How To Use A Laptop As Monitor For Switch

You may have heard of people who connect their Nintendo Switch to a laptop. Some people use the internet on their Switch, while others do it for convenience and speed reasons. This article will show you how to use a laptop as a monitor for the Switch and why some people choose to use this method in the first place.

First, we’ll discuss what equipment you need: a laptop with an HDMI port (or an adapter), a USB-C cable for your type C ports, and either an Ethernet cable or WiFi connection;

Next, we’ll go over the steps needed: plugging in all of your cables (monitor is plugged into HDMI port on laptop), connecting your Switch via USB-C cable, powering up monitor via a power cord or using a battery pack if you have one, and finally powering up your Switch. 

Now that you know what equipment you need to connect your Nintendo Switch to your laptop let’s get into the pros and cons of this method. First off, why would someone want to use their laptop as a monitor for Nintendo Switch in the first place?

There are several reasons people choose this method when playing on their Switch when away from home. Some people do it for portability purposes to bring along their screen, instead of lugging around or needing another TV in general.

Other people who don’t feel like having extra cables all over the place when travelling via public transit (i.e., bus) want something faster than using up the battery life of their Switch. Lastly, some people play on portables such as laptops because they’re at school and don’t want to be distracted with playing Minecraft all day.

It’s important to note that this method will not work for everyone. For instance, if you do not have an Ethernet cable or WiFi connection, you should stick to using your Nintendo Switch as a home console.

The last thing you want is to be stuck in a situation where you can’t connect and lose precious time playing Breath Of The Wild when you could’ve just waited until later. 

If none of those reasons applies to why someone would want to use their laptop as a monitor for their Nintendo Switch, then it may be best to stick with a regular TV or monitor. The only downside that some people have is that not everyone has a laptop, so they can’t use it as a portable screen for their Switch.

Just keep in mind, this method isn’t the only way to access the internet on Nintendo Switch. But if you want to check out online play and have an entertainment option nearby, this method will work quite well!


How To Use A Laptop As Monitor For Switch 

Now that we got all of those explanations out of the way, here’s a step by step guide on how to connect Nintendo Switch to a laptop:

  • Plug your HDMI cable into your HDMI port on your laptop. If you don’t have one then you can purchase a mini or micro HDMI to HDMI cable. 
  • Next, plug your USB-C cable into the bottom of your Nintendo Switch and connect it to your laptop. For laptops with a type C port, you’ll have an opportunity to purchase a type C to usb-c adapter if needed. 
  • If you’re using WiFi then plug in your Ethernet cord into any available slot on either device that has one or needs it. Then go from there to find out which method will work for you when trying to access wifi through either device.
  • After all of these steps are complete, power up your monitor by using the power cord, battery pack if you have one , or simply connecting it via USB on a power bank . Once the monitor is powered up, then go ahead and power up your switch. Keep in mind that to play on your laptop, you’ll need the Nintendo Switch gaming dock to use it as a home screen.

It’s also important to remember that you can also do this with the Nintendo Switch charging grip, so you don’t have to worry about running out of battery life or losing time travelling somewhere. Just keep in mind to plug everything into where it needs to be connected to work correctly. 

The last thing anyone wants is to waste their time figuring something like this out when they could’ve just stuck with using typical methods such as playing via TV or monitor! Luckily, we found the solution for you! Now you have left to get yourself an Ethernet cord or WiFi adapter if you don’t have access to either of them. 

Just keep in mind that this method won’t work for everyone who has a Nintendo Switch, but it does work well for people who are travelling via public transit, want to play on the go with their laptop/tablet screen or are simply bored of using another TV.

You can choose which one works best for you!


Connect your Nintendo Switch to the laptop 

Connect your Nintendo Switch to the laptop

Many people are looking to connect their Nintendo Switch to a laptop. The question is, how? There can be many reasons you want to do this, like playing games on the bigger screen or using your laptop’s keyboard and mouse while gaming. But how should you go about it?

There are two different ways you could go about connecting your Nintendo switch with your computer, for starters. You can either buy an adapter or use an existing HDMI cable for TV connections. Let’s take a closer look at both options! 


Connecting using an HDMI Cable 

Connecting using an HDMI Cable- Step by Step Guide

The first option is to use an HDMI cable for TV connections. The most important thing you need is a Nintendo Switch console with an HDMI connection, which most current models have.

If your laptop does not have this port, you will need an adapter. In addition to that, Who should connect both your Nintendo console and your computer to the same wireless network.

  1. Connect the HDMI cable from the Nintendo Switch to the TV or monitor .
  2. Turn on your television and switch it to the correct channel (hdmi port).
  3. Now turn on your Nintendo Switch by holding down both volume buttons at once until a menu pops up. Note: If you do not see any images after following these steps, try going into bluetooth settings on the Nintendo Switch and make sure it is connected to your computer.
  4. Once you see an image, hold down home button on the Nintendo Switch until the Home menu pops up . Then press “Nintendo Switch” at the top right corner of your screen.
  5. On your laptop, go to the Wii U Internet App and log in with your Nintendo account (If you don’t have one created yet, that’s fine too). It will give you a pop up message showing that everything was successfully logged in. 
  6. With both devices now online and logged into your Wii U Account, open any game or software on each device and enjoy! 

