This article will show you how to voice chat on a Nintendo Switch. There are two ways to voice chat in appropriate games. You can chat with the Nintendo Switch Online app for Android and iOS devices. The Nintendo Switch itself also supports voice chat for a headset with a microphone. Currently, only Splatoon 2 and Fortnite are supported for online voice chat. More games are likely to become available after Nintendo launches their paid online service in September 2018.
Method 1 of 2: Using the Nintendo Switch Online app
Step 1. Download and install the Nintendo Switch Online app
This app is available for free on the Google Play Store for Android devices, and on the App Store for iPhones and iPads. The app has a red icon with the word 'online' below a picture of two Joy-Cons. Follow these steps to download the app:
- Open the Google Play Store or App Store.
- Search for "Nintendo Switch Online."
- Tap on To download or to install next to the Nintendo Switch Online app.
Step 2. Open the Nintendo Switch Online app
You can open the app by tapping the icon on your device's home screen, or by tapping To open in the Google Play Store or App Store.
Step 3. Sign in to the Nintendo Switch Online app
When you have opened the app, you will first see a short presentation. Swipe left to skip the presentation and tap login. Use your Nintendo Account email address and password to sign in. If you don't have a Nintendo Account yet, tap Create a Nintendo Account at the bottom of the screen and follow the instructions to create your account.
Step 4. Open a game that supports online chat on the Switch
Tap a game image on the Nintendo Switch home screen to open the game. Currently, Splatoon 2 is the only online game that supports online chat through the app.
Step 5. Select the online chat options
In games that support online chat, there should be an option to start a new conversation or join an existing conversation in the main menu or options menu. Since Splatoon 2 is the only game to support online chat so far, you can use these steps to get to the Online Lounge in Splatoon 2:
- Launch Splatoon 2.
- Press ZR+ZL on the home screen.
- Press. several times a to skip all updates and news.
- Press X to open the menu.
- Select Lobby (or grizzco for Salmon Run).
- Select Online Lounge.
Step 6. Join an existing room or select Create a room
If you have an invite, you can select a room to enter. If you don't have any invitations, select Create a room.
Step 7. Choose a game mode
Here you can choose Private fight or any other type of fight.
If available, you can select the checkbox to password protect your room
Step 8. Tap OK
This is the button in the middle of the Nintendo Switch screen.
Step 9. Tap Send message to my smart device
This is how you create a chat room in the Nintendo Switch Online app on your smartphone or tablet.
Step 10. Tap on the chat bar at the bottom of the app
Tap the chat at the bottom of your smartphone or tablet screen. This is how you open the chat room, with options to invite friends.
Step 11. Invite your friends to your chat room
There are three ways you can invite friends to your chat room.
- Through social networks let you add friends via social media. Tap this option and then select an app to share an invite link.
- Nintendo Switch Friends let you invite friends through your Switch account.
- Players met lets you invite players you've played with before.
Step 12. Use the Nintendo Switch Online chat options
In the Nintendo Switch Online chat room, you have the following options:
Tap the person icon in the top right corner of the Nintendo Switch Online app to invite more friends.
To mute the chat room:
Tap the crossed out microphone icon to mute the chat room.
Tap the X icon at the bottom of the screen to exit the chat room.
Method 2 of 2: Using a headset with a microphone
Step 1. Connect a headset with microphone to the jack input
The jack input can be found at the top of the Nintendo Switch, next to the game card opening.
Step 2. Open a suitable multiplayer game
Tap a game image on the Nintendo Switch home screen to open the game. Fortnite is currently the only game that supports multiplayer chat via headset. You can download this game for free from Nintendo eShop.
Step 3. Select a multiplayer mode
In suitable games, you can talk to your teammates through your headset. In Fortnite you can talk to your squad or friend in Battle Royal mode.