Nintendo’s Switch console is one of the most revolutionary to ever exist. It allows gamers to seamlessly switch back and forth between handheld and TV modes of play. This gives players the ability to enjoy the Nintendo and third-party games they love in whatever way they want.

But you won’t be able to enjoy all that a Switch has to offer if you can’t connect to the internet. One problem that you might be getting is the “Nintendo Switch could not perform DNS name resolution” error.

If your Nintendo Switch can’t perform a DNS name resolution, the problem likely lies either with your router or your internet provider. You can resolve the issue by manually changing your DNS to Googles’ DNS servers. To do that, you need to go into your Switch’s settings and set the DNS as 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.

What is DNS?

DNS stands for Domain Name System. It’s essentially the phonebook of the internet. The role of the DNS is to translate domain names into IP addresses. This enables internet browsers to load the correct resources.

Every device that connects to the internet has its own unique IP address. DNS basically eliminates the need for humans to memorize IP addresses, which are just random numbers.

The most important thing to know is that you need your DNS to be working properly. Otherwise, you won’t be able to access the internet services that you want.

What is the best DNS for Nintendo Switch?

Most people won’t have to worry about manually setting their Switch’s DNS. Most of the time, the one that’s set automatically for you will get the job done. But you might need to update your Switch’s DNS if your internet connection is super slow or inconsistent.

There are a few different DNS addresses that you can use when this happens. Two of the most common are from Google. You can use one of these:

  • 8.8.8.8
  • 8.8.4.4

Or if those don’t work, you can try these addresses from OpenDNS:

  • 208.67.222.222
  • 208.67.220.220

How do you manually configure DNS on Nintendo Switch?

Manually configuring the DNS on a Nintendo Switch is actually a pretty straightforward process. To start, you need to access your Switch’s settings page. You can do that by opening your Switch’s home screen and then tapping on the “System Settings” icon. This looks like a gear.

Once you’ve opened up your system settings, the next step is to tap the internet option. Then, click on the internet settings button after you’ve done that.

From here, you’ll see the option to select your WiFi network. Go ahead and choose the one that you normally use to play your Switch online. Then, click on “Change Settings” after you’ve done that.

Here, you’ll see an option called “DNS Settings”. Yours will probably be set to “Automatic”. But you want to change it to “Manual. Do that by simply tapping on the “Manual” button.

Next, click on “Primary DNS” and hold B until it has completely deleted the value in the field. Do the same for the “Secondary DNS”.

Finally, input the DNS that you’ve decided to use in each of these two fields. You may want to use a different DNS for your Secondary DNS just in case the first isn’t working.

What is a DNS error on Nintendo Switch?

A DNS error occurs when your Nintendo Switch isn’t able to connect to the internet. It can happen regardless of whether you’re using a wired or wireless connection.

Whenever you connect a device to the internet, it runs some checks to make sure it’s working properly. One of these checks is a DNS check. If that fails, then you’ll get the DNS error on your Nintendo Switch. This typically carries an error code of 2110-3127 but it may also occur under a different code in some situations.

Generally, a DNS error on your Switch just means that the DNS you’re using isn’t working. That could be happening for a few reasons. It might be that the encryption type you’re trying to use isn’t compatible with your Switch. Or it could just be that there’s an error in the automatic DNS code that you’ve been assigned.

What do I do if my Switch won’t connect to the internet?

There are a few different reasons why your Switch might not be connecting to the internet. So you might need to try a few solutions until you find the source of the problem. 

Generally, when troubleshooting something like this you want to start with the solution that’s easiest. Then if that doesn’t work, try the next-easiest solution, and so on. Using this method will prevent you from wasting a bunch of time on a complex solution that wasn’t necessary.

The first thing you should do is restart your Nintendo Switch console. That might be enough to fix the problem on its own. If this doesn’t work, try setting up a new internet connection. Make sure that you’re attempting to connect to the correct network as well.

If the problem persists, try restarting your home network. That will likely just entail restarting your router and waiting for it to power back on completely.

At this point, it may be time to try the DNS name resolution solution shown above. You may also want to try a wired connection if you’re been using a wireless one. If the wired connection works, then the problem lies in your system’s WiFi settings.

Why is Nintendo Switch WiFi so bad?

There have been a decent number of complaints about the WiFi capabilities of the Nintendo Switch. You might find that the internet capabilities of your console are poor even under ideal circumstances.

The answer to this question lies in the networking chip that the Switch uses. It has a Broadcom BCM4356. This isn’t a super powerful chip so you probably won’t ever get incredible internet speeds on your Switch.

But there are some things you can try to fix the problem. One option is to change the frequency that your Switch’s WiFi chip operates on. Its standard setting is 2.4 GHz. But the chip also supports 5GHz bands. This offers higher speeds but a reduced range. So if you’re close to your router, this could be your solution.

Related Questions

Can the Switch connect to 5G?

A Nintendo Switch won’t connect to 5G but it can connect to 5GHz WiFi bands. To do that, you need to change the settings of your router. The process for this varies from router to router. So if you’d like to make the change, consult with your router’s user manual to figure out how.

Does a Switch slow down the internet?

No, your Nintendo Switch shouldn’t have an outsized impact on your home network. Rather, it will impact your household’s internet connectivity just as any other device would. 

For example, your internet network can only handle so much traffic at the same time. So anytime that you use multiple internet-enabled devices at once, you may see a speed reduction. But this isn’t an issue that’s isolated to the Nintendo Switch. It’s something that can happen with any device you use on your home network.