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How To Connect AirPods To Nintendo Switch

Apple AirPods while designed to look like the Nintendo Switch.
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Apple’s AirPods use Bluetooth to communicate with iPhones, iPads and Macs, and connect them to your switch while you’re on the go. The ability to use wireless Bluetooth headphones with the switch is missing from the launch but has since been patched by Nintendo.

Can you connect the airpods to the switch?

If you have Firmware Update 13.0 or later installed, you can connect the AirPods (and other similar Bluetooth headphones) to the switch. If you have not already done so, you will need to update your Nintendo Switch to the latest firmware available under System Settings> System.

Nintendo Switch System Update Pending

Press the “System Update” button to start the process. Check the Internet for new software to apply and download any updates your switch is ready to go. Make sure you have Wi-Fi connected to make it work.

You can see your current version of software using the System Update function, but it will not show if you have an update ready to be installed. Bluetooth audio is available to owners of all Switch consoles, from the original release in 2017 to the Lite and OLED model.

How to connect airpods with switch

With the latest update installed and your AirPods in hand, you can set up your earbuds to pair with your Nintendo console. To do this, launch the System Settings menu and scroll down to the “Bluetooth Audio” option using the sidebar on the left.

Nintendo Switch Ad Device

Quickly look at the limits imposed on your device before pairing. Nintendo says that only two wireless controllers can be connected when using Bluetooth audio, microphones don’t work (you need to use the Nintendo Switch online smartphone app for voice communication) and latency can be a problem.

Now open your AirPods case and hold the button on the back until the LED indicator is flashing fast. Now press the “Add Device” button on the switch and wait for your console to locate your headphones.

Nintendo Switch is looking for Bluetooth audio

Select your AirPods from the list and wait for the switch to make the connection. This should not take too long, after which you will see a warning about limitations when using Bluetooth audio.

Nintendo has invented Switch AirPods

Once you have made a successful connection you will be able to select your Bluetooth headphones from the Bluetooth audio menu. When connected you will see a small Bluetooth icon and label appear in the Quick menu, accessed by holding down the Home button.

There may be better options

Bluetooth audio on the Switch is convenient, but not particularly well executed. While testing the AirPods Pro we noticed a slight delay in the audio output. This is not enough to reduce all the enjoyment, but your mileage may vary depending on the game you are using.

Best overall switch Bluetooth adapter

HomeSpot Pro Adapter

HomeSpot Pro Bluetooth Adapter is an excellent choice for your Nintendo Switch from its compatible colors to flawless performance.

Fortunately you can get a Nintendo Switch Bluetooth adapter instead (like the HomeSpot pictured above) and greatly improve the performance of wireless audio on your console.

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