Some Nintendo Switch gamers have reached out to us about their console automatically taking over their TV and changing the input when they place it in a dock. If you are wondering the same exact thing, don’t worry. It’s not a console fault but a convenience feature called HDMI CEC in both your TV and Switch that allows interoperability.
Why does Nintendo Switch changes your TV Input on its own?
HDMI Consumer Electronics Control lets devices such as your TV and Nintendo Switch to control each other to a certain degree. In the case of devices mentioned, the TV can put the Switch on Sleep mode, while the Switch can change the TV input on its own once you insert it in the dock. This can save you the trouble of reaching out for your TV remote and manually changing your TV’s input to play. On the other hand, turning off your TV’s power automatically places your Nintendo Switch on standby or Sleep mode, which means that you don’t need to go into the console’s power settings.
How to fix a Nintendo Switch that changes TV Input?
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If you don’t find HDMI CEC feature practical, you can do the steps below to disable it from your Nintendo Switch. You’ll have to dig deep into your console’s TV settings.
- Go to your Nintendo Switch Home screen.
If you're in another screen, just press the Home button on the Joy-Con.
- Select System Settings.
It's the gear icon just below the game thumbnails.
- Go to TV Output.
This will show you the TV settings.
- Select Match TV Power State.
This will give you a couple of options.
- Make sure that Match TV Power State says OFF.
Select OK to change Match TV Power State to OFF.
- Press Home button to go back to the main screen.
Simple press the Home button on the Joy-Con.
- Nintendo Switch
How to turn off HDMI CEC on your TV
If you want your TV ignore requests from any connected console or device, you can also turn off HDMI CEC in its settings. HDMI CEC is present in all modern televisions nowadays but it may come with a different trade name depending on the brand. Below is a list of popular TV brands that use HDMI CEC.
- AOC: E-link
- Hitachi: HDMI-CEC
- LG: SimpLink or SIMPLINK (HDMI-CEC)
- Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI
- Onkyo: RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI)
- Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync, or VIERA Link
- Philips: EasyLink
- Pioneer: Kuro Link
- Runco International: RuncoLink
- Samsung: Anynet+
- Sharp: Aquos Link
- Sony: BRAVIA Sync
- Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link
- Vizio: CEC (Thank you, Vizio!)
The exact steps on how to disable HDMI CEC varies by TV brand and model. Make sure to consult your TV’s manual if you can’t readily find it.
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