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Introdução

Follow this guide to replace a faulty or damaged motherboard in the Nintendo Switch Lite.

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 removing the shield plate and heat sink. The thermal paste will need to be cleaned off of both components—as well as the CPU—and reapplied before reinstalling the shield plate and heat sink.

    • 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 - Responder

  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 - Responder

  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 - Responder

  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 - Responder

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

    Jose Cruz R Rangel Cordero - Responder

  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 - Responder

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

    Justin Kerr - Responder

    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 - Responder

    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 the flat end of a spudger or your fingers to carefully peel up the foam that's lightly adhered to the fan.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingers to carefully peel up the foam that's lightly adhered to the fan.

    • The foam only needs to be peeled back enough to clear the fan.

    When reassembling, the foam may fold down between the fan and heatsink, blocking airflow. Gently lift the foam back up on top of the fan. The adhesive film should hold the foam together.

    Kean Stump - Responder

    Is removing the heat sink absolutely necessary?

    Clark Aulden - Responder

    It’s not necessary, but it makes it much easier to remove and replace the game card reader, since the heat sink partially covers the connector.

    Craig Lloyd -

    Not really…….. I never remove it. It slides out quite easily once disconnected.

    Alan Sears - Responder

  14. Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the three 3 mm screws securing the heat sink to the motherboard.
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the three 3 mm screws securing the heat sink to the motherboard.

  15. Use a spudger or your fingers to lift the heatsink up and off of the motherboard to remove it. You may feel a bit of resistance. This is normal, since the heat sink is slightly bonded to the CPU with thermal paste. Clean off the old thermal paste from the heat sink and CPU using isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth. Apply new thermal paste to the CPU before reassembly.
    • Use a spudger or your fingers to lift the heatsink up and off of the motherboard to remove it.

    • You may feel a bit of resistance. This is normal, since the heat sink is slightly bonded to the CPU with thermal paste.

    • Clean off the old thermal paste from the heat sink and CPU using isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth. Apply new thermal paste to the CPU before reassembly.

    16.5 remove cartridge / headphones jack……….

    Calvin Martin - Responder

    I've read that there are different ways to apply thermal paste, which should I use?

    Kai B - Responder

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

    I think a whole step to remove the game card reader and speaker jack was skipped here…

    ConfusedAzn Random - Responder

  17. Remove the right trigger button assembly. Remove the right trigger button assembly.
    • Remove the right trigger button assembly.

  18. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to remove the right trigger button assembly's rubber pad if it didn't stay attached to the button assembly. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to remove the right trigger button assembly's rubber pad if it didn't stay attached to the button assembly.
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to remove the right trigger button assembly's rubber pad if it didn't stay attached to the button assembly.

  19. Use the point of a spudger to pry the black antenna cable straight up out of its socket on the motherboard. Repeat the same process for the white antenna cable. Repeat the same process for the white antenna cable.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry the black antenna cable straight up out of its socket on the motherboard.

    • Repeat the same process for the white antenna cable.

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

  21. Use a pair of tweezers to slide out the fan cable from its connector on the motherboard. Use a pair of tweezers to slide out the fan cable from its connector on the motherboard.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide out the fan cable from its connector on the motherboard.

    There’s a step missing after this to remove the screws that hold the orange game cartridge slot. Those 7 screws have to be undone and the ribbon unclipped first before moving on to the next step.

    Heather Thrasher - Responder

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

    skipped a step or two about removing the golden piece in the photo above, and the other little board

    Eddy Whitaker - Responder

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

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

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

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

  27. Use a pair of tweezers to slide the right joystick cable out of its connector on the motherboard. Use a pair of tweezers to slide the right joystick cable out of its connector on the motherboard.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the right joystick cable out of its connector on the motherboard.

  28. Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the following six screws securing the motherboard:
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the following six screws securing the motherboard:

    • Three 3.1 mm screws

    • Three 4.5 mm screws

    how to get the c port off

    Dustin Cronk - Responder

  29. Insert a spudger in the gap between the frame and the motherboard and lift the motherboard up and out of its recess. Remove the motherboard assembly. Remove the motherboard assembly.
    • Insert a spudger in the gap between the frame and the motherboard and lift the motherboard up and out of its recess.

    • Remove the motherboard assembly.

  30. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to pull the right speaker cable straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to pull the right speaker cable straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard.
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to pull the right speaker cable straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

  31. Remove the right speaker module from the motherboard. Remove the right speaker module from the motherboard.
    • Remove the right speaker module from the motherboard.

  32. Only the motherboard remains.
    • Only the motherboard remains.

Conclusão

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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Craig Lloyd

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Great guide, helped me fix charge port replacement, did notice between 16-17 the card reader magically disappeared, but help me tear down and repair and rebuild with a little bit of head scratching.

Sean Topp - Responder

La guida è molto chiara.. ma dove si può acquistare una scheda madre di ricambio ?

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