How to Connect Nintendo Switch to a Projector (2 Easy Methods)

Who doesn’t like to play their favorite games or watch their favorite movies on a big screen? While traditional TVs offer a decent viewing experience, there’s something magical about seeing your content projected onto a giant surface. That’s why projectors have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering a larger-than-life viewing experience that can turn any room into a home theater.

If you’re looking to connect Nintendo Switch to projector, it can seem like a daunting task. However, the process of connecting Switch to a projector is easier than you might think. With a few simple steps, you can connect your Switch to your projector and start enjoying your favorite Nintendo Switch games on the big projector screen.

Without further ado, let’s hope on to our guide on how to connect switch to projector and start playing your favorite games. In this article, we will cover all the possible methods you can use to connect your Nintendo Switch to a projector and all the equipment needed to make the connection. And don’t worry, you don’t need to be an expert to do it, trust me, it’s really easy.

So, let’s get started!

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If you’re lazy like me, then here’s the summarized method for you:

One of the easiest methods to connect the switch to the projector is using the Nintendo Switch Dock which you got along with when you purchased your Nintendo Switch. So if you’ve your Nintendo Dock, follow these steps to connect your switch with a projector easily:

  1. Open the back cover of the Nintendo Switch Dock and connect both AC Adapter and HDMI cable to it.
  2. The next step is to connect the Joy-Con controllers to the Nintendo Switch’s console. Once paired, attach them with the Joy-Con grip.
  3. Now insert the Nintendo Switch console into the Nintendo Dock. Remember while inserting that the LCD screen should be facing the Dock’s front panel.
  4. Finally, connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the projector.
  5. At last, turn on both devices and check if everything is working as expected or not. Make sure you choose the HDMI port on the projector settings.

If you’re having trouble with any of these steps or don’t have the Nintendo dock with you, then you can follow the detailed guide below.

How to Connect Switch to Projector

There are 2 ways to connect your Nintendo Switch to projector, one is using the Nintendo Switch Dock, and another one is without a Dock.

Method 1: Connecting Projector to Nintendo Switch Dock

Almost all the people with Nintendo Switch I have ever got to know to have a Nintendo Dock with them. This is because the Nintendo Switch screen is too small, and people usually like to connect it to their PC or TV while playing their favorite game. Although the Dock set is included by default with every Nintendo Switch console, still many people just throw it away, misplaced it, or damaged it.

But if you’re lucky enough to have a working Nintendo Dock with you, then connecting the projector is pretty easy for you. Follow the steps given below and enjoy your Nintendo Switch gaming on that massive screen:

Step 1: Connect AC Adapter and HDMI cable to Nintendo Switch Dock

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Nintendo Switch Dock Connections

The first step to make any connection is connecting the AC adapter to the wall socket, so grab your Nintendo Dock, open the back cover, and plug in the AC Adapter in its respective port. The AC adapter will be the first port from the top.

After connecting the AC Adapter, grab an HDMI cable and connect one end to the HDMI port on the Dock. The third number port is your HDMI port.

Step 2: Pair Joy-Con Controllers with Nintendo Switch Console

One of the easiest method which every gamer already know is to pair the Joy-Con controller with the Nintendo Switch. To connect the controller, simply connect them with your Nintendo Switch, and once paired properly, detach them from the Switch.

Now, you can insert them into the Joy-Con Grip to get a comfortable grip while playing your games.

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Joy-Con Controller Grip

Step 3: Insert Your Nintendo Switch Console into the Dock

The next step to connect your Nintendo Switch to a projector is to hook up Nintendo Switch with the Dock so that Dock can further process the content to the projector.

To connect the console to the projector, simply insert the console into the Dock. Keep in mind that while inserting the LCD screen of your Nintendo should be facing the Dock’s front panel so that the USB-C port lines correctly with the USB-C connector in the Nintendo Dock.

Once the Nintendo is connected to the Dock, you will notice that the console screen will turn off automatically. It means now your Nintendo is ready to mirror with the help of your HDMI.

