Yes, the Nintendo Switch has Bluetooth – here’s how to connect a headset or new controller

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The Switch has Bluetooth features built in.

  • The Nintendo Switch does have Bluetooth, and you can use it to connect headphones or controllers.
  • If you buy a Bluetooth adapter, you can even connect non-Nintendo controllers to the Switch.
  • These Bluetooth adapters can be used when the Switch is docked or in handheld mode.
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Between wireless controllers and wireless headphones, Bluetooth is one of the most popular technologies around today. Nearly every major device uses Bluetooth in some way, and that includes the Nintendo Switch.

When it first launched, the Switch’s Bluetooth features were pretty limited. And while it’s still not the best device for Bluetooth fanatics, it now supports both Bluetooth headphones and controllers.

Here’s how Bluetooth works on the Switch, and how to connect your headphones or controllers.

Yes, the Nintendo Switch has Bluetooth

The Nintendo Switch uses Bluetooth to connect with both wireless controllers and audio devices.

Pairing headphones

To pair Bluetooth headphones or speakers with your Switch, make sure the console is updated and then open the Settings menu. Scroll down to Bluetooth Audio and select Pair Device, then connect your headphones.

The Nintendo Switch's Bluetooth Audio screen.
You can pair your headphones with the Switch through this menu.

Just note that once you’ve connected a pair of Bluetooth headphones to the Switch, you can only connect two wireless controllers (or one pair of Joy-Cons). And your headphones will disconnect while playing local multiplayer.

For more information on how the Switch’s Bluetooth audio feature works, check out our article “How to connect Bluetooth headphones to a Nintendo Switch in 2 ways.”

Pairing controllers

Most official Nintendo Switch controllers are wireless, and they all connect in the same way.

On the Switch’s home screen, select the Controllers icon and then Change Grip/Order. At that point, you’ll likely just need to press your controller’s shoulder buttons at the same time. If you’re trying to pair a totally new controller, you might also need to press the controller’s SYNC button.

For more details on syncing new wireless controllers, see our article “How to sync Nintendo Switch controllers with your system, so that up to eight people can play at once.”

Nintendo Switch Controllers
By default, you can connect up to eight wireless controllers at once.

But what if you want to play your Switch with a controller from another system – say, the PlayStation DualShock? There’s no built-in way to do it, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

If you’re willing to spend a few extra dollars, you can go on Amazon and buy a Nintendo Switch Bluetooth adapter. These adapters plug right into your console or dock and let you connect extra Bluetooth devices.

The best Nintendo Switch Bluetooth adapters to buy

If you want to connect wireless headphones to your Nintendo Switch without the controller and local multiplayer restrictions mentioned above, try the Thunderobot Bluetooth 5.0 Audio Transmitter.

You’ll plug it into your Switch’s charging port when in handheld mode, or into the Switch’s charging stand when it’s docked. Just note that you might experience some audio delay compared to the built-in wireless headphone feature.

If you’re instead looking to connect a non-Nintendo controller to the Switch, check out 8BitDo’s Wireless USB Adapter. Not only will it let you use controllers like the DualShock, it’ll let you remap the buttons too.

A person plays a Nintendo Switch with a PS5 DualShock controller.
The 8BitDo wireless adapter (seen here plugged into the Switch’s dock on the right side) lets you connect nearly any modern game controller.

The Switch’s native Bluetooth features will absolutely be enough for most users. But if you’re a big Bluetooth aficionado, you might want to invest in a Bluetooth adapter or two.

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How to connect Bluetooth headphones to a Nintendo Switch in 2 ways

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The Nintendo Switch now natively supports Bluetooth headphones.

  • You can connect Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch through the System Settings menu.
  • While you have Bluetooth headphones connected, you can only use up to two wireless controllers.
  • If you prefer, you can also connect Bluetooth headphones to your Switch with a Bluetooth adapter.
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It took a few years, but the Nintendo Switch finally supports Bluetooth headphones right out of the box. It only takes a few moments to set the feature up, but it has a number of limitations.

That’s why you can also use a Bluetooth adapter, which is more work but gives you more options.

Here’s how to connect Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch, using either the built-in Bluetooth feature or a Bluetooth adapter.

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch

Using the built-in Bluetooth

Before anything, make sure that your Nintendo Switch is updated. The Bluetooth pairing feature is only available in the most recent versions of Switch’s operating system, so you’ll need to update to unlock it.

Your Switch should let you know when there’s an update available, but you can check manually by opening System Settings and scrolling down to the System tab.

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You might need to update your Switch before connecting a headset.

