How to Play Nintendo Switch Games on Your iPad

Play Nintendo Switch games on your iPad using a PS5 or Switch controller.

Your iPad is a versatile device that can do more than just browsing and media consumption. You can even use it to play Nintendo Switch games by connecting a PS5 or Nintendo Switch controller. To fully enjoy Nintendo Switch games, you usually need to switch back to the console or TV, but there’s a workaround.

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Essential Items You’ll Need

Before you can play Nintendo Switch games on your iPad, you’ll need some specific items. According to this MacRumors video, here’s the list:

  • Nintendo Switch
  • iPad with USB-C Port: Ensure your iPad has a USB-C port for compatibility. Here’s a list of iPads with USB-C port.
  • iPadOS 17: Update your iPad to iPadOS 17 beta to make the capture card compatible.
  • USB-C Capture Card: Capture Card is a device that captures the video feed from your Nintendo Switch and displays it on your iPad.
  • Capture Card App: A dedicated app like Capture Pro, available on TestFlight, is also required.

Step-by-Step Setup Guide

  1. Connect the Capture Card: Insert the HDMI cable from your Nintendo Switch dock into the capture card.
  2. Connect to iPad: Plug the USB-C end of the capture card into your iPad’s USB-C port.
  3. Launch the App: Open the Capture Pro app on your iPad.
  4. Power Up Your Switch: Turn on your Nintendo Switch. Once the app detects it, you’ll see the Switch home screen on your iPad.

Additional Tips

This method isn’t limited to the Nintendo Switch; it also works for PS5 and Xbox. Though there may be a slight delay, the overall experience is generally good and better than most streaming options.

And that’s it! You’re now ready to enjoy Nintendo Switch games on your iPad.