Note: If there are no images after following these steps, please let us know in the comments below.


Connecting using an Adapter

Connecting using an Adapter- Step by Step Guide

If you do not have a Nintendo Switch with an HDMI in port, or your laptop doesn’t have an HDMI out port, you will need to buy an adapter if you are looking into getting the Nintendo switch and want this accessory.

Alternatively, if you want to play some games on your computer, you can get one for half of that price. Here’s what you need: The Nintendo Consoles Dock (the thing where you plug the joy-cons into), The USB C Nintendoswitch Cable A USB Port on your Laptop, A TV or monitor with an available HDMI cord

  1. Place your Nintendo switch Dock on a flat surface. Then plug the USB C cable into the right side of the console where it says “Nintendo Switch.” You can also plug this into an adapter if you have one, but that is not necessary.
  2. Now just turn on your TV and set your input to whatever HDMI port you are plugged in. Make sure to select HDMI 1 on the tv’s menu if multiple are available. 
  3. Now place both devices next to each other or near enough so they can reach each other Wifi signal .
  4. With both devices online, open any game or software on either Nintendo switch and enjoy!

Note: If there are no images after following these steps, please let us know in the comments below.


Open the settings on devices and set them up for Mirroring Mode 

If you’re a Nintendo Switch owner, then you’ll know that it doesn’t have an HDMI port. That means that if you want to play on your TV, there has been no way to do so until now. But all of this is about to change with introducing a new device called ‘Switch!Connect’.

This nifty little gadget will connect your Nintendo Switch directly to any laptop or PC screen and mirror what’s happening on your console onto the computer display.

And not only can it be used for gaming purposes but also presentations and general work – it couldn’t be easier! So read on for a step-by-step guide on setting up and using this excellent product.

  1. First of all, head over to the 
  2. Next up, plug your Nintendo Switch into the ‘Switch!Connect’ device. 
  3. Now, attach a USB lead from the second port on the ‘Switch!Connect’ into one of your laptop’s USB ports. There is no need to use both as it is designed for simple mirroring purposes.
  4. Lastly, grab a controller and play away – perfect!

Turn off any notifications or alerts that might interrupt gameplay 

Alerts and notifications can be a severe interruption to gameplay. They’re not only distracting, but they also make it hard for someone who is playing video games to focus on the game itself.

More than that, alerts and notifications will often cause someone playing video games to lose their place in the game world. Luckily, you can use some tools that will help you manage your alerts, so they don’t get in the way of your gaming experience.


Some Tips For Managing Alerts And Notifications 

  1. Turn off all of your alerts or notifications while playing video games 
  2. Make sure any pop-up windows are closed if you have an open window 
  3. Save important emails until after you finish playing a video game 
  4. Save important tasks for after you finish playing a video game 
  5. Try to only open the alerts that require immediate attention It’s sometimes necessary to have interruptions, but they should be minimized as much as possible.

Turn off any sounds or music 

Turning down your speakers, headphones, and other equipment is a great way to ensure you won’t be interrupted while playing Nintendo Switch. Sometimes the distraction of even the slightest sound can make it hard to focus on what’s going on in a video game.

That means it might be worth turning down your computer’s volume if loud noises come from one of your games. To do this, click on “Start” on your PC, then select “Control Panel.”

Under “Sound,” choose the option that says “Adjust volume for.” Then you can move the slider down to muted or silent if you want to ensure that no sounds will be coming through at any point during gameplay.


Make sure your Nintendo Switch is charging 

Make sure your Nintendo Switch is charging.

If your Nintendo Switch isn’t getting power while trying to charge, there might be a problem. The battery life of the Nintendo Switch is only around 2-6 hours, which means it will run out quickly if your console isn’t plugged in and charging correctly when you play it. Some important things to remember are:

  • Make sure you bring your Nintendo Switch with you when you’re travelling, especially if you might not have access to power
  • Don’t use the USB-C cable that came with your Nintendo switch for charging, as it can cause damage It’s important to remember this because it not only keeps your device safe but makes sure that the battery will stay charged for longer.

Make sure your laptop is running software that supports Nintendo Switch 

Nintendo Switch has been designed to work with Nvidia graphics cards. If AMD made your video card, there’s a chance that it won’t work at all. The two types of hardware don’t communicate together easily since they’re not designed for cross-compatibility.

You’ll need to do some research on your laptop’s information specifically to see if that type of video card is compatible before you try hooking it up. The chances are good, but you still might want to confirm either way before proceeding.


