Why your Nintendo Swap may appear borked after the Bluetooth replace

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Did the Nintendo Swap’s shock Bluetooth audio replace yesterday make your handheld worse as a substitute of higher? That’s what occurred to me: as a substitute of inviting me to the magical world of wi-fi audio, it repeatedly didn’t detect my headsets and hook up with them reliably.

Worse, it out of the blue took greater than 30 seconds to wake my Swap from sleep! That’s an enormous ache within the ass, contemplating one of many Swap’s single biggest strengths is how one can immediately bounce again right into a sport.

However after a complete bunch of testing, I believe I do know what’s occurring — and should you’re seeing the identical factor, a full Swap shutdown appears to supply a partial repair.

It’s not fairly that easy, although, so learn on for the main points.

The Nintendo Swap Bluetooth pairing downside

To pair a Bluetooth headset, you’re purported to go to System Settings, scroll right down to Bluetooth Audio, set your Bluetooth system to pairing mode, faucet Pair System in your Swap, then choose your system as soon as it seems on the Swap’s display.

If it pairs, you’re set! If it fails as a result of your system wasn’t able to pair, you may nonetheless be okay. Merely put it in pairing mode once more, and faucet the Search Once more button in your Swap.

Drawback #1. But when it fails to pair correctly — in case your Swap thinks it paired, in case your headset is blinking prefer it’s paired, however isn’t routing audio and isn’t exhibiting up in your Swap display as a paired headset — you is perhaps in for a world of harm. The Swap’s course of does not fail gracefully, and chances are you’ll run into all types of error messages afterward.

After that time, my Swap typically received’t even hassle to maintain scanning for Bluetooth gadgets. It’ll pop up an “Unable to seek out Bluetooth audio gadgets” message the second I hit the scan button.

Drawback #2. And should you’ve run right into a ghost pairing concern, you may expertise an issue with the Swap waking from sleep as properly — as a result of it seems the Swap tries to fireplace up Bluetooth audio earlier than it wakes the display and controllers.

Right here’s what the Nintendo Swap appears like with no Bluetooth audio gadgets paired or remembered by any means. It wakes fairly shortly, proper?

However as soon as I pair a headset to the Swap, it’s now not immediate: the display takes a little bit longer to gentle up, and it doesn’t instantly acknowledge my button presses that permit me unlock the system.

Now, right here’s what it’s like when the Swap fails to pair correctly with a ready headset:

So, uh, not solely does my Nintendo Swap not get together with Bluetooth headphones as of the brand new replace… it now takes a MINIMUM of 10 seconds to wake from sleep. pic.twitter.com/13dUvv41ga

— Sean Hollister (@StarFire2258) September 15, 2021

(Why sure, my eyes do look scary after they’re bugging out, thanks for noticing.)

Find out how to partially repair Nintendo Swap Bluetooth

It’s essential totally shut down the Swap, and I imply totally shut it down. I restarted it a great deal of occasions, and it didn’t appear to assist.

  • Faucet the facility button and wait nevertheless lengthy it takes to your display to activate
  • Unpair and overlook any Bluetooth gadgets
  • Maintain down the facility button for 4 seconds till you see Energy Choices
  • Faucet Energy Choices then hit Flip Off
  • Wait a beat, then energy in your Swap once more

Typically, merely shutting off my Swap was sufficient to repair my ghost pairing concern (the place I noticed a ten–30-second delay when waking the system) and let me begin pairing Bluetooth headsets once more. I used to be capable of get my Wyze Buds Professional to pair on the very first attempt, a headset that repeatedly failed to attach in any respect final night time.

However different occasions, it nonetheless wouldn’t do an preliminary pair — and as quickly as I noticed that “Unable to seek out Bluetooth audio gadgets” message, my Swap would take ages to wake from sleep as soon as once more. Your mileage could fluctuate: in case it issues, I’m utilizing the v2 of the unique Swap, the one which added extra battery life.

And should you’re making an attempt to revive the complete wake-up velocity the Swap is generally identified for, you’ll additionally have to unpair and overlook any Bluetooth gadgets earlier than you do the complete shutdown. After I merely unpaired a Bluetooth headset however left it within the Bluetooth menu, I nonetheless noticed the small delay. Similar factor if I shut down first then unpaired and forgot the headset second.

My guess is the Swap leaves its Bluetooth audio characteristic turned on each time it thinks you’re going to make use of it, however you may pressure it off by eradicating these gadgets and initiating a full shutdown.

We’ve requested Nintendo whether or not these are identified points and whether or not we will count on fixes in a future firmware replace. We’ll let you already know what we hear.