A key selling point of the Nintendo Switch is portability; you can take it anywhere you want. Want to game on a long car trip? Go for it. Sitting in the waiting room? Pull out your Nintendo Switch and enjoy the open world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However, you might find that people around you won’t appreciate the audio. Thankfully, the Nintendo Switch is equipped with a headphone jack.

Unfortunately, wired headphones can get tangled. There’s nothing worse than a tangled wrist dropping your console. It’s a good idea to, instead, rely on a pair of Bluetooth headphones – which the Nintendo Switch supports.

However, there is a catch. It isn’t surprising considering it’s Nintendo setting limitations. Let’s check out the hoops you have to hop through to make this happen.

How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to a Nintendo Switch

While the Nintendo Switch does support Bluetooth, it does NOT allow Bluetooth headphones to connect to it directly. Now, that isn’t the end of the story. Instead, you’ll have to rely on a pair of Bluetooth headphones that use a USB dongle, specifically USB-C.

Alternatively, you can use a Bluetooth transmitter that connects to your console through the headphone jack. So long as the audio plug is a 3.5mm cable, you’ll be golden. The steps below apply to both options.

Gulikit’s Bluetooth Adapter is a perfect fit, but they are other options. Shop around to see what’s available. Once you have a pair of USB-C Bluetooth headphones, you can move on with the steps below.

Now that you have a pair of Bluetooth headphones with a USB-C dongle, you can:

1. Start by powering on the Nintendo Switch if you haven’t already.

2. Next, insert the USB-C dongle into the USB-C port and or 3.5mm Bluetooth transmitter into the audio-in jack.

3. Place the dongle and or transmitter into pairing mode. There should be a button that you can press and hold.

Note: This may differ based on your setup. Consult your manual if you’re having trouble pairing.

4. Turn on your headphones and place it in pairing mode. There should be a button you press and hold to start the process.

Note: This may differ based on your setup. Consult your manual if you’re having trouble pairing.

What if the Nintendo Switch is Docked?

Using Bluetooth headphones while the console is undocked is great and all, but what if you wanted to switch over to a larger screen? Could you still connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch? Absolutely.

You have a wider range of options if your console is docked, namely due to the change from working with USB-C, to now working with USB. This means that you should have a USB dongle, rather than a USB-C.

1. Start by powering on the Nintendo Switch if you haven’t already.

2. Next, insert the USB dongle into the USB port. Two are located on the dock and a hidden one in the back.

3. Place the USB dongle into pairing mode. There should be a button that you can press and hold.

Note: This may differ based on your setup. Consult your manual if you’re having trouble pairing.

4. Turn on your headphones and place it in pairing mode. There should be a button you press and hold to start the process.

Note: This may differ based on your setup. Consult your manual if you’re having trouble pairing.

Bluetooth Headphones That Nintendo Switch Supports

Unfortunately, not all headsets work with the Nintendo Switch; in fact, there’s only a small list of supported devices. Take a look:

  • Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage
  • Creative Wireless HS-1200
  • Logitech G930
  • Logitech G933
  • Logitech H800
  • LucidSound LS30
  • LucidSound LS40
  • PDP Legendary Sound of Justice
  • Plantronics Audio 510
  • PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset
  • PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset
  • PlayStation 3 Wireless Headset
  • Skullcandy PLYR 1
  • SteelSeries Arctis 7
  • Steelseries Siberia 800
  • Steelseries Siberia 840
  • Turtle Beach Ear Force P11
  • Turtle Beach Ear Force PX3
  • Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 450
  • Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 500P
  • Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 700
  • SteelSeries Arctis 7

If your device isn’t listed, do try anyways (an update may have been rolled out to include more). But if you’re out shopping for a new pair of Bluetooth headphones, keep this list in mind.