After the announcement of a firmware update for the PlayStation 5, it is now the Nintendo Switch’s turn, which 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 Bluetooth device wirelessly to the Switch. Something the Switch was capable of doing all this time, provided it had the right software patch.
To do this, Switch owners must download the latest firmware patch. From there, they can find a Bluetooth Audio option on the system settings page. Once you select “Pair,” the Switch will search for an available Bluetooth audio device and connect to it when it finds one.
The Switch can only sync with one audio device at a time, but it can register up to 10 devices to the system.
The latest firmware update also includes updating the software on the Switch dock, but only new docks with a LAN port are included with the Switch OLED model.
It should be noted that when paired with 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. Also, Bluetooth microphones are not compatible with the Switch.
The wireless controller limitation could be one reason Nintendo never enabled this audio feature on the four-year-old device. Therefore, some Switch owners have resorted to third-party adapters to connect their Bluetooth headphones to the Switch.