How to Fix Nintendo Switch Sound Not Working Problem

To fix the audio problems on Nintendo Switch, disconnect/un-pair any Bluetooth device connected with your console, and then connect it again.

If this does not work, check the console audio setting, try playing another game, update the software, or restart your Switch console.

Are you facing the sound issue on your Switch console when its docked? If yes, here are some quick fixes:

1. Use the HDMI cable that came with your Nintendo Switch. Also, if you are using HDMI splitter, try connecting your console directly to the TV.

2. Plug earphones or headphones to your Switch, dock the Switch and then unplug the earphones. This may seem strange, but it has worked for many users.

Disconnect Bluetooth devices

If you have recently connected a Bluetooth speaker or headphones to your Switch console, it may still be outputting the sound to that device.

This can be solved by turning off the Bluetooth on your Switch console. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open System Settings from the home menu.
  2. Next, go to Bluetooth Audio. You will see a list of Bluetooth devices you have recently paired with your console.
  3. To remove the device, select it. See the screenshot below:
  1. Next, choose the Remove Device option.

Check Audio setting

By default, your Switch gaming console will be on mute when headphones are disconnected. Here’s how to enable it:

  1. Open System Settings.
  2. Scroll to System.
  3. Click on the Mute When Headphones are Disconnected setting and turn it Off.

Try Another Game

The issue may not be with your Switch but with the game. Try playing another game and see if the sound problem persists.

If it does not, it means the issue was with the particular game.

Nintendo has a built-in function in its software to check any game data for corrupt files.

  1. To check if your Nintendo Switch has any corrupt files, open System Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select Data Management.
  3. Select Manage Software in the right sidebar.
  4. Select the game with issue and choose Check for Corrupt Data option.

Install Software Updates

Outdated software can also cause unexpected issues like flickering and sound problems on your Nintendo Switch.

  1. To update your Nintendo Switch, open System Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select System in the left sidebar, and then select System Update. See the screenshot below:

If any new update is available, it will be installed.

Reboot your Console

If none of the above has worked, and your Switch still has no sound, try rebooting it.

To restart your Switch console, press and hold the Power button on your Nintendo Switch for 5 seconds until a menu appears. Next, select Power Options and then choose Restart.

If you can’t see the Power Options menu, press and hold the Power button for 15 seconds to force shutdown your console and then turn it On again.


After following all the above fixes, if the audio issue persists on your Nintendo Switch, it may be a faulty hardware case. In that scenario, if your Nintendo Switch is under warranty, it is best to claim its warranty.

To check your Nintendo Switch warranty status, visit the Nintendo warranty status page and enter your Switch console’s serial number.

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