How to use Laptop as a Monitor for Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular handheld gaming consoles available as of now. Nintendo surely knows what is best for people in modern times. The Switch has everything that you need, a good touch screen, Wi-Fi, Type-C charging port, expandable storage, and the detachable joy cons. Heck, you can even make use of some of the old Wii controllers on your Switch with a few tweaks. Of course, the Switch is great and all, but it would be even more fun if you could play it on a bigger screen. Right? Well, in this guide we will show you how to use laptop as Monitor for Switch.

Well, yes you could always connect the Switch to a TV screen and play games on it. But what if the TV is being used by someone else and they refuse to part the TV for you? Well, if you have a laptop lying around with you and a few other items, then this guide will help you to make use of the laptop as a monitor for the Switch. Since it is 2021, you should be able to make use of any screen by connecting your console to it and have a good time gaming. Read along to know how to use the laptop as a monitor for Nintendo Switch.

Use Laptop as a Monitor for Switch


Here is a list of things that you will need to turn the laptop into a monitor for the Switch:

  • A laptop with an HDMI port
  • Nintendo Switch (obviously)
  • Video capturing card
  • Video capturing software
  • HDMI cable
  • Nintendo Dock (optional)

Since laptops do not have an HDMI port for input, you will need to have a video capture card and video capturing software that will share the Switch’s screen onto the laptop. Well, there are plenty of Video Capture cards available and you can find them at a good price on Amazon. In terms of video capturing software, you can make use of the best free programs available, called OBS or the Elgato video capturing software.

Well, the HDMI cable for the Nintendo Switch comes with the Switch when you purchase it. However, if you have miss place yours, you can always order a compatible cable for the Switch on Amazon. Oh, and the dock can be used to keep the Switch charged up while gaming around with the Joy cons detached.

Connect Nintendo Switch to laptop

Power on the Nintendo Switch and connect the HDMI cable to it. Now, with Switch connected at one end, plug the other end to the capture card.

Connect the video capture card to the laptop and open the video capturing software. To add the video capture card in OBS, do the following:

  1. Fire up OBS and select the + button below the Sources box.
  2. Select Video Capture Device.
  3. You can now select the video capture card in the dialogue box which appears under Devices.

And that is how you can get the Nintendo Switch to display its output onto the laptop. Simply select the full screen option on the video capture software and enjoy playing Nintendo Switch games on the laptop display in full screen. The Switch can be plugged into the Dock and you can play with the detachable joy cons right away.

You can always the same method to connect any other console that has an HDMI output port. Consoles such as the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and the Xbox Series X|S can be connected to the laptop’s display. If you have the Nintendo Wii, you could even connect it and play those old games.


So yes, you can connect the Nintendo Switch to a laptop and use the display as an output. Why would you do this? Maybe you just might want to have a good big-screen gaming experience or maybe you just want to record your gameplay and then, later on, upload it onto YouTube or even Twitch. We hope this guide has helped you in making use of a few devices to use the laptop display as an output for the Nintendo Switch.

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Joshua D'souza

Enjoy games, 90's hip-hop, and tech. Loves exploring the infinite world of laptops and food. Every ready to provide assistance in anything that rocks his boat. Will gladly enjoy capturing memories through various lenses. Worked previously at PiunikaWeb as an author and researcher.

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