3 Simplest Ways to Connect Nintendo Switch to Your TV

Nintendo Switch is one of the best gaming consoles around and was launched in the year 2017. One of the best features of the product is its versatility in usage. It can be used at home as a console or even as a portable device when you head out.

It is wireless, has analog sticks, standard buttons, and motion sensors. They can be used to support local multiplayer modes. It is so portable and easy to use that you can use it whenever on the go. Its compact design helps create a hassle-free gaming experience for the player.

If you use it at home, then all you have to do is place it in the dock and enjoy great HD gaming.

If you want to play away from your home, all you have to do is undock your system and use it in handheld mode. 

Connecting Nintendo Switch to TV

Using your TV for playing your Nintendo Switch can elevate your gaming experience. Here are two common ways to connect Nintendo Switch to TV– 

Method 1 – As recommended by the Nintendo Support

Step 1 – Make sure to open the rear of the Nintendo Switch Dock

Step 2 – Next, you will have to connect the USB from the AC adaptor of the Nintendo Switch to the dock terminal. 

Step 3: Finally, you have to connect the AC adaptor of the dock terminal to any wall outlet.

Step 4: Next, you will have to make the HDMI connections by inserting the suitable HDMI cable into a port on the dock terminal. Connect the other HDMI port to the television screen.

Step 5 – After making all the HDMI connections, close the rear part of the Nintendo Switch Dock.

Step 6: This step involves the joy-con controllers. In case your joy-con controllers are not attached to the Nintendo console, make sure to register the console for it to be utilized as wireless controllers. Finally, remove the left and right joy-con controllers from the console, respectively.

Step 7: While adjusting the TV position, make sure that your TV screen is facing the same direction as your front panel of the dock. Finally, insert the console into the dock.

Step 8: Please remember that the TV will remain off as long as the console is docked. Finally, you can switch on the TV and choose the HDMI input as per your choice. 

Method 2 – As per Tom’s Guide

Step 1: Tom’s guide first asks that you to find the dock of the Switch, and in case you have lost yours, you can buy a new one from Nintendo for $60. 

Step 2 – Like the Nintendo method, now open the rear portion of the cover. You will find a hinged cover under which you will find three main options – AC adapter, USB, and HDMI Out.

Step 3: First, make a connection from the AC adapter to a wall socket.

Step 4: Next, you will have to make the HDMI connection to your TV. 

Step 5: Finally, before you close the back cover, make sure to route the cable through a notch in the dock. 

Step 6: Now, you have to carefully place the Nintendo Switch into the dock by lining up the connector within the dock. 

Step 7: If you choose to use your joy-cons, then remove them from the side. 

Step 8: Connect your TV to the desired HDMI.

Note that if your Switch does not work or show an active connection to your TV, make sure to recheck if the power lead and HDMI cable are well inserted into the dock. In case your connections are loose, you will not be able to switch to handheld mode. 

Compatible TVs with Nintendo Switch – 


2. Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020

3. Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED


Here you have seen two short and simple methods that Nintendo and Tom’s Guide suggest. Both methods are similar, with a few logistical differences here and there. You can now pick between these two methods and start using your Nintendo Switch for a fantastic gaming experience!