Mastering the Nintendo Switch: 11 pro tips to dominate your console

The Nintendo Switch already has a large fan base, but there is still room for improvement. Here we present some useful features and settings that you should definitely know about and that are often overlooked.

With the wealth of features that the Switch launched with in 2017 and more that have been added since then, it's hard to keep track. We've picked out a few of the most important ones for you.


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1. Pair Switch with Bluetooth headphones

This wasn't possible at first, but now you can pair Bluetooth headphones with your console – and it's really quick:

System Settings → Bluetooth Audio → Pair Device

2. Connect a USB keyboard or headset to the switch

There are three USB ports on your docking station, which are great for connecting USB devices. While you can't use a keyboard for gaming, it can save time when you need to enter passwords, for example. USB headsets are also compatible.

3. Reassign the Joy-Con buttons

Sometimes the default key configuration is just not ideal. If this is the case for you, you have the option to customize your layout.


System settings → Controls and sensors → Change key assignment

4. Find misplaced Switch Joy-Cons

If you've misplaced one of your controllers, the Switch can help you find it. With the push of a button, you can make the lost controller vibrate as many times as you need until you find it again.
Main menu → Controller / Search for controller → Search controller → Vibrate

5. Use the Switch’s voice chat to talk to friends

Once you've become friends with someone, you'll have the option to talk to them through the Switch Online app. Games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Party, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate support this feature.

To use the feature, you need to download the “Nintendo Switch Online” app from the App Store (iOS devices) or the Google Play Store (Android):

6. Put Switch into Dark Mode

Dark mode can help relax your eyes and even save a little energy on the OLED models of the Switch. If you prefer this mode, you can also set it on your console.
Settings → Themes → Enable Plain Black (or Plain White to undo it)

7. Funny sounds in the Switch lock screen

You can unlock your Switch by pressing any button three times. Most buttons sound the same, but both the left and right thumbsticks and the ZL and ZR buttons sound like a clown horn. Furthermore, the click the Switch makes when you tap anywhere is pressure sensitive, meaning the sound changes depending on how hard you press.

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8. Provide additional storage space on your Switch

In some games, you only have one save slot available. If you want more, for example to be able to return to a certain point, there is a simple solution – create a second user. When you then start a game, you will be presented with a selection option.
Settings → Users → Add user

9. Use the zoom function of the Nintendo Switch

In Switch games, it often happens that you see small texts or have to search for things. To make this easier, you can use the zoom function – you can activate this in the system settings → console → zoom.

Press the home button twice. Now you can use X and Y to change the strength of the magnifying glass function.

10. Move the Switch’s storage data to a MicroSD

By default, your data is saved on your Switch's internal storage. If you need space there but don't want to lose your saved games, you can transfer them to a MicroSD memory card.
System Settings → Data Management → Move data between system and MicroSD card → Move to MicroSD card

11. Hard reset if the Switch crashes

Normally it shouldn't happen, but the Nintendo Switch isn't immune to crashing from time to time. If the console doesn't respond to any of your commands, the only thing that helps is a hard reset.

To do this, press and hold the power button on the top for about 12 seconds – the device will turn off completely. It is recommended to wait about 30 seconds before turning the Switch back on to avoid another crash.