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Your Nintendo switch HDMI is not working, and you are looking for a quick solution? Luckily, you have found the right post.

Here we will discuss all the possible reasons for your Nintendo switch HDMI not working and how to possibly troubleshoot the issue.

This guide is designed to be easily accessible even by non-techy people and if you follow our tips and recommendations precisely you will definitely find out the cause.

The most important thing to check before all else is if all your cables are inserted in the rightful order. Next would be a firm restart of the entire setup and lastly, you should check if the HDMI cable is working properly.

You can use another device to find this out and if it does work, then you might be having a faulty dock.

Regardless of your case, we are going to identify exactly where the issue is coming from and resolve it in a few simple steps.

Why HDMI Not Working Nintendo Switch?

It would be much easier to troubleshoot if you have an insight into where the issue could be coming from.

In that regard, we have listed all the possible causes that we have found online so you can know what you’re dealing with.

Here are the possibilities that might be preventing your Switch to output through HDMI:

  • Switch OS error.
  • Wrongfully connected cables.
  • Dock issues.
  • Power issues/bad wall outlet.
  • Wrong configuration.
  • Faulty HDMI cable.

There are more possible causes such as a hardware failure, but if this is the case, we won’t be able to help.

However, all else has its own solution so let’s jump right into the troubleshooting methods.

How To Fix Nintendo Switch HDMI Not Working?

Fixing your HDMI could be really easy if you follow our methods in the order they are listed.

Otherwise, you might perform some unnecessary actions and complicate the situation further, so if you don’t know what you’re young we recommend following our method and tips precisely.

Method #1 Inspect Cables

If your HDMI cable is not connected properly on either side, you might not be able to output anything.

Disconnect both ends and re-connect them again making sure that the cable is plugged all the way in.

Furthermore, make sure that the cable is not twisted or under pressure. Next check if you have selected the right source on your TV.

If it is still not working, try using another HDMI port on your Nintendo Switch as well as on your TV or device you are using.

If the output is still not working, lastly you should test your HDMI cable performance using another device.

If the issue persists then you should be looking for an issue with the HDMI, but if other devices work with this particular HDMI, we can conclude that the issue is not related to it.

Method #2 Restart Devices

Here we will take our troubleshooting one step further and perform a reboot on all devices participating in this workflow.

To restart a device properly you should disconnect it from the power supply for at least 3 minutes.

This method is also known as a power cycle, and it is frequently used to resolve temporal output issues.

Feel free to power cycle both your Nintendo Switch and TV/device and check if the issue is gone for good. If not, let’s move on to our next method.

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Method #3 Resolve Power Issues

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If your Nintendo Switch Dock HDMI not working even after testing the cable and performing a power cycle, you’ve tightened the circle down to a few possible causes.

There is an error either in your power transmission or within your Nintendo Switch Dock.

To find out for sure, first, we will be checking the power coming to your Dock.

Some services such as HDMI output are demanding and if your Switch does not receive enough power, it will not behave as expected.

If you are not using an original Switch Dock power cable, make sure to acquire one before purchasing anything else.

Other than that, you can remove any power switchers or dividers that could be compromising your power delivery.

In other words, use a standalone power outlet that is not shared with other devices.

If your cable is original and there is nothing wrong with the power, let’s take a look at the only possible cause left.

Method #4 Inspect Switch Dock

If you have applied all of the previous methods and the issue is still there this could mean an error with your Switch Dock.

There is a possibility of a faulty HDMI port or an internal software issue. Regardless of the occasion, now we are going to find out for sure.

We are going to restart the Nintendo Switch Dock in a way that will reboot the entire service list and hopefully get rid of any corrupted data that might be causing the problem.

Here is how to properly reboot the Switch Dock:

  1. Disconnect the HDMI cable and also the Power cable from the Dock.
  2. Press and hold the power button for about 20 seconds.
  3. Once you release the power button, wait for another 40 seconds. (You can use that time to power cycle your TV as well).
  4. Connect everything up.

If there was an issue within the OS of your Nintendo Switch, it should now be gone for good.

But if you’re still experiencing issues with your HDMI output or it is not working at all, let’s take a look at what options you’ve got left.

Read Next: Fix Switch not displaying on TV.

Nintendo Switch HDMI Issue Is Still There…

Each of our methods was intended to exclude several possibilities and if you have applied each of them, we can conclude that the problem is related to one out of two things.

There is either a faulty HDMI port (on your switch or TV) or you are dealing with a severe hardware problem.

To exclude the possibility of your TV having a faulty HDMI port, simply try using another or test the same port using another cable.

Once you have identified that the issue is with your Switch Dock, you can contact Nintendo customer service for additional help.

Don’t forget to mention everything you’ve tried in this post to avoid performing the same actions over again.

With a little luck, the support team may find the issue and resolve it in no time, so at this point, you have no options left but to ask for help.

Bottom Line

We hope that you know why your Nintendo switch HDMI not working and most importantly that now you know how to approach issues like this.

Most of the methods above are universal and can be applied to almost any smart home device.

So, if you are having any other issues, feel free to give it a shot.

And if you are looking for a specific issue and its solution, head right to our technical blog for many more posts like this.

Nicole B