Establishing a pair of wi-fi Bluetooth headphones with a Nintendo Swap was a multistep — and considerably pricey — course of. First, you wanted headphones, you then wanted a Bluetooth audio transmitter that’d both plug into your Swap’s headphone jack or its bottom-facing USB-C port. Nicely, after about 4 years, Nintendo shocked us with a system replace that lastly allows stated function natively — no equipment required.
Some Bluetooth transmitters, like Genki’s Swap adapter, should be price investing in if you’d like to have the ability to join a number of headphones concurrently (the Swap solely permits one set of headphones to be paired without delay). But when it’s simply you and your Swap, the newer course of is not any extra difficult than pairing headphones along with your smartphone. That stated, there are nonetheless a couple of steps concerned, which we’re going to run by way of beneath.
Put your headphones into pairing mode
On most pairs of Bluetooth headphones, you’ll be able to enter pairing mode by urgent and holding the ability button down for longer than it takes to show them on. Most fashions will make a definite chime or have LEDs that flash at a quicker tempo to point that pairing mode is energetic.
This function isn’t restricted to huge over-ear or on-ear headphones, both. You possibly can pair wi-fi earbuds, too, however the pairing course of is likely to be somewhat completely different for these. You possibly can simply pair Apple’s AirPods with the Swap, for instance, however you’ll must open the case with the AirPods within them and press the pairing button on the facet of the case. If all else fails, test your headphones’ instruction handbook or search for the method on-line.
Discover the Bluetooth audio setting in your Swap
From there, go to the Swap’s predominant menu the place you’ll be able to choose a sport and click on on the settings icon situated beneath the sport library. It seems like a gear.
Within the subsequent window, scroll down the left-hand pane till you see “Bluetooth Audio.” Click on that, at which level your solely choice will likely be to click on “Pair Device.”
Register your headphones along with your Swap
Along with your headphones in pairing mode (and your Swap now actively on the lookout for them), their mannequin title ought to populate on the Swap’s display screen. When it does, click on the mannequin title to start pairing your headphones or earbuds along with your Swap.
When it’s profitable, a window will pop up saying “Connected to Bluetooth audio.”
If you happen to run into points — like in case your Swap immediately takes 30 seconds or so to get up from sleep — my colleague Sean Hollister has the answer for you. Nintendo has also noted that by connecting headphones by way of Bluetooth, your Swap will have the ability to join to simply two wi-fi controllers, versus a number of extra beneath circumstances once you’re not paired. There may additionally be some audio latency, so what’s occurring within the sport won’t completely line up with what you’re listening to. In my temporary expertise making an attempt it out, nonetheless, it didn’t appear noticeably worse than after I relied on third-party Bluetooth transmitters.