Bluetooth headphones and Nintendo SwitchSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

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 the best wireless headphones for Nintendo Switch. 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 your headphones' pairing method 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

  • Via USB-C port: GuliKit Route Air Bluetooth Adapter
  • Via headphone jack: TROND 2-in-1 Bluetooth transmitter

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.

Pairing 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.

    How to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the USB-C port: plug the gulikit route air bluetooth adapter into the USB-C port on the bottom of the SwitchHow to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the USB-C port: turn your switch on, the gulikit won't work if it is off or in standby modeSource: 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. Follow the individual instructions for your Bluetooth headphones to set them to the pairing status.

    How to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the USB-C port: hold down either the gulikit's a or b button for three second until the white light blinks quickly beneath itHow to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the USB-C port: follow the individual instructions for your bluetooth headphones to set them to the pairing statusSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

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

    How to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the USB-C port: place the headphones and gulikit near each other until pairedHow to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the USB-C port: you'll know pairing was successful when the bulikit's white light becomes constantSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

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

Pairing in docked mode

One of the perks of going this route is that you can use the dongle to pair wireless headphones in handheld mode and 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.

    Pairing in docked mode: plug the included USB to USB-C adapter into the gulikit route airPairing in docked mode: plug the adapter and route air into the Switch dockSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  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 Bluetooth headphones to get them to the pairing status.

    Pairing in docked mode: now that the adapter has power, hold down either the a or b button for three seconds until the white light blinks quickly beneath itPairing in docked mode: follow the instructions for your bluetooth headphones to get them to the pairing statusSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

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

    Pairing in docked mode: place the headphones and gulikit near each other until pairedPairing in docked mode: you'll know pairing was successful when the gulikit's white light becomes constantSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

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

For this, you'll need 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 and turns off when charged.
  2. When fully charged, unplug the Trond transmitter from the charger.

    How to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the headphone jack: use the included charging cable to chare the trond 2-in-1 bluetooth transmitter to a full charge, the red light turns off when chargedHow to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the headphone jack: when fully charged, unplug the trond transmitter from the chargerSource: 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.

    How to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the headphone jack: Make sure the switch on the trond transmitter is on TX modeHow to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the headphone jack: Plug the included jack adapter into the trond 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.

    How to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the headphone jack: pllug the trond's AUX cable into the headphone jack on the switchHow to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the headphone jack: hold down the MFB button for three secondsSource: 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 pairing status.

    How to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the headphone jack: double tap the MFB button to activate pairing modeHow to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the headphone jack: follow the instructions for your bluetooth headphones to get them to pairing statusSource: 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.

    How to use Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Switch via the headphone jack: place your headphones and the adapter near each other and allow them to pair, it's successful when the transmitter's blue LED remains constantSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

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 can connect your headset to another device but not your Switch, it might not be compatible with your console. If you're unsure, 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. Now you don't have to worry about a cable dangling between yourself and your Switch, and you won't upset anyone around you by forcing them to listen to your game music.

Our top equipment picks

Via the USB-C port

GuliKit Bluetooth adapter

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

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 it 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, consider getting a protective carrying case with plenty of storage space.

Steelseries wireless headphone Switch

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset ($100 at Best Buy)

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. These offer great sound and feature volume controls on the left earphone

Silicon Power 128gb Memory Card

Silicon Power 128GB MicroSD Card ($17 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 case Switch

Fintie Carrying Case ($18 at Amazon)

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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