayer mode, however, we are unable to use Bluetooth headphones. In terms of latency, Nintendo promises that "it will depend on the Bluetooth device"; nevertheless, our Nintendo Switch console can only memorize ten devices at a time, with only one connected at any given time.


How to link your Nintendo Switch to your AirPods or other headphones

  • Make sure your Nintendo Switch system has firmware version 13.0.0 installed (tutorial).
  • Take your AirPods and open the earphones' lid (do not remove the headphones).
  • For a few seconds, press and hold the back button on your AirPods case; a white light will begin to blink. This indicates that your headphones are looking for a new home.

The approach is the same if you use headphones from another brand: enable the search for devices with the relevant physical button or special method of your headphones so that it appears in the list of compatible Bluetooth devices on your Nintendo Switch.

  • Go to the Settings and Configuration section of your Nintendo Switch now.
How to connect your AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch


  • To search for available Bluetooth audio devices, go to the Audio via Bluetooth section and select Add Bluetooth audio device. If you followed the initial steps successfully, you should be able to locate your AirPods / Earbugs. Choose a pair of headphones.

How to connect your AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch


How to connect your AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch

How to connect your AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch

It only takes a few seconds to complete the procedure. Reminder: our console can memorize up to ten devices.

When the device is connected, you can control the volume using the physical buttons or by hitting the HOME button, which displays the digital volume bar.

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