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 Apple TV+, there’s also no dedicated Switch version of the Now TV app. This app lets Now TV subscribers watch hundreds of TV boxsets – including iconic HBO series such as Game Of Thrones and The Sopranos – as well as brand new blockbuster movies and Sky Sports.
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 Now TV on your Nintendo Switch…
Install Android OS on Nintendo Switch
If you want to watch Now 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 Now TV on Nintendo Switch
Once that’s all done, your Switch will run like an Android tablet. Now all you have to do is make your way to the Google Play store, download the Now TV app and log in with your subscriber details. Voila! You can now 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 linked to above.
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