Once you’ve updated:

1. Open your Switch’s System Settings menu by selecting the gear icon on the home screen.

2. Scroll down to the Bluetooth Audio tab, and then select Pair Device.

The Nintendo Switch's Bluetooth Audio screen.
Pair a new device to the Switch.

3. Put your Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode and hold them close to the Switch.

4. When your headphones appear as an option on the Switch, select them and let the devices connect.

A Nintendo Switch screenshot of a page asking the user if they'd like to connect to a pair of AirPods.
Connect to your headphones when they appear on screen.

Once connected, all sound will come through the Bluetooth headphones until they’re disconnected. In the future, the devices should connect automatically. You can disconnect or unpair your headphones from the Switch by returning to this menu and selecting your headphones.

But connecting Bluetooth headphones to the Switch comes with some restrictions.

  • While connected, you can only use up to two wireless controllers (or one pair of Joy-Cons).
  • Your headphones will be disconnected during local multiplayer.
  • Bluetooth microphones won’t work.

Some users have also claimed that using the built-in Bluetooth feature makes the console very quiet. If you feel the same, go to the System menu and make sure that the Lower Max Headphone Volume option is turned off.

The Nintendo Switch's System settings page, with the "Lower Max Headphone Volume" option turned off.
Make sure that volume limits are turned off.

If you don’t feel like dealing with these restrictions, you can connect your headphones with a Bluetooth adapter instead.

Using a Bluetooth adapter

Bluetooth adapters are tiny dongles that connect to your Switch’s charging port or dock and let you connect Bluetooth devices. These don’t just have to be headphones – some, like the 8BitDo Wireless Adapter, will let you connect non-Nintendo controllers to your Switch too.

You can get a good Bluetooth headphone adapter on Amazon for not much money. Once you do, here’s how to use it:

1. With the adapter inserted into the Switch, hold the pair button for several seconds to place it into pairing mode. Most will flash once in this mode.

2. Now hold down the pair button on your headphones. When the light on the adapter becomes solid or turns off, you’ve successfully paired the devices.

Be sure to follow the pairing instructions included in your specific adapter’s manual.

Steven John contributed to a previous version of this article.

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How to delete your PS4 user account or permanently close your PlayStation Network account

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If you delete a PS4 user account, you’ll permanently lose its data.

  • You can delete your PS4 account by navigating to Login Settings.
  • Deleting a PS4 user account will result in the loss of all data and screenshots tied to the account.
  • You can also close a PSN account, though this is more serious and will delete your ID.
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If you’re selling your PlayStation 4, you may want to disconnect your PS4 user account from the device. You may even decide to permanently delete your PlayStation Network account.

Whatever your reason for deleting your PlayStation accounts, there are a few steps needed to accomplish either of these goals.

How to delete PS4 user account

1. On your PS4, go to Settings.

2. Choose Login Settings in the drop-down.

3. On the Login Settings page, select User Management.

A screenshot of the PS4 Login Settings page with a box around the User Management option.
You can find the Login Settings in the Settings menu dropdown.

4. On the User Management page, select Delete User.

5. A list of users will appear on the next screen – select the user you wish to delete.

A screenshot of the PS4 Delete User screen with a box around a user named User1.
To reach the Delete User page, select the “Delete User” option on the User Management page.

6. Select Delete.

A screenshot of the PS4 Delete User screen with a box around the delete button.
After selecting delete on this page, your PS4 will ask you to confirm your decision.

7. Select Yes to confirm deletion of the account and wait for the PS4 to finish.

8. Click OK.

How to close your PlayStation Network account

Deleting your PlayStation Network account differs from deleting your user account as it deletes your PlayStation ID. Deleting it is a serious undertaking and will result in the following:

  • Loss of access to any content purchased using the account. The content is non-transferable and refunds are unlikely.
  • Your PlayStation ID cannot be used to create a new account.
  • Loss of access to any subscriptions and what they include.
  • Loss of access to your PlayStation Network wallet. Funds in the wallet are subsequently gone for good.

If you wish to delete your PlayStation Network account, this is how:

1. Go to the PlayStation support contact page.

2. Click Account & Security.

3. Click Change Online ID & other account questions.

A screenshot of the PlayStation support contact page with a box around the "Account & Security" menu option and another box around the "Change Online ID & other account questions" submenu option.
You must have “Accounts & Security” selected on the support page in order to see the “Change Online ID & other account questions” option.

4. Scroll down and under Need to contact us?, click Chat now in the Live chat box.

5. Fill in the requested information and click Request chat.

A screenshot of the PlayStation support Live Chat with a box around the account-identifying fields and the "Request chat" button.
Your PlayStation Network account information is needed before you can start a live chat with a support team member.

