How to Connect Wii U to TV: A Step-by-Step Guide

Complete these steps Place the Wii U console at least 4" (10 cm) away from walls or other surfaces that may block ventilation. Ensure your television is turned off. Connect the HDMI cable to an available HDMI port on your television. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the Wii U console. ... Turn your television on. More items...

So you’ve got yourself a Wii U, but you’re having trouble hooking it up to your TV. Don’t worry, this is a common problem that many people face. The instructions may not be clear enough, and you may be left wondering how to properly connect all the cables. But fear not, we’ve got you covered! In this guide, we will show you how to properly hook up your Wii U to your TV.

First off, let’s take a look at the cables you’ll need for this process. You will need the HDMI adapter, the HDMI cable, the four colored cables (optional), and the multifunction HDMI cable.

The HDMI adapter will rest on top of your TV, and it will enable you to hook up to the Internet for online games such as Splatoon and Mario Maker. This adapter is included with the Wii U console. The HDMI cable itself is also included with the Wii U, and you can tell it’s HDMI because it says HDMI right on it. The four colored cables are optional to plug in and don’t really do anything to affect the game, but we’ll show you how to hook them up anyway. Lastly, the multifunction HDMI cable plugs into the Wii U and the wall in order to make it work.

Now, let’s get to the hooking up process. First, we’ll show you how to hook up the HDMI adapter. This should rest on your TV, and you can place it on top or below it. Simply plug it in and follow the cable to the mini cable at the back. Plug it in on the top one.

Next, we’ll show you how to hook up the HDMI cable. Take one of the ends and plug it into the outlet. There will be another end that goes into your TV, which should have two HDMI slots. Make sure you plug it in properly.

Moving on to the multifunction HDMI cable, take the yellow part and put it in the spot with two little holes at the back of the Wii U. Then, plug the wall plug straight into the wall.

Finally, we have the optional colored cables. Hook each one up to the same color at the back of your TV. Green would be video, blue would be that one, red would be the other red, and white for audio.

Now that you’ve hooked up all the cables, turn on your Wii U by pressing the power button. If it still says “no signal,” make sure you’re on the HDMI cable or that you’re on the HDMI settings. Go to the sources and select HDMI/DVI.

There you have it! You’ve successfully connected your Wii U to your TV, and you’re ready to start gaming. If this guide helped you, please give it a like and share it with your friends who may be struggling with the same problem.


Why won't my Wii U connect to my TV?
Try using a different cable. Try a Wii AV Cable or a Wii Component Video Cable. You will need to ensure the TV is set to the correct input settings if you switch cables. It can take up to a minute for the Wii U console to detect that a Wii AV Cable/Wii Component Video Cable is connected.
Is the Wii U compatible with HDMI?
The Wii U comes with an HDMI cable, which is shaped a little like a smiling mouth. If your TV has an HDMI port, which is shaped the same way, plug it into the TV and you're all connected.
Can you play Wii U without console?
By downloading and installing a free software update, you can play the game TV-free on the Wii U GamePad screen alone. Off-TV Play can be activated from the in-game Options menu. The same software update that adds Off-TV Play also allows European and North American gamers to play together online.