Learn how to pair wireless headphones to your Nintendo Switch

One great thing about the Nintendo Switch is that you can game anywhere you’d like. However, if you’re on the subway or a bus, you don’t want your game audio to disturb those around you. You could use the headphone jack, but then the wire gets tangled between you and the Switch. Fortunately, there’s a way to game on-the-go and use your favorite wireless headset. Here’s how to connect your Bluetooth headphones with the Nintendo Switch!

The Switch doesn’t let users pair Bluetooth headphones directly to it, so you’ll need a workaround using either a USB-C or headphone jack adapter. It’s important to note that the pairing method for your headphones will vary, so make sure to consult the manual that came with both your headphones and the adapter to ensure you can pair the devices properly.

Products used in this guide

How to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the USB-C port

You’ll need an adapter with a male USB-C. The one we used for this guide is the GuliKit Route Air Bluetooth Adapter, which included a USB-C to USB adapter for docked mode.

Playing in handheld mode

  1. Plug the GuliKit Route Air Bluetooth Adapter into the USB-C port found on the bottom of the Nintendo Switch.
  2. Turn your Switch on. The GuliKit won’t work if the Switch is off or in standby mode.

  3. Hold down either the GuliKit’s A or B button for three seconds until the white light blinks quickly beneath it.
  4. Follow the individual instructions for your Bluetooth headphones to set them to the pairing status.

  5. Place the headphones and GuliKit near eachother until paired.
  6. You’ll know pairing was successful when the GuliKit’s white light becomes constant.

Now you’re all ready to play your Nintendo Switch in handheld mode without worrying about any cables.

Playing in docked mode

One of the perks with going this route is that the dongle allows you to pair wireless headphones both when in handheld mode and also when in docked mode. Here’s how to connect your Bluetooth headphones to Nintendo Switch when it’s docked.

  1. Plug the included USB to USB-C adapter into the GuliKit Route Air.
  2. Plug the adapter and Route Air into the Switch dock.

  3. 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.
  4. Follow the instructions for your Blutooth headphones to get them to the pairing status.

  5. Place the headphones and GuliKit near eachother until paired.
  6. You’ll know pairing was successful when the GuliKit’s white light becomes constant.

Now 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

You’ll need to get a Bluetooth transmitter with an audio-in jack. The one we used for this guide is the TROND 2-in-1 receiver, which included a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable in the box, so it has everything you need.

  1. The Trond 2-in-1 Bluetooth transmitter uses an internal battery, so you’ll need to use the included charging cable to get it to a full charge. The light around the power button is red when the battery isn’t full but turns off when charged.
  2. When fully charged, unplug the Trond transmitter from the charger.

  3. Make sure the switch on the Trond transmitter is on TX mode.
  4. Plug the included jack adapter into the TROND 2-in-1 Bluetooth transmitter.

  5. Plug the Trond’s AUX cable into the headphone jack on the Nintendo Switch.
  6. Hold down the MFB button for three seconds to turn it on.

  7. Double tap the MFB button to activate the pairing mode.
  8. Follow the instructions for your Bluetooth headphones to get them to the pair mode.

  9. Place your headphones and the adapter near each other and allow them to pair. You’ll know that pairing was successful when the transmitter’s blue LED stops flashing and remains constant.

With that last step completed, you’re ready to play your Nintendo Switch in handheld mode while using your wireless headphones. 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.

Experiencing an issue with connecting?

First, make sure your headset is properly charged and turned on. This is something we all look over from time to time. If you’re able to connect your headset to another device, but not your Switch, it might not be compatible with your console. If you’re unsure, you should contact the adapter’s manufacturer to work through the pairing process.

How to pair wireless headphones to Nintendo Switch

There you have it. Now you can play your Nintendo Switch while using Bluetooth headphones. It makes it a lot easier to play on-the-go without having to tango with a cable. Enjoy your wire-free gaming!

Our top equipment picks

Via the USB-C port

GuliKit Route Air Bluetooth Adapter

$27 at Amazon
$21 at Walmart
$43 at Newegg

Slim and simple

Simply plug it into the bottom of your Nintendo Switch and pair your headphones. It’s slim, doesn’t take up a lot of space, and comes with an adapter so you can use it with your Switch Dock.

Via the headphone jack

TROND 2-in-1 Bluetooth transmitter/reciever

$26 at Amazon
$38 at Newegg

Bluetooth on the Nintendo Switch

This simple transmitter can turn any audio device with a headphone output into a Bluetooth capable device. It’s small enough to hide out of sight if you need and works perfectly with the Nintendo Switch.

Other helpful items to enhance your on-the-go gaming experience

If you plan on transporting your Switch and Bluetooth audio transmitter around, you should consider getting a protective carrying case with plenty of storage space.

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset

$100 at Amazon

This pair of wireless headphones comes with a USB-C dongle so you can immediately plug it right into your Nintendo Switch and start playing. No extra pairing or setup required making this choice one of the best wireless headphones for Nintendo Switch. They offer great sound and feature volume controls on the left earphone

Silicon Power 128GB MicroSD Card

$15 at Amazon

The Nintendo Switch only has 32GB of internal memory, so if you plan on playing more than two AAA games, you’re going to want to pick up a memory card. This one has plenty of space, works super efficiently, and is well priced.

Fintie Carrying Case

$14 at Amazon
$50 at Walmart
$23 at Newegg

This inexpensive carrying case helps protect your Nintendo Switch and accessories. It features 10 game slots and a zippered storage compartment for you to stash your Switch accessories. There are 18 colors and themes to choose from.

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