The Nintendo Switch really is an amazing device. You can play your favorite games anywhere and with anyone. All you need is a good Internet connection. You can also play not only online but also on your local wireless network.
It’s easy to play with others online with the Nintendo Switch, but there’s no denying that the console actually makes communicating with others over the microphone confusing and confusing. Unlike the Xbox and PlayStation, which have traditional voice chat options built into each system, the Nintendo Switch often requires additional apps or devices to use voice chat, and some games are often not supported.
So, if you want to set up a microphone for the Nintendo Switch, here’s how you can do this.
How to set up and activate the Nintendo Switch microphone using gaming headset
Each Nintendo Switch console has an audio jack on top and a USB-C port on the bottom. Both can be used to connect compatible headphones or earbuds, and support most models of microphones. Microphones connected to both ports can be used for chatting while gaming. All you have to do is plug in your microphone and start talking. No Nintendo Online membership is required.
When your Nintendo Switch is connected to your TV, you can also plug a USB microphone into the USB port on the dock for voice chat. Unfortunately, Fortnite and Warframe are the only video games that support microphone chat using this method.
How to set up the Nintendo Switch microphone through the Nintendo Switch online voice chat app
Nintendo has its own voice chat solution, but it’s incredibly limited and confusing. It requires an iOS or Android device, the Nintendo Switch Online app, and an active Nintendo Switch Online membership.
While it’s definitely more complicated than just plugging a microphone into your Nintendo Switch and talking, it works well and supports all the headphones and microphones you can plug into your smart device, including Bluetooth headsets and microphones. You can also use your device’s built-in microphone for voice chat, which is useful when you can’t find your accessories.
The downside, however, is that it requires a paid monthly subscription, and not all games are supported. In addition, the app is blocked by region. It’s currently unavailable in many territories, especially in Asia and South America. Given that many of these games have global player bases, this limits access to voice chat to a large portion of the game’s potential player base.
How to use third-party apps for in-game chat with the Nintendo Switch
To talk about a game of Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch, simply use a third-party in-game chat app. Ironically, the most popular way to microphone chat while playing video games on the Nintendo Switch is to use a third-party app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Using another voice chat service or app is often completely free, can be used while playing any video game, and can even involve friends on other consoles such as Xbox and PS. In addition, this method can support most models of headphones and microphones if you use a smart device.
Almost all models are supported when using a modern computer or laptop. When using the app on a smart device for voice chat, make sure that you’re connected to Wi-Fi so that you don’t use all of your cellular data. Basically, all you have to do to chat using this method is ask all of your friends to download the same app to their devices and then start a group call or chat.
Here’re some of the apps you can use as voice chat with the Nintendo Switch Online app:
Until Nintendo introduces improved support for microphones, headphones, and voice chat, this method is currently the best way to communicate while playing on the Nintendo Switch.