Do you know that you can browse the internet on your Nintendo Switch? The Nintendo Switch is primarily a gaming console first and the rest are not that important. This is the reason why it does not have a discrete browser app. Simply put, Nintendo does not want you to use your Switch for internet browsing at all although it does have a built-in browser.
Browse the internet on Nintendo Switch using a hidden browser
Surprised? Your Nintendo Switch has a secret browser but this is not readily available for casual users. That’s right. As much as possible, Nintendo wants you to use the Switch for playing games only. We’re not here to discuss the reasoning behind this idea but if you’re interested to know how to use this hidden browser, there are some steps that you must do.
How to browse the internet on your Nintendo Switch using the secret browser?
In order to access this hidden browser, you’ll have to change some Internet Settings first. Follow the steps below on what to do.
Go to the Nintendo Home screen.
Select System Settings.
Select Internet Settings.
Select your wifi network.
This should be the wifi network you are currently connected to.
Once you’re in the wifi network settings page, select Change Settings.
Go to DNS Settings and select Manual.
Select Primary DNS and use 045.055.142.122.
Select the SAVE button.
Select Connect to this Network.
Wait for a few moments to allow the system to register.
Select the NEXT button.
Doing this will let you see the SwitchBru DNS page so you can access the Google search engine.
Select Continue to Google.
What happens after accessing the hidden browser on Nintendo Switch?
Once you’ve completed the steps above, your Nintendo Switch will now be connected to the internet, particularly to Google servers. It may take a few moments for the system to warm up and become faster so just be patient with it. This is understandable as your console still builds the cache.
I’ve personally noticed that not everything you see on the screen works well. I tried the Images More link on my end and not all photos or images load properly. Some users do not have this problem on their end though so it may be a unique glitch on my console.
Knowing how to access this hidden browser won’t make a major difference for most people but it can come handy in certain situations, like when you badly need to search something and your phone or computer is not available.
Nintendo Switch capture tool won’t work
The default capture tool of your console will be temporarily disabled when the SwitchBru DNS page is enabled. This is for security reasons so if you want to use your screenshot or capture tool again, simply switch the DNS settings back to automatic.