The Nintendo Switch is a great console for gaming on the go, mixing the power of a current-gen machine with the portability of a handheld. When it comes to watching films and TV on the move, though, it leaves a little to be desired.
The lack of streaming media apps on the Switch means that, despite the advantages that come from its unique, hybrid-style design, it doesn't hold up as an all-round portable entertainment machine.
So, as well as missing out on streaming services such as Netflix and Now TV, there's also no dedicated Switch version of the Apple TV app. This app lets Apple TV+ subscribers watch exclusive films and miniseries, as well as gain access to their iTunes movie and TV library.
There is, however, a way to fix this omission. Be warned, though: you have to become a bit of a tech wizard to get it to work, and could risk your console's functionality in the process. If you're still determined to proceed, here is how to watch Apple TV+ on your Nintendo Switch…
Install Android OS on Nintendo Switch
If you want to watch Apple TV on Switch, you’ll need to put your modding hat on and install the Android OS on your console.
As ever with this kind of thing, there's a chance that it could damage your console. So, this isn’t us advising you to do it, merely letting you know that it’s something that can be done.
If you still want to, then you’ll need to follow a few rather excellent guides on the XDA Developers forum.
The first thing you’ll need to do is to install the Android OS to the console itself. This particular thread has a lot of notes on the things that it can do to affect your Nintendo Switch, so make sure you read it carefully.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to hop over to a different XDA Developers thread, where they go over how to install Android onto your beloved console. Once again, make sure you pay attention to every step.
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How to watch Apple TV+ on Nintendo Switch
Once that’s all done, your Switch will run like an Android tablet. There's actually no dedicated Apple TV+ app for Android devices (not surprising, seeing as they're the main rival to Apple's own devices), so you won't find one on the Google Play store. However, you can watch it via a web browser.
In the Google Play store, download the Google Chrome app – or whichever web browser you prefer to use – and then launch it and navigate to the Apple TV+ browser app. Log in, and you can view all your favourite films and shows on your Switch's little screen.
As this isn’t endorsed by Nintendo, you should be careful – there are a lot of warnings in this piece but we really can’t stress enough that this isn’t a recommendation. However, if you want to do this, make sure you follow the advice given in the threads.
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