Having trouble using the new Bluetooth audio feature on your Nintendo Switch? If so, you are not the only one.
Over four years since its release, the Nintendo Switch finally comes with Bluetooth audio support, allowing you to use the handheld console with a pair of wireless headphones for wire-free sound.
It’s a feature that users have practically been asking for since the Switch first appeared in 2017, but now that it’s here, we’ve noticed some issues with the technology.
After having tested it ourselves, we found that the over-ear Sony WH-1000XM4 sounded great, while the truly wireless Sony WF-1000XM4 suffered from a persistent creak.
We had the same problem with the Beats Studio Buds; meanwhile, the Beats Solo Pro on the ear performed well.
Initially, we thought that the problem could be due to a problem with true wireless headphones specifically, but using the Switch with the Lypertek PurePlay Z3 did not have any audio distortion. That said, while using the newer PurePlay Z3 2.0, we did notice a little creak and some latency issues (although Nintendo does warn that there may be a lag between audio and video on its help page for Bluetooth audio function).
Interestingly, all the models that encountered distortion issues use the latest Bluetooth 5.2 wireless transmission standard and come with active noise cancellation.
Some users have also reported that they can only connect one earbud at a time, very low volume levels, and difficulty pairing.
A Nintendo spokesperson told us that “the profile and the codec that the feature supports will be the A2DP profile and the SBC codec and therefore if the audio device supports the A2DP profile and the SBC codec, It should be compatible with a Nintendo Switch system. “
In other words, if your wireless headphones support basic Bluetooth, which they all do, they should work with the Nintendo Switch.
Is there any solution?
A Reddit user may have found a solution to the problem. u / Lyxess said his Switch “sounded terrible” with the Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless headphones, with “latency, crackles and bad audio.” However, after plugging the headphones into her phone and changing the volume settings in Sony’s Headphone Connect app, as well as disabling its adaptive noise cancellation settings, Lyxess found that the Bluetooth audio function worked without a hitch.
If you find your wireless headphones sounding too quiet, it’s also worth heading into the system settings on your Nintendo Switch and disabling the ‘max volume limit’.
If you are having difficulty using Bluetooth headsets or headphones with your Nintendo Switch, we’d love to hear from you – email us TechRadar at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Audio’.