Nintendo Switch Online finally supports voice chat while your phone is locked


Of all the issues gamers had with the Nintendo Switch Online app, those two design flaws were perhaps the most common.

The paid service will encompass online play, the voice chat app, eShop deals, and a Virtual Console library of retro games with added online multiplayer.

Voice chat will now continue during sleep mode.

Many complaints revolved around the fact that the smartphone app used for voice chat essentially commandeered whatever device it was running on. For Android users, the update also improves Bluetooth support.

In today's 1.1.0 update, the app now lets you use voice chat even when the app isn't front and centre.

As well as when other apps are opened. You can also continue planning matches with other players even if your phone's screen goes to sleep, unless you activated the Power Saving mode on Android 6.0 and later. Hopefully this is the first in a long line of improvements to the Switch's system, because for many, it's now hard to imagine paying a yearly fee for the service in the state it launched in.

Still, it is encouraging to see Nintendo update the app further - and there's still plenty of time until the company begins charging for its Switch online service.