Nintendo Switch firmware has been updated to version 13.0.0

A few months have passed since the Nintendo Switch received a firmware update last time, and 5 months have passed since the last major firmware update was released for the console. Most of the updates during the summer are minor updates, where bug fixes and stability improvements have always been the focus.

This pattern has changed tonight. Nintendo has released a new firmware update for Nintendo Switch. After the update, the console should be version 13.0.0. This is a major update, mainly to increase Bluetooth audio support and several switchable options related to the Internet connection of the Switch. The patch description is below.

Added Bluetooth® audio support.

  • Headphones, earbuds, speakers and other Bluetooth-connected audio devices can now be paired with Nintendo Switch series systems for audio output.
    • Bluetooth microphone is not supported.
    • When using Bluetooth audio, the system can connect up to two compatible wireless controllers.
    • When local wireless communication is active, Bluetooth audio cannot be used.
    • Depending on the Bluetooth audio device, there may be some audio delay.
    • For more information, see How to pair and manage Bluetooth audio devices.

For Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch-OLED model system, the “Update Dock” has been added under the system in the system settings, allowing the use of the LAN port to update the software of the Nintendo Switch Dock.

  • The Nintendo Switch docking station without a LAN port cannot be updated using the docking station software.
  • This feature is not added to Nintendo Switch Lite.
  • For more information, see How to update the docking station firmware.

Added “Maintain Internet connection in sleep mode” under sleep mode in system settings.

  • When this setting is enabled, even in sleep mode, systems with a wired Internet connection will maintain an Internet connection. This allows software and additional content to be downloaded to the system while the system is in sleep mode.
    • This setting is enabled by default.
  • When this setting is disabled, the system will only connect to the Internet periodically, thereby reducing power consumption and delaying downloads in sleep mode.

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

The method of activating the “calibration lever” in the system settings has been changed.

  • From system settings, go to Controller and sensor, choose Calibration lever, And then fully tilt the lever in either direction and keep it tilted for a few seconds to start calibration.

Users can now select the Internet in the system settings and check whether their wireless Internet connection uses the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency band under “Connection Status”.