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Introduction

Nintendo claims that the battery replacement shouldn't be performed by the user, but it's actually a fairly simple repair.

  1. Using the Y1 Screwdriver, remove the four tri-point screws on the back of the device, in the corners; then a single screw on top, and two screws on either side of the charging port. Using the Y1 Screwdriver, remove the four tri-point screws on the back of the device, in the corners; then a single screw on top, and two screws on either side of the charging port. Using the Y1 Screwdriver, remove the four tri-point screws on the back of the device, in the corners; then a single screw on top, and two screws on either side of the charging port.
    • Using the Y1 Screwdriver, remove the four tri-point screws on the back of the device, in the corners; then a single screw on top, and two screws on either side of the charging port.

    What size are the phillips screws on the top and bottom? Two of mine have fallen out and I need to find replacements.

    Peter Roadman - Réponse

  2. Be sure to lift up the kickstand and remove this sneaky little screw around the SD card slot, and then the center screws on both sides of the device, where the Joycon brackets are screwed in place. Be sure to lift up the kickstand and remove this sneaky little screw around the SD card slot, and then the center screws on both sides of the device, where the Joycon brackets are screwed in place. Be sure to lift up the kickstand and remove this sneaky little screw around the SD card slot, and then the center screws on both sides of the device, where the Joycon brackets are screwed in place.
    • Be sure to lift up the kickstand and remove this sneaky little screw around the SD card slot, and then the center screws on both sides of the device, where the Joycon brackets are screwed in place.

  3. With the myriad of screws removed, you should now be able to pop the back cover off with minimal prying; you might need an iSesamo style spudger to get it started , just make sure you're careful around the fan exhaust, (marked in the photo) there's some tiny clips that you wouldn't want to pull off with too much force.
    • With the myriad of screws removed, you should now be able to pop the back cover off with minimal prying; you might need an iSesamo style spudger to get it started , just make sure you're careful around the fan exhaust, (marked in the photo) there's some tiny clips that you wouldn't want to pull off with too much force.

  4. Remove the screws on the back of the metal plate, as indicated by the photos, but don't attempt to pull it off yet. Remove the screws on the back of the metal plate, as indicated by the photos, but don't attempt to pull it off yet. Remove the screws on the back of the metal plate, as indicated by the photos, but don't attempt to pull it off yet.
    • Remove the screws on the back of the metal plate, as indicated by the photos, but don't attempt to pull it off yet.

    i had to remove 5 screws in this step, not 4

    picture of the lower left screw (below sd card slot) seems to be missing

    jetsabel - Réponse

    The last screw and the SD card removal are the next step, there were limitations in the guide creator and based on the photos I had, it made more sense to split it up in two steps (Beginning the plate removal, and completing the plate removal) than cramming it into one. I’m a repair tech and I actually made this guide while doing this repair for a customer, so I had to work with the photos I had.

    Taylor Bledsoe -

  5. Take out the center screw,  near the blower fan, and the screw in the small SD card reader assembly. Then using tweezers or a spudger, carefully remove the SD card reader and detach the flex cable from the board; you can do this by carefully sliding a spudger under the area covered by the foam and gently prying up. it comes off fairly easily. Take out the center screw,  near the blower fan, and the screw in the small SD card reader assembly. Then using tweezers or a spudger, carefully remove the SD card reader and detach the flex cable from the board; you can do this by carefully sliding a spudger under the area covered by the foam and gently prying up. it comes off fairly easily. Take out the center screw,  near the blower fan, and the screw in the small SD card reader assembly. Then using tweezers or a spudger, carefully remove the SD card reader and detach the flex cable from the board; you can do this by carefully sliding a spudger under the area covered by the foam and gently prying up. it comes off fairly easily.
    • Take out the center screw, near the blower fan, and the screw in the small SD card reader assembly. Then using tweezers or a spudger, carefully remove the SD card reader and detach the flex cable from the board; you can do this by carefully sliding a spudger under the area covered by the foam and gently prying up. it comes off fairly easily.

    How can I insert micro SD module back in position? Seems like there’s no way to stick it. Is just some trial and error?

    Marco Giannini - Réponse

  6. You can now gently pull the metal plate off and set it aside, revealing the tightly designed internals of the switch, along with your battery.
    • You can now gently pull the metal plate off and set it aside, revealing the tightly designed internals of the switch, along with your battery.

  7. To remove the battery, take some tweezers or a spudger and carefully pop the connector off vertically; it looks like it might come out perpendicular to the board, but it comes straight off with some gentle prying from underneath.
    • To remove the battery, take some tweezers or a spudger and carefully pop the connector off vertically; it looks like it might come out perpendicular to the board, but it comes straight off with some gentle prying from underneath.

  8. Caution: Lithium-ion batteries are fragile and can ignite if punctured or bent. Be careful when prying and do not use metal tools. Now finally, use the long flat tipped spudger and use it to carefully separate the battery's adhesive by going in at a low angle in several different directions, I found that going in towards one side, then the other, then down the middle worked well. don't stick it underneath and pry upwards, just separate the adhesive and it comes right out. Now finally, use the long flat tipped spudger and use it to carefully separate the battery's adhesive by going in at a low angle in several different directions, I found that going in towards one side, then the other, then down the middle worked well. don't stick it underneath and pry upwards, just separate the adhesive and it comes right out.
    • Caution: Lithium-ion batteries are fragile and can ignite if punctured or bent. Be careful when prying and do not use metal tools.

    • Now finally, use the long flat tipped spudger and use it to carefully separate the battery's adhesive by going in at a low angle in several different directions, I found that going in towards one side, then the other, then down the middle worked well. don't stick it underneath and pry upwards, just separate the adhesive and it comes right out.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Taylor Bledsoe

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There is no need to remove all the screws on the joy con bracket.Only the 3rd one down from the top is securing the rear clamshell on both sides.

Miksanga Viengsombat - Réponse

To get the 4 screws out of the back cover, I had to use a Y0 tri-point screwdriver instead of a Y1.

Patrick Pichette - Réponse

Step 4, photo 3, the screw on the right.

This one is blocked and i ended destroying the screw.

John - Réponse

I need the black piece that snaps the white battery plug onto the motherboard as I accidentally damaged it while trying to remove the adhesive. What is it called and where can I get it? Now the black piece has 4 contacts instead 5 so one of the Ground wires isn’t connected. The Switch still powers up but I’m worried that it could cause issues later or charging issues.

ccfman2004 - Réponse

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