Step 4: Connect The Nintendo Dock to the Projector

The last tricky part is to connect your Nintendo Dock to your projector using an HDMI cable. All you need to do is insert the other end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI port of your projector.

HDMI to VGA Adapter
Hdmi Female To Vga Male Adapter

However, most projectors come with an HDMI port, but various older projectors don’t have HDMI ports in them. In that case, you need to buy a converter according to your projector port. Normally every projector has a VGA port, so you will need an HDMI female to VGA male adapter cable to make the connection.

Step 5: Power on Both Devices and check the Connections

Once the Dock is properly connected to a projector, the final step is to turn the power on both the Nintendo Dock and the projector to check if they are connected properly or not. If you have multiple inputs in the projector, then make sure to select the HDMI source on your projector.

You can do it using the Input Source button given on the projector or its remote controller.

As soon as the correct port is selected, you will see the Nintendo content on your screen. But if for some reason it doesnt work, make sure the connections you made are tight enough, and both the devices are turned on.

This is the first method to connect any projector to a Nintendo Switch and also the easiest one. If you don’t already have a Nintendo Dock and if you’re planning to buy a new one, then always go with the original Nintendo one, which is available on their official website or on the Amazon store. However, if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, then you can also get an aftermarket Dock version of the Nintendo Dock, but I wouldn’t recommend you go with an aftermarket product.

Method 2: Connecting Projector to Nintendo Switch Without Dock

Although a Nintendo Dock is a vital component to easily connect the Nintendo Switch console to the projector, but for some reason, you don’t have one, then there’s a way to connect your Nintendo Switch directly to the Switch with the projector. All you need is to purchase a Switch HDMI adapter, and you’re good to go.

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Switch Hdmi Adapter

Once you have the Switch HDMI adapter, follow the method given below to connect your projector to the Switch:

  1. Pair Your Joy-Con controllers with the Nintendo Switch Console.
  2. Connect the Switch HDMI adapter to the Nintendo Switch USB-C port.
  3. Now connect the USB-C wall adapter with the Switch HDMI adapter USB-C port for charging.
  4. Finally, connect the projector to Nintendo with the help of the Switch HDMI adapter.
  5. Check if the Nintendo is connected to the projector or not, and check the HDMI source if an error occurs.

This way, you can connect the Nintendo Switch to projector without a Dock. The Switch HDMI adapter is a great way to connect a projector, PC, laptop, phone, or any other device with the Switch without the Dock.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are a few FAQs generally asked by people looking to hook up their switch to a projector.

Q1. Can you connect a switch to a projector?

Yes, you can hook up a Nintendo switch to a projector using Nintendo Dock, or if you don’t have a Dock, you can still connect it using a Switch HDMI Adapter.

Q2. Can you buy a new Nintendo Dock?

Yes, if for some reason your Nintendo Dock is damaged or lost, you can always buy it through their official website by visiting here. You can also buy it from the Amazon store.

Q3. Can I play Nintendo Switch games on a projector?

Yes, you can play games using Nintendo Switch on a projector by connecting it with the help of an HDMI cable and a Nintendo Dock.

Q4. What is a Nintendo Switch?

Nintendo Switch is a hybrid video game console created by Nintendo that is used to play games on the go. Its portability and easiness are what make it more popular.


I hope this article was able to help you with connecting your Switch to a projector and you were finally able to enjoy your Nintendo Switch games on a larger screen. Connecting a Nintendo is really easy if you have the Nintendo Dock, and it hardly takes a minute or two.

It doesn’t matter which projector you have with you. You can connect any projector available on the market with your Nintendo Switch using the method given in this article and enjoy your gaming with it. I personally used to play Mario Maker 2 using my old and cheap projector by connecting it with an HDMI cable and Dock.

If you face any difficulty connecting your Nintendo Switch to the projector, you can leave a comment below, and I’ll be sure to help you.

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