Pokémon Unite: How to use voice chat on Nintendo Switch, iPhone, and iPad

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Nintendo Switch Headphones Pokemon (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

In Pokémon Unite on Nintendo Switch, iPhone, and Android, team up with players around the world. Teams of up to five players battle against each other to score the most points within an allotted amount of time by using each player's chosen Pokémon skills to defeat the other team, collecting the Aeos energy, and destroying the enemy's defenses by depositing the energy in their goal zones.

If I've learned one thing, it's that playing with your friends, especially the ones you trust, makes victory a whole lot easier to obtain. While you could rely on the slow in-game messaging, speaking between yourselves makes the whole thing more efficient, so I'll show you how to do that through your phone, Switch, or other apps.

NOTE: With the 13.0.0 update, Nintendo made it possible to connect Bluetooth headphones directly to the Switch without needing any dongle or adapters. So the process just got easier for wireless headset owners.

How to use Pokémon Unite voice chat on iPhone & iPad

As strange as it sounds, you can't activate voice chat from the Pokémon Unite main settings menu, but it is possible to do as long as you've reached Trainer Level 6. Here's how to turn it on.

  1. Connect your wired or wireless headset to the device you want to use.

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  1. Open Pokémon Unite.
  2. Select Unite Battle.Source: iMore and The Pokémon Company

Pokemon Unite Ios Unite Battle (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Unite Thumbnail (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)
  1. Press Start.
  2. Tap Ready.Source: iMore

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Pokemon Unite Ios Ready (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Choose your Pokémon.
  2. Select Confirm.Source: iMore

Pokemon Unite Ios Character Selection (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Unite Ios Confirm (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Now that the game has started, you'll notice a headphone icon and a microphone icon in the upper left side of the screen. Both are muted by default. Tap on either icon to adjust headphone or microphone settings.

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  1. Selecting Team: Invited means you can only hear or talk to specific players while Team: All means you'll be able to fully communicate with everyone on your team.Source: iMore

Pokemon Unite Ios Headphone Options (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Unite Ios Microphone Options (Image credit: iMore)

Now you're all ready to talk with your friends to strategize and defeat your opponents.

How to use voice chat in Pokémon Unite on Nintendo Switch

You'll have to get to Trainer Level 6 before you have access to voice chat. As long as the Nintendo Switch recognizes your headset, you'll be able to use it. Follow these steps to make it happen.

  1. Either connect or plug in a compatible headset to your Nintendo Switch.
  2. If you haven't done so yet, start Pokémon Unite.Source: Rebecca Spear / iMore and iMore

Pokemon Unite Plug Headphones Into Switch (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

Pokemon Unite Switch Home Menu Select (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Start up a Unite Battle. Note: you cannot talk to each other in lobbies, only during a match.
  2. When you are in the battle arena, press the + button on your Switch controller to bring up a settings menu.Source: iMore and Rebecca Spear / iMore

Pokemon Unite Battle Arena (Image credit: iMore)

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  1. Now press the - button on your Switch controller for additional settings.
  2. Scroll down to Voice Chat Settings.Source: iMore

Pokemon Unite Battle Arena Plus Button (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Unite Battle Arena Voice Chat Settings (Image credit: iMore)
  1. If you want to hear other people, turn Incoming to On.
  2. If this is your first time doing this, you'll need to press the X button to agree to terms and conditions to proceed.Source: iMore

Pokemon Unite Battle Arena Incoming On (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Unite Terms And Conditions (Image credit: iMore)
  1. If you only want invited friends to be able to hear you, switch the Incoming Range to Team: Invited. The Team: All option makes it so you can hear anyone on your team.
  2. If you want other people to be able to hear you, turn Outgoing to On.

Pokemon Unite Battle Arena Outgoing On (Image credit: iMore)

With voice chat turned on, you'll be able to talk to your teammates and strategize ways to win during battles.

Other Voice Chat options

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It's really frustrating that you cannot talk to other people while in the Pokémon Unite main menu or the lobby. If you want to talk to your teammates more easily, I suggest you use your phone to access Discord or start an Instant Meeting in Google Meet to talk to your friends while you play. This might prove more difficult on mobile since the voice chat service you use could pop up on screen and block your view of the game. You'll just have to experiment and see which one works best for you.

Can you hear me now?

Voice chat is a necessity with any team-based game, and the same goes with Pokémon's brand new MOBA. Make sure you have the best headsets available to make gameplay easier whether you're playing from iPhone, Android, or Nintendo Switch.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.