How To Connect/Charge Nintendo Switch Without A Dock?

Often, one would want to play or charge their Nintendo Switch on the go; however, the dock is a very easy thing to forget. If you do not have a dock or forgot it on your travels, then this is a perfect read for you.

Get a USB C to HDMI adaptor. Insert the Nintendo Switch charging cable into the USB C slot, put one end of the HDMI cable into the TV’s HDMI input port, and the other end into the adaptor. Connect the adaptor to your Nintendo. Then turn the TV on and select the HDMI input setting to see the display of your Nintendo Switch on your TV screen.

We have explained all the possible ways in which you can charge or connect (to the TV) your Switch without a dock.

The Cables You Will Need

You can easily connect your Nintendo Switch to your TV without the dock. All you need is a cable, and you will be good to go. For this connection, you need an HDMI to USB C adaptor for Nintendo Switch. These wires are easily available in any electronic store or on online markets, like Amazon.

To recap, there are only 3 cables you will need:

  1. Nintendo charging cable
  2.  HDMI cable
  3. HDMI to USB C adaptor

They are all illustrated below:

How To Connect/Charge Nintendo Switch Without A Dock?

How To Connect/Charge Nintendo Switch Without A Dock?

How to Connect Without the Dock

As of now, there is only one way to connect your Switch to any TV. This way is stated in the above section and will be explained in more detail here.

However, if you try to use the AC adaptor and connect your Switch to your laptop computer and then try to connect the laptop to the TV, then it won’t work.

Many computers have an HDMI output port, and the Switch needs to connect to an input HDMI port to send signals displayed on a bigger screen.

Here are the detailed steps for connecting your Switch to a TV without the dock:

  1. You need to get an adaptor that converts USB C port output to an HDMI input.
  2. Connect the charging cable to the adaptor and plug it into the wall outlet.
  3. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the adaptor.
  4. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the TV’s HDMI input. These ports are usually found on the sides of a TV.
  5. Connect the USB C port to the port given on the Switch.
  6. Switch the TV on and turn to the HDMI output from the “Sources” section of your TV. If the connection was successful, you would be able to see the Switch’s display on the big screen.


Do You Need an AC Adaptor for Switch?

The short answer to this question is yes. The Nintendo Switch comes with an AC adaptor that can be used to charge the device directly, without a dock.

This adaptor is usually used to power the dock, and then the dock can be used to charge the device as well as connect it to your TV.

However, if you do not have the dock, then the AC adaptor can easily help you charge the device without the dock.

How to Charge Without the Dock

AC Adaptor Method: There are a couple of straightforward ways to charge your Nintendo Switch without a dock. One of them was stated in the section above, but the steps below explain that process in much more detail:

  1. Use the AC adaptor that comes with the Nintendo Switch box to charge it.
  2. Connect the adaptor to a power supply and the wire to the port given on the Switch.
  3. The device will begin to charge; however, the rate at which it charges would be different from the dock’s rate. The standby rate would also be different than if you were charging while playing on the Switch.

Any USB C Port Adaptor: You can also use any other adaptors with the Nintendo Switch. You need to check that the cable should be a USB C port cable.

However, the speeds at which each of these adaptors charges your Switch vary. The minimum requirements to charge the Switch are at 5 volts and 1.5 amps of power.

The maximum power limit for the Switch is 7.5 Watts, and this cannot be exceeded due to the Switch’s design.

A higher-rated adaptor might damage the Switch; however, this won’t usually be the case as most adaptors come between this range.

How to Connect Nintendo Switch to TV Without an AC Adaptor?

The method to connect the Nintendo Switch to your TV without an AC adaptor is explained above. All you need to do is to buy another gadget. A multi-pin HDMI to USB C converter is the gadget to complete this requirement.

What this will do is successfully send input signals to the TV and would display the Switch’s screen on to your TV’s screen. So, now you would be able to enjoy your gaming experience on a big screen.

The detailed steps for this are given in the section above.

How to Power the Dock Without an AC Adaptor?

The Switch is designed in accordance with the dock, which is why it comes with the dock in the box. However, there are workarounds to it when it comes to charging and displaying it on the TV.

There are no workarounds for powering the dock without an AC adaptor as it needs its power from somewhere. You can try other adaptors, but you would always need an adaptor to use the dock with the Switch.


Carrying the dock around with your Switch might be a hassle.

However, after reading this article, you would be aware of some known workarounds to charging the Switch and connecting it to the TV.