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 immediately 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 best strengths is how one can immediately leap again right into a recreation.
However after an entire bunch of testing, I believe I do know what’s occurring — and when 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 presupposed to go to System Settings, scroll right down to Bluetooth Audio, set your Bluetooth gadget to pairing mode, faucet Pair Machine in your Swap, then choose your gadget as soon as it seems on the Swap’s display.
If it pairs, you’re set! If it fails as a result of your gadget 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.
Downside #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 displaying up in your Swap display as a paired headset — you may be in for a world of damage. The Swap’s course of does not fail gracefully, and chances are you’ll run into every kind of error messages afterward.
After that time, my Swap typically received’t even trouble to maintain scanning for Bluetooth units. It’ll pop up an “Unable to search out Bluetooth audio units” message the second I hit the scan button.
Downside #2. And when you’ve run right into a ghost pairing subject, 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 seems to be like with no Bluetooth audio units paired or remembered in any respect. It wakes fairly rapidly, proper?
However as soon as I pair a headset to the Swap, it’s now not immediate: the display takes just a little longer to gentle up, and it doesn’t instantly acknowledge my button presses that allow 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 once they’re bugging out, thanks for noticing.)
Tips on how to partially repair Nintendo Swap Bluetooth
You have to absolutely shut down the Swap, and I imply absolutely shut it down. I restarted it a great deal of occasions, and it didn’t appear to assist.
- Faucet the facility button and wait nonetheless lengthy it takes in your display to activate
- Unpair and overlook any Bluetooth units
- 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
Generally, merely shutting off my Swap was sufficient to repair my ghost pairing subject (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 in a position to 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 search out Bluetooth audio units” message, my Swap would take ages to wake from sleep as soon as once more. Your mileage might range: in case it issues, I’m utilizing the v2 of the unique Swap, the one which added extra battery life.
And when you’re making an attempt to revive the total wake-up velocity the Swap is generally recognized for, you’ll additionally have to unpair and overlook any Bluetooth units earlier than you do the total shutdown. After I merely unpaired a Bluetooth headset however left it within the Bluetooth menu, I nonetheless noticed the small delay. Identical 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 at any time when it thinks you’re going to make use of it, however you possibly can drive it off by eradicating these units and initiating a full shutdown.
We’ve requested Nintendo whether or not these are recognized points and whether or not we are able to anticipate fixes in a future firmware replace. We’ll let you already know what we hear.