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


  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.

    Can't take off the screw top left next to the battery. What type of screwdriver do I use and where can I find some?

    Little Mac - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I used a husky with changeable heads, you could probably find one on amazon

    Minecrafter Pig -

  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.

    You can also detach the cable from the motherboard safely by flipping up the connector on the motherboard. Just don't forget to reattach. Some will find this tedious but may save time if you know what you're doing with said connectors.

    Blackbeard - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    pay attention: my 2ds dropped it's lens covers at this step

    Jos van Reenen - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Likewise, I used a tiny drop of glue to put the lens back in place. Take care not to dirty the lens.

    Elliot West -

    The picture you have there has the camera lens ribbon installed upside down. The ribbon needs to be pointing down when you re-attach it not up.

    Rick Parrish - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Agreed, ribbon cable looks upside down in picture

    Elliot West -

  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.

    When reattaching during reassembly, take great care to ensure volume slider piece is correctly aligned with potentiometer tab on motherboard, otherwise volume control cannot be changed.

    Elliot West - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The are two small metal pins in the bottom corners of the case, take care not to misplace them.

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  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.

    ...also in this step, the pictures show the analog stick disappearing without a step to remove its two silver screws.

    Roger - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I was using a brand new 000 driver, and found that I needed to dull the tip of it in order to get a better grip on these tiny screws.

    marjames - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I dont know if its just me but my gold mother board screws i had a few that just didnt fit right with a ph000. Maybe my screw driver is just garbage?

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  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.

    There are two additional brass screws holding the top panel plastic on to the frame. They are 00 Philips and shorter than the ones securing the motherboard.

    Roger - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    When reassembling, take care to ensure all buttons, and rubber button pads are located correctly BEFORE securing the motherboard.

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  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.

    Don't forget to disconnect the two tiny ribbon cables on the bottom of the motherboard that attach to the microphone and home button.

    Roger - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    What happens if I can't get the ribbons to reattach? Is the board broke irreparably?

    Laurie Hutcherson - well as the hidden 4-conductor ribbon cable on the upper right that connects to the analog stick.

    Roger - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Briana the 3 wires on bottom of board are covered under screen 2 step 10.

    goldenkenneth - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    y e e t y e e t m y d u d e s ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!n ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    scoobert doobert - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The replacement board that I’ve got has not got a grey plastic flip down ribbon cable retainer! How do I swap one from my old board?

    JoeStoner - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The motherboard of my 2017(I think) 2DS is definitely laid out differently than in this guide, be careful.

    Matthew D. H. - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Cosa succede se i connettori dei 3 piccoli cavi piatti si dovessero rompere??

    00 Jumpscare - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    How do I flip up the two ribbons ( need help desperately)

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  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.

    Be careful with aligning the springs when you re-assemble the trigger buttons, they need to fit properly into their slots.

    Roger - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    In my unit, the joystick ribbon had a flip up connector also.

    finderz - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    If one of the ribbon connectors breaks, can computer tape be used to secure it?

    Rachel Licata - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Do you have to buy a new screen? Or can I use my old screen

    Abbigail Brogden - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


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


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Camera ribbon cable is very brittle, be careful.

Logan Pena - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

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 Leah - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

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! :)

Skye Leah - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

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

Danielle Chester - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

You will have to buy a replacement. You cannot repair the screen if it isn’t working.

Anthony -

when you remove the old screen your supposed to put a new one thay cost 25$ on ebay

Daniel Vargas -

its just going to be a spare part that if posible you can repair

TailasTheFix -

Took my 14 year old just under 2 hours to replace the screen in his 2DS. It was his first ever electronic repair. Be sure to read and take note of any Comments in each step!

dadozach - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Question: do I need a new screen in order to do this? And if so, is there a cheaper way to go about getting said screen than buying another 2ds? Also, will it matter that my current 2ds is Japanese or are the screens in both regions indistinguishable?

Nick - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

i love these guides.

Can someone help, i have a scratched screen i want to replace the touchscreen works fine, can the cover be replaced on its own??

madgemm - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Which screen is it. If it’s the top just peel it off and get a new one. If it’s the bottom you’re gonna have to follow these steps to acess it to replace it because it is an actual component that makes the touch screen work

Matthew borgo -

do u need the microphone cable to be attached for the 2DS to power on? I broke the connector when i was taking it apart. Now i only have the 2 large ribbon cables attached and the home cable attached but cannot power it on. When i power on, one light turns on then there is a delay and it shuts down. any ideas how i can attach the microphone cable without the connector?

steven lin - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I paid a little bit to much for the screen but this guide was definitely helpful I didn’t really need it but it was a great reference point, keep in mind that you need a 000 philips that’s not too pointy my biggest road block is that all the screwdrivers I had where way to pointy and wouldn’t grab the screw. And be mindful of not stripping the motherboard screws they are really soft and installed really tightly from the factory just apply constant down pressure and go slowly. When it comes to the ribbon cables be gingerly but your gonna need to bend the new ones up a tad to pass them through the mother board. Take your time on the small ones they will definitely be a challenge but it’s not impossible.

Matthew borgo - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Question. When I reassembled and turned it on the top screen colors aren't clear but the bottom is fine?Do you think it's the quality of the screen or maybe 1 of the ribbons maybe not in right?

Heather dow - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I need the screen where do i buy it

Jeremiah Jorge - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

eBay easiest place

Jeff Ealy -

My daughter dropped hers no picture it has sound the touch function works you can hear it but no picture I went to surgery and now it won't turn on for but a second and shuts right back off and won't charge any ideas ?

Jeff Ealy - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Does anyone know what the thinner of the two big ribbon cables that are attached to the screen does (the one on the right)? Will it still work if it has a small tear in it?

rychu - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

If the ribbon cable has a tear in it your going to have to buy another screen

Anthony -

My son will be very happy his DS works again! Thank you!

Piet - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Thanks the instructions worked great! A bit of extra care is needed while reassembling. First time I put it back the volume slider wasn't seated correctly and the rubber backing for start/select had shifted. Had to take it all back apart to reset it so be warned!

edwardreeves7 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I’m so glad I read your comment before I started my own repair, since both of these things would have happened to me. Add to these couple things the alignment of the joystick components being a little fickle. (And boy - those bottom ribbon cables are really small.)

Pedro -

does this reset any data on the 2DS itself?

pugsVnarwhals - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Like if I download a game prior to doing this will the game still be downloaded when I’m done fixing my 2DS?

pugsVnarwhals - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Never mind. For anybody with the same question, the game will usually download to the SD card. As long as it isn’t damaged, your game should still be there.

pugsVnarwhals - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

My model of 2DS(2017?) is definitely laid out a little differently than pictured. Be careful not to miss any of the tiny ribbon cables at the bottom.

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