How To Fix Nintendo Switch Not Connecting To TV | NEW in 2024

If you’re the type who wants to play on a large screen, then it makes sense to play on your Switch with a dock that’s connected to your TV. While this setup is easily done for the majority of users, some people may encounter an issue with it. In this troubleshooting guide, we’ll show you the solutions on what you can do if your Nintendo Switch is not connecting to your TV for some reason.

Why Is Your Switch Not Connecting to the TV? Solutions Inside

The Switch not connecting to the TV is a common issue experienced by Nintendo gamers. It can leave you puzzled and hinder your gaming enjoyment. This issue occurs when the Nintendo Switch fails to display on your TV screen, despite being properly connected. It can be a frustrating experience, but with a little troubleshooting, you can get your Switch up and running on the TV again.

Reasons why Nintendo Switch won’t connect to TV

Connecting a Nintendo Switch to any TV is very simple but sometimes, hiccups may occur due to a minor glitch, a defective hardware, usage of the wrong type of cable, or even using an entirely wrong console. 

  • Bad HDMI cable: Using a broken HDMI cable can obviously lead to problems such as black screen issue and no signal. Make sure that the HDMI cable you’re using is not damaged and is tested to work on at least another console or device. If have another HDMI cable, you can replace the one you’re currently using to see if it’s the one responsible why your Nintendo Switch refuses to connect to your TV.
  • Incorrect sequence of HDMI connection: In some rare cases, connecting the HDMI cable from the Nintendo Switch dock before turning on the dock itself may cause no signal issue. Fortunately, an easy way to fix this confusion is by simply plugging in the Switch dock ahead of time.
  • Wrong TV input: Another common reason for Nintendo Switch not connecting to TV issue is when one forgets to simply change the TV input or source. You need to make sure that you select the correct input on your remote so the TV will start communicating with the nintendo Switch console.
  • Broken HDMI port: Damaged or dirty HDMI ports may lead to connection issues. Dust, lint, pests, or foreign objects deposited in the HDMI port of your TV or Nintendo Switch dock may cause an improper connection.
  • Wrong Nintendo Switch console: By this one, we mean the Nintendo Switch Lite. This Switch Lite is not designed to connect to a TV so if you have that one connected to a dock, it won’t work with your TV at all.

How to fix Nintendo Switch not connecting to TV issue?

To resolve the issue of the Switch not connecting to the TV, follow these troubleshooting steps:

Fix #1: Verify that the TV is using the correct input or source.

If your TV has multiple inputs, make sure that you select the correct HDMI source. You can try to cycle through the entire list of inputs if you’re not sure which of the sources belongs to your Nintendo Switch dock.

tv input

You can also do a quick visual check on your TV which of the HDMI port is connected to your Nintendo Switch. For example, if the Nintendo Switch dock is using the HDMI 1 port on the TV, be sure to select the correct HDMI input on the remote. 

Fix #2: Power on the Nintendo Switch dock.

If your Nintendo Switch is still not connecting to the TV, the next good thing that you can do is to unplug both ends of the HDMI cable and make sure that the dock is powered on by plugging in the AC adapter properly. You can also try to refresh the dock first by unplugging the AC adapter for about 30 seconds before plugging it back in. Then, connect the HDMI cable again to the dock and to the TV. At this point, you want to ensure that you double check the TV output LED on the dock is lit.

Fix #3: Use a different HDMI cable.

If you have a different HDMI cable that’s connected to the TV already, try using that to establish a connection to the Nintendo Switch dock. This way you can be sure that you have a good working HDMI cable and TV port.

Nintendo switch dock

Fix #4: Connect to another TV.

If using another HDMI cable and port did not fix the issue at all, consider using a different TV set. If needed, bring your Nintendo Switch and dock to your friend to try the connection on their TV. Again, make sure that you connect the AC adapter properly to ensure that the dock is powered before connecting the HDMI cable to the TV. This step will help you determine if there’s a problem with your Nintendo Switch console and/or dock.

Fix #5: Contact Nintendo Support.

If none of the solutions have in this guide has helped you in connecting your Switch to a TV, there may be an issue with your device. We highly recommend that you contact Nintendo Support for a possible replacement or repair.

The Nintendo Switch Lite won’t connect to a TV

Some Nintendo Switch Lite owners may try to connect their console to a dock to connect to a TV. This console is primarily designed to be carried and it does not have the capability to work with a Nintendo Switch dock. 


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