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How To Turn Down Switch Volume On TV

As an owner of a TV, I know how frustrating it can be when you can’t seem to get the volume just right. Whether it’s too loud or too quiet, finding the right volume can be an ongoing challenge. After doing some research and testing, I am here to share with you how I solved this problem and what other solutions I have discovered.

You can turn down Switch volume on a TV by pressing and holding the Home button, accessing the Quick Settings menu, and navigating to Volume Control. You can also adjust the volume from the volume buttons on the Switch, TV frame buttons, TV remote control, or the TV Sound Settings.  

Tips:

  • You can turn down the volume on your Switch in TV mode by pressing and holding the Home button to access the Quick Settings menu, using the volume buttons on the Switch console, the TV remote control, or the buttons on the TV frame.
  • If you can barely hear the audio when your Switch is in TV mode, check the volume setting on your actual Switch console and ensure that the HDMI cable is working properly.
  • If your docked Switch has no audio, check if your TV is muted or the volume is too low, and experiment with different TVs, Switches, HDMI cables, and ports.
  • Depending on your TV, it may require an important system update to make it compatible with the latest software of your Switch.

How To Turn Down Switch Volume On TV

When you game on your TV, loud audio might bother other people, especially when you live in a small apartment or someone wants to study. From a gaming perspective, loud audio for extended periods gives you a headache and can jolt you with sudden loud audio when you least expect it! 

Fortunately, there are several ways to lower the volume in TV mode. You can turn down the volume of your Switch by holding the Home button to access the quick menu, use a TV remote control, adjust the knobs and buttons on the TV, or adjust the volume buttons on your Switch console. 

You Can Turn Down The Volume Via The Switch Home Button

The quickest way to lower your Switch volume on your  TV is by pressing and holding the Home button on the Switch controller. 

Holding the Home button for several seconds will grant you access to the Quick Settings menu, which you’ll find on the right side of the screen. You’ll find a group of commonly used settings, including the Volume Control option to turn down your Switch volume. 

However, remember that accessing the Quick Settings menu will not pause your game, so get to a safe place before you open the menu. 

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Press and hold the Home button on the Switch controller until it brings up the Quick Settings menu on the right side of the screen.
  2. You’ll see options for Sleep Mode, Screen Brightness, Volume Control, and Airplane Mode. Select Volume Control.
  3. Adjust the volume slider to your preference.

When you want to exit Quick Settings:

  1. Press the B button on your Switch controller.
  2. Press the Home button.
  3. Tap outside the Quick Settings screen.

You Can Turn Down Your Switch Volume From The Console Or TV

The HDMI cable that connects your Nintendo Switch to your TV enables your Switch to have its game audio play through the TV. In the process, the Switch temporarily loses its ability to project audio, instead passing it on to the TV. 

As such, Nintendo expects you to adjust your game’s audio by lowering the volume on your TV because it assumes the role of remote control. You can lower your game volume by physically using the buttons at the top of the Switch console or by fiddling with the physical buttons on the frame of the TV. 

Furthermore, you can use the remote control belonging to the TV or configure it in the TV Settings menu when you connect the Switch to the TV. 

How Do You Fix Switch Audio You Can Barely Hear?

If you can barely hear the audio when your Switch is in TV mode, ensure that the volume control on your actual Switch console is not too low. Otherwise, you may need to set your headphones or TV as high as 50 or 60 to hear a tiny bit of audio. 

It may be that the HDMI cable you use to connect your Switch to your TV is faulty, so it’s worth borrowing one from a friend or trying a different one to rule out the possibility. Similarly, the HDMI port on your TV might be bad; try a different port or ensure it’s not dirty and dusty. 

You might also consider changing the audio type. Here’s how to access the audio settings:

  1. From the Home screen of the Switch, navigate to System Settings. 
  2. Scroll down the list and go into TV Settings. 
  3. On the right side of the screen, navigate down and choose TV Sound. 
  4. You should see options for Automatic, Surround Sound, Stereo, and Mono.

Some TVs work better with certain audio types, so try alternating between the different audio types to see whether it fixes your sound issues.

If none of the above worked, you must test whether the issue lies with your TV or Nintendo Switch. Have a friend or relative try to plug their Switch into your TV to see if their audio works fine. Additionally, switch between different HDMI ports on the TV to test every aspect thoroughly. 

If the audio on their Switch works, the fault lies with your Switch, not your TV. It’s also worth noting certain TVs like Philips or Samgsung have a feature called automatic volume limiting that acts as a safer precaution and prohibits the TV’s volume from going past a specific volume.  

If Your Docked Switch Has No Audio, What Can You Do?

If your docked Switch has no audio, it may be that you accidentally muted your TV without realizing it, or you turned the volume of your TV all the way down. 

It’s also worth checking the audio on your Switch console; if the volume setting is low, it will also affect the volume of the TV and any headset you use. 

Like when the audio is soft, experiment with different TVs, Switches, HDMI cables & ports, following a process of elimination to highlight the cause of your audio woes. 

Depending on your TV, it may require an important system update to make it compatible with the latest software of your Switch, so ensure that you update it. 

If nothing else works, there is a high chance of a technical fault with your TV, and it may be worth having a technician take a crack at repairing your TV. 

Conclusion 

You can lower the volume of your docked Switch by using the volume buttons on your TV, Nintendo Switch, or by going into the sound settings on your TV. Hold the Home button on your Switch controller will bring up a Quick Settings menu with an option for Volume Control. 

Sources 

https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/189706-nintendo-switch/77110453?page=1

https://www.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch/comments/a97gzu/is_there_any_way_to_lower_the_volume_in_docked/

https://www.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch/comments/abyy6j/my_switch_is_permanently_on_the_highest_volume/

https://www.nintendo.com/my/support/qa/detail/34484#:~:text=In%20TV%20mode%2C%20the%20volume%20level%20is%20determined%20by%20the%20television%E2%80%99s%20volume.%20Check%20that%20the%20television%E2%80%99s%20volume%20is%20turned%20up.

https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22321/~/how-to-access%2Fchange-the-quick-settings