Nintendo Switch is an extremely popular gaming console, developed by Nintendo. It is a handheld console, around the size of a tablet, that comes with a dock for using it as a home console. Setting up your Nintendo Switch to TV is not hard when you follow proper instructions. Also, there are many ways to connect the switch to the TV without a dock.
Nintendo Switch Lite is a cheaper version of Nintendo Switch, that lacks a dock and the hardware for connecting to a TV. However, there is a way to connect switch lite to TV. In this article, I have given a complete guide on how to connect a Switch to a TV, with and without docks, including Nintendo Switch lite.
Is It Possible To Connect Switch Lite To TV?
If you are here for the Nintendo Switch Lite, then you are likely going to get disappointed by this answer.
Short Answer: Nintendo Switch lite cannot be docked. But there is a way to project the Switch lite to TV.
If I have your attention, here is a bit more in-depth answer. The reason Nintendo Switch lite cannot be docked is because it doesn’t even have the hardware for it. Firstly, the Nintendo Switch doesn’t fit in the traditional Nintendo Dock. To even get a dock for its size, you will have to buy from a 3rd party vendor.
Now, even if you find a dock that can fit the Switch Lite, it still cannot transmit the audio and video data with HDMI as Switch Lite even lacks the hardware that routes the USB 3.2, DisplayPort, and audio output through the USB-C port.
The Nintendo Switch USB-C port only supports USB 3,2 and power delivery, it lacks the bi-directional matrix switch, which routes the USB 3.2, DisplayPort, and audio output. This is why, even if you find an eligible dock for Nintendo Switch lite, it cannot be connected to the TV.
So, how can you connect Switch light to TV? It is not a connection per se, but there is a way to project the Switch lite screen on a TV and play with minimal latency.
How To Connect Nintendo Switch Lite To TV?
Before we begin, I just want to say that this process may seem dumb, but it is the only way you can make this happen. A YouTuber named Tech Yesterday first came up with this idea. Rather than trying to connect the Nintendo Switch Lite to the TV, projecting the screen on the TV through a recording device.
The basic principle is that a device will record the screen of the Switch lite and mirror it to the TV in real-time. The recording device can be your phone or any other good-quality recorder. Now, two questions arise from this, latency and quality.
Latency is likely the primary issue that can make the game unplayable. To make latency minimal and actually playable, the recording device needs to be directly connected to the TV and not wirelessly. This will make the latency minimal and actually playable.
The quality of the stream depends on your recording device. Most latest generation phones can shoot videos in 4K. Also, the bright screen of the Switch lite makes the recording look quite good.
To set this up, you will have to fix the recording device and Nintendo Switch light, without moving. This can be done using a tripod or a gimble. Connect your controller to the Nintendo Switch light to play the game.
How To Set Up Nintendo Switch To TV?
Nintendo Switch can be easily set up to the TV as it comes with a dock. Connecting the Nintendo Switch to a TV is not a difficult process. Here I have provided a complete guide on how to set up Nintendo Switch to TV.
How To Connect Nintendo Switch To TV?
To connect your Nintendo Switch to TV, follow the steps given below:
- First, you will have to open the back cover of the Nintendo Switch Dock.
- Next, the USB plug from the Nintendo Switch AC adapter has to be connected to the top terminal of the dock, which is labeled as “AC ADAPTER”.
- The other end of the AC adapter has to be connected to the wall outlet.
- Connect the HDMI cable to the bottom terminal of the Dock. It will be labeled out as “HDMI OUT”.
- Next, connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI port of your TV or monitor.
- Close the Nintendo Switch dock’s back cover.
- Remove both the Joy-Con controllers.
Pro Tip: If the Joy-Con controllers were already removed before following the above steps, you will have to register the joy-con to the console first, in order to use them as wireless controllers.
- Make sure that the LCD screen faces the same direction as the front panel of the dock, and insert the console into the dock. The LCD screen will turn off after getting docked.
- Start the TV or monitor and choose the correct HDMI input to check whether the setup is working correctly.
How To Connect Switch To TV Without Dock?
If your Dock has broken or lost, or if you are simply curious enough to learn, the Nintendo Switch can be connected to the TV without a Dock. Basically, you need the parts available in the dock to connect your Nintendo Switch directly with the TV.
To do that, you will need a USB-C cable that has HDMI output and USB-C power input. This is because the Switch requires more power for playing it on a TV than the LCD screen. You can also use a USB-C hub and connect the HDMI cable and power cable with it.
However, this will likely consume your Switch’s battery much faster than normal. Also, it won’t work with Nintendo Switch lite, for the reasons given earlier.
So, there you have it. Now you know if it is possible to connect Switch lite to TV and how to set up Nintendo Switch to TV with and without dock. If you have any questions regarding this topic, ask them in the comment section below.