Version 13.0.0 Bluetooth Audio

A new firmware update has been released for the Nintendo Switch, bringing the console to version 13.0.0. It adds quite a few big features to the console with one of them being that Bluetooth Audio is finally supported. This means you can now pair up your favourite Bluetooth headset or earphones to your Nintendo Switch at last. The Bluetooth Audio option can be found under the System Settings menu.

Other additional features include the ability to update your dock. This option can also be found in the System Settings menu. It is predominately to help provide updates to Nintendo Switch Docks and Nintendo Switch OLED docks that have a LAN port. I believe this also includes if you have a LAN adapter for your Switch dock. This feature is not available for the Nintendo Switch Lite system.

A few more features include the ability to keep your console connected to the internet when in sleep mode. This is quite handy if you are downloading a large game from the eShop, or if you have the console set up to automatically update games, it can now do so while in sleep mode as well. There is a revised method to calibrate control sticks and you can now check your wireless connection to see if it is using either a 2.5 GHz or 5 GHz frequency band.

You can check out the full patch notes below.


Nintendo Switch Firmware Version 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.

The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Nintendo is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

Source: Nintendo America Support

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