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How do I connect my Nintendo Switch to my TV?

The Nintendo Switch is perfect for gaming on the go. You'll sometimes still want to explore Hyrule from the comfort of your home, though, and that big TV is there for a reason. In this article, I'll explain how to connect your Switch to your television.

What do I need?

Switch on monitor

To connect your Nintendo Switch to your TV, you'll need the following items.

  • The Nintendo Switch
  • A TV or monitor with an HDMI connector
  • The Nintendo Switch dock (or docking station)
  • The Switch dock's power cable

Step 1: connecting the dock

Open the back of the Switch dock and connect the included cables, the HDMI and the USB-C power cable, to the docking station. The connectors are labeled for your convenience.

Step 2: connecting the TV

Your monitor's connectors

Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to your TV or monitor's HDMI connector. Next, connect the power cable to the power socket. You can often find the connectors on the side or back of the TV or the bottom of your monitor.

Step 3: connecting the Switch

Carefully place your Nintendo Switch in the dock, so that the Switch fits on the dock's USB-C connector. The Switch tablet is just as wide as the dock, so use the Switch tablet's sides as a guideline. Gently push it down. Once the Switch is properly connected, its screen will turn off.

Step 4: Select input

Ready for use

Turn on your TV and select the right channel using the 'input' button on your TV's remote or using the menu and buttons of your monitor. The channel is often called 'HDMI 1' or 'HDMI 2', depending on which HDMI port you're using. Once you've selected the right channel, you'll see the Switch screen.

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