Bluetooth headphones and Nintendo SwitchSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

One great thing about gaming on 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 Bluetooth headphones. Here's how to use 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.

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How to use Bluetooth headphones with your Nintendo Switch

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.

    GuliKit Bluetooth adapterGuliKit Bluetooth adapterSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  3. Hold down either the GuliKit's A or B button for three seconds until the white light blinks quickly beneath it.
  4. Set your Bluetooth headphones to the pairing status.

    GuliKit Bluetooth adapterBluetooth headphonesSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  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.

    GuliKit Bluetooth adapterGuliKit Bluetooth adapterSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

Playing in docked mode

  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.

    GuliKit Bluetooth adapterGuliKit Bluetooth adapterSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  3. 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.

    GuliKit Bluetooth adapterBluetooth headphonesSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  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.

    GuliKit Bluetooth adapterGuliKit Bluetooth adapterSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

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 comes with 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.

    Trond 2-in-1 Bluetooth transmitterTrond 2-in-1 Bluetooth transmitterSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  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.

    Trond 2-in-1 Bluetooth transmitterTrond 2-in-1 Bluetooth transmitterSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  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.

    Trond 2-in-1 Bluetooth transmitterRebecca Spear / iMoreSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  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.

    Trond 2-in-1 Bluetooth transmitterBluetooth headphonesSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  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.

    Trond 2-in-1 Bluetooth transmitterSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

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.

Ain't no strings on me

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

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.

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.

Fintie Carrying Case ($14 at Amazon)

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

ButterFox Carrying Case ($12 at Amazon)

This is a large, hard shell carrying case with enough storage space for you to carry quite a few accessories in the zippered pocket. It holds 19 games and doubles as a stand for your Switch console. As a plus, it is one of the least expensive traveling cases, of this quality, that you can find.

Mumba Carrying Case ($25 at Amazon)

This travel case features extra protection as it has a waterproof hard shell. It stores up to 20 game cartridges and has plenty of storage space for Joy-Cons, cables, and other accessories. Choose between three colors: black, blue, and camouflage. Carry it around using the wrist strap.

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