Nintendo Switch Battery Replacement
By Blake Klein • Difficulty: Moderate

Follow this guide to replace the battery in a Nintendo Switch gaming console.

The battery is heavily glued in and will require adhesive remover to make replacement possible.

Before disassembling your device, discharge the battery below 25%. The battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured, but the chances of that happening are much lower if discharged.

If your battery is swollen, do not heat your Switch. Use a dropper, or syringe, to inject isopropyl alcohol (90+%) underneath the battery to weaken the adhesive. Swollen batteries can be dangerous, so wear eye protection and exercise due caution if attempting removal yourself. Take it to a professional if you’re not sure how to proceed.

Step 1
  • Remove the four 6.3 mm Tri-point Y00 screws from the rear panel.
Step 2
  • Remove the single 6.1 mm Phillips #000 screw from underneath the kickstand.
Step 3
  • Remove the two 2.7 mm Phillips #000 screws from the bottom of the device.
Step 4
  • Remove the single 2.7 mm Phillips #000 screw from the top of the device.
Step 5
  • Remove the single 3.8 mm Phillips #000 screw from the right Joy-Con rail.
  • Remove the single 3.8 mm Phillips #000 screw from the left Joy-Con rail.
Step 6
  • Pull the rear panel up and off of the device.
Step 7
  • Remove the single 3.1 mm Phillips screw from micro SD card board.
Step 8
  • Gently lift the micro SD card board straight up, away from the Switch to disconnect and remove it.
  • During reassembly, line up the micro SD card board and lightly press on the foam pad until the press connector snaps into place to reconnect it.
Step 9
  • Remove the six 3.1mm Phillips #000 screws from the shield plate.
Step 10
  • Remove the shield plate from the device.
  • A thick pink thermal compound bridges the gap between the shield plate and the copper heat sink underneath. Use our thermal paste guide to remove the old thermal compound and replace it with an appropriate, thick compound such as K5 Pro.
Step 11
  • Insert the pointed end of a spudger underneath the white connector and pry upwards to disconnect the battery from the motherboard.
Step 12
  • The Nintendo Switch battery is glued in place. For best results, we recommend applying some 99% isopropyl alcohol or our Adhesive Remover as shown in this step before attempting to remove the battery.
  • Apply a small amount of adhesive remover or isopropyl alcohol (approximately 1 ml) evenly along one edge of the battery cell.
  • Angle the Switch so that the liquid will run along the bottom of the battery.
  • Wait 2-3 minutes for the liquid to break down the adhesive under battery cell before you proceed to the next step.
Step 13
  • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the battery and carefully pry upwards to separate it from the mid-frame.
Step 14
  • Remove the battery from the Switch console.

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