Nintendo Switch Finally Supports Bluetooth Audio

It took them long enough!
Britt Britt (157)

One of the most popular requests of Nintendo Switch users has finally been fulfilled!

After four years since the Nintendo Switch’s release, update version 13.0.0 has arrived, adding Bluetooth audio support. Ever since its release, users have been forced to purchase third-party Nintendo Switch Bluetooth adapters (aka dongles).

Just over two-and-a-half years ago, Human Things kicked off the production of Bluetooth audio adapters with their GENKI Kickstarter. Up until today, adapters like GENKI were one of the most sought after accessories for the Switch. That changes today!

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Within the 13.0.0 update, Nintendo utilizes the Bluetooth capabilities used to connect wireless controllers.

Things to note:

  • Up to two wireless controllers can be connected to a Nintendo Switch console while using Bluetooth audio.
  • Only one Bluetooth audio device can be connected at a time, but up to 10 devices can be saved to a Nintendo Switch console.


  • You may experience audio latency depending on the Bluetooth device.
  • You cannot pair additional wireless controllers until you disconnect the Bluetooth audio device.
  • Bluetooth audio will be disconnected during local communication, such as when starting a local wireless multiplayer game.
  • You cannot connect Bluetooth microphones.

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Other features in update

There were a few additional features of update version 13.0.0:

  • Switch docks with LAN ports can be updated under System in System Settings for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch – OLED Model systems
  • “Maintain Internet Connection in Sleep Mode” was added under Sleep Mode in System Settings.
  • The method to initiate “Calibrate Control Sticks” in System Settings was changed.
  • Users can now view whether their wireless internet connection is using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency band.

Learn more on the Nintendo Support page.

A release made for Millennials!
Britt Britt (157)

Nintendo is just coming off their high from the Switch update that enables Bluetooth audio devices, and they’re riding that wave.