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How to Eliminate Joystick Drift from a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

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    • Remove the two black screws at the bottom ends of the controller using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • You may be able to carefully remove the screws with a different-sized screwdriver or flathead. However, this can easily "strip" or damage the screws and make them a lot more difficult (or even impossible) to remove next time.

    • Pull the hand grips off the bottom edges of the controller.

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    • Remove the four silver screws from the back of the controller using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • Hold the controller as depicted in the third picture with your thumbs placed on the top of the controller. Use your thumbs to pry apart the backplate from the rest of the controller.

    • You may need to use a bit of pressure to remove the backplate.

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    • Place a finger in the gap to the left of the battery.

    • Use the small tab on the side of the battery to remove the battery from the controller.

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    • Remove the five black screws from the back of the controller using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • Place a finger between the faceplate and the rest of the controller and pull each half of the controller apart to separate them.

    • Don't use too much pressure when prying open the controller as you may damage the white ribbon cable connecting both halves.

    • The iFixit Mako Driver (screwdriver that also comes in the Pro Tech Toolkits) is too thick to properly reach the 2 top-middle screws. The middle top-left screw can only be reached at a slight angle, while the middle top-right is near-impossible to reach without the use of the Flex Extension, or deforming the plastic a little bit.

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    • Use one hand to grip the back of the controller piece with the joysticks. With the other hand, grip the rubber cap of the joystick and carefully pull it off of the joystick.

    • You may need to apply a bit of pressure to pull off the rubber cap.

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    • Spray the can of compressed air inside and around the joysticks to remove any debris.

    • There may be some debris that doesn't come off after blowing with the compressed air. In this case, you can use a paper towel or cotton swab to lessen the build-up and follow up with the compressed air.

    • Be sure to follow the instructions when using the compressed air can. Shaking the can may result in liquid being expelled instead of air. This may damage the controller.

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    • Place the rubber caps back on the joysticks by applying a bit of pressure.

    • The inside of the rubber cap has an oval-shaped socket. Align this socket with the oval-shaped head of the joystick.

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    • Align both halves of the controller and push them together. They should reattach easily.

    • You may need to position the cable so that it is not poking out from the controller after connecting both halves.

    • Screw in the five black screws on the back of the controller using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

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    • Place the battery into the socket by aligning the connectors on the battery with the connectors on the right of the battery socket.

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    • Align the backplate of the controller as shown in the picture and snap it on.

    • Screw in the four silver screws in the back of the controller using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

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    • Reattach the handgrips by sliding them onto the ends of the controller.

    • Screw in the two black screws on the bottom of the handgrips using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

Conclusão

After following these steps, your controller will be much cleaner now than it was before. Your controller should now be drift-free and function as well as any other $70.00 controller!

If you are still experiencing drift, then there is a physical defect with the joystick. In this case, you can opt to replace the joystick itself. You can find replacement parts online, but you will probably need to learn how to solder in order to install the replacement joystick.

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Excellent. Really clear guide. Thank you so much

Darren Townsend - Responder

Worked like a charm! Thank you!

Patrick Meade - Responder

My controller has been having this issue, I've been opening it up and dusting the stick, but that only temporarily fixes this issue. I am considering replacing the stick module, although I am a bit worried that something else is causing drift. Its possible that the shell or upper stick part has worn out or has some sort of opening which is allowing dust and other particles to get into the stick. Any advice?

MikeyLORR - Responder

This is the first thing I have used my iFixit kit to try and fix and it worked perfectly. Thanks for a very helpful and clear to follow guide.

Ben Johnson - Responder

A couple of warnings:
You need a long, thin screwdriver like the one listed under tools, but PH00 instead of PH0. My screwdriver with swappable bits could not fit in the holes for the top two screws in step 4.

Also, be super careful with the black screws as they strip really easily.

Thor - Responder

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