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This guide shows how to access the Nintendo 2DS screen for repair and cleaning purposes.

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  1. Nintendo 2DS Screen Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two Phillips captive screws securing the upper rear panel.

    • The captive screws will not completely detach from the back panel.

  2. Nintendo 2DS Screen Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 Nintendo 2DS Screen Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Hinge the upper rear panel upwards and outwards to remove it.

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    • Remove the battery from its housing by lifting it up from the side closest to the outside edge.

  4. Nintendo 2DS Screen Replacement, Rear Panel: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the ten Phillips screws attaching the rear panel.

  5. Nintendo 2DS Screen Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • The rear panel is attached to the motherboard by a ribbon cable, so be careful not to lift the rear panel too far from the device.

    • Carefully pull the rear panel straight up from the device.

  6. Nintendo 2DS Screen Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully flip the back panel over to locate the attached ribbon cable.

    • Remove the two Phillips screws attaching the ribbon cable to the rear panel.

    • Take the opportunity to remove the Left and Right triggers, they have hinges that may break and springs that may jump away.

  7. Nintendo 2DS Screen Replacement, Remove Side Panels: step 7, image 1 of 2 Nintendo 2DS Screen Replacement, Remove Side Panels: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Hold the side panels of the device's case with your fingers and pull outward to remove them.

    • The panels should come off easily with little force required.

  8. Nintendo 2DS Screen Replacement, Unscrew Motherboard: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the 12 brass-colored Phillips screws securing the main board.

    • Be very careful not to strip any of these screws. Stripping can occur very easily, and may make replacement of the motherboard impossible.

  9. Nintendo 2DS Screen Replacement, Remove Top Panel: step 9, image 1 of 3 Nintendo 2DS Screen Replacement, Remove Top Panel: step 9, image 2 of 3 Nintendo 2DS Screen Replacement, Remove Top Panel: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • The top panel can only be removed when the mother board is not secured.

    • There are two additional screws located on the top rail. Remove these to fully remove the buttons and top rail.

    • There are two screws holding down the joystick base that must be removed. (Be careful of the ribbon cable—it stays connected!)

    • Hold the top panel with your fingers and pull away from the device to remove it.

    • The top panel should come off easily, with very little force applied.

  10. Nintendo 2DS Screen Replacement, Remove Motherboard: step 10, image 1 of 2 Nintendo 2DS Screen Replacement, Remove Motherboard: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Detach the 2 ribbon cables by lifting the black flip connectors that hold them.

    • Lift out the rectangular board seated in the face and lift out the white square which is the joystick motor (takes a little effort). Both stay attached to the motherboard.

    • On some models, you'll need to remove three more tiny ribbon cables at the bottom of the screen. They are secured by flip up connectors. BE GENTLE!

    • Holding the motherboard on either side, lift to remove it.

  11. Nintendo 2DS Screen Replacement, Screen Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Ensure that the ribbon cables connecting the screen to the motherboard have been disconnected before removing the screen from the front panel casing.

    • Grasp the screen firmly by a corner and lift it off of the front panel of the Nintendo 2DS.

    • There should be slight resistance due to the double-sided adhesive strip on the screen.

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

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Fina Beauchamp

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Camera ribbon cable is very brittle, be careful.

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Thank you so much, Fina! You have done a fantastic job explaining each step incredibly well! I very much appreciate all of your efforts into skillfully describing the process of disassembling the 2DS. I was able to understand your instructions and thus was able to make a lucky kiddo super happy! Thanks again!

-Skye

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P.S. To those out there who don't have a super, ridiculously tiny (#000 screwdriver or 1.587 mm Phillips head) and don't want to have to purchase one just to complete this already daunting task, I found that using a screwdriver from a glasses repair kit worked PERFECTLY! :)

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Once you've removed your screen, what are you supposed to do with it to clean and/or repair?

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