How to connect Nintendo Switch to a TV

Transition between handheld and docked modes in Nintendo Switch allows players to seamlessly switch between personal and big-screen gaming experiences
The image shows the handheld, Nintendo Switch. — Nintendo
The image shows the handheld, Nintendo Switch. — Nintendo

Launched in 2017, the Nintendo Switch remains a crowd favourite, maintaining its popularity through the years. This versatile handheld device has been the platform for numerous blockbuster games over its lifecycle and continues to captivate gamers worldwide. 

One of its defining features is its seamless transition between handheld and docked modes, enabling players to seamlessly switch between personal and big-screen gaming experiences.

How to connect Nintendo Switch to TV

Setting up your Nintendo Switch for TV play might seem daunting, but it's a straightforward process. Here's how to do it:

  1. Every Nintendo Switch comes with a dock, essential for connecting the system to your TV. Gather the dock, HDMI cable, and power cord.
  2. Open the back of the dock and locate the HDMI and AC adapter slots. Insert one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI slot and the other end into your TV. Then, plug the AC adapter into the designated slot and connect its other end to a power outlet.
  3. Carefully place your Switch console into the dock, ensuring the LCD screen faces the same direction as the dock's face. The screen will turn off once the console is correctly docked.
  4. Turn on your TV and Switch, selecting the correct HDMI input on your TV settings.

Voila! Your Nintendo Switch is now ready for big-screen gaming.

Nintendo dock unavailable?

If, for any reason, your dock becomes unavailable, don't worry. You can still play your Switch on a TV using a USB-C to HDMI adapter. Here's how:

  1. Detach the USB-C power cable and HDMI cables from the original dock.
  2. Insert these cables into the USB-C to HDMI adapter.
  3. Connect the USB-C adapter to your Switch.
  4. Ensure your TV is set to the correct input, and you're all set to play on the big screen.

However, a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Handle your Switch console with care to prevent scratches or damage, especially during docking.
  • To play, ensure both Joy-Cons are attached to the console or synced before use.
  • After gaming sessions, reattach Joy-Cons to the docked Switch to keep them charged and ready for action.

Enjoy your gaming adventures with the Nintendo Switch, whether on the go or at home!