The Nintendo Switch is quite mobile, allowing you to play anywhere. However, you might want to keep things quiet in a public place. The headphone is an excellent choice, but the wires could pose a hindrance. In this tutorial, we will be giving out how to use Bluetooth Headphones with your Nintendo Switch.
Luckily, there’s a way to go around this. The Bluetooth headphones are a great way to keep things private. We will be explaining how to use it.
Furthermore, the Switch doesn’t let users pair Bluetooth headphones directly to it. Therefore, you’ll need a workaround using a USB-C or headphone jack adapter. In addition, it’s important to note that your headphones’ pairing method will vary, so make sure to refer to the manual that came with both your headphones and the adapter to ensure you can pair the devices properly.
Verified Headsets That Work With the Nintendo Switch
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The essential prerequisite is to use a Bluetooth headset with a USB cord designed for plugging into a computer or gaming console. Not all wireless headsets that meet this requirement work.
Supposedly, if you already own any of these headsets, you might as well try it out to see if it works. After all, you don’t have anything to lose. But if you are planning on buying one to use with the Switch, make sure you purchase one on this list:
- Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage
- Creative Wireless HS-1200
- Logitech G930
- The Logitech G933
- Logitech H800
- LucidSound LS30 (with an optical cable plugged into a wireless dongle)
- LucidSound LS40 (Requires optical cable plugged into wireless dongle)
- PDP Legendary Sound of Justice
- Plantronics Audio 510
- PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset
- The PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset
- PlayStation 3 Wireless Headset
- Skullcandy PLYR 1
- SteelSeries Arctis 7 (with 3.5 mm 3-pole cable)
- The Steelseries Siberia 800
- Steelseries Siberia 840
- Turtle Beach Ear Force P11
- Turtle Beach Ear Force PX3
- The Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 450
- Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 500P
- Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 700
In addition, the following headset work with a somewhat different setup:
LucidSound LS30, LucidSound LS40: These headsets require an optical cable to be plugged into the dongle.
SteelSeries Arctis 7: This headset needs a 3.5mm 3-pole cable not included with the headset.
Note: Be mindful of both the name and model number when purchasing the headset. For example, while many Turtle Beach Stealth models work with the Switch, the 420X does not.
How To Connect A Wireless Headset To The Nintendo Switch
First, the directives for connecting a wireless headset to the Nintendo Switch differ based on whether you are using the Switch while docked or unplugged from the docking station.
If it is docked, plug the USB dongle into one of the USB ports on the side of the dock. The Nintendo Switch should identify the device, and you will see a message on the upper-left corner of the screen showing a USB volume control.
The Switch itself only has one USB port, and it is a USB-C port at the bottom of the device. If you want to go completely wireless, you need a USB-to-USB-C connector. Here are the steps to follow
- Firstly, plug the USB to USB-C adapter into the GuliKit Route Air.
- Next, plug the adapter and Route Air into the Switch dock.
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- Now that the adapter has power, hold down either the A or B button for three seconds until the white light blinks quickly beneath it.
- Then proceed with the instructions for your Bluetooth headphones to get them to the pairing status.
- Next, place the headphones and GuliKit near each other until paired.
- Finally, you’ll know the pairing was successful when the GuliKit’s white light becomes constant.
You can sit back on your couch and play your favorite Switch games while using your Bluetooth headphones.
How To Use Bluetooth Headphones With A Nintendo Switch Via The Headphone Jack
This process needs a Bluetooth transmitter with an audio-in jack to work. In this article, we used the TROND 2-in-1 receiver. This receiver includes a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable in the box and that’s all you need.
- Firstly, the Trond 2-in-1 Bluetooth transmitter uses an internal battery, so you’ll need to use the included charging cable to fully charge it. The light around the power button is red when the battery isn’t full and turns off when charged.
- When fully charged, unplug the Trond transmitter from the charger.
- Place the Switch on the Trond transmitter to TX mode.
- Next, plug the included jack adapter into the TROND 2-in-1 Bluetooth transmitter.
- Then plug the Trond’s AUX cable into the headphone jack on the Nintendo Switch.
- Press down the MFB button for three seconds to turn it on.
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- Double-tap the MFB button to activate the pairing mode.
- Follow the instructions for your Bluetooth headphones to get them to the pairing status.
- Place your headphones and the adapter near each other and allow them to pair.
- The prompt for a successful pairing is when the transmitter’s blue LED stops blinking and is just stagnant.
Finally, you’re ready to play your Nintendo Switch in handheld mode while using your wireless headphones with that last step completed. Just make sure not to accidentally hit or put pressure on the inserted dongle, as this can permanently damage the headphone jack on the Nintendo Switch.
What If Your Headset Isn’t Working Still?
If you have issues with audio, the first thing you should do is refer to the list above and ensure that your headset is listed.
If your headset is on the verified list and you have problems, try the following:
- First, confirm the headset is appropriately charged.
- If you have another device that works with the headset, such as a computer or another gaming system, connect it to that system. This confirms that the headset is in good working condition.
- If you are using it in undocked mode, try using it with the Nintendo Switch docked. If this works, you may have a problem with the USB-to-USB-C connector.
- Try swapping ports if the Switch is docked and the headset USB dongle is connected to one of the USB ports on the side. There are two ports on the side, but there is one hidden in the back. To access this one, open the lid on the back of the dock. This is the area with the power and HDMI cables. Between these two ports is a third USB port.
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