In many ways, the Nintendo switch it is a forward facing console. It lets you take big-budget experiences on the go, making a great promise that hasn’t worked for your competitors so far. However, in others, that is, in online functionality and voice chat, the Nintendo Switch is quite dated. Voice chat in particular is a tricky business, requiring a separate smart device and a dedicated app to function. To help you get the Nintendo Switch voice chat up and running, we’ve put this together Nintendo Switch Voice Chat Guide. We will see how to download the necessary application, in which games you can voice chat, and whether or not you need a Nintendo Online subscription to use voice chat.
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Nintendo Switch Voice Chat
You can only use voice chat on Nintendo Switch for a small selection of games. We’ll describe them later, but for now, let’s take a look at the voice chat functionality of the Nintendo Switch. The first thing to keep in mind is that you need the Nintendo Switch Online app to use voice chat. This means that all voice chat will run through a separate smart device. Let’s move on to how to download the Nintendo Switch Online app.
How to Download the Nintendo Switch Online App
As we mentioned earlier, you will need to download the Nintendo Switch Online app. To do so, head over to the Google Play Store for Android users or the Apple Store for iOS. Once it is downloaded, you need to log in with your Nintendo ID.
What games can you use voice chat for on Nintendo Switch?
Unlike other services, Nintendo Switch Online only allows you to use voice chat in a small handful of software. To check which software is compatible with the voice chat feature of the Nintendo Switch, you will need to open the app and select Voice Chat. Then scroll down to the ‘Compatible Software’ section and you will see what is available. We have listed all the games in which you can use Nintendo Switch voice chat below:
- Stardew valley
- Super Smash Bros Ultimate
- Super mario party
- NES online
- Mario Tennis Aces
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Splatoon 2
Do you need a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online to use voice chat on Nintendo Switch?
Nintendo Switch Online was launched in September 2018 and is a paid subscription service. You need it to play online games and therefore for voice chat. This is quite common nowadays as PS4 and Xbox One require subscriptions to use online voice chat as well.
How to start in-game voice chat on Nintendo Switch
If you are looking to voice chat in any of the supported games listed above, you will need to have downloaded the Nintendo Online app. From there, you will need to go to the online lobby of the game you are playing and then select voice chat in the app. A message will appear asking you to start voice chat. From here you can chat with anyone you are in a game with.
How does voice chat work for Fortnite on Nintendo Switch?
One exception to the Nintendo Switch voice chat standard is Fortnite. In Fortnite, you only need to plug a headset with a microphone into the headphone jack. You can chat with any member of your team, regardless of the platform they are playing on.
More and more games are likely to start adopting the same voice chat functionality as Fortnite. As new games are added, we will make sure to update this page.