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A more affordable, purely handheld version of the Nintendo Switch game console, with integrated Joy-Con controllers and a slightly smaller screen. Released September 20, 2019.

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Vertical Lines appears on screen without the device being damaged

Hello guys! My nintendo switch lite screen suddenly appears to have a vertical lines on my left side screen. The lines appeared suddenly when i was running game. Ive never dropped the device and it never fell before. Any idea how to fix it? Or is it just a software glitch?

Update (10/25/2022)


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You're definitely seeing a problem with the LCD; it's really hard to say whether it's a problem with the flex cable where it is attached to the glass, or if it's a crack or defect in the LCD itself, but either way the effect is the same; you'll have to replace the entire LCD to fix it.

There is a very small chance it could have something to do with the connector where the display plugs into the motherboard, and it's worth checking, but I'm fairly confident you're going to have to replace the LCD. Here in the US, iFixit sells a replacement for $55 USD, which isn't cheap, but it's less than the cost of a whole new Switch.

Nintendo Switch Lite LCD: Replacement Display Panel

The job of replacing the LCD is, unfortunately, one of the more difficult repairs possible on a Switch. To get to the screen, you literally have to remove every other part inside the case, so it's a fairly big job as far as Switch repairs go. It is, on the other hand, straight-forward and if you can use a screwdriver and tweezers anyone can successfully replace a screen if you follow the guide.

Nintendo Switch Lite Screen Replacement - iFixit Repair Guide

If you want to try to check the connector first before committing to replacing the screen, follow the Game Card Reader / Headphone Jack replacement guide to access that connector.

Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement - iFixit Repair Guide

Once you get to the last step, you can then open the retaining tab on the LCD cable and pull it out to see if you can find any signs of damage or corrosion. Use a magnifying glass and a bright light to check the motherboard connector, and both sides of as much of the cable as you can see. Clean the pins on the cable with 90% or higher isopropyl alcohol (don't use the 70% stuff we all have around the house) and reinsert the flex cable then lock it down. See steps 26 and 27 on the Screen Replacement guide for instructions. When reinserting the cable, make sure the two little ears on either side are both butted up against the motherboard connector. If you don't get it in all the way, you'll have more problems with the screen and may have to open it up again to resecure the connector.

Once you're done with that, reassemble everything and see if there's any difference. If not, you'll have to make the choice as to whether you can live with the display as is or if you want to tackle a somewhat difficult repair and incur the cost of a replacement screen.

Either way, I wish you luck. Let us know how it goes.

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Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement



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Nintendo Switch Lite LCD Replacement



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Thanks buddy. I appreciate your advice and thanks for your help regarding this issue :)


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There was lies on the right side of my Nintendo and it fix itself so we don’t have to pay for it to be fixed

Update (04/22/24)

And I hit it with a ps5 controller not hard when it was playing fortnite and we had school today so I was on a game and my dad said to get off but I was in a game

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