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Nintendo Switch’s Latest Firmware Update Finally Adds Bluetooth Audio Support

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The Nintendo Switch can now be paired with a Bluetooth audio device following the latest firmware update.


Starting today, Switch owners who update their Switch to the latest software can pair a wireless Bluetooth device to the Switch. Something the Switch was apparently able to do this entire time given the right software patch.

To do so Switch owners must download the latest firmware patch. From there, they can find a Bluetooth Audio option within the System Settings page. Once you select “Pair” the Switch will search for an available Bluetooth audio device and connect to one when found.

The Switch can only be synced to one audio device at a time but can save up to 10 devices on the system.

The latest #NintendoSwitch update is now available, including the ability to pair Bluetooth devices for audio output.

For more information, including restrictions on some features while using Bluetooth Audio, please visit the support page: https://t.co/vzAB6lZTDu (Nintendo Support: How to Pair and Manage Bluetooth Audio Devices) pic.twitter.com/6J5xcDl5kU

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 15, 2021

The latest firmware update also includes the ability to update the software on the Switch dock, but only the new docks with a LAN port included with the Switch OLED model.

It should be noted that when paired to a Bluetooth audio device, only two wireless controllers can be connected to the Switch at a time. Connecting an additional wireless controller will disconnect the Bluetooth audio device. Furthermore, Bluetooth microphones are not compatible with the Switch.


The wireless controller limit could be a reason why Nintendo never enabled this audio feature on the four-year-old device. As a result, some Switch owners resorted to third-party adapters to connect their Bluetooth headphones to the Switch.

Now that the update is out, you can freely connect your Apple AirPods or whatever other Bluetooth audio device you choose.


Matt T.M. Kim is IGN's News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.
 
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