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Fix Nintendo Switch Crackling Audio – 3 Simple Steps

Fix Nintendo Switch Crackling Audio – 3 Simple Steps

If you find that your Nintendo Switch has a crackling audio, this is usually caused by one of three things: defective volume control, damaged speakers, or an overheating issue. Luckily, all three are easily fixed if you follow 3 simple steps:

  1. Keep the volume moderate
  2. Unplug the audio
  3. Replace the speakers

In this post, I’ll go through each of the possible causes, so you can troubleshoot why you are experiencing this problem.

I’ll also take a look at the three simple fixes for each of these issues.

Why Does Nintendo Switch Have Crackling Audio? The Main Reasons

playing nintendo switch

Before we dive into the solutions for Nintendo switch crackling audio, you should be aware of the causes of such an error on the Nintendo switch. Once you find a problem, it will be easier to fix.

Here are some of the reasons that might cause Nintendo to switch crackling audio.

1. Volume Control

Defective volume settings can cause a crackling sound on a Nintendo switch. The speakers might get damaged if you play games at very high or very low sounds.

Since Nintendo is a delicate device, its speakers can get damaged easily. Make sure you use a moderate volume setting when playing.

2. Damaged Speakers

Sometimes the speakers can malfunction due to a power surge or overuse.

Change the volume settings on your speakers and if you hear the crackling sound on the right side, it means that the right-side speaker is damaged. If the audio issues arise from the left side, it means that the left-side speaker is not working.

3. Overheating

Another problem that might occur that leads to a crackling sound in the Nintendo Switch is overheating.

If the console has been working overtime, the fan will start to run rapidly to blow out the hot air.

When the fan has been running constantly it can also unhinge from the mainframe and it can start hitting the back of the console. 

Solutions For Nintendo Crackling Audio

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Nintendo Switch is an improved version with a 7-inch OLED and a multi-touch display. The Nintendo switch can incur damages or produce crackling audio due to various underlying issues. You can resolve these problems by making a few changes.

Step 1 – Keep The Volume Moderate

The volume settings In the Nintendo switch can destabilize the audio. It then results in a crackling noise. When you maintain the volume below 30 percent, the sound system does play the right audio sounds.

Keep the volume settings above 30% to reduce the crackling noise in the Switch.   

Here is how you can manage the rest of the sound setting to fix the crackling audio problem.

  • Change the settings of Nintendo Switch from
  • Go to “System Settings” 
  • Click on “Sound”
  • You will see three options:
    • Mono
      These sound settings are for television. It does not work with a stereo causing a crackling noise.
    • Stereo
      These sound settings are for the left and right stereos or a television.
    • Surround
      The settings are for surround sound.
  • If the “Mono” is selected, replace it with “Stereo” or “Surround”.
  • Click “Confirm” to save the settings.

Step 2 – Unplug The Audio

If the crackling noise persists, unplug all the devices from the console. Once all the devices are disconnected, the mixed audio signals will clear up. To make sure you unplug everything properly, follow the given steps:

  1.  If you are playing Nintendo Switch on a docked mode, undock it from the television.
  2. Disconnect the plug from the audio device.
  3. Disconnect Bluetooth from the console.
  4. Go into System Settings.
  5. Select “Mute when Headphones are Disconnected”  and turn it off.

After disconnecting all other audio devices, check the sound from the console itself. Tun up the volume and listen for the crackling noise. If the crackling noise does not appear, then the problem is resolved.  

When you press the volume button and still hear crackling audio, it means the problem lies elsewhere. Try the next step to fix the problem.

Step 3 – Replace The Speakers

After unplugging the Nintendo Switch to fix the Nintendo switch, you can try another solution. When the crackling persists after turning up the volume above 30 percent, it means that the speakers are damaged.

Replace the damaged speaker by checking the side where the crackling sound appears. If the crackling sound appears on the right side, it means that the right side speaker is damaged.

If the left side produces the crackling audio, the left speaker is damaged. 

Follow the given steps to replace the speaker on the Nintendo Switch:

  • Loosen all the screws at the back of the Switch and remove the back cover. 
  • Unplug the battery of the Switch.
  • Take out the speaker using a tweezer. (Be careful while removing the speaker from its slot)
  • Disconnect the speaker and place a new speaker in its place.
  • Attach the wires in the white slot and check the speakers before reassembling the Switch.
  • If the speaker work starts reassembling the Switch.
  • When reassembling the speaker, tuck the speaker wire under the power cable. 
  • Wipe off the old thermal paste that fixes the back cover onto the Nintendo.
  • Add a new layer of thermal paste.
  • Spread the thermal paste evenly on both surfaces and fix the heat spreader.  
  • Fix the SD card screw as it is a small screw than all the other screws.
  • Attach all the black screws to fix the back of the Nintendo Switch.


Nintendo Switch audio is one of the few devices that offer hand-held usage. Its delicate volume settings can cause a crackling sound. Many underlying reasons can result in crackling audio while playing your favourite games.

The Nintendo switch audio problems should be fixed by applying the given solutions.  If you still hear a crackling noise, you can contact Nintendo support to repair your speakers or console.


  • Tauqeer Ahmed

    Tauqeer Ahmed is a technology expert with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He has a degree in Computer Science and specializes in network security and software troubleshooting. You can find out more about him at

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