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I know I can plug in a 3.5 mm headphone plug into the Switch, but is there a way to sync Bluetooth headphones instead?

  • Hey DonielF, I see you put a bounty out for this question in regards to a new update. It seems that nothing has changed in regards to Bluetooth connectivity for headphones. It seems the meta is to still use a dongle of some sort that connects via the audio jack. From what I can tell, the only Bluetooth connectivity the switch has is for its Wireless controllers. Unless Nintendo can utilize the hardware in the Switch to also allow for Bluetooth headphones, its likely a new revised Switch will need to be made that include support. – Timmy Jim May 2 '18 at 12:44
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According to the Wikipedia for the Switch:

The unit does not directly support Bluetooth wireless headphones, though they can be connected with third-party wireless adapters via the headphone jack.

Without the use of a third party connectivity device that you plug into the headphone jack, the Switch does not natively support Bluetooth headphones. One article I found shows how you can use one of these devices. It should be fairly straightforward. All you should have to do is pair the Bluetooth device with your headphones.

Unfortunately, this means you will have to make an additional purchase. Also be warned that each Bluetooth device will be different in how you pair the device with your headphones, and the article says that the one they used had a decent amount of audio delay as well.

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According to Polygon and Nintendolife, the 4.0.0 update has given us an additional way to use Bluetooth headphones, just not quite how we'd expect.

USB audio is now supported in both docked and undocked modes, meaning various headsets which use a USB dongle for connection - such as the Playstation Wireless Headset - are now supported natively on the Switch. You just plug it in and - hey! - it works. [Nintendolife]

This means you need a headset that ships with its own USB dongle. Buying a regular Bluetooth dongle won't work, as there is no way to pair the headset to it. Also note that most if not all such dongles use USB A instead of USB C, which means you can plug them into the dock, but you will need a USB A to C adapter for the Switch itself.

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    While this answer is correct, the compatibility for PS4 headphones is iffy. My Switch will recognize my PS4 Turtlebeach Stealth 600, as I am able to adjust the volume, but will completely lock up the device when my headphones are turned on. – Wondercricket Feb 9 '18 at 11:56
  • Remember, you need a USB Audio dongle, not a BlueTooth Interface, or a specialty Audio (e.g. XBox or PS4 audio) You also need one with a USB Standard Audio codec not a proprietary one (basically any that work without a driver on Android, Mac and Linux will work.) – Robert Wm Ruedisueli May 2 '18 at 7:46

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