Pokémon Unite: How to use voice chat on Nintendo Switch, iPhone, and iPad

Source: Rebecca Spear / iMore

In Pokémon Unite on Nintendo Switch, iPhone, and Android, team up with players around the world. Teams of up to five players battle against each other to score the most points within an allotted amount of time by using each player’s chosen Pokémon skills to defeat the other team, collecting the Aeos energy, and destroying the enemy’s defenses by depositing the energy in their goal zones.

If I’ve learned one thing, it’s that playing with your friends, especially the ones you trust, makes victory a whole lot easier to obtain. While you could rely on the slow in-game messaging, speaking between yourselves makes the whole thing more efficient, so I’ll show you how to do that through your phone, Switch, or other apps.

NOTE: With the 13.0.0 update, Nintendo made it possible to connect Bluetooth headphones directly to the Switch without needing any dongle or adapters. So the process just got easier for wireless headset owners.

How to use Pokémon Unite voice chat on iPhone & iPad

As strange as it sounds, you can’t activate voice chat from the Pokémon Unite main settings menu, but it is possible to do as long as you’ve reached Trainer Level 6. Here’s how to turn it on.

  1. Connect your wired or wireless headset to the device you want to use.

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    headphones and earbudsSource: iMore

  2. Open Pokémon Unite,
  3. Select Unite Battle,

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  4. Press Start,
  5. Tap Ready,

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  6. Choose your Pokémon,
  7. Select Confirm,

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    Pokemon Unite Ios Character SelectionPokemon Unite Ios ConfirmPokemon Unite Ios ConfirmSource: iMore

  8. Now that the game has started, you’ll notice a headphone icon and a microphone icon in the upper left side of the screen. Both are muted by default. Tap on either icon to adjust headphone or microphone settings.

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    Pokemon Unite Ios GameSource: iMore

  9. Selecting Team: Invited means you can only hear or talk to specific players while Team: All means you’ll be able to fully communicate with everyone on your team.

    Pokemon Unite Ios Headphone Options

    Pokemon Unite Ios Headphone OptionsPokemon Unite Ios Microphone OptionsPokemon Unite Ios Microphone OptionsSource: iMore

Now you’re all ready to talk with your friends to strategize and defeat your opponents.

How to use voice chat in Pokémon Unite on Nintendo Switch

You’ll have to get to Trainer Level 6 before you have access to voice chat. As long as the Nintendo Switch recognizes your headset, you’ll be able to use it. Follow these steps to make it happen.

  1. Either connect or plug in a compatible headset to your Nintendo Switch.
  2. If you haven’t done so yet, start Pokémon Unite,

    Pokemon Unite Plug Headphones Into Switch

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  3. Start up a Unite Battle, Note: you cannot talk to each other in lobbies, only during a match.
  4. When you are in the battle arena, press the + button on your Switch controller to bring up a settings menu.

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  5. Now press the – button on your Switch controller for additional settings.
  6. Scroll down to Voice Chat Settings,

    Pokemon Unite Battle Arena Plus Button

    Pokemon Unite Battle Arena Plus ButtonPokemon Unite Battle Arena Voice Chat SettingsPokemon Unite Battle Arena Voice Chat SettingsSource: iMore

  7. If you want to hear other people, turn Incoming to On,
  8. If this is your first time doing this, you’ll need to press the X button to agree to terms and conditions to proceed.

    Pokemon Unite Battle Arena Incoming On

    Pokemon Unite Battle Arena Incoming OnPokemon Unite Terms And ConditionsPokemon Unite Terms And ConditionsSource: iMore

  9. If you only want invited friends to be able to hear you, switch the Incoming Range to Team: Invited, The Team: All option makes it so you can hear anyone on your team.
  10. If you want other people to be able to hear you, turn Outgoing to On,

    Pokemon Unite Battle Arena Outgoing On

    Pokemon Unite Battle Arena Outgoing OnSource: iMore

With voice chat turned on, you’ll be able to talk to your teammates and strategize ways to win during battles.

Other Voice Chat options

It’s really frustrating that you cannot talk to other people while in the Pokémon Unite main menu or the lobby. If you want to talk to your teammates more easily, I suggest you use your phone to access Discord or start an Instant Meeting in Google Meet to talk to your friends while you play. This might prove more difficult on mobile since the voice chat service you could use pop up on screen and block your view of the game. You’ll just have to experiment and see which one works best for you.

Gaming servers aplenty

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Discord Icon


Talk with friends while gaming

Discord allows you to interact with dedicated gaming servers as well as communicate with other users. Set up your account now so you can strategize in Pokémon Unite with a free chat service.

Huddle up gang

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Google Meet

Strategize with your pals

It’s easy to jump right into a Google Meet session and invite any friends to join. Plus, it’s free!

Can you hear me now?

Voice chat is a necessity with any team-based game, and the same goes with Pokémon’s brand new MOBA. Make sure you have the best headsets available to make gameplay easier whether you’re playing from iPhone, Android, or Nintendo Switch.

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