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Samsung TV Flickering With Nintendo Switch

As a frustrated Samsung TV owner, I can relate to the frustration of having the TV flicker when trying to use a Nintendo Switch. After doing some research and testing, I’m here to share how I solved the flickering issue and any other solutions I discovered.

IssuePossible CausesSolutions
Samsung TV Flickering with Nintendo Switch1. Auto-scan Setting– Turn on or off the auto scan in the aspect ratio settings.
2. Resolution Settings on Nintendo Switch– Change the resolution settings on the Nintendo Switch: Settings -> TV Output -> Resolution.
3. RGB Settings on Nintendo Switch– Turn RGB to limited in the Switch’s settings: System Settings -> TV Output -> RGB Range.
4. Nintendo Switch Docking Issues– Ensure the Nintendo Switch is properly connected to the docking station, the docking station is correctly set up, and the HDMI cable is securely connected. Check for adequate power.
5. HDMI Cable– Check the HDMI cable and consider replacing it with a different cable to determine if the existing cable is defective.
6. Samsung TV HDMI Input– Try connecting the HDMI cable to a different HDMI input on the television. If the issue persists, the input or the TV screen itself may be faulty.
7. Soft Reset of Samsung TV– Turn off the TV, unplug it from the wall outlet, wait 60 seconds, plug it back in, and turn it on again.
8. Samsung TV Software Update– Turn on automatic software updates or manually update the software: Settings -> Support -> Software Update -> Auto Update (or Update Now for manual update).

Why Does my Samsung TV Flicker When Using Nintendo Switch?

Below are likely reasons why your Samsung TV has been Flickering with Nintendo Switch.

Turn on or off Auto-scan

Some people have had success by turning on or off the auto scan in the aspect ratio settings.

Change the resolution settings on your Nintendo Switch

Some people also have had success by changing the resolution settings on the Nintendo Switch. To do this do the following:

Settings -> TV Output -> Resolution

Turn RGB to limited in the settings

Some people have also had success by selecting RGB as limited in the settings on their Nintendo Switches.

In the Switch’s tv settings, turn RGB to limited. System Settings -> TV Output -> RGB Range

The Nintendo Switch

You want to investigate the Nintendo Switch to make sure that there is a proper connection with everything. Start with the console itself.

Do you have it within the docking station the proper way? Is the docking station set up the way you would expect?

Do you see the green light when the Nintendo Switch is in the dock? On top of all this, do you have the HDMI cable secure in the HDMI out slot of the Nintendo Switch docking station?

Finally, be sure the Nintendo Switch has adequate power. If any of these things are off, it could be the cause of the flickering.

The HDMI Cable

The HDMI cable is another thing you want to investigate when it comes to the Nintendo Switch and the Samsung TV. You want to check out the HDMI cable to see if it is the problem point for the flickering.

The easiest way to make this determination is to do a replacement of the HDMI cable. Swap it out with a different HDMI cable to see if that takes care of the issue.

If it does, that means that the HDMI cable is now defective and needs to be thrown away.

In the event the flickering continues, then that means that the HDMI cable has no issues and it is something else causing the problem.  

The Samsung TV

You rely on your Samsung TV to do its thing when working with the Nintendo Switch. For the Samsung TV to function properly, the HDMI input you are using needs to be soundly functioning.

Try taking the HDMI cable and placing it within a different HDMI input on the television. Does that fix the flickering problem? If it does, then you may be in good shape once again.

If it does not, it could be that the input on the television is starting to break, or the screen is burning out and the television needs replacement.

Try doing a soft reset

Often, a soft reset is all that is needed to solve issues on a Samsung TV. A soft reset does not erase any data. To soft reset a Samsung TV, you simply need to turn the TV off, then remove the plug from the wall outlet and wait for 60 seconds, then put the plug back in and turn the TV on again.

Try a software update

There is a small possibility that there is a software bug causing the issue. You can turn on automatic software updates by going ”settings” then ”support” then “software update” and ensure ”Auto Update” is turned on. Alternatively, you can manually update over the internet by clicking ”Update now”.

How to Stop Samsung TV Flickering With Nintendo Switch?

To start, it would help to try changing the RGB setting and the resolution setting on your Nintendo Switch as explained above.

The best way to stop the Samsung TV from flickering is to get to the source of the problem.

You need to get to the root cause to understand what it is that is causing the Samsung TV to flicker when you are using the Nintendo Switch.

It could be that you have a problem with the Nintendo Switch, the HDMI cable, or perhaps even the Samsung TV itself. To get to the source of the problem, though, you need to do troubleshooting.

The more you can troubleshoot, the closer you will get to the problem point. As you narrow down your options, make note of what you try so that you do not repeat the same steps.

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Why Does My Nintendo Switch Flicker With Samsung TV When Docked?  

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The Nintendo Switch docking station is made to work with any television that supports an HDMI input.

The Samsung TV is going to fit this mold perfectly and should have no issue displaying what you are sending its way with the Switch.

The only other thing we could mention you could try outside of the above is to alter the resolution settings on the display settings of the Nintendo Switch.

If it is trying to output at a resolution the Samsung TV cannot handle, it could also cause flickering.

As we have stated, many reasons can cause a Nintendo Switch to flicker on a Samsung TV. To get to the root cause of the problem, try a variety of steps.  

  • High-quality picture and sound
  • You get to see the image on a larger screen
  • Easy setup and use

Cons of Nintendo Switch with Samsung TV

  • It does not always work properly
  • Not portable
  • Flickering issues with certain TVs