By Taylor Dixon • Difficulty: Moderate
The Nintendo Switch comes with two Joy-Con controllers. This guide shows how to replace the joystick of the left Joy-Con. The procedure for repairing the right Joy-Con is different, so be sure to follow the correct set of instructions for your controller.
- Remove the four Tri-Point Y00 screws from the back panel of the Joy-Con.
- Insert an opening pick into the seam at the bottom edge of the controller (opposite the L and ZL buttons).
- Slowly slide the flat edge of your opening pick up the side of the Joy-Con.
- With the charging rail facing away from you, open the the Joy-Con like a book.
- Use a spudger to gently pry the battery connector straight up from its socket on the motherboard. This will keep the Joy-Con from powering on during the repair.
- Insert an opening pick between the battery and the Joy-Con housing.
- Gently pry out the battery, which is lightly taped in place.
- Remove the three 3.5 mm golden Phillips #00 screws from the midframe.
- Carefully flip the midframe over, away from the motherboard, as if you were turning the page of a book.
- The ZL button cable is locked in place by a small ZIF connector on the motherboard. Use tweezers or a spudger to flip up the ZIF connector lock opposite the cable.
- Use tweezers to gently pull the ZL button flex cable out of the ZIF connector socket. The midframe is now disconnected and can be removed.
- Unlock the minus button’s ZIF connector and disconnect the cable.
- Finally, the joystick is locked into place by one last ZIF connector. Carefully flip the ZIF lock upward and disconnect the cable.
- Remove the two 3.5 mm Phillips #00 screws from the joystick.
- Carefully remove the joystick from its housing.