How to connect a Nintendo Switch to a laptop?

Rather than playing Nintendo Switch from your TV, do it from your laptop.

How to connect a Nintendo Switch to a laptop?

If you own the standard Switch (the Lite is not a hybrid) then you know better than anyone that it lets you play both from its screen and from your TV, but did you know it was too possible with a laptop (Windows and macOS)? This way, you can also share your gameplay live but also record it.

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Before connecting your Switch to a laptop

To play Nintendo Switch from a laptop, you need to bring your Switch dock and get a video game capture box with HDMI input.

Any box can be used, as long as it has a USB-C connection and an HDMI IN port. There are several models on the market, but those of the Elgato brand is generally considered to be the best because of their affordability, build quality, and ease of use.

In this tutorial, we use the Elgato HD60S and the free Elgato Game Capture HD software. It can be purchased from Amazon or Boulanger while the software can be downloaded from the official Elgato website.

Regardless of which model you choose, the steps should be almost the same and most game capture software works the same.

Connect a Nintendo Switch to a Laptop

To play your Switch from your laptop, and use your laptop screen as a television screen, leave your Nintendo Switch in its docking station during the entire setup process.

1. Disconnect your Switch’s HDMI cable from your TV and plug it into the IN port of the box.

This entire process can be power hungry, so we recommend that you plug your laptop and docking station into a power source.

2. On your laptop, open the Game Capture HD software.

3. Turn on your Switch by pressing the Home button on any controller.

4. Connect the USB-C cable, supplied with the Elgato HD60, to the enclosure and to your computer.

5. After a few seconds, you should see your Nintendo Switch home screen appear in Game Capture HD.

If Elgato’s Game Capture HD software does not detect the Nintendo Switch, then make sure the HDMI cable is securely plugged into the input port, not the output port.

6. Select the full screen icon in the upper right corner of Game Capture HD.

Finally, last tip, be careful not to touch your mouse or keyboard.

You can now play your Nintendo Switch games on your laptop just like you would on a TV.

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