Nintendo Switch System Update 13.0.0 Is Live, Add Bluetooth Audio

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The new Switch OLED model arrives next month, and ahead of its launch, Nintendo has rolled out a sizable update, upgrading the system firmware to version 13.0.0.

We heard how Bluetooth audio support was spotted in an update earlier this year and now it’s officially released. Bluetooth-enabled headphones, earphones, speakers, and other audio devices can now be paired with Switch family systems. Bluetooth microphones are not supported and a maximum of two wireless controllers can be paired with the system when using Bluetooth audio. You also cannot use Bluetooth audio when local wireless communication is active.

In addition to this, 13.0.0 includes a base update. This is for docks with a LAN port (specifically the one released alongside the new OLED model). There is now also an option to “keep” your internet connection when your system is in sleep mode, and the setting is enabled by default. The joystick calibration has also been adjusted and now there is a way to check if your network connection is using a 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency.

Here are the full patch notes, courtesy of the official Nintendo website:

Ver. 13.0.0 (Released Sep 14, 2021)

Bluetooth audio support added.

  • Headphones, earphones, 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.
    • For more information, see How to Pair and Manage Bluetooth Audio Devices.
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Added “Update Dock” under System in System Settings for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch – OLED model systems, allowing software updates for 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 base firmware.

“Keep Internet connection in sleep mode” was added in Sleep Mode in System Settings.

  • When this setting is enabled, systems with wired Internet connections will maintain the Internet connection even in sleep mode. This allows software and additional content to be downloaded 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, reducing power consumption.

Note: Systems that are not updated to version 13.0.0 or later behave as if this setting is enabled.

Changed method to start “Calibrate Joysticks” in System Setup.

  • From System Settings, go to Controllers and sensors, Select Calibrate control levers, then fully tilt the joystick in either direction and hold it tilted for a few seconds to begin calibration.

Users can now see if their wireless Internet connection is using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency band in “Connection Status” after selecting Internet in System Settings.

Have you already downloaded the latest Switch firmware update? Do you notice anything else? Leave a comment below.