Nintendo Switch Online Mobile App Update Actually Makes App Useful

Voice chat for Nintendo consoles has been a long-standing frustration for players of all stripes. Most Nintendo consoles and games have not included ways to communicate with other players, which has been an increasingly aggravating omission, especially because other consoles put this functionality front and center. With the Switch, Nintendo set out to change this… kind of.

The Switch still does not feature built-in voice chat, and neither do the games, but Nintendo has alleviated this somewhat by the release of the Nintendo Switch Online app (available here for iOS and here for Android). Until recently, the app worked more like the YouTube app and less like other communication software. If your phone fell asleep while you were using the app, the app would stop working. If you opened other apps, it would stop working.

Thankfully, this is no longer the case. With update 1.1.0, these issues are now a thing of the past and you can get back to playing Splatoon 2 the way you want to… mostly.

Details below:

Version 1.1.0

  • Voice chat will now continue when other apps are opened. (*1)
  • Voice chat will now continue during sleep mode. (*2)
  • Improved support for Bluetooth devices. (For Android devices only.)

(*1) This excludes apps with audio output or apps that use the microphone.

(*2) If the power-saving feature is activated on devices using Android 6.0 or later, voice chat may be interrupted after the device has entered sleep mode. To use voice chat during sleep mode, go to Other Settings > Power Saving Settings in the app and deactivate battery optimization on the Android device. For more details, please refer to the official website for your smart device.

What do you think of the update? About the Switch Online app in general? Let us know!

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