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Overwatch Switch Voice Chat – How to turn on and off?

With Blizzard’s popular hero shooter having just hit Nintendo Switch, many players on the platform are looking to coordinate their teams in order to play tactically and dominate the competition. Although there are communicative in-game emotes and voice commands to make use of, these can be quite cumbersome in active combat situations and so not much good in practice. As such, here’s how you can utilize Overwatch Switch voice chat to solve your problems.

How do you use Overwatch Switch voice chat?

Overwatch Switch voice chat

Most multiplayer games on Nintendo’s hybrid console require users to download the Nintendo Switch Online app via their smartphone or tablet, then utilize that to chat with friends. Previously, Epic Games’ Fortnite has bucked this trend by allowing players to natively voice chat within the game simply by connecting a headset with an integrated microphone.

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Overwatch follows in its footsteps, making use of Blizzard servers to host voice chat for any and everyone playing on Switch. This cuts out the middle man and makes engaging in voice chat a far simple and more refined process, which should hopefully also entice a greater number of players to bust out their microphones and start playing the first-person shooter to the best of their (and also their teammates’) ability.

If you’d like to turn voice chat off, however, the Switch being a platform that’s home to plenty of younger users, there are lots of customization options within the game’s menus. To access the settings, simply follow these instructions:

  • Select “Options” from the Overwatch main menu
  • Navigate to the “Sound” tab
  • Here you’ll find sliding bars to customize “Voice Chat Volume” and “Voice Chat Mic Volume”
  • Additionally, there are toggles for “Group Voice Chat,” “Team Voice Chat,” “Match Voice Chat,” and “Voice Chat Mode”

By altering these options it should be possible to customize the Overwatch Switch voice chat experience to your exact liking, or even to disable it entirely.