Do your wireless headphones work with the Nintendo Switch?

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Are you experiencing problems using the new Bluetooth audio feature on your Nintendo Switch? If so, you are not alone.

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Four years after it launched, the Nintendo Switch finally comes with Bluetooth audio support, so you can use the handheld console with a pair of wireless headphones for cable-free sound.

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It’s a feature users have been begging for since the Switch first came out in 2017 — but now that it’s here, we’ve noticed some issues with the technology.


After testing it for ourselves, we found that the over-ear Sony WH-1000XM4 sounded great, while the true wireless Sony WF-1000XM4 consistently suffered from hoarse sound.

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We had the same problem using the Beats Studio Buds; Meanwhile, the on-ear Beats Solo Pro worked fine.

Initially, we thought this problem might be caused by an issue specifically with the true wireless earbuds, but the Lypertek PurePlay Z3 didn’t come with any audio distortion when using the Switch. Having said that, when using the new PurePlay Z3 2.0, we did notice a bit of cracking and some latency issues (though Nintendo warns that there may be a lag between audio and video on its help page for the Bluetooth audio feature) ).

Interestingly, all models facing distortion issues use the latest Bluetooth 5.2 wireless transmission standard and come with active noise cancellation.

Some users have also reported being able to connect only one earbud at a time, very low volume levels, and difficulty pairing.

A Nintendo spokesperson told us that “the profile and codec with which this feature is compatible will be the A2DP profile and the SBC codec and so if the audio device is compatible with the A2DP profile and SBC codec, it will be compatible with a Nintendo Switch system.” should be.”

In other words, if your wireless headphones support native Bluetooth—which they all do—they should work with the Nintendo Switch.

Are there any fixes?

A Reddit user may have found a solution to the problem. u/Lyxess said their Switch “sounded terrible” with the Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds with “latency and crackles and poor audio”. However, after connecting the earbuds to your phone and changing the volume setting in Sony’s Headphone Connect app, as well as turning off their adaptive noise cancellation setting, Lyxess found that the Bluetooth audio feature worked flawlessly. does.

If you find your wireless headphones too quiet, it’s worth going into the system settings on your Nintendo Switch and disabling ‘Limit Max Volume’.

If you’re having trouble using Bluetooth headphones or earbuds with your Nintendo Switch, we’d love to hear from you – send us an email at Nerdshala [email protected] with the subject line ‘Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Audio’.

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