Samsung TV Doesn’t Recognize Nintendo Switch

Samsung TV Doesn’t Recognize Nintendo Switch

If you are a gamer who is always on the go, nothing can be better than a Nintendo Switch. Even if you are bothered by the small screen experience, you can connect it with the TV anytime and anywhere you want. Connecting your TV with a Nintendo is a pretty straightforward process, however, sometimes issues occur and the connection is lost. 

If you own a Samsung TV and the Nintendo isn’t working, no need for you to get worked up. In this guide, we have explained the reasons why Samsung TV doesn’t recognize Nintendo Switch and how you can solve it. 

Samsung TV Doesn’t Recognize Nintendo Switch:

You might try putting your Nintendo in the dock again and again, yet still the Samsung TV isn’t registering anything on the screen. If this is the case, start off by checking your HDMI cable and port.

Make sure that there is nothing wrong with your HDMI port or HDMI cable and that they are connected properly. Also, try to insert HDMI cable in a different port to ensure that the cable or port is working fine. You can test your HDMI cable on another device too.

Another common reason why Nintendo Switch isn’t working on your Samsung TV is the difference in operating systems. The OS used by Samsung is Tyzen OS while Nintendo Switch uses Nvidia Tiegra X1. Unlike Oculus, Nintendo doesn’t have a mirror feature so both of the operating systems need to detect and accept the data from each other. It is very common for firmware issues to occur when two different operating systems are forced to operate side-by-side.

If this is the case, we would suggest you restart and reconnect both of your devices. You can do this with the help of the following steps.

  • First turn off the television and unplug it from the outlet.
  • Wait for 30 seconds so the system can shut off completely.
  • Plug it back into the outlet and turn it on. Don’t touch the Nintendo until the TV is completely powered on.
  • Now put your Nintendo back in and insert the cables one by one. Make sure that your HDMI cables are connected properly.
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With this, you would have succeeded in getting rid of any firmware malfunction present in your system.  

Samsung TV Keeps Disconnecting from Nintendo:

It is also a common problem that occurs where Nintendo is suddenly disconnected from TV, no matter how many times you put it again. If you are also facing the same problem, this might be due to the lack of compatibility between the two devices. 

You can solve this problem by

  • Plugging the connector on the other side of HDMI port of the TV than it was before.
  • Ensure your TV has a USB port and it supports HDMI 2.0 or higher.
  • Instead of using the WiFi on your device, switch to the Ethernet cable or at least try to switch to a different WiFi.

These tricks are your best shot to get rid of any incompatible factors in your whole network.

How to Connect my Samsung TV Wirelessly to my Nintendo:

You might think that the only way to connect your Nintendo with your smart TV is through HDMI cables. And you are right, casting technology isn’t yet available in Nintendo. However, still there is a way for you to wirelessly connect your Nintendo with your Samsung TV. You can try out this trick if the dock system isn’t working for you.

To connect your Nintendo wirelessly with your Samsung TV, you will need the following 3 things.

  • HDMI cables
  • USB C to HDMI Adapter
  • HDMI wireless kit

Once you have your hands on the above accessories, setting them up is pretty straightforward.

  • First, you will have to connect the HDMI receiver to a power outlet. Then connect the HDMI receiver with your Samsung TV. 
  • The power outlet with which you are going to connect your HDMI receiver should be in very close proximity to you.
  • Now, insert the USB C to the Nintendo Switch via HDMI adapter.
  • Then connect the HDMI transmitter with the HDMI adapter via an HDMI cable.
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It might sound like a lot of cables, but once you get into it, the process is extremely easy. The only real drawback is that you will have to keep your Nintendo Switch very close to an electrical outlet since you will have to charge the HDMI receiver at all times.

How to Connect a Nintendo Switch and Samsung TV Without a dock?

The job of the dock is to convert all of the signals and expel them to the USB C from where these are transmitted to the console. The dock also transmits the data back and forth from the TV and the switch. So, HDMI is the centrepiece when it comes to connecting a Nintendo with TV, but thankfully there are some alternatives. If your Samsung TV isn’t recognizing your Nintendo and you suspect it is because there is something wrong in the dock, we have a solution for you. 

If you have a USB-C to HDMI adapter, you don’t need to opt for a dock anymore. Plus, this adapter is extremely convenient and easy to set up and connect. We have explained the whole process below.

  • Once you have the USB-C to HDMI adapter, connect it with the TV using an HDMI cable.
  • Plug the power supply at the back of the adapter. Make sure it is plugged perfectly, otherwise the connection will be lost in the middle of the game. 
  • Plug the controller to the adapter via a USB port.
  • Finally, place the switch on a stable surface near the adapter and connect it with the adapter. 
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Nintendo is gradually gaining popularity among gamers thanks to its convenience and mobility. However, it is quite normal for connectivity issues to occur but they are quite easy to solve. We hope that with this guide, you have learnt to reset your devices or change the HDMI cables if you are facing connectivity problems. Happy gaming!

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