Enable Developer Mode 

Enable Developer Mode

Before Nintendo Switch recognizes the laptop as a viable connection option, it needs to be in developer mode. To do this, head back over to the “Hardware and Sound” tab like we did before (start > control panel > hardware and sound).

Then click on “Change settings” under where it says “Devices.” untick the box next to “Microsoft Corporation Hardware Console Switches.” After that, open the drop-down menu under “Devices” and select “Nintendo US/Japan.” Once you’ve done that, click OK.


Set up Nintendo Switch 

Once the developer mode is enabled for your laptop, it’s time to connect your Nintendo Switch device to it so you can start playing. This part is pretty simple. All you have to do is slide the locks on either side of the Nintendo Switch into opposite positions, then click it into the dock that comes with the hardware.

Once that’s finished, plug in a couple of controllers via USB and turn both devices on by pressing their power buttons. After a few seconds, a picture of a joystick should pop up on your screen; this indicates the connection has been made properly! That means all you have to do now is launch your game and play as you usually would!


Close developer mode once you’re done playing 

Close developer mode once you’re done playing

After you’ve finished playing, make sure to close developer mode before disconnecting your Nintendo Switch from your laptop. Otherwise, it’s going to leave the USB port in an unusable state for anything else.

The steps to close out of developer mode are similar to setting it up: go back into “Hardware and Sound”, then click on “Change Settings”, followed by “Nintendo US/Japan.” Once that’s done, click OK again, and the developer mode will be closed.

At this point, get rid of any extra HDMI cables because they can get in the way when you want to use Nintendo Switch the next time.


Problems you may encounter 

Please note that, without warning, your laptop might not be detected by the Nintendo Switch console when you first start up your device. It’s rare, but it can happen if there are any hardware problems on either end of the cable connection.

If this happens to you, follow all these steps again and make sure everything is connected correctly before worrying too much about it.

If you’re still having trouble getting your Nintendo Switch to connect to your laptop after following these steps exactly, then try another HDMI port on your computer instead.

As mentioned earlier, problems with compatibility are more likely to occur if they’re both made by different companies (Nvidia vs AMD). In the end, make sure to do as much research as you can before purchasing a Nintendo Switch.


Conclusion

If you are still having trouble with Nintendo Switch not connecting to your laptop, you must have the right cords and cables. You can find what you need at your local electronics store or online retailer.

Now that we’ve given you some helpful tips on connecting Nintendo Switch to a laptop, there should be no more problems! We hope this article has helped answer any questions about connection methods for Nintendo Switch devices. If not, feel free to reach out and let us know what else we could do to help!


Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use a laptop as a monitor for a Nintendo Switch?

You can use a laptop as a monitor for Nintendo Switch.

The SwSwitchan be connected to any TV, whether it’s an external camcorder, computer screen or something else. You connect the HDMI cable from the Switch Dock to your desired display, and you should be good to go!

I’d keep in mind that games will take up more space on your TV if you’re using a laptop instead of an HDTVs®. Custom-built gaming PCs® and high-end teardowns® allow larger screens (sometimes even multiple displays), while laptops usually max out at 14-inches.

That makes for pretty small windows for playing games like Splatoon 2®.

How do I connect my Nintendo Switch to my laptop using HDMI?

Connect the HDMI end to your laptop or computer, then plug in the USB-C adapter into an available Thunderbolt 3 port on your device.

Then, you will need to power up your SwSwitchy, either plugging it in with a Type A to C cable or swiping down from the top right of the touch screen when it is powered off.

You also have two options for browser mode when using HDMI mode – fullscreen or windowed. When using windowed mode, games are only displayed on half of the computer’s monitor, while browser windows are shown over top of gameplay just like they would be in any other system. Finally, click Connect and enjoy! 🙂

How can I use my computer as a monitor for my Nintendo Switch?

You can plug your Nintendo Switch into a computer as a second monitor, albeit with quite limited resolution.
Press the Home button on the console to pull up the menu and open System Settings. Scroll down to “Nintendo Swit” and select it. Select “Detect Displays” from the window that emerges from the middle of the screen.

It should automatically find your computer and display its name next to “Available Display.” If it doesn’t, you’ll need to find an alternate way to connect your PC and console. Check the boxes next to “Primary Displays” and “Display Settings” on the Switch’s side of the screen.

Who will now mirror your computer on your television, which should enable you to play it by plugging in a controller?

How can I use my laptop as a monitor?

You can use a laptop as a monitor by using the HDMI cable. First, plug the one end of the cable into your laptop’s HDMI port and then to your TV or monitor. Next, select input on your TV with the function buttons on its remote control so that it is set to display video from external devices.”


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By Waleed Hassan Sheikh

Waleed Hassan is a tech enthusiast both by passion and profession. He has been in touch with the PC's world since childhood. He loves to write the best of tech reviews, especially on laptops, to help regular user's and tech guys to choose the best in their budget. When he is not blogging, he can be found watching AFL or EPL matches.



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