One of the core functions of your Nintendo Switch is to act as a home console so that you can connect it to a TV for a richer gaming experience. If you want to play games on a bigger screen, then you’ll be happy to know that the Switch is designed to work with any HDMI-ready TV or monitor out there. This is a great option is you’re staying put and not travelling or commuting. It’s also, of course, much better for playing games with your friends.
All you have to do is to ensure that you link the console and TV via HDMI cable properly. After that, you can start gaming but with a much enjoyable, bigger screen just like when you have an Xbox or PlayStation console.
In general, any HDMI cable should work but if you encounter any problem after connecting the console to the TV, try replacing the cable first. Although there are a number of HDMI cable types, all you need is the standard HDMI cable. Visit your local electronics store for one if you don’t have one readily available.
When buying a Nintendo Switch, part of the package includes a gray-black dock, which has two cable ports at the back. The one at the top is for the AC adapter, which allows the power cable to be connected to your wall outlet or power strip. The lower port is for HDMI 2.0 cable that you can use to connect the console to the TV.
Connecting a Nintendo Switch to a TV
Time Needed : 3 minutes
Below are the steps to do to set up your Nintendo Switch to your TV.
- Plug in the Nintendo Switch dock.
Open the back cover of the dock and insert the USB plug into the AC adapter port. Then, connect the other end of the cable to a wall outlet.
- Connect the HDMI cable.
Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the dock’s HDMI Out port. Once you’ve done that, make sure to close the back cover of the dock.
- Remove the Joy-Con controllers from the console.
If you haven’t done this yet, now is the time to detach the controllers from the console. If the controllers have not been attached to the console before, you must pair them with your Switch in order to start using them.
- Place the console to the dock.
Once you’ve turned the dock on, place the Nintendo Switch console inside the dock. Just slide the Switch in from the top of the dock. Position the console so that the front screen faces the front panel of the dock. The LCD screen should turn off while it’s docked.
- Connect HDMI to TV.
The other end of your HDMI cable should be plugged in to your TV’s HDMI port.
You should be able to start gaming now. Depending on your TV, there may be a need to cycle through all HDMI inputs or “Source” if your Nintendo Switch interface is not automatically displayed after you connect. Refer to your TV’s documentation on how to rotate through the HDMI inputs if the the Switch interface is not displayed right away.
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