The Nintendo Switch Online app will now work in sleep mode or with other apps

By James O'Connor
13 September 2017 05:45 GMT

Good news – the terrible Switch online app for voice chat now passes the bare minimum requirements you could reasonably expect!

Nintendo’s Switch Online app, intended for voice chat, has been notoriously bad. The app has required the user to leave the app open, and prevent their phone from going into sleep mode. It was bad enough that it discouraged people from using it at all.


Thankfully, this has now been rectified. The official update notes for the app, which is now in iteration 1.1.0, are as follows:

  • 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.

So there you have it – basic, core functionality has been achieved.

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