Nintendo Switch Speaker Replacement Fix Tutorial
Have one or both of the speakers on your Nintendo Switch stopped working? If so, this guide shows you how to replace them.
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Repair Difficulty: Moderate
Time to complete: 60-90 minutes
The tools and parts that you will need for this repair:
- New Speakers
- Nylon Spudger Tool (For unlocking ribbon connectors and doing other tasks that require a non conductive tool)
- Repair Kit (Or a Small Phillips Screwdriver and a Y Screwdriver)
- 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.
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.
Remove the screw under the kick stand and pop the came cartridge 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.
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.
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.
Lastly, lift the heat sink away from the console.
3. Remove the Old Speaker
Using your flat head screw driver, pull the speaker plugs out of their connectors on the motherboard.
Using your flat head screwdriver, lift the speakers out of their places.
4. Install the New Speakers & Reconnect the Battery
Place the new speakers into the spot where you removed the old speakers from.
Line up the speaker wires on the right side speaker to be underneath the heat sink as shown below.
Using your fingers or your flathead screwdriver, line up the new speaker plug with its socket and push it into place.
Line up the battery connector with its socket and press down until it clicks into place.
5. Re-attach the Game Slot, Headphones Jack, and Heatsink
Slide the game slot in underneath the heat pipe and lift the ribbon cable on the right so that it is above the game slot.
Place the black cover over the headphone port then re-install the 3 screws that hold the assembly in place.
Slide the ribbon cable on the other side of the game slot into its connector then, gently close the latch.
Gently push the connector on the left side straight down onto the motherboard. Don't force it, be gentle and position it until it will click in with minimal force.
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.
Re-insert all 7 screws that hold down the heatsink starting with the one that holds the Micro SD slot in its place.
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.
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.
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.
Lift the kickstand and re-insert the short wide-headed screw into its hole.
Using your Y tip screwdriver, re-insert the screw into each corner of the back housing.