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Can the Nintendo Switch connect to Bluetooth headphones?

The console is portable, but can you use Bluetooth headphones with it?

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One of the great things about the Nintendo Switch console is that Nintendo decided to keep the 3.5mm headphone jack.

That’s great if you actually have a favored set of cans, or don’t mind being wired to your super-portable console, but what about the rest of us?

The mobile industry is moving way away from the headphone jack, so it’s likely that you have a favored set of Bluetooth earbuds/headphones by now. Can you use those with your Nintendo Switch or do you have to carry two sets of headphones at all times?

Can the Nintendo Switch connect to Bluetooth headphones?

  • Short answer: Yes (but you need third-party adapters)

The Nintendo Switch does have Bluetooth onboard, but it’s used for connecting Joy-cons and the Pro Controller only.

Nintendo even included partial support for wireless headphones in Update 4.0 (way back in 2017), but you need a headset that comes with a wireless dongle, and the only place you can plug a normal USB plug into without another dongle is the dock. Lifewire has a good guide with which headsets are known to work if you want to go that route.

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If you already have a set of favored Bluetooth headphones, check out the $69.99 Genki adapter kit. That comes with a USB-C adapter that plugs straight into your Nintendo Switch, adding Bluetooth 5.0 audio support with aptX Low Latency, multi-pairing audio and passthrough charging.

READ MORE: Which Switch games are 4 player?

The kit also has a really tiny boom mic for voice chat, a metal stand for your console that raises it high enough to use the adapter, and a USB-C to USB-A adapter to use the Genki with, well, anything that has USB audio support.

Do you use Bluetooth headphones with your Switch console? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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