Nintendo Switch: 11 handy features you probably didn't know about

Nintendo Switch: 11 handy features you probably didn't know about
5 min read
26 December 2022

Whether you use your Nintendo Switch from time to time or on a regular basis: You probably don't know all the practical features that can be found on your console. We've picked out a few of them for you and we'll also tell you how to use them.

When the Nintendo Switch first appeared on the shelves in 2017, it already came with numerous functions. Over the years, countless more have been added. With the large number of Switch features, it's hard to keep track of them all. We've picked out a few of the most important ones for you.

Nintendo Switch: Hidden features make life easier

1. Pairing your Switch with Bluetooth headphones

It wasn't available initially, but now you can pair your Bluetooth headphones with your console - especially handy if you find cables annoying, and it's quick too:

System Settings > Bluetooth Audio > Pair Device.

2. Connecting a USB keyboard or headset to the Switch

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

3. Rearranging the buttons on your Switch's Joy-Cons

Sometimes the default button configuration just isn't ideal for you. If that's the case for you as well, you have the option to tweak your layout.

System Settings > Controls and Sensors > Change Button Layout.

4. Finding misplaced Joy-Cons of the Switch again

If you misplace one of your controllers, the Switch can help you find it again. By pressing a button, it will vibrate the lost controller until you find it again.

Main Menu > Controllers / Search for Controller > Find Controller > Vibrate.

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

Once you've befriended someone, you have the option to talk to them via the Switch online mobile app. Games such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Party, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate already support this feature.

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

6. Turn your Switch into Dark Mode.

The Dark Mode can provide relaxation for your eyes every now and then. If you also prefer this mode, you can also set it on your console.

Settings > Designs > Plain Black option (or Plain White to undo it).

7. Funny sounds on the Switch lock screen.

You can unlock your Switch by pressing any button three times. Most of the 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 that the Switch makes when you tap anywhere is pressure sensitive. That means the sound changes depending on how hard you press.

8. Providing additional storage space on your Switch

In some games, you only have one storage space available. If you want one more, for example, to be able to return to a location, there is a simple solution - create a second user. Then, when you start a game, you'll be presented with a choice.

Settings > Users > Add User.

9. Using the zoom function of the Nintendo Switch

In Switch games, it regularly happens that you get small texts displayed or have to search for things. To make this easier for you, you can use the zoom function - you can activate this in 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. Moving the Switch's storage data to a MicroSD

By default, your data is stored on the internal memory of your Switch. If you need space there but don't want to lose your save games, you can transfer them to a MicroSD.

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 even the Nintendo Switch isn't immune to crashing every now and then. If the console does not respond to any of your commands, the only solution is a hard reset.

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

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