Can You Connect AirPods to a Nintendo Switch?

Yes, with some caveats

This article outlines how to connect AirPods to a Nintendo Switch via Bluetooth or a third-party dongle. These instructions for connecting AirPods to Nintendo Switch consoles work with Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite models.

How to Connect AirPods to a Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch lacked Bluetooth support when it first launched. But, thanks to a September 2021 update, gamers can now connect devices like AirPods to the console. Up to 10 devices can be saved on a Switch, but you can only use one at a time. You can only use two wireless Joy-Cons while using Bluetooth audio, and Bluetooth microphones don't work at all.

Here's how to pair AirPods with the Nintendo Switch:

  1. Put your AirPods into pairing mode.

  2. Turn on your Switch and navigate to System Settings > Bluetooth Audio > Pair Device.

    The Pair Device option in the Bluetooth Audio menu of the Nintendo Switch
  3. Find your AirPods on the list of available devices and select it to pair it with the Switch.

What You Need to Connect AirPods to Switch Via a Third-Party Dongle

Before Nintendo added Bluetooth functionality to the Switch, gamers had to use third-party solutions to get wireless audio to work with it. These methods should still work if you prefer to use them.

To connect AirPods to a Switch via a dongle, you need your Nintendo Switch, the AirPods case, the AirPods in the case, and a third-party Bluetooth adapter that's compatible with the console. The Bluetooth adapter connects to the Switch via the USB port on the bottom of the console or via the USB port on the Dock if you want to play on your TV.

Some manufacturers explicitly design Bluetooth dongles for the Nintendo Switch, which you can find in video game stores and on Amazon. The most popular one seems to be the HomeSpot Bluetooth Transmitter, while the Ldex Nintendo Bluetooth Transmitter and GuliKit Bluetooth Adapter are also solid options. All three can connect to both the Switch and the Dock.

How to Connect AirPods to Nintendo Switch with a Bluetooth Adapter

Getting your Apple AirPods connected to your Nintendo Switch via a third-party Bluetooth dongle or adapter is straightforward and mostly follows the same steps required for syncing AirPods to a Windows 10 PC or Android smartphone or tablet.

GuliKit Bluetooth Adapter connected to a Nintendo Switch and Dock.

GuliKit

Plug your Bluetooth transmitter into the USB port on your Nintendo Switch console or Dock, and then place your AirPods into their case. Long-press the pairing button on the back of the AirPod case to begin the pairing process. While pressing the AirPods pairing button, press the designated sync button on the Bluetooth transmitter.

Apple Airpod Case pairing button.

The LED lights on the case and transmitter should begin flashing but will stop once the pairing is complete. You can now use your Apple AirPods with your Nintendo Switch.

Some Tips for Using AirPods With Switch Consoles

The process for connecting AirPods to Nintendo Switch consoles is pretty simple, but there are still some things you may want to keep in mind.

  • You may need to resync your AirPods with other devices. Pairing your AirPods with multiple devices can often cause conflicts that may require repairing when switching between your Switch, smartphone, and laptop.
  • Remember to charge your Bluetooth adapter. The Nintendo Switch cannot charge connected accessories, so you need to make sure that whatever Bluetooth transmitter you buy is fully charged before using it.
  • Remember to charge your Switch. Because a Bluetooth adapter connects to the USB port on the Nintendo Switch, you can't plug the Switch in and charge it while you use it. One way to get around this is to have the Switch docked, but this won't be an option for Switch Lite owners as that model doesn't support the TV Dock.
  • This method may not work with voice chat. While some titles such as Fortnite and Warframe support voice chat through the Switch, most other games require you to connect to the Nintendo Switch smartphone app. You can only use AirPods with one device at a time.
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