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How to sync Nintendo Switch controllers with your system, so that up to eight people can play at once

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To sync a Nintendo Switch controller, you’ll need to go into the “Change Grip/Order” menu.

  • You can sync up to eight Nintendo Switch controllers to a single Nintendo Switch.
  • You can play using the Joy-Con controllers as one unit, as two separate controllers, or you can use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
  • There are also special controller hubs, which often require their own separate accessories to sync with your Switch.
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When it comes to Nintendo Switch games, the more the merrier. Multiplayer gaming only enhances the fun, especially when you and your friends or family are playing together in the same room.

A Switch console can support eight controllers connected at the same time. This means four pairs of Joy-Cons (or eight if you’re playing them individually), eight Pro Controllers, and up to two controller hubs (each of which supports four controllers, again adding up to eight).

Once you’ve got your controllers, here’s how to sync them.

How to sync a Nintendo Switch controller with your console

The best way to sync a Nintendo Switch controller will depend on what sort of controller you have.

The easiest way to sync a pair of Joy-Con controllers to a Nintendo Switch is simply to slide them onto the physical console. The right- and left-hand Joy-Con controller will then be linked to that Nintendo Switch until affixed to a different console, or until the remote pairing steps below are followed.

You can also sync a Pro Controller by connecting it to your Switch’s dock with a USB-C cable.

To pair controllers remotely:

1. From the Switch’s homepage, scroll down to the “Controllers” tab – it looks like a single gray Joy-Con – and click it.

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You can pair and re-order Nintendo Switch controllers from the “Controllers” icon link at the bottom of the home screen.

2. Select “Change Grip/Order.”

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This is where you’ll go to add new controllers or change their configuration.

3. If you’re trying to pair a new controller or Joy-Con, you’ll want to press and hold its SYNC button (a small circular button, usually on the top) for about five seconds before moving on to the next steps.

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Every Switch controller has a SYNC button, which you’ll press when you’re first syncing it.

4. If you want to use a Joy-Con (or multiple Joy-Cons) as an individual controller, take it out of the Switch and press both its shoulder buttons at the same time – they’re labeled “SL” and “SR.” It may take a few presses for the Switch to recognize them.

5. If you want to use two Joy-Cons as a single controller, press the shoulder buttons on each Joy-Con at the same time. They’re labeled “ZL” and “ZR.” You can add up to four Joy-Con pairs.

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You’ll want to press “SL” and “SR” if using a single Joy-Con, or “ZL” and “ZR” if using them together.

6. If you want to pair a Pro Controller, press its shoulder buttons, “ZL” and “ZR,” at the same time.

If a controller that worked before won’t sync, press the SYNC button anyway (again, the small circular button). Your Switch may have forgotten the controller and needs to be reminded of it again.

If you’re using a controller hub, just connect the hub to your Switch’s dock via USB and plug your controllers into the hub. They should work automatically.

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A controller hub should work without having to sync.

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How to record gameplay on PS4 and edit or share your video

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To record gameplay on your PlayStation 4, just use the Share button.

  • You can record on your PS4 for most games by double-clicking the Share button.
  • The PS4 retroactively records the past 15 minutes of gameplay, but you can set it to record up to an hour.
  • Footage can be trimmed and uploaded to Twitter and YouTube directly from your PS4.
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If you ever want to share gameplay footage of your gaming sessions with friends, your PlayStation 4 has you covered with recording ability and basic editing tools. It can even retroactively record the previous 15 minutes of gameplay without you having to hit record.

Here’s how to do it all.

How to record gameplay on PS4

Recording gameplay on your PS4 can be accomplished by pressing the Share button on your PS4 controller twice in quick succession. The recording can be stopped at any time by clicking the button twice again.

How to autosave recorded gameplay on PS4

Your PlayStation 4 automatically records the last 15 minutes of gameplay and saves it in your device’s video cache.

1. Press the Share button on your PS4 controller. Only press the Share button once. Pressing it twice will start a new recording and wipe the cache.

2. Select Save Video Clip or hit the Square button on your controller.

A screenshot of the PS4 share screen with a box around the Video Clip option.
The default recording length for previous gameplay is 15 minutes, but you can change this length in the Share and Broadcast settings.

How to edit and share PS4 recorded gameplay

1. From the PS4 Home Screen, select the Capture Gallery.

A screenshot of the PS4 home screen with a box around the Capture Gallery menu option.
To access the PS4 control screen, push the PlayStation button on your controller.

2. Find and select the clip that you want to share.

3. Press Options and select Trim.

A screenshot of the PS4 capture gallery with a clip selected and a box around the Trim option.
The Trim option is found in the Options Menu.

