Apple’s AirPods use Bluetooth to communicate with iPhones, iPads, and Macs, and you can also connect them to your Switch on the go. The ability to use wireless Bluetooth headphones with the Switch was missing from launch but has since been patched in by Nintendo.
Can You Connect AirPods to a Switch?
Provided you have installed firmware update 13.0 or later, you can connect AirPods (and other types of Bluetooth headphones) to a Switch. If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to update your Nintendo Switch to the latest available firmware under System Settings > System.
Hit the “System Update” button to start the process. Your Switch will apply any updates that are ready to go and check the internet for new software to download. Make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi for this to work.
You can see your current software version using the System Update function, but it won’t be shown if you have an update ready to install. Bluetooth audio is available to owners of all Switch consoles, from the original released in 2017 right through to the Lite and OLED model.
How to Pair AirPods with a Switch
With the latest update installed and your AirPods in hand, you can set about pairing your earbuds with your Nintendo console. To do this, launch the System Settings menu and using the sidebar on the left scroll down to the “Bluetooth Audio” option.
Take a quick look at the limitations imposed on your device before pairing. Nintendo states that only two wireless controllers can be connected when using Bluetooth audio, that microphones won’t work (you’ll need to use the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app for voice communication) and that latency may be an issue.
Now open your AirPods case and press and hold the button on…