Why your Nintendo Switch might seem borked after the Bluetooth update

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You’ll need to shut down completely to fix—and maybe try a different headset

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Did the Nintendo Switch’s surprising Bluetooth audio update yesterday make your hand worse instead of better? That’s what happened to me: Instead of inviting me into the magical world of wireless audio, it repeatedly failed to detect and connect to my headsets reliably.


Even worse, it suddenly took over 30 seconds to wake my Switch from sleep! It’s a huge pain in the ass, considering one of the Switch’s biggest strengths is how quickly you can jump into a game.

But after a whole bunch of testing, I think I know what’s going on—and if you’re seeing the same thing, a full switch shutdown offers a partial fix.

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This extremely However, it is simple, so read on for the details.

Nintendo Switch bluetooth pairing problem

To pair a Bluetooth headset, you need to go to system setup, scroll down bluetooth audioSet your Bluetooth device to pairing mode, tap pair device On your Switch, then select your device when it appears on the Switch’s screen.

If it’s couples, you’re ready! If it fails because your device was not ready to pair, you Courage still be fine Simply put it in pairing mode again, and tap search again button on your Switch.

Problem #1. But if it fails to pair properly – if your switch think It Pairs If your headset is blinking like paired but not routing audio and not showing up on your Switch screen as a paired headset – you could be in for a world of hurt . process the switch No Fail gracefully, and you can run into all kinds of error messages later.

After that point, my Switch sometimes wouldn’t bother to continue scanning for Bluetooth devices. As soon as I press the scan button, it will pop up the message “Unable to find bluetooth audio device”.

Problem #2. And if you’ve run into a ghost pairing problem, you may also experience problems waking the Switch from sleep—as it appears as the Switch tries to fire up Bluetooth audio. before this This wakes up the screen and controllers.

Here’s what the Nintendo Switch looks like with no Bluetooth audio devices paired or remembered. It wakes up very early, doesn’t it?

But once I pair the headset to the Switch, it doesn’t happen immediately: It takes a little longer for the screen to light up, and it doesn’t immediately recognize my button presses that let me unlock the system.

Now, how is it when the Switch fails to pair properly with the waiting headset:

(Why yes, my eyes Doing Looks scary when they’re freaking out, thanks for noticing.)

How to partially fix Nintendo Switch Bluetooth

You need to turn the switch off completely, and I mean turn it off completely. I restarted it several times, and it didn’t help.

  • Tap the power button and wait for how long it takes for your screen to turn on
  • Unpair and forget any bluetooth device
  • Press and hold the power button for four seconds until you see energy options
  • Tap energy options hit again Stop it
  • Wait a beat, then turn your switch on again

Sometimes, simply turning off my Switch was enough to fix my Ghost pairing issue (where I noticed a 10- to 30-second delay when waking the system) and let me start pairing Bluetooth headsets again. I was able to connect my Wyze Buds Pro on the very first try, a headset that repeatedly failed to connect the previous night.

But other times, it still wouldn’t do an initial pairing – and as soon as I saw that “unable to find bluetooth audio device” message, it would take ages for my Switch to wake up from sleep once again. Your mileage may vary: If it matters, I’m using v2 of the original Switch, which added more battery life.

And if you’re trying to restore the full wake-up speed for which the Switch is normally known, you’ll also need to unpair and forget any Bluetooth devices before this You do a complete shutdown. When I simply unpaired a bluetooth headset but left it in the bluetooth menu, I still noticed a slight delay. Same thing if I turn off the first then unpair and forget the headset second.

My guess is that the Switch turns on its Bluetooth audio feature whenever you think you’re going to use it, but you can turn it off by removing those devices and initiating a full shutdown.

We’ve asked Nintendo if these are known issues and whether we can expect improvements in future firmware updates. We’ll let you know what we hear.

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