4. Navigate through the timeline using the D-Pad on your controller until you find where you want the clip to start.

A screenshot of the PS4 Trim clip screen.
You can specify both the beginning and end points of your clip.

5. Press L2. You can also press X and then select Start Here.

6. Navigate to where you want the clip to end and press R2. You can also press X and then select End Here.

7. Press OK and select whether you want to save the trimmed version as a new clip or overwrite the existing one. Saving as a new clip will preserve the original, whereas overwriting it will result in the loss of the original clip.

8. Now, select the clip in the Capture Gallery and press the Share button on your controller. Select if you want to upload it to Twitter or YouTube, and select Share to begin the upload.

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How to enable Xbox accessibility features to get closed captions, a magnifier, and more

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Xbox offers some of the most expansive accessibility settings in gaming.

  • The Xbox’s accessibility features let you enable closed captions, high contrast colors, a screen magnifier, and more.
  • You can find the accessibility features in your Xbox Series X/S or Xbox One’s Settings menu.
  • These accessibility tools are meant to help users with visual, auditory, and neurological disabilities.
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Video games are more advanced than ever. And while that means bigger games and better consoles, it also means that a lot of gamers are left behind.

That’s why more and more companies are investing in accessibility tools. These tools are designed for gamers with disabilities, and help them enjoy games without restrictions.

One console that has a wide range of accessibility tools is the Xbox. Both the Xbox Series X/S and the Xbox One have a variety of features that make gaming accessible.

Here’s everything to know about the Xbox’s accessibility features, including why they’re made and how to enable them.

Why Xbox offers accessibility features

In its 2020 annual report, the Entertainment Software Association found that 46 million people who play video games have some kind of disability or require the use of assistive technology.

Yet, the industry still has a long way to go in terms of increased accessibility, according to Ian Hamilton, a committee member of IGDA-GASIG, an advocacy group aimed at removing the barriers to better accessibility in gaming.

“We’re not yet at the stage when it can be assumed that even the basics – subtitles, remapping, text size, color blindness, effect intensity – will be covered, let alone the point where we really need to be, where anyone can pick up any game and have a reasonable expectation that they won’t be unnecessarily locked out,” Hamilton said.

By including these features on the Xbox, Microsoft is serving a community of gamers that’s both incredibly large and historically neglected. It’s an important step in making sure that video games are for everyone, not just those who can play them perfectly.

Xbox consoles have some of the best accessibility features

Gamers tell Insider that when it comes to accommodating players with the widest range of disabilities, from auditory, visual, and physical impairment, Microsoft – the parent company of Xbox – is ahead of the rest on several fronts.

Since Microsoft debuted its controller and additional accessories, the company has gone one step further. Last year, they announced the Xbox Accessibility Guidelines, which outlines better gameplay settings for players with disabilities.

The Game Reliability Engineering team and the Gaming Accessibility Team also now offer an “industry-first, platform-provided game accessibility testing program,” according to Xbox, that encourages developers to have their games evaluated and tested before release.

Microsoft has made sure that both consoles and PCs have built-in settings accessible to all players, including a larger suite of accessibility accessories.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller, pictured here, is built to “meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility.”

How to enable accessibility features on an Xbox

To adjust the accessibility features on your Xbox Series X/S or Xbox One, you’ll first need to open your device’s Settings menu.

If you don’t know where to find it, use your controller to select My games & apps, then scroll through the app menu.

You can also find it by pressing the Xbox button on your controller and navigating to Profile & System panel. Once you find the Settings option, select it with your controller.

After you’ve opened Settings, use your controller to scroll down to the Ease of Access menu. From here, you can customize your accessibility settings.

Narrator

The Narrator will narrate on-screen and in-game text for you. You can enable it from the Ease of Access menu.

1. In the Ease of Access menu, select Narrator.

The Xbox ease of access menu, with the Narrator option highlighted.
You can enable the Narrator to have text on screen read to you.

2. Use your controller to select the Narrator on option. If the box is checked, Narrator is enabled; if the box is unchecked, it means Narrator is turned off.

3. Once you’ve enabled Narrator, you can customize various features associated with it. Move your cursor to the Narrator options field. This will let you adjust the Narrator’s voice, volume, and pitch, among other options. Choose the settings that best suit your needs.

The Xbox's Ease of Access menu, with the Narrator options displayed.
The Narrator can have a variety of voices.

To turn the Narrator on or off quickly while playing, press and hold the Xbox button until it vibrates, and then select the Menu button.

Magnifier

The Magnifier is essentially a digital magnifying glass; it zooms in on specific parts of the screen so that they’re easier to see.

