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

The Switch Lite uses JIS screws, but you can use a Phillips screwdriver in a pinch. Be very careful not to strip the screws. iFixit's Phillips bits are designed to be cross-compatible with JIS-style screws.

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.

    All my screws got stripped any ideas on how to remove?

    Almost A Mammal - Antwoord

  1. Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the following screws securing the back panel: Two 3.6 mm-long screws on the top of the device
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver 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

    • To prevent these tight screws from stripping, apply firm downward force, work slowly and try a different screwdriver if the screws won't come out.

  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 JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the following four screws:
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the following four screws:

    • Three 3.1 mm screws

    • One 4.5 mm screw

    There are four screws instead of three mentioned

    Khurram Chaudry - Antwoord

  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.

    You may need to replace the thermal paste on the heat sink.

    ahoz28 - Antwoord

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    I turned the unit off beforehand, I used tweezers just like the instructions said (ifixit branded) , my device sparked and now it won’t turn back on

    User Service - Antwoord

    The flap came off is it important or is there a way t fix it?

    Jose Cruz R Rangel Cordero - Antwoord

  12. 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.

    Caution the connector may not be properly soldered onto the motherboard. For me it snapped off the pins and now have to find a place to get that fixed if even possible. may have bricked it.

    Craig Osman - Antwoord

    Yup, broke the connector right off the motherboard. Thanks, ifixit -_-

    Justin Kerr - Antwoord

    I backed out when I reached this point. I couldn't risk damaging it. Do u just need to pull it up? Did you mean that it might have been soldered shut below?

    Jannalyzer - Antwoord

    You should just need to pull straight up, but make sure you’re pulling on the wires or the gray plug—do not pull on the black socket or it can snap off of the motherboard.

    Adam O'Camb -

  13. 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.

    pulled from the connector, not the wires, and ended up ripping them off the connector anyways since it encountered tension from the other end (the gray chamber on the left)

    consider doing step 15 before pulling the wire, just in case.

    Phillipe Legenda - Antwoord

    Why even disconnect this cable. Not worth the risk leave it connected to daughter board.

    Michael McNally - Antwoord

    while doing this I ripped the pad on the circuit board off. Should i risk trying to repair it or should i just try to go without the speaker???

    sarah.carney203 - Antwoord

    I also accidentally ripped off the connector, disabling the left speaker. However, that will not break any functionality of the switch. The right speaker works just fine on its own (just remember to turn the audio to mono in system settings) and I was successfully able to replace the joystick. Although the audio quality is a little bit depleted, you barely notice it if you turn up the volume a little, and I think being able to actually MOVE FORWARD in my games is a better plus than having louder, stereo, audio.

    Jonathan Maye - Antwoord

  14. Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the 4.5 mm screw securing the left speaker module.
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the 4.5 mm screw securing the left speaker module.

  15. 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.

    Pulling the lower screw on the speaker assembly gave me a little more wiggle room to get it out without damaging the flat cable.

    Spacer - Antwoord

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

    The connector for my left joystick broke. Is there a way to fix it?

    Christopher Shackelford - Antwoord

    How badly did it broke?

    Daniele Carminati -

  23. Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the two 4.5 mm screws securing the left trigger button assembly.
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the two 4.5 mm screws securing the left trigger button assembly.

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

  25. Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the following four screws:
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the following four screws:

    • Two 4.5 mm screws

    • Two 6 mm screws

  26. 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.

    Stop here if repairing Switch Lite for joycon drift. After removing daughter card you can see the bottom of the joystick. This thin metal actually bends during use causing bad connection of joystick. If you cut out a business card the same size as the joycon and put it on the bottom of the joystick it gives the metal enough backing to fix the issue. I used two layers with just a small bit of glue stick to adhere it. Put it all back together and you will find your issue is fixed.

    Michael McNally - Antwoord

  27. Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the two 3.5 mm screws securing the left joystick.
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the two 3.5 mm screws securing the left joystick.

  28. 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.

Conclusie

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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Really appreciate the detailed pictures.

ALLEN COLLINS - Antwoord

Great guide! Circling the screws really helped as went backwards for the reassembly. Not a bad repair just very delicate components. Best of all no adhesive removal required!

lee - Antwoord

This was great, I love how every step was so simply broken down and had pictures. Thank you, my son is very happy to have his switch back in action.

Louise Perkins - Antwoord

I followed this guide, bought the tools and replacement part, after successfully doing the replacement, my switch light now won’t power on at all, how can I fix this? any help please…

lczleal - Antwoord

Hi Iczleal I had the same issue when I first did it and then I went back step by step. Turns out I didn’t plug the battery back in correctly, I recommend just repeating the steps and checking to see if everything is connected properly. Hope this helps :)

Moon Poppy -

Thank you to both. Had the same problem and you helped me solve it.

Paulette Taylor -

It is not called a daughter board it is called a mother board

Caden Anderson - Antwoord

It’s called a daughter board because it is not the main device board and it can only work if it is connected to the main (mother) board, thus making it the daughter board. For the normal joy-cons, those boards are considered motherboards because those are separate from the Switches mother board and can operate with their own battery pack. Hope this makes sense :D

Simao Monteiro Ramos -

Appreciate the detail. Now it's fixed and my character doesn't wander off anymore.

Paulette Taylor - Antwoord

That was easy to follow. The procedure went really smoothly! Thanks for the guide! <3

Simao Monteiro Ramos - Antwoord

Is it mandatory to replace the thermal paste or can I just place the heat shield back without any consequence?

E. Serrano - Antwoord

Thanks for this guide! The thumbstick on my son's Switch Lite stopped moving up and down. I already had the iFixit tools so I bought the part and followed the iFixit guide and repaired almost like new.

Glad I had some thermal paste on hand from a previous laptop repair.

Robert Blois - Antwoord

Hi- I did this step for step and now my screen doesn’t work. It turns on and I can hear it clicks when I press buttons but the screen is black. Any ideas?

Carina - Antwoord

This guide is magic! Battery connector does need a bit of a push to re-fit though. Thanks from my daughter and me.

uk.robski@googlemail.com - Antwoord

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