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This guide shows how to replace broken trigger buttons on a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Broken triggers limit an optimum gaming experience with the Nintendo Switch console. Replacing a broken trigger on your controller will aid you in using your controller to its full extent. This guide requires a nearly full disassembly of the controller. Therefore, exercise caution during disassembly to ensure that you do not damage the circuitry or the ribbon connectors on the inside of the controller.

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

    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two black flathead 8.4 mm-long screws that secure the handles, located at the ends of the handles.

  2. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement, Remove the handle covers: step 2, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement, Remove the handle covers: step 2, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  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 Trigger Button  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 Trigger Button  Replacement, Unclip the plastic cover: step 4, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement, Unclip the plastic cover: step 4, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  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 Trigger Button  Replacement, Remove the clear plastic cover: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the clear plastic cover.

  6. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement, Remove the battery: step 6, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement, Remove the battery: step 6, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  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 Trigger Button  Replacement, Remove the screws: step 7, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement, Remove the screws: step 7, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  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.

  8. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  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.

  9. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement, Open the flap: step 9, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  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 Trigger Button  Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 10, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  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 Trigger Button  Replacement, Remove the front case: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the front case.

  12. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement, Remove the screws: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 6.8 mm-long screws on the top circuit board using a Phillips screwdriver.

  13. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement, Open the ZIF connector: step 13, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement, Open the ZIF connector: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to flip up the locking tab on the ZIF connector.

  14. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the black ribbon cable from its connector.

    • Only a small amount of force should be needed to remove the ribbon cable.

  15. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Trigger Button  Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the trigger buttons from the plastic cover.

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

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This guide does show how to remove the trigger/bumper casing and board from the controller but does not show how to remove the triggers/bumpers from the casing they are in.

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Yeah, this is a pretty big point to be missing, especially with the Flex Cable for the shoulder button inputs being right beside the post you need to pull out to remove the ZL and ZR buttons. Guidance on how to remove the post safely without damaging the cable would be great.

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Used the guide to repair a shattered right shoulder button successfully. Thanks!

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