What to KnowYou can't connect Apple AirPods to a Nintendo Switch out of the box, but you can use a third-party Bluetooth dongle.Connect the dongle to the Switch or the Switch Dock and pair your AirPods as you would to any other device.
This article outlines how to connect AirPods to a Nintendo Switch using a third-party dongle since the console lacks Bluetooth support. These instructions for connecting AirPods to Nintendo Switch consoles work with Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite models.
What You'll Need to Connect AirPods to Switch Consoles
To connect AirPods to a Switch, you'll need your Nintendo Switch, AirPods case, the AirPods in the case, and a third-party Bluetooth adapter that works with Nintendo Switch consoles.
This Bluetooth adapter will connect to the Switch via the USB port on the bottom of the Nintendo Switch itself or via the USB port on the Dock if you have the regular Switch model connected to your TV.
Some manufacturers explicitly design Bluetooth dongles for the Nintendo Switch, which you can find in video game stores and on Amazon. The most popular one seems to be the HomeSpot Bluetooth Transmitter, while the Ldex Nintendo Bluetooth Transmitter and GuliKit Bluetooth Adapter are also solid options. All three of these devices can connect to both the Switch itself and the Dock.
How to Connect AirPods to Nintendo Switch Consoles
Getting your Apple AirPods connected to your Nintendo Switch is pretty straightforward and mostly follows the same steps required for syncing AirPods to a Windows 10 PC or Android smartphone or tablet.
Plug your Bluetooth transmitter into the USB port on your Nintendo Switch console or Dock, and then place your AirPods into their case. Long press on the pairing button on the back of the AirPod case to begin the pairing process. While pressing the AirPods pairing button, press the designated sync button on the Bluetooth transmitter.
The LED lights on the case and transmitter should begin flashing but will stop once the pairing is complete. You can now use your Apple AirPods with your Nintendo Switch.
Some Tips for Using AirPods With Switch Consoles
The process for connecting AirPods to Nintendo Switch consoles is pretty simple once you have the right equipment, but there are still some things that you may want to keep in mind.You may need to resync your AirPods with other devices. Pairing your AirPods with multiple devices can often cause conflicts that may require repairing when switching between your Switch, smartphone, and laptop.Don't forget to charge your Bluetooth adapter. The Nintendo Switch cannot charge connected accessories, so you'll need to make sure that whatever Bluetooth transmitter you buy is fully charged before using it.Don't forget to charge your Switch. Because the Bluetooth adapters connect to the USB port on the Nintendo Switch, you won't be able to have the Switch plugged in and charging while you use it. One way to get around this is to have the Switch docked, but this won't be an option for Switch Lite owners as that model doesn't support the TV Dock.This method may not work with voice chat. While some titles such as Fortnite and Warframe support voice chat through the Switch, most other games require you to connect to the Nintendo Switch smartphone app. You can only use AirPods with one device at a time.