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How to Play in TV Mode

Instructions for using Nintendo Switch software in TV mode.


The Nintendo Switch Lite system does not support TV mode.

Additional Information:

  • Nintendo Switch allows for different play styles. You can play a Nintendo Switch console in handheld mode, tabletop mode or TV mode.
  • TV mode allows you to play with the game or application displayed on your television screen.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Connect the Nintendo Switch console to a TV or monitor.


    In order to use the Joy-Con controllers wirelessly, they will need to be paired to the console.
  2. Detach the Joy-Con controllers from the Nintendo Switch console. hac-photo-console_joycon_detach_slide_both.jpg


    Always use the Joy-Con strap with the Joy-Con controllers while they are detached from the console.
  3. Place the Nintendo Switch console in the Nintendo Switch dock. hac-photo-console_dock_insert_home.jpg
  4. Start your game or application.