1. In the Ease of Access menu, select Magnifier.

2. Use your controller to select the Magnifier on option. If the box is checked, the Magnifier is enabled; if the box is unchecked, it means the Magnifier is turned off.

3. To learn more about the Magnifier and how to use it, select Controller shortcuts.

An Xbox's Ease of Access menu with the Magnifier options displayed.
The Magnifier is made for users who have trouble seeing the screen.

By default, you can turn the Magnifier on during gameplay by pressing and holding the Xbox button until it vibrates, and then selecting View. You can then use the triggers to zoom in and out, and the right stick to pan around the screen.

If you then rapid-tap the Xbox button twice, you can resume playing with a magnified screen.

Closed captions

If you’ve ever watched Netflix with subtitles, you already know what closed captioning is. But for the uninitiated: closed captioning is an on-screen transcription of what’s being said during a video or game, so that viewers can understand what’s happening even if they can’t hear everything.

1. In the Ease of Access menu, select Closed captioning or just Captioning.

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Select “Captioning” to set your in-game captions.

2. To enable closed captioning in your device’s default style, select On using default style. To enable closed captioning and customize its features, select On using custom style.

If you’ve chosen to customize your closed caption style, you’ll see a variety of different options appear on your screen in drop-down menus. Use your controller to select the settings you want.

The Xbox's Ease of Access menu, with the Captioning options displayed.
You’ll also get a preview of what the captions look like.

Game transcription

Transcription is a process that converts speech or dialogue into readable text. It’s useful for multiplayer games where there are often many voices speaking at once.

Keep in mind that game transcription is only available for certain games; if the game you’re playing doesn’t support this feature, you won’t be able to use it during said game.

1. On the Ease of Access menu, select Game transcription.

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Select “Game transcription” in the Ease of Access menu.

2. There are separate options available for game transcription and party chat transcription (for online multiplayer gaming). The Speech-to-text option will transcribe other players’ voices on your screen. The Text-to-speech option will read your typed chat messages aloud so that other players can hear them, while Let games read to me will narrate in-game text for you. You can also choose between several voices for these narrators via a drop-down menu.

3. Once you’ve decided what setting(s) you want to enable, select those options. When you’re finished, each of the options you chose should have their boxes checked, and the drop-down menu will list the voice that you’ve chosen.

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There are several ways to enable transcription.

High contrast colors

“High contrast” is a feature that adjusts your console’s colors and screen brightness to make it easier on the eyes. If contrasting colors make gaming visually easier for you, you may want to enable this.

1. In the Ease of Access menu, select High contrast.

2. Select the High contrast drop-down menu.

3. Select either the light theme or dark theme, depending on your preferences. Press A once you’ve chosen the option you want.

An Xbox's Ease of Access menu, with the High Contrast options displayed.
The high contrast options will change the colors on your screen.

4. Select Apply to make the change.

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How to set up your Nintendo Switch for repair when it’s not working properly

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You can initiate a repair for your Nintendo Switch through Nintendo’s website.

  • You can set up your Nintendo Switch for repair after contacting Nintendo Support through the options provided on Nintendo’s website.
  • If you purchased your Nintendo Switch less than a year ago and it is not physically damaged, your repair is likely free.
  • When sending your Nintendo Switch to a repair center, carefully wrap and pad the console to prevent any damage during shipping.
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If your Nintendo Switch isn’t working correctly and you’ve tried to troubleshoot your issue to no avail, your first step is to contact Nintendo Support via online chat, text message, or phone. If that doesn’t resolve your issue, it’s time to send in your console to a repair center.

All Nintendo products are covered by a limited hardware warranty which covers manufacturing defects for 12 months from the date of purchase, so any repairs done during this time frame should be free. However, if your device isn’t working correctly because of physical damage, it might not be covered. The turnaround time for repairs may be a few weeks.

How to set up a Nintendo Switch repair

Before you send in your Switch for repair, you should first contact Nintendo’s customer support to troubleshoot the particular issue, if possible, and then initiate a repair order.

1. Go to the Nintendo Support website. Select your region.

2. Scroll down to the Quick Links section at the end of the page. Click Contact Us.

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You’ll want to contact Nintendo Support before you initiate a repair. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to select “Contact Us.”

3. Scroll down to the list of contact options, then choose the one you prefer. Options include Chat, Text Message, Phone, and submitting a Help Ticket.

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Choose any of the four methods to contact Nintendo Support.

4. Complete the troubleshooting steps suggested by a member of the Support team for your specific issue.

5. If the issue is still not resolved, to initiate a repair, you’ll need to agree to Nintendo’s Online Repair Terms and Conditions.

