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You Can Now Pair Bluetooth Devices With Your Nintendo Switch

Good news, Nintendo fans! Nintendo has recently announced that you can now pair Bluetooth audio devices with your Nintendo Switch. However, the new update has some limitations.

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For one, you can only use up to two wireless controllers if a Bluetooth headset is connected to your Switch. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Nintendo system won't support Bluetooth microphones, which could be a disappointment to people who frequently play games with built-in voice chat capabilities. Aside from that, the gaming company said that Bluetooth audio will be disconnected when starting a local wireless multiplayer game.

As of now, only one Bluetooth audio device can be paired at a time. However, you can save as many as 10 Bluetooth devices on the Switch. Nintendo also said that you "may experience audio latency depending on your Bluetooth device".

Wireless audio has been conspicuously missing from the Switch ever since the console's release in 2017. Before the Bluetooth update was announced, several people have pulled out all the stops to get wireless audio on their Switch. Companies have sold accessories that served as Bluetooth audio adaptors. Third-parties also released headsets with a dongle to make the most out of a previous Switch update that added support for USB wireless headphones.

To pair your Bluetooth headset with the Switch, you need to go to your console's settings menu, head to the "Bluetooth Audio" section and pair your headphones by following the instructions on-screen.

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Aside from wireless audio, the update brought in features that can make wired internet more useful. Nintendo's changelog mentioned that the Switch can now stay connected to the internet even in sleep mode if the connection is hardwired in, which could mean that you have to use an adaptor or the built-in LAN port on the upcoming Nintendo Switch OLED dock for this. The gaming company said that this feature, which will help the console download content while it is asleep, will be enabled by default.


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