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Error Message: Bluetooth Audio is Disabled During Local Communication

The information in this article can help when you receive the message, “Bluetooth audio is disabled during local communication,” and your Bluetooth audio device is disconnected.

Note: By design, some games activate local wireless communication when they are opened and may require local wireless communication to play or use certain features.

  • The Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit game requires local communication to operate the Mario or Luigi kart. It is not possible to use this software without local wireless communication. 

  • The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games activate local wireless communication when they are opened in order to use the games’ Y-Comm features. To disable wireless communication in order to reconnect your Bluetooth audio device, you can turn on Airplane Mode and enable Bluetooth communication. You will not be able to use the Y-Comm features of the game in Airplane Mode.

This message appears when you start local wireless communication on your Nintendo Switch system while a Bluetooth audio device is paired. 

It is not possible to use Bluetooth audio during local communication. Bluetooth audio is automatically disabled when local communication begins. After ending local communication, you can connect your Bluetooth audio device again.