6. Create a repair profile or log into an existing repair profile. This is where Nintendo will communicate information and updates about your repair.

7. Enter the serial number of your Nintendo Switch to verify its warranty status.

8. Fill out the repair details, your shipping details, and your billing information.

9. Once you’re finished filling out your repair order, click Complete. You will receive an email with repair instructions shortly after.

How to package your Nintendo Switch for repair

Once you’ve set up your repair order, it’s time to package your Nintendo Switch and send it to Nintendo.

1. Write a repair letter and include it with your Nintendo Switch. The letter should include basic information like your name, return shipping address, and phone number. It should also include your repair order number, a brief description of the problem with your Nintendo Switch, and a list of all of the items enclosed in the package.

2. Place your Nintendo Switch and letter in a plain box, wrapping it in clear cling wrap (the kind you use in the kitchen) then padding it well to prevent damage during shipping.

  • If you’re reusing a box, remove or completely cover any old labels. It must be a box and not a padded envelope.
  • Do not include any games or accessories (unless those are part of the repair order). If including small items or games, put them in a sealable plastic bag.
  • Know that stickers and screen protectors may not be returned, so if you’d like to keep them, remove them from your Switch before sending.

3. Attach the shipping label provided by Nintendo to the box. Alternatively, write the repair center address, your return address, and the repair order number on the outside of the box.

4. Seal the box with tape and drop it off with the appropriate shipping carrier.

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How to use PS Remote Play to play PS5 games on a computer, mobile device, or another console

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PS Remote Play puts your PS5 games on nearly any phone or computer.

  • PS5 Remote Play lets you play your PS5 games and apps on a computer, phone, tablet, or another console.
  • Your PS5 will need a fast internet connection – preferably over Ethernet – to use Remote Play.
  • Remote Play is free for all users, since all you need is a PlayStation Network account, not a subscription.
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There’s no denying that the PlayStation 5 is a very big console. It’s not the kind of device you can take everywhere you go – but that doesn’t mean you need to leave your games behind.

PS Remote Play is a free feature that lets you stream your PS5’s screen to a Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, or Android device. You can also stream to another PS5 or even a PS4. It’s a great way to play your favorite games on the go.

Here’s how to set up Remote Play on your PS5, and then use it to play on a computer, phone, tablet, or another console.

How to use PS5 Remote Play

First, we need to set up Remote Play on the PS5 itself.

1. Turn on your PS5 and open its Settings app by selecting the gear icon in the top-right corner of the home screen.

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Open your PS5’s settings.

2. Select System, and then Remote Play.

3. Toggle on the switch next to Enable Remote Play.

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Turn on Remote Play through this menu.

4. In the left sidebar, scroll down and select Power Saving, and then Features Available in Rest Mode.

The Power Saving menu on a PS5, with "Features Available in Rest Mode" highlighted.
Head down to the “Power Saving” section.

5. Toggle on the switches next to both Stay Connected to the Internet and Enable Turning On PS5 from Network.

A PS5 menu with three options. Two of the options - Stay Connected to the Internet and Enable Turning On PS5 from Network - are highlighted.
These settings make sure that you can connect to your PS5 even when it’s idle.

Next, download the PS Remote Play app on your computer or phone. You can find the Windows app on this page, the Mac app on this page (both under Install the app), the iPhone/iPad app in the App Store, and the Android app in the Play Store.

1. Once downloaded, open the PS Remote Play app on whichever device you downloaded it to.

2. On the screen that appears, click or tap Sign In to PSN and log into your PlayStation Network account (you just need an account, not a subscription). You might also need to enter a two-step verification code.

A white screen that says "Welcome to PS Remote Play!" A blue icon reading "Sign In to PSN" is highlighted.
You just need a free PSN account, not a PSN subscription.

3. After you log in, you’ll be given an explanation of how to connect the PS5 controller to your device. You can do that now or later.

Instructions on how to pair a PS5 controller with a non-PlayStation device.
PlayStation controllers have Bluetooth, meaning they can be used with a wide range of devices.

4. You’ll be asked which console you want to connect to. Select PS5.

5. Your device will take a few moments to detect, wake, and connect to the PS5. Once it does, your PS5’s screen will appear on your device, along with some on-screen controls. You can control it like this, or connect the DualSense controller.

An iPhone running a PS5's screen. All the buttons on a PS5 controller are displayed.
Mobile users will see a shrunken version of the PS5 controller layout.

When you want to quit, just close the Remote Play app. Or if you’re in the mobile app, tap the gear icon and then Disconnect.

