Nintendo Switch update finally adds Bluetooth support
September 15, 2021 at 04:13
Nintendo Switch System Update 13.0.0 went live on Tuesday, adding various software upgrades to the four-year-old gaming console.
However, the change that has earned the most attention by far is the new ability to connect Bluetooth audio devices to your Switch.
That's right — the Nintendo Switch is now Bluetooth enabled.
"Headphones, earbuds, speakers, and other audio devices that connect with Bluetooth can now be paired with Nintendo Switch family systems for audio output," read Nintendo's patch notes.
Only two wireless controllers can be used while Bluetooth audio is active, and it can't be used while using local wireless communication (like when playing a LAN game).
Only one Bluetooth device can be paired at a time, so you'll still have to share one set of earbuds with your partner when watching each other play.
And unfortunately anyone hoping to coordinate their Splatoon team will have to keep using other methods of communication, as Bluetooth microphones aren't supported.
Still, the ability to use Bluetooth earbuds with the Nintendo Switch is a significant utility improvement for solo gamers.
To pair a Bluetooth device to your Nintendo Switch, simply update your console to the latest version, navigate to "System Settings", and scroll to "Bluetooth Audio," and select "Pair."
(Make sure your Bluetooth device is on and in pairing mode.)
Bluetooth capability isn't the only update that arrived in this latest Switch update.
But really, the true star of this update is the the ability to sit up late playing Breath of the Wild while your partner sleeps beside you.