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After using the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (Model HAC-001), it is common that the joystick cap becomes cracked or broken.  Though the caps are not integral to the functionality of the controller, the caps provide comfort and ease of use of the joysticks.  This guide helps with only the replacement of the joystick caps, not the joystick itself.

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  1. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the screws: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Flip the controller over so the model stickers face the ceiling.

    • Use a JIS 00 driver or an official iFixit PH 00 driver to remove the two black flathead 8.4 mm-long screws that secure the handles, located at the ends of the handles.

    Be carefull, these screws are super easy to strip even with the right tools.

    Lukas Eberharter - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I tried editing these instructions after I had trouble with stripping screws, but it doesn't seem to take. The issue is that these are JIS and not Phillips screws. They are VERY similar looking but a Phillips head screwdriver will strip the screws.

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  2. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the handle covers: step 2, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the handle covers: step 2, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the handle covers: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Carefully remove the handle covers by pulling them away from the main body.

  3. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the screws: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the four silver 6.8 mm-long screws that secure the clear back plastic cover.

  4. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Unclip the plastic cover: step 4, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Unclip the plastic cover: step 4, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Unclip the plastic cover: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Carefully pry away the clear plastic cover using your fingernail.

  5. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the clear plastic cover: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the clear plastic cover.

  6. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the battery: step 6, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the battery: step 6, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the battery: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the lithium-ion battery by using a fingernail or plastic opening tool to pry it up on the left side.

    • Only a small amount of force is needed.

  7. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the screws: step 7, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the screws: step 7, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the screws: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the five 5mm-long screws from the back of the controller.

    the 2 screws up at the top are unreachable with the standard fixit kit just a heads up

    Andrew Feliz - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Seconded. the screws are located too deep below the plastic slot, and the bit holding bulge is too wide for the small aperture (similarly with the flexible extension). the bit length is too shallow to reach.

    An alternative driver with a much narrower & longer shaft is required, which will likely not come with interchangeable bits.

    Douglas Selby -

    I would say it is possible to reach the top left screw, just not the top right - there is a gap in the top left that allows you to slightly bend the standard driver outward to turn it while still making adequate contact.

    El_Mechacontext - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    An update: I was actually able to remove the top right one in a really hacky way - inserting the Phillips #0 bit into the #4 hex bit, and then using that in the standard driver. This added just enough length to successfully reach and make full contact with the screw!

    El_Mechacontext -

    Using the #4 hex bit as an extension was the exact "hack" I needed to get rid of the drift finally. Thank you. You're a lifesaver.

    Das #4 Hex Bit als Verlängerung für das Kreuzschlitz Bit zu nutzen ist zwar etwas eng, aber es erspart einem wirklich einen zusätzlichen Schraubendreher.

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  8. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Delicately take off the plastic cover from the controller.

    • Do not completely remove the front cover just yet, as it is still attached to the motherboard via a white ribbon cable.

    Didn't realize there is adhesive holding the front cover onto the unit. It's located inside of the handles. Just a bit of force there helped, just be careful of the cable.

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  9. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Open the flap: step 9, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Open the flap: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of an opening pick to open the black flap of the ZIF connector by pushing it upwards.

  10. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 10, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use your fingers or a pair of blunt nose tweezers to disconnect the interconnect cable from its connector.

  11. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the front case: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the front case.

  12. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the joystick caps: step 12, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the joystick caps: step 12, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Caps Replacement, Remove the joystick caps: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • With light force pull the two joystick caps off of the controller.

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

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Where can I get the replacement caps?

Locke Valentine - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

do you know where to find a replacement cap? If so can you give me link, thanks!

Jesus Acosta -

You really don't need to disconnect the ZIF to replace the caps. It might make things a tiny bit easier, but is best not to mess with it AT ALL if you're only replacing the caps. As messing it up, or not connecting it properly when you're putting it back together can lead to ALL your face buttons and D-pad not working.

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