The Dock should display the Switch screen on a TV and can be very frustrating when it is not connecting.
Below are eight fixes that can be done to a unit that is not working, with hopefully one fixing the problem.
If we have missed a solution or you have one not listed below, please let us know in the comments.
8 Fixes When a Nintendo Switch Dock Not Working
- Restart the Unit from the Menu Option
Power restarting the system from the menu option clears out old bad data.
This includes the Switch WiFi error, system errors, and other errors that could cause the Dock not to work.
How To Restart the Nintendo Switch from Menu Option
- Hold the Power Button Down.
- Hold the button until a Menu comes up and select Power Options.
- Select Restart or Power Off and Back On.
- After the system restarts, test the Dock to see if it works.
Many TVs can support HD 720p and sometimes cause a problem if the Switch is set to the wrong resolution.
Go to System Setting –> TV Output and check the Resolution Settings.
If you are unsure what resolution your TV supports, setting it the 720p or 480p, will be a quick way to see if this is the problem.
The Nintendo Switch cables must be plugged into the Dock in the correct order, or it will sometimes not work.
- Remove all the cable connections at the back of the Dock.
- Plug the Power Cable in First.
- Next, Plug in the HDMI Cable.
- Test the unit to see if it works.
Go to System Update and check if there is a new version that can be downloaded and installed.
If an update is done, be sure to restart the unit.
It may be a bit old school, but blowing on the Dock and Switch ports often work.
If you have a can of compressed air would be the an ideal way to clean away any debris.
While other power supplies may work, they also may not be giving out enough watts or volts.
A bad connection or partly plugged-in HDMI cable will cause the system not to work.
While HDMI cables rarely go bad, it can happen once in a while.
There are many solutions and fixes for getting a Nintendo Switch Dock to start working again if it fails to displays to a TV.
Which fix works will vary from user to user, with one of the fixes above, hopefully getting your unit working again.
Sometimes the problem can be a very simple overlooked step, while sometimes, it can be more problematic.
For example, often, the HDMI cable is checked last, and while they rarely fail, it can happen, causing all kinds of fixes before the real problem is found.
Have you fixed a Nintendo Switch Dock that failed or stopped working? Let us know in the comments below.