Nintendo Switch won’t Connect to TV [Complete Fix]

Nintendo Switch is the go-to gaming console for some people and due to its portability, it is certainly loved by many. However, some users have been complaining about the switch won’t connect to TV when docked issue and this sometimes occurs even if the switch isn’t docked.

Switch Won't Connect to TV
Switch Won’t Connect to TV

In this article, we took feedback from a lot of people that were able to fix this error and compiled these instructions precisely to completely fix the Switch won’t connect to TV issue for you guys. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully and accurately in order to avoid further escalation.

What Causes the Switch Won’t Connect to TV Issue?

After going through a lot of different solutions, we came to the conclusion that the following must be the most crucial reasons behind the occurrence of this error.

  • Unplugged Cables: If certain cables from the TV or the Nintendo Switch have been unplugged, you might run into the Nintendo Switch won’t connect to TV issue. Therefore, we recommend that you try and replug the unplugged cables and check to see if doing so fixes the issue for you.
  • Input Source: If your Nintendo Switch won’t connect to the TV anymore, it is vital that you check if the TV is taking input from the port where the Switch has been connected. If that is not the case, your output from the Switch won’t be displayed on the TV. Therefore, switching input sources should fix the error if that is the case.
  • Nintendo Switch Settings: Some Nintendo Switch Settings need to be configured before you are able to connect them to the Television. Therefore, we recommend that you try and reconfigure some switch settings and then check to see if doing so fixes the issue.
  • Outdated Firmware: If the Firmware on your TV has been outdated, we recommend that you try and install the latest available updates and then check to see if the issue is fixed. This is because sometimes the console doesn’t support outdated firmware versions on certain TV models.
  • Faulty Docking Station: If the Docking Station of the Nintendo Switch that you are using has gone faulty, you will be running into the Switch won’t connect to the TV when docked issue. Therefore, we suggest that you try to replace the docking station as mentioned below.

Now that you have been taken through almost all the possible solutions for this issue, we can finally move on towards the implementation of the fixes.

Before You Start:

Try a couple of basic workaround tips to get rid of the error instantly as mentioned below:

  1. Make sure your switch console sits in the dock without anything obstructing it, try removing and putting it back in a few times.
  2. Connecting your switch console to a different TV in your house, sometimes your TV may not be able to support such devices. If the problem still persists on other TV’s you may proceed to other solutions indexed below.

Fixing the switch won’t connect to tv ac adapter issue:

Solution 1: Plug-In All Cables

Your switch console won’t connect if any of the necessary cables are not connected. Also, make sure your docking station is connected to the power source, if it is connected correctly, it will show a green light. If it still does not display anything you can try following the procedure below:

  1. Unplug all the cables from your “Switch Dock” and wait for a few minutes before plugging everything back in.
    Unplug Cables
    Unplugging Cables From Switch Dock
  2. After a few minutes, plug in the “USB-C Power Adapter” to your Nintendo Switch dock.
  3. Now plug in the “HDMI Cable” to your dock and then plug in the other end to your TV.
  4. Next, insert your “Nintendo Switch” in its dock, turn “ON” everything and then see if it fixes the switch won’t connect to tv no green light error.

Solution 2: Select the Correct Input On Your TV

Make sure you select the correct input on your TV. TV’s comes with more than one HDMI port, if your dock is connected to the HDMI port labeled 1 then select HDMI 1 in your Television input settings. Also, try checking other ports to rule out the possibility of a faulty port.

Solution 3: Check the TV Settings On Your Nintendo Switch

Try changing the TV settings on your switch console to match with your TV using these steps:

  1. Go to the “Home Menu” on your switch and select “System Settings” displayed with the gear icon.
  2. In the left menu scroll down to find “TV Settings” and then make sure the “TV Output” is set to “Auto” in the right menu.
    Adjust TV Settings to fix switch won't connect to tv issue
    Adjust the TV Settings
  3. Also try setting “RGB Range” to “Limited or Full”, and try playing with the settings to find the most suitable one for your TV.
  4. You can also try turning “OFF” Power Sync and then check to see if the switch won’t connect to tv low battery error gets resolved.

Solution 4: Try A Different HDMI Cable

The issue can sometimes be caused due to old/faulty HDMI cables, you can try the HDMI cable that shipped with your console or you can get an aftermarket one. Make sure your HDMI cable is of the highest quality for a better experience and also to avoid such issues.

Solution 5: Reset the AC Adapter

You can try resetting your AC adapter if things aren’t looking good, disconnect the AC adapter from the docking station, and let it sit for a while. Next do not place your switch console in the dock and directly connect the AC adapter to your console and then turn “ON” your console.

Solution 6: Update Your TV Firmware

Some old software versions on your TVs may not be able to support newer devices, so it’s better to keep the TV up to date. You can update your smart TV through this method:

  1. Go into your “TV Settings” by pressing the “Home” button on your TV remote.
  2. In the Settings menu choose to select “Support” and then head into the “Software Update” menu.
    Update TV Software
    Update TV Software
  3. From here select “Update Now” after which your TV will start looking for updates online, if found they will be downloaded and installed automatically on your device.

Solution 7: Power Cycle the Devices

Power cycling a device helps reset all temporary configurations that are made thus solving a lot of errors. To power cycle your switch proceed with these steps:

  1. Turn “OFF” your switch console completely and afterward “Disconnect” all cables from the Docking Station.
  2. Remove the “Power Adapter” from the wall socket and let everything sit idle for a few minutes before plugging them all back “IN”.

In order to power cycle your TV implement the steps indexed below:

  1. Turn “OFF” your TV using the TV remote.
  2. Once turned off “Disconnect” the power and the HDMI cable and then let the TV sit idle for a few minutes before plugging everything back “IN”.

Solution 8: Replace Faulty Docking Station

Faulty Docking Stations have been very common among the switch users, to check if your Docking Station is the issue you can try borrowing a Docking Station from a friend and then check your Switch console in it. If your TV display your Switch afterward that means you’ve got a faulty Dock and in this case, you can try reaching Nintendo if your device is still under warranty or you can purchase a new Dock.

Solution 9: Detach the Joy-Cons

One last troubleshooting tip, in this case, could be to try removing your Joy-Cons, to remove them press and hold the small button on the back of each side and carefully lift them up. Then check if it was helpful for you in eradicating the error.

Follow all of the above-mentioned solutions in order to fix this error completely but if you have any more queries or questions in this regard feel free to Contact Us here.

Alan Adams

Alan is a hardcore tech enthusiast that lives and breathes tech. When he is not indulged in playing the latest video games, he helps users with technical problems that they might run into. Alan is a Computer Science Graduate with a Masters in Data Science.
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