How to Set up and Use a Nintendo Switch Microphone

Voice chat with peeps while playing your favorite games

What to Know

  • Plug your headset into the jack or USB port on the Switch. Or plug your headset into the dock's USB port.
  • Next, connect headset to mobile device and use the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app.
  • You can also use your mobile device's built-in microphone to chat on the Nintendo Switch Online app.

This article explains how to set up and use a microphone for Nintendo Switch. Instructions apply to all Nintendo Switch models.

How to Use the Audio Jack With a Nintendo Switch Gaming Headset

Each Nintendo Switch console features an audio jack on the top and a USB-C port on the bottom. Both can connect compatible earphones or headphones and support most microphone models.

Microphones connected to either port can be used to voice chat while playing Fortnite or Warframe. All you do is plug in the microphone and begin talking. A Nintendo Online subscription isn't required.

Fortnite and Warframe are the only video games that support microphone chat using this method. Unfortunately, it's unstable in Fortnite, with the game often not registering a microphone at all on random occasions.

When your Nintendo Switch is docked for TV play, you can connect a USB microphone to the USB port on the dock for voice chat.

Nintendo Switch Voice Chat Online App

Nintendo runs its own Nintendo Switch Voice Chat, a first-party voice chat solution, but it's limited and convoluted. It requires the use of an iOS or Android device, the Nintendo Switch Online app, and an active Nintendo Switch Online paid monthly subscription even though it only supports around ten or so games.

Nintendo Voice Chat app

Using the app is more complex than just plugging your microphone into your Nintendo Switch and talking. Still, it works well and supports all headphones and microphones you can connect to your smart device, including Bluetooth headsets and microphones. You can also use the device's built-in microphone for voice chat, which is useful for those times when you can't find your accessories.

Use Third-Party Gaming Chat Apps with Nintendo Switch

The most popular way to voice chat with a microphone while playing video games on a Nintendo Switch is to use a third-party app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Voice chat services and apps are often free and can be used while you play a video game; they can also involve friends on other consoles like the Xbox One and PS4. All you need to do to voice chat using a third-party app is to have your friends download the same app onto their devices, then begin a group call or chat.

To link accounts on Discord, select Connect Accounts on the Add Friend screen.

Here are some of the most popular apps used for video game voice chats:

  • Discord: A popular service that supports free text-based chat rooms and group calls.
  • WhatsApp: A popular phone call alternative app. WhatsApp is also great for video game voice chats.
  • Skype: Not popular with kids, but parents may have an account they can use.
  • Xbox: The official Xbox apps support voice chat. This is a good option if you have a lot of Xbox network friends. Download the Xbox iOS app or get the Android Xbox app. You can also download the Windows 10 Xbox app.
  • Line: Line is the WhatsApp of Japan. It's popular with those who live in Japan and international users who are interested in Japanese culture, anime, and video games. It supports group calls with up to 200 people.

Until Nintendo introduces better support for microphones, headsets, and voice chat, this method is the best way to communicate while playing games on the Nintendo Switch.

When using an app on a smart device for voice chat, connect to Wi-Fi so that you don't use your cellular data.

What's a Good Nintendo Switch Gaming Headset?

When looking for a microphone for Nintendo Switch, keep in mind which method you'll use to voice chat with your friends. In general, any microphone or headset with support for a 3.5mm audio jack will work on a Nintendo Switch, in addition to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android devices, and computers.

While there are several Nintendo Switch-branded microphones and headsets, such as the Turtle Beach Recon 70N Gaming Headset, you don't need to buy one to voice chat.

  • How do I test the microphone on a Nintendo Switch?

    To perform a microphone test on your Nintendo Switch, go to the Home menu > open System Settings > tap Other Settings > go to page two > select Mic Test > speak into the microphone. If you see colored volume bars, your mic is working.

  • Why is my Nintendo Switch microphone not working?

    If your microphone isn't working, ensure chat is turned on in the game you're playing. If it is, try turning it off and then turning the feature back on. You should also make sure your Voice Chat Method is set to Open Mic.

  • How do I connect a Nintendo Switch to a TV?

    To hook up your Nintendo Switch to a TV, open the dock's back cover and connect the AC adapter and HDMI cable. Plug the AC adapter into a wall outlet, and plug the HDMI cable into your TV. Detach the Joy-Con controllers, put your Switch into the dock, and then power on the Switch and your TV.

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