Remember that streaming your PS5 to another device takes a lot of internet bandwidth. It won’t work over mobile internet, and even on fast Wi-Fi connections, you should expect some lag and quality drops.

For the best setup, connect both your PS5 and device (if possible) to an Ethernet cable. This will give you the fastest connection and smoothest streaming experience.

How to use Remote Play to stream to another PS5 or PS4

If you have multiple PlayStation consoles but all your games are on one of them, you can use Remote Play to stream content between them.

1. Set up Remote Play on the main PS5 you want to stream from using the steps above.

2. On the PS5 or PS4 you want to stream to, open the Remote Play app. If it’s not on the home screen, it might be in the Game Library.

The Game Library on a PS5, with the Remote Play app highlighted.
Select the Remote Play app.

3. Select Start, and then PS5 or Find Your PS5.

4. Sign into your PlayStation Network account and let it search for your main PS5.

5. Once found, select the PS5 that you want to stream from. Your current console will connect to that PS5, and its screen will appear on your display.

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How to sync a Wii Remote to a Wii, Wii U, or PC

A Wii Remote and a TV playing Wii Sports.
It only takes a few moments to connect a Wii Remote to your console.

  • You can sync a Wii Remote to a Wii or Wii U console by pressing the sync button on both the remote and the console.
  • You’ll need to sync each Wii Remote separately before using them.
  • If your Wii Remote won’t sync, make sure its batteries aren’t low, and try closing whatever game is currently open.
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Before you start playing your Nintendo Wii or Wii U, you’ll need to sync your Wii Remote to the console. If you’ve paired headphones to your phone via Bluetooth before, then you’re probably familiar with the general steps.

Here’s how to sync a Wii Remote with a Wii or Wii U, and what to do if they won’t connect.

How to sync your Wii Remote to a Wii

1. Turn on your Wii and open the SD card cover on the front of the console to find the SYNC button. It’s a dark red square.

A Wii console with its SD Card Cover both opened and closed.
You’ll find the Wii’s SYNC button inside the SD Card Cover.

2. Grab the Wii Remote you want to sync and remove the battery cover to find its SYNC button – a small red button below the batteries.

A Wii Remote with the battery cover removed and the SYNC button highlighted.
Press the SYNC button, located in the battery compartment.

3. Press and release the SYNC button on the Wii Remote. The four lights on the front of the Wii Remote will blink.

4. While the lights on the Wii Remote are still blinking, press and release the SYNC button on the Wii console.

A Wii Remote and Wii console. The lights on the Remote and the SYNC button on the Wii are highlighted.
Press both SYNC buttons.

5. When the four lights on the Wii remote stop blinking and one light remains lit (indicating the player number, one to four), you’ve successfully synced the remote.

A Wii Remote. One light is illuminated at the bottom.
Once paired, one light should be lit at the bottom of the Wii Remote.

Repeat these steps for any additional Wii Remotes. You can pair up to four Wii Remotes with a console at once.

How to sync your Wii Remote to a Wii U

1. With your Wii U turned on, grab the Wii Remote you want to sync and remove its battery cover to find the small red SYNC button. If you have a Wii Remote with a hole in the battery cover that leads to the SYNC button, you can just use that.

2. Press and hold the SYNC button located on the front of the Wii U console for a few seconds until you see the sync menu appear on-screen.

A Wii U console. Its SYNC button is highlighted.
Press the Wii U’s SYNC button to open a new menu.

3. Press the SYNC button on the Wii Remote. The four lights on the front of the Remote will start blinking, and once it pairs with the console, only one will remain lit. It’ll also appear on-screen in the 1 box.

A screen showing player numbers and battery levels for connected controllers.
Your Wii Remote’s player number and battery level will appear on screen.

Repeat these steps for any other controllers you want to pair. You can sync up to four Wii Remotes to a Wii U, but only one GamePad can be connected at any given time.

How to sync your Wii Remote with a PC

Your Wii Remotes and consoles connect using a Bluetooth connection. This means that your Wii Remotes can be connected to other devices – like computers.

If you want to connect your Wii Remote to your PC – to use it with the Dolphin emulator, for instance – here’s what you’ll do.

1. Open the Control Panel and select Add a device.

A Windows 10 Control Panel app with the "Add a device" option highlighted.
Click the “Add a device” option.

2. When your PC starts searching for devices to connect to, press the SYNC button on the back of your Wii Remote.

3. An option will appear in the list of devices labeled Nintendo RVL and a series of letters and numbers. Click this, and then click Next.

A Windows 10 Bluetooth menu with the Nintendo Wii Remote option highlighted.
Select the “Nintendo RVL” option when it appears.

