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Follow this guide to replace the right joystick in your Nintendo Switch Lite. Replacing the joystick will fix the notorious “Joy-Con drift” issue.

Note: This procedure requires disconnecting the battery for safety. In order to do this, the shield plate must be removed. The shield plate is bonded to the heat sink with thermal paste, which will need to be cleaned off and reapplied before reinstalling the shield plate.

    • 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. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the following screws securing the back panel: Two 3.6 mm-long screws on the top of the device
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver 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

  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.
    • 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. Slide the opening tool around the bottom-left corner to release the clips on the left side of the device. Slide the opening tool around the bottom-left corner to release the clips on the left side of the device.
    • Slide the opening tool around the bottom-left corner to release the clips on the left side of the device.

  4. Insert an opening tool into the right speaker grille on the bottom of the device. Twist the opening tool to release the clips.
    • 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. Slide and pry the opening tool around the bottom-right corner to release the clips on the right side of the device. Slide and pry the opening tool around the bottom-right corner to release the clips on the right side of the device.
    • Slide and pry the opening tool around the bottom-right corner to release the clips on the right side of the device.

  6. Continue sliding and prying the opening tool along the gap on the top of the device to release the clips. Continue sliding and prying the opening tool along the gap on the top of the device to release the clips.
    • Continue sliding and prying the opening tool along the gap on the top of the device to release the clips.

  7. Lift the bottom edge of the back panel, opening it like a book. Remove the back panel. Remove the back panel.
    • Lift the bottom edge of the back panel, opening it like a book.

    • Remove the back panel.

  8. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the following four screws:
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the following four screws:

    • Three 3.1 mm screws

    • One 4.5 mm screw

  9. 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.
    • 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.

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  11. Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the motherboard interconnect cable's ZIF connector. Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the motherboard interconnect cable's ZIF connector.
    • Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the motherboard interconnect cable's ZIF connector.

  12. Use a pair of tweezers to slide the interconnect cable out of its connector on the motherboard. Use a pair of tweezers to slide the interconnect cable out of its connector on the motherboard.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the interconnect cable out of its connector on the motherboard.

  13. Use the point of a spudger to pry the battery connector straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard. Use the point of a spudger to pry the battery connector straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry the battery connector straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

  14. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to pull the left speaker cable straight up and out of its socket on the daughterboard. Do not pull from the wires, or else you risk ripping the wires off the connector.
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to pull the left speaker cable straight up and out of its socket on the daughterboard.

    • Do not pull from the wires, or else you risk ripping the wires off the connector.

  15. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 4.5 mm screw securing the left speaker module.
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 4.5 mm screw securing the left speaker module.

  16. Use your fingers to lift the speaker module up and out of its recess to remove it. Part of the speaker module sits underneath a delicate ribbon cable. Take care not to snag the speaker module on the cable as you remove it. Part of the speaker module sits underneath a delicate ribbon cable. Take care not to snag the speaker module on the cable as you remove it.
    • Use your fingers to lift the speaker module up and out of its recess to remove it.

    • Part of the speaker module sits underneath a delicate ribbon cable. Take care not to snag the speaker module on the cable as you remove it.

  17. Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the motherboard interconnect cable's ZIF connector. Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the motherboard interconnect cable's ZIF connector.
    • Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the motherboard interconnect cable's ZIF connector.

  18. Use a pair of tweezers to slide the motherboard interconnect cable out of its connector on the daughterboard. Use a pair of tweezers to slide the motherboard interconnect cable out of its connector on the daughterboard.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the motherboard interconnect cable out of its connector on the daughterboard.

  19. Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flaps on the two ribbon cable ZIF connectors. Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flaps on the two ribbon cable ZIF connectors.
    • Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flaps on the two ribbon cable ZIF connectors.

  20. Use a pair of tweezers to slide the daughterboard screen cable out of its connector on the motherboard. Repeat this procedure for the volume buttons cable. Repeat this procedure for the volume buttons cable.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the daughterboard screen cable out of its connector on the motherboard.

    • Repeat this procedure for the volume buttons cable.

  21. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to remove the volume buttons. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to remove the volume buttons.
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to remove the volume buttons.

  22. Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the left joystick cable's ZIF connector. Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the left joystick cable's ZIF connector.
    • Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the left joystick cable's ZIF connector.

  23. Use a pair of tweezers to slide the left joystick cable out of its connector on the daughterboard. Use a pair of tweezers to slide the left joystick cable out of its connector on the daughterboard.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the left joystick cable out of its connector on the daughterboard.

  24. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 4.5 mm screws securing the left trigger button assembly.
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 4.5 mm screws securing the left trigger button assembly.

  25. Remove the left trigger button assembly. Remove the left trigger button assembly.
    • Remove the left trigger button assembly.

  26. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the following four screws:
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the following four screws:

    • Two 4.5 mm screws

    • Two 6 mm screws

  27. Use your fingers to lift the daughterboard up and out of its recess to remove it. Use your fingers to lift the daughterboard up and out of its recess to remove it.
    • Use your fingers to lift the daughterboard up and out of its recess to remove it.

  28. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 3.5 mm screws securing the left joystick.
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 3.5 mm screws securing the left joystick.

  29. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the joystick up and out of its recess. Use your fingers to remove the joystick. There is a thin black gasket around the hole where the joystick pokes through the frame. Try not to disturb this gasket as you remove the joystick.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the joystick up and out of its recess.

    • Use your fingers to remove the joystick.

    • There is a thin black gasket around the hole where the joystick pokes through the frame. Try not to disturb this gasket as you remove the joystick.

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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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