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Introduction

Follow this guide to replace a faulty or damaged motherboard 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 Motherboard Replacement, Remove the top and bottom back panel screws: étape 2, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard 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 Motherboard Replacement, Release the clips securing the back panel: étape 3, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard 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 Motherboard Replacement, Continue releasing the clips around the device: étape 4, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard 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 Motherboard Replacement, Twist to release the clips: étape 5, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard 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 Motherboard Replacement, Slide and pry around the corners: étape 6, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard 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 Motherboard Replacement: étape 7, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard 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 Motherboard Replacement, Remove the back panel: étape 8, image 1 de 3 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement, Remove the back panel: étape 8, image 2 de 3 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard 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 Motherboard 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

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    • 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 Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the battery: étape 11, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard 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 Motherboard Replacement: étape 12, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard 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 Motherboard Replacement: étape 13, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard 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 Motherboard 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 Motherboard 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.

  15. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 16, image 1 de 3 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 16, image 2 de 3 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 16, image 3 de 3
    • 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 Motherboard Replacement, Remove the right trigger button assembly: étape 17, image 1 de 1
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the two 4.5 mm screws securing the right trigger button assembly to the motherboard.

  17. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 18, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 18, image 2 de 2
    • Remove the right trigger button assembly.

  18. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 19, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 19, image 2 de 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to remove the right trigger button assembly's rubber pad if it didn't stay attached to the button assembly.

  19. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the antenna cables: étape 20, image 1 de 3 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the antenna cables: étape 20, image 2 de 3 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the antenna cables: étape 20, image 3 de 3
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry the black antenna cable straight up out of its socket on the motherboard.

    • Repeat the same process for the white antenna cable.

  20. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the fan cable: étape 21, image 1 de 1
    • Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the fan cable's ZIF connector.

  21. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 22, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 22, image 2 de 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide out the fan cable from its connector on the motherboard.

  22. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the screen cable: étape 23, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the screen cable: étape 23, image 2 de 2
    • Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the screen cable's ZIF connector.

  23. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 24, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 24, image 2 de 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the screen cable out of its connector on the motherboard.

  24. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the digitizer cable: étape 25, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the digitizer cable: étape 25, image 2 de 2
    • Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the digitizer cable's ZIF connector.

  25. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 26, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 26, image 2 de 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the digitizer cable out of its connector on the motherboard.

  26. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the right joystick cable: étape 27, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the right joystick cable: étape 27, image 2 de 2
    • Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the right joystick cable's ZIF connector.

  27. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 28, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 28, image 2 de 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the right joystick cable out of its connector on the motherboard.

  28. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement, Remove the motherboard assembly: étape 29, image 1 de 1
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the following six screws securing the motherboard:

    • Three 3.1 mm screws

    • Three 4.5 mm screws

  29. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 30, image 1 de 3 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 30, image 2 de 3 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 30, image 3 de 3
    • Insert a spudger in the gap between the frame and the motherboard and lift the motherboard up and out of its recess.

    • Remove the motherboard assembly.

  30. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement, Remove the right speaker module: étape 31, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement, Remove the right speaker module: étape 31, image 2 de 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to pull the right speaker cable straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

  31. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 32, image 1 de 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 32, image 2 de 2
    • Remove the right speaker module from the motherboard.

  32. Nintendo Switch Lite Motherboard Replacement: étape 33, image 1 de 1
    • Only the motherboard remains.

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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Craig Lloyd

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2 commentaires

Great guide, helped me fix charge port replacement, did notice between 16-17 the card reader magically disappeared, but help me tear down and repair and rebuild with a little bit of head scratching.

Sean Topp - Réponse

La guida è molto chiara.. ma dove si può acquistare una scheda madre di ricambio ?

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