Introduction

This guide is intended to help replace the analog stick on the left Joy-Con for the Nintendo Switch. Please note that this does not reflect the same steps for the right Joy-Con the process although similar is different and more difficult. If you are looking to replace the right analog stick please follow my other guide with the specific details.

  1. To begin remove the four screws holding on the back plate, a 'Y00' bit works great. Then insert a pick or spudger on the side without the rail to release the back plate.
    • To begin remove the four screws holding on the back plate, a 'Y00' bit works great. Then insert a pick or spudger on the side without the rail to release the back plate.

  2. Open up the back of the Joy-Con like a book.
    • Open up the back of the Joy-Con like a book.

    • ⚠ Be mindful of the two fragile ribbon cables attaching the rails to the motherboard.

    • Gently pull up on the black and red wire coming from the battery to release it from the motherboard disconnecting power.

    • Insert a spudger underneath the battery to release the adhesive. The battery is now ready to be removed.

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  4. Remove the three screws holding in this plastic plate that covers the motherboard, a 'J00' bit works great for this.
    • Remove the three screws holding in this plastic plate that covers the motherboard, a 'J00' bit works great for this.

    • ⚠ There is a fragile ribbon cable holding this plate onto the mother board do not attempt to remove the plate before reading the next step.

  5. The plastic plate is held onto the mother