Although the Nintendo Switch is a very popular console, it is not perfect. One of the main complaints about the console is the lack of compatibility with Bluetooth accessories, especially wireless headphones.
Although the Nintendo Switch has a 3.5mm headphone jack, many people use wireless headphones in their everyday life and the idea of buying wired headphones just for the Switch is not appealing. .
Fortunately, there is a way to use Bluetooth headsets and some wireless gaming headsets with the Nintendo Switch. Here’s everything you need to know about wireless earphone compatibility with the Switch.
How can I use a Bluetooth headset with the Nintendo Switch?
Unfortunately, there is no official way to connect to the Nintendo Switch via Bluetooth, but there is a way to use Bluetooth headsets on the handheld console.
It comes in the form of third-party adapters, specifically Bluetooth adapters. They come in all shapes and sizes, but just make sure it offers a 3.5mm headphone jack like the TaoTronics transmitter ($ 37.99).
With a Bluetooth adapter and a 3.5mm headphone cable, you can connect the adapter to the headphone jack of your Switch. As for the console, it provides audio via a wired connection, and the Bluetooth adapter manages audio streaming from the Switch to the headphones.
Settings vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, so follow the instructions in the manual for how to connect your Bluetooth headphones.
There may be some issues, as none of them have a screen, so we recommend that you turn off Bluetooth for nearby devices (smartphones, PCs) during setup to avoid accidentally connecting to the wrong device.
We have tested – and can recommend – the RHA Wireless Flight Adapter, a $ 39.95 dongle that connects directly through a 3.5mm jack (so there are no dragging cables) and pair with up to two pairs of Bluetooth headphones simultaneously.
The 16-hour battery will outlast the Switch itself, and it’s charged via USB-C so you can charge it with the same charger you use for the main console.
Wireless gaming headset with official stand
While the Nintendo Switch wasn’t compatible with any wireless gaming headsets when it launched in 2017, that has changed, although it’s still an uncomfortable experience that we hope Nintendo will improve on in the future.
The change came with the introduction of the Switch 5.0 update in April 2018, which quietly introduced support for specific wireless headphones, but only when the Switch is docked.
The problem? Nintendo hasn’t revealed a full list of compatible headsets, making it much more difficult to purchase a wireless headset to use with the Nintendo Switch.
Fortunately, since the internet is the internet, Switch fans are creating an unofficial list of compatible headsets. The following list is courtesy of Reddit, and while we can’t personally guarantee every headset on the list, it’s a good rough guide:
If you have one of the headphones above and are wondering how to use it with the hybrid console, all you need to do is put your Nintendo Switch in the Dock and connect the USB to the back of the Dock, to side of the HDMI port and Charger Port.
The audio should then flow automatically to your headphones, although it’s worth noting that you won’t be able to use your headphones’ built-in microphone on the Switch.
USB-C Wireless Headphones
Manufacturers are also starting to develop wireless headphones specifically designed for the Switch. One example is the $ 99 SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless, which comes with a small USB-C dongle, which it uses to transfer audio wirelessly from the Switch.