Nintendo Switch Battery Replacement

If the battery on your Nintendo Switch is dying quickly or the console won't turn on unless its charging this guide is for you!


If you would prefer to read a written repair guide, check that out below. Or if the tool cost seems prohibitive for a one time repair and you would prefer that we complete this repair for you, check out our Repair Catalog to see if we offer repair services for this device. 


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Repair Difficulty:   Moderate 

Time to complete: 60-90 minutes

The tools and parts that you will need for this repair:

    1. New Battery 
    2. Repair Kit (Or a Small Phillips Screwdriver and a Y Screwdriver)
    3. Strong Pry Tool (a guitar pick, or the dull side of a butter knife can also do the trick)
    4. Anti-Static Parts Organizer Mat



1. Remove the Back Cover

Using your Y tip screwdriver, remove the screw in each corner of the back cover. 

Remove the screw in each corner of the back cover


Using your Phillips head screwdriver, remove the two screws in the center of the bottom side of the console, the single screw in the center of the top side of the console, and the single screw in the center of each Joy Con rail on the sides of the console.

Two screws on the bottom side

Single screw on the top side

Screw in the center of each Joy Con rail 


Remove the screw under the kick stand and pop the came cartridge cover out.

Single screw under the kickstand

Pop the game slot cover out


With all of the screws removed, lift the back cover away from the console starting on the charge port side then wiggle the case on all of the other sides to lift it free. We would strongly recommend watching how to do this part in The Video so as not to break the back cover. 

Lifting the back cover up starting with the bottom 


2. Remove the Heat Sink

Remove the 7 silver screws from the metal heat sink, starting with the one in the center next to the fan.

7 silver screws in the heat sink


With the screws removed, unplug and remove the micro SD card reader by pinching the reader in your fingers then lifting straight away from the console as seen in the photo below.

Removing the Micro SD card reader


Lastly, lift the heat sink away from the console.

Lifting the heat sink away from the console 


3. Disconnect and Remove the Battery

Lift the battery connector up and away from the motherboard using a flat edge screwdriver or a pry tool. 

Removing the battery connector


Using a strong metal pry tool, lift the old battery away from its place. It is secured in place using double-sided tape. Work your way up and down the back edge of the battery lifting it until it comes free from the adhesive. Be very careful to not apply to much force to quickly as you could puncture the battery which would result in a small fire being kindled inside of your Switch. 

Lifting the battery from the back edge

Lifting the battery


4. Replace the Battery 

Remove the backing on the adhesive on your new battery and place it into the battery tray. 

Dropping the battery into its place


Gently press down all around the battery to make sure that it is secured in place.

Pressing the battery firmly into its place


Re-connect the battery connection to the motherboard

Plugging the battery connection back in


5. Replace the Heatsink

Place the heatsink back onto the console then gently attach the Micro SD card reader back onto its connector and align the slot onto the two dowels that hold it in place.

Attaching the SD card reader over the heatsink


Re-insert all 7 screws that hold down the heatsink starting with the one that holds the Micro SD slot in its place.

Securing the screw on the Micro SD card reader first


6. Attach the back cover

Start by aligning the two tabs on the bottom of the back cover with the two holes near the charging port then carefully lay the back cover down onto the console.

Aligning the tabs at the bottom of the back cover into the unit


Gently press in the center at the top of the back cover to lock the snap connectors in place. The back cover should be flush with the console all around after the top locks into place. 

 Snapping the top of the back cover down into place


Re-insert the two screws in the bottom of the console, the single screw in the top, and the single screw in the center of each Joy Con rail. Since these screws aren't magnetic, it helps to aim your screwdriver down and hold the screw on the end then drop the screw into its hole and tighten it until snug. 

Two screws at the bottom of the console

Single screw at the top

Single screw in the center of each Joy Con rail


Lift the kickstand and re-insert the short wide-headed screw into its hole.

Inserting the screw that goes under the kickstand


Using your Y tip screwdriver, re-insert the screw into each corner of the back housing. 

Inserting the four Y headed screws


7. Get back to enjoying your gear 🤓

If you have any questions in regards to this repair, feel free to shoot us an email or text and we will do our best to reply to you as quickly as possible. Please inquire using our Repair Catalog if you are wondering how much a certain repair will cost. If you do not see your item in our repair catalog, it means that we do not offer repair services for it. 


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