How-to easily pair your AirPods with Nintendo Switch

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Get the most out of your AirPods -- and your Nintendo Switch -- by pairing them together for the best gaming experience on the go. AppleInsider walks you through how.

Nintendo Switch with AirPods 2
Nintendo Switch with AirPods 2


Apple's AirPods 2 are without a doubt the best wireless headphones to pair with your iOS device. It's small, compact, and great for taking phone calls, or listening to podcasts on the go. The Nintendo Switch, is the best handheld console in the past several years, but there's one big problem. You can't use AirPods, or any Bluetooth headphones at all. But we found a solution that fixes that.

Simplicity is key

If you're a casual Nintendo Switch user, you know that using the 3.5mm headphone jack at the top of the device is quite annoying, and not all that convenient. Unfortunately, Nintendo doesn't allow for Bluetooth headphones to work out of the box, which means you can't use AirPods, Powerbeats Pro, or any wireless headphones for that matter.





This is where the HomeSpot USB-C transmitter comes in. The compact device is essentially a Bluetooth transmitter made specifically for the Nintendo Switch. It's designed to fit the rest of the Switch's design, and plugs directly to the Switch's USB-C port at the bottom.

Meet your new best friend

Inside the box, you also get a USB-A to USB-C adapter so that you can use the transmitter even if your Nintendo Switch is docked, and you also get this mini microphone that plugs in using the 3.5mm headphone jack on your Nintendo Switch.

AirPods 2 (left), HomeSpot (middle), Nintendo Switch (right)
AirPods 2 (left), HomeSpot (middle), Nintendo Switch (right)


The transmitter itself uses Bluetooth 5.0 and Qualcomm's aptX codecs to help with latency, but it also supports SBC which is what non aptX headphones use when streaming over Bluetooth.

Using this with your AirPods is simple. Just plug the adapter to the Switch's USB-C hub. Grab your AirPods and make sure that it's still in its case, press and hold the pairing button on the back of the AirPods, and press and hold the left button on the HomeSpot adapter, bring the two closer to each other and wait a few seconds.

A green light should stay solid once it establishes a connection, and when you see that light, you should now be connected.

Pairing AirPods 2 with Nintendo Switch
Pairing AirPods 2 with Nintendo Switch

Seamless connection and functionality

Adjusting the volume works directly on the Switch, and there's little to no latency after using this adapter for a couple of days. We don't really play any games that requires us to use headphones, but it is great to have if you're traveling or you don't want to disturb someone in the same room.

HomeSpot and its accessories for Nintendo Switch
HomeSpot and its accessories for Nintendo Switch


If you have the new AirPods or Powerbeats Pro and you've been looking for ways to connect them to your Nintendo Switch, the HomeSpot USB-C transmitter is your best friend. If you're looking for the best prices on the AirPods 2 or Powerbeats Pro make sure to check out our price guide.

Where to buy

Shoppers can currently save up to $20 on Apple's new AirPods at Amazon. Meanwhile, the HomeSpot Bluetooth 5.0 Audio Adapter with USB-C is on sale for $39.99 at Amazon, with Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones available for purchase for $249.95 with free shipping.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 4
    aybaraaybara Posts: 29member
    How have I not seen these before? 

    Ordered one RIGHT after seeing this.  The family is about to go on a decently long road trip, and having this for the kid to connect her AirPods to the Switch means not having to remember wired earphones. 
  • Reply 2 of 4
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,501unconfirmed, member
    Nintendo making things hard as usual. Extra accessories required for a basic feature.
    n2itivguy
  • Reply 3 of 4
    kuraikurai Posts: 10unconfirmed, member
    They need to add passthrough USB charging to that accessory. I understand the on the primary use case is on the go, but there are definitely times you need to be on power and also want headphones.
    supadav03
  • Reply 4 of 4
    supadav03supadav03 Posts: 461member
    It’s a little pricey at $50 but I like how they designed it to match the Switch, right down to the joy-con colors. My one question is, how much better is this really than the hundreds of Bluetooth transmitters they sell on Amazon that plug into the Switch’s 3.5mm jack and are a 1/3 the price? 
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