How to Connect a Nintendo Switch to Your TV

The Nintendo Switch is a special console. Unlike its predecessor, the Wii U, the Switch offers a great portable experience in addition to its capabilities as a game console. To experience this for yourself, you’ll need to know how to take advantage of Nintendo Switch’s docked mode. Let’s go over how to connect a Nintendo Switch to your TV using the included dock.

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THE SHORT ANSWER

To connect your Nintendo Switch to a TV, you must use the Nintendo Switch Dock. Plug the USB-C adapter that came with your Switch into the dock, then plug the other end into a power outlet. Plug the official Nintendo HDMI cable into the port on the back of the dock, then plug the other end into your TV. Finally, plug in your Nintendo Switch to connect it to your TV.

How to Connect a Nintendo Switch to a TV

Locate the power adapter for your Nintendo Switch console. Plug it into an outlet.

plug your power brick into the wall or a power strip

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Plug the USB-C end into the port on the back of the Nintendo Switch dock.

connect usb c to ac adapter port on the back of nintendo switch dock

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Locate the HDMI cable for your Nintendo Switch console. Plug one end into the back of the Nintendo Switch dock.

plug the hdmi cable into the back of the nintendo switch dock

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Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into your TV. Your TV’s HDMI port is usually located on the back.

connect the other end of your hdmi cable to the hdmi port on your tv

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Dock your Nintendo Switch. When the light on the left side of the dock turns green, you know you’ve made a successful connection and a signal is being sent through the HDMI cable to your TV.

dock the nintendo switch to make the connection

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Your Switch screen should appear on your TV immediately. If not, that means your TV is on the wrong input. Use your TV remote to switch to the correct HDMI input for your Nintendo Switch.

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There are a number of things that can go wrong. First, though, follow all the steps in this article. If your Switch still doesn’t show up on your TV, there might be a few reasons why.

  • On your TV, make sure you’re on the correct HDMI input. There is a possibility that you are not using the correct input, which is why the Switch does not appear on the screen.
  • Check your HDMI cable. If you are using a third-party HDMI cable, there is a chance that it is not compatible with the dock, thus breaking the connection somewhere down the line. If you want to ensure a stable connection, please use the official Nintendo HDMI cable included with your Nintendo Switch console.
  • Check your HDMI connection. If the HDMI cable is not fully secured in the port, the connection will be unstable.

Make sure you are using official Nintendo cables. Will the Switch dock work with other brand HDMI cables? Usually, but not all the time.

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