4. You’ll be asked for a passcode. Just click Next without entering one.

A Windows 10 screen asking the user to enter a passcode to connect their device.
You don’t have to enter a passcode.

Your Wii Remote is now connected to your PC.

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PS5 storage: How to manage your console’s storage or expand it with an external hard drive

PlayStation 5
You can expand your PS5’s storage space easily.

  • The PS5 has 825GB of storage space, but you can only use 667.2GB of it – unless you use an external hard drive.
  • Your external hard drive can store both PS5 and PS4 games, and you can play PS4 games straight from the drive.
  • To work with a PS5, your external hard drive needs to have at least 250GB of storage space.
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The PlayStation 5 comes with 825GB of storage space. However, you can only use 667.2GB of that space – the rest is taken up by mandatory system files. This means that if you play a lot of games, it won’t take you long to run out of storage.

Luckily, you aren’t stuck with the default 825GB. If you need more space on your PS5, you can connect an external hard drive and move all your games onto it. You can even play PS4 games straight from the drive, meaning that they never have to take up space on your PlayStation again.

Here’s how to set up an external drive on your PS5 and expand your storage space.

How to set up your PS5’s external storage

Before you start, note that using your hard drive for PS5 storage will erase everything already on the drive. If there’s anything you want to keep, move it somewhere else before connecting your hard drive to the PS5.

1. Turn on your PS5 and plug the hard drive into one of the USB ports on the back. The USB port on the front doesn’t support hard drives.

A PlayStation 5 with a USB external drive plugged in.
Plug your external hard drive into one of the rear USB ports.

2. Open your PS5’s Settings menu by clicking the gear icon in the top-right corner of the home page, and then select Storage.

A PS5 home screen, with the Settings icon in the corner highlighted.
Open your PS5’s settings.

3. Select USB Extended Storage, and then Format as USB Extended Storage.

A PS5's USB storage page, with the option to add an external hard drive highlighted.
Format your external hard drive to link it with the PS5.

Your PlayStation will format the drive and turn it into an extended storage space. Don’t unplug the drive or your PS5 until it’s done.

Once it’s formatted, your hard drive will be linked to the PS5. You can’t use it to store data from other devices until you unpair it from the PS5 (check out the How to delete games from your PS5’s external storage section below for more info).

How to move games to or from your PS5’s external storage

None of your games will move to the drive automatically, although any PS4 game you download from this point on will download onto the drive by default.

While the drive is connected, you can play any PS4 game on it without moving it back. If you want to play a PS5 game that’s stored on it, however, you’ll have to move the game back onto the console first.

To move your existing games, you’ve got two options.

Through the Game Library

1. Open your PS5’s Game Library. You can find it as the right-most option in the list of apps on your home page.

2. Scroll over any game you want to move and press the Options button on your controller.

3. In the menu that appears, select Move to USB Extended Storage.

A PS5's Game Library app, with the option to move a game onto the hard drive highlighted.
You can move any game onto the hard drive, as long as it has enough space.

4. A new menu will appear with a list of all your games, separated into two tabs: Move PS4 Content and Move PS5 Games. Go through these tabs and select all the games you want to move, and then select Move in the bottom-right corner.

A PS5 menu that lets you move games between the console and hard drive.
Select and move the games you want.

Through the Settings menu

1. Open the Settings menu and select Storage.

2. If you want to move games onto the hard drive, select Console. If you want to take games off the hard drive, select USB Extended Storage.

3. In either menu, click Games & Apps.

A PS5's storage page, with the "Games & Apps" option highlighted.
Select the “Games & Apps” option.

4. The same menu with all your games will appear. Go through them and select all the games you want to move, and then select Move in the bottom-right corner.

How to delete games from your PS5’s external storage

Once again, you’ve got two options.

If you want to delete a specific game

1. Open the Settings app, select Storage, and then USB Extended Storage.

2. Click Games & Apps to open a list of everything on your external hard drive.

3. At the top of the screen, select the Delete Content tab.

4. Select all of the games you want to delete, and then click Delete in the bottom-right corner.

If you want to delete everything on the external hard drive at once

1. Once again, open the Settings app, select Storage, and then USB Extended Storage.

2. Click the three dots (…) next to the Safely Remove from PS5 option.

3. Select Format as exFAT.

A PS5's USB storage page, with the option to format the hard drive highlighted.
Select the “Format” option to erase the hard drive.

This will erase everything on the drive, and return it to factory default settings. This means that if you want to use it with your PS5 again, you’ll have to set it up from scratch.

This is also the method you’ll use if you want to totally unpair the external hard drive from your PS5 and use it with another device.

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