Nintendo Switch Update Adds Bluetooth Audio Support, Use AirPods & More With Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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An exciting new major feature has arrived to the Nintendo Switch with the latest system software allowing Bluetooth headphones to be connected for easy wireless listening!

Thanks to the new Bluetooth Audio feature, you can now easily enjoy listening to Nintendo Switch games using popular wireless headphones and earbuds like Apple AirPods, Samsung Galaxy Buds, Google Pixel Buds, and more.

Previously, it wasn’t possible to use these types of wireless Bluetooth headphones or earbuds without connecting a third-party dongle, but now they can be easily connected to your Nintendo Switch natively without trouble!

Just head to the new Blueooth Audio menu in the Nintendo Switch’s settings, select Pair Device, set your headphones into pairing mode, and select them once they’ve appeared in the list. After that, you can connect to them at any time by heading back to that menu.

We gave this great new feature a test run ourselves tonight playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons with Apple AirPods connected to the Nintendo Switch. Our AirPods connected quickly and easily to the console with the sweet relaxing sounds of Animal Crossing soon coming through wirelessly to our ears!

Latency can be a tricky issue with Bluetooth audio oftentimes, and performance will definitely vary by device, but in our experience Apple’s AirPods perform quite well with the Nintendo Switch showing very minimal latency. At least for a game like Animal Crossing that is — you might notice issues with a more intense title.

It’s a shame that Bluetooth Audio didn’t come sooner in the lifespan of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but lovers of wireless headphones are sure to enjoy this more immersive way of playing Animal Crossing — better now than never.

You can begin using this new Bluetooth Audio feature on your Nintendo Switch by downloading and updating your console to the latest Version 13.0.0 update released today! For more details and troubleshooting on pairing your headphones, check out Nintendo’s official support article here on Bluetooth Audio. There are a few small restrictions to be aware of.

Speaking of AirPods, there are a number of adorable Animal Crossing themed cases for AirPods you can find on Etsy here if you’re interested! (we may receive a commission)

Here’s the complete patch notes for this Version 13.0.0 firmware update as a couple other small changes were made:

Ver. 13.0.0 (Released September 14, 2021)

Bluetooth® audio support was added.

  • Headphones, earbuds, speakers, and other audio devices that connect with Bluetooth can now be paired with Nintendo Switch family systems for audio output.
    Bluetooth microphones are not supported.

    • Up to two compatible wireless controllers can be connected to the system while using Bluetooth audio.
    • Bluetooth audio cannot be used while local wireless communication is active.
    • Depending on the Bluetooth audio device, there may be some audio delay.
    • For more information, see How to Pair and Manage Bluetooth Audio Devices.

“Update Dock” was added under System in System Settings for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch – OLED Model systems, allowing for software updates to Nintendo Switch docks with a LAN port.

  • Dock software updates are not available for Nintendo Switch docks without a LAN port.
  • This feature was not added to Nintendo Switch Lite.
  • For more information, see How to Update the Dock Firmware.

“Maintain Internet Connection in Sleep Mode” was added under Sleep Mode in System Settings.

  • When this setting is enabled, systems with wired internet connections will maintain internet connection even while in sleep mode. This allows for software and add-on content to download to the system while the system is in sleep mode.
    • The setting is enabled by default.
  • When this setting is disabled, the system will connect to the internet only periodically, which decreases power consumption and delays downloads while in sleep mode.

Note: Systems that are not updated to version 13.0.0 or later behave as if this setting is enabled.

The method to initiate “Calibrate Control Sticks” in System Settings was changed.

  • From System Settings, go to Controllers and Sensors, select Calibrate Control Sticks, then fully tilt the control stick in any one direction and keep it tilted for a few seconds to begin calibration.

Users can now view whether their wireless internet connection is using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency band under “Connection Status” after selecting Internet in System Settings.

Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for everything on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including our extensive Guides section here. Our most popular pages include What’s New In September 2021New Halloween ItemsAcorn & Pine Cone DIY Crafting RecipesNew September CrittersBug-Off EventSanrio Villagers & ItemsSanrio Amiibo CardsRedd Art, and Sea Creatures.

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