How to connect a Bluetooth headset to your Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has now enabled Bluetooth support on the Nintendo Switch, which means you can connect the gaming laptop to wireless headphones.

As the industry gradually shifts from wired headphones to their Bluetooth counterparts, it only makes sense that Nintendo would finally embrace the technology. This will likely appeal to a lot of gamers who like to play on the go.

But how do you actually connect your Bluetooth headphones to the Nintendo Switch? We’ve created this article to guide you through the process. Keep reading our step-by-step guide.

What you will need:

The short version

  • Go to System Settings
  • Scroll down to Bluetooth Audio and click Add Device
  • Put your headphones in pairing mode
  • Click on the name of your helmet
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    Go to System Settings

    First, you need to enter the System Settings menu. You can do this by moving to the cog icon on the bottom row. It is sandwiched between the Controllers and Sleep Mode options.

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    You will now need to scroll down to Bluetooth Audio. It’s the third option from the bottom, located above the TV Output menu.

    You should see the Add device option on the right. Click on it.

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    Put your headphones in pairing mode

    Once the Nintendo Switch starts searching for a Bluetooth audio device, it’s time to activate pairing mode on your headphones.

    How to do this depends on the headset you have. For my Sony WF-1000XM3, I simply had to press both touchscreens for seven seconds. Check your headset’s instructions or the website for pairing instructions for your model.

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    Click on the name of your helmet

    Once detected, your headset’s name will appear on the Switch’s screen. Make sure it’s your headphones, because the Switch may be trying to connect to someone else.

    Click on the name of your headset. The pairing process should now be complete.


How do I reconnect my Bluetooth headphones to the Nintendo Switch?

Luckily, it’s much easier to reconnect your Bluetooth headphones to the Nintendo Switch after the first time you pair them. Follow steps 1 and 2, then you should see your headset’s name listed on the right side.

If your headphones are on and within range, click them to immediately connect them to your Nintendo Switch. And if you no longer have these headphones, it’s also easy to remove them from the Switch.

Why is my Bluetooth microphone not working?

Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch does not allow you to use Bluetooth microphones with the Switch. To chat with friends, you’ll need to use the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app instead.

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