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Introduction

Follow this guide to replace a faulty or damaged fan in the Nintendo Switch Lite.

The Switch Lite uses JIS screws, but you can use a Phillips screwdriver in a pinch. Be very careful not to strip the screws. iFixit's Phillips bits are designed to be cross-compatible with JIS-style screws.

Note: This procedure requires removing the shield plate and heat sink. The thermal paste will need to be cleaned off of both components—as well as the CPU—and reapplied before reinstalling the shield plate and heat sink.

    • Before beginning this repair, make sure that the device is completely turned off.

    • Use a Y00 screwdriver to remove the four 6.3 mm-long screws securing the back panel.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from.

  1. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Remove the top and bottom back panel screws: étape 2, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Remove the top and bottom back panel screws: étape 2, image 2 de 2
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the following screws securing the back panel:

    • Two 3.6 mm-long screws on the top of the device

    • Two 3.6 mm-long screws on the bottom of the device

    • To prevent these tight screws from stripping, apply firm downward force, work slowly and try a different screwdriver if the screws won't come out.

  2. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Release the clips securing the back panel: étape 3, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Release the clips securing the back panel: étape 3, image 2 de 2
    • Insert an opening tool into the left speaker grille on the bottom of the device.

    • Twist the opening tool to release the clips securing the back panel.

    • Avoid inserting the opening tool further than required to prevent damage to the speaker module.

  3. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Continue releasing the clips around the device: étape 4, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Continue releasing the clips around the device: étape 4, image 2 de 2
    • Slide the opening tool around the bottom-left corner to release the clips on the left side of the device.

  4. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Twist to release the clips: étape 5, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Twist to release the clips: étape 5, image 2 de 2
    • Insert an opening tool into the right speaker grille on the bottom of the device.

    • Twist the opening tool to release the clips.

    • Avoid inserting the opening tool further than required to prevent damage to the speaker module.

  5. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Slide and pry around the corners: étape 6, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Slide and pry around the corners: étape 6, image 2 de 2
    • Slide and pry the opening tool around the bottom-right corner to release the clips on the right side of the device.

  6. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 7, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 7, image 2 de 2
    • Continue sliding and prying the opening tool along the gap on the top of the device to release the clips.

  7. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Remove the back panel: étape 8, image 1 de 3 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Remove the back panel: étape 8, image 2 de 3 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Remove the back panel: étape 8, image 3 de 3
    • Lift the bottom edge of the back panel, opening it like a book.

    • Remove the back panel.

  8. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Remove the shield plate: étape 9, image 1 de 1
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the following four screws:

    • Three 3.1 mm screws

    • One 4.5 mm screw

  9. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 10, image 1 de 3 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 10, image 2 de 3 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 10, image 3 de 3
    • Use a spudger or your fingers to lift the shield plate up and out of the device.

    • You may feel a bit of resistance. This is normal, since the shield plate is slightly bonded to the heat sink with thermal paste.

    • Remove the shield plate.

    • Clean off the old thermal paste from the shield plate and heat sink using isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth. Apply new thermal paste to the heat sink before reassembly.

  10. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Disconnect the battery: étape 11, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Disconnect the battery: étape 11, image 2 de 2
    • Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the motherboard interconnect cable's ZIF connector.

  11. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 12, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 12, image 2 de 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the interconnect cable out of its connector on the motherboard.

  12. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 13, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 13, image 2 de 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry the battery connector straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

  13. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Remove the heat sink: étape 14, image 1 de 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingers to carefully peel up the foam that's lightly adhered to the fan.

    • The foam only needs to be peeled back enough to clear the fan.

  14. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 15, image 1 de 1
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the three 3 mm screws securing the heat sink to the motherboard.

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    • Use a spudger or your fingers to lift the heatsink up and off of the motherboard to remove it.

    • You may feel a bit of resistance. This is normal, since the heat sink is slightly bonded to the CPU with thermal paste.

    • Clean off the old thermal paste from the heat sink and CPU using isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth. Apply new thermal paste to the CPU before reassembly.

  16. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Remove the fan: étape 17, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement, Remove the fan: étape 17, image 2 de 2
    • Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the fan cable's ZIF connector.

  17. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 18, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 18, image 2 de 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide out the fan cable from its connector on the motherboard.

  18. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 19, image 1 de 1
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the three 4.8 mm screws securing the fan.

  19. Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 20, image 1 de 3 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 20, image 2 de 3 Nintendo Switch Lite Fan Replacement: étape 20, image 3 de 3
    • Remove the fan.

    • Take care not to snag the fan cable on the motherboard as you remove the fan.

Conclusion

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Nintendo Switch Lite Answers community for help.

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