To say that the Nintendo Switch online app leaves much to be desired would be an understatement. Nintendo’s solution to a problem that didn’t exist has left very few gamers happy with the result. The Switch Online app’s chat functionality did receive a much-needed update with a free patch. It now allows gamers to use other apps and to put the screen to sleep and continue talking. Before this would end the conversation, so this is a move in the right direction. We still don’t care for the app, but maybe by the time Nintendo begins charging for online it will have grown on us. Or maybe not.
Version 1.1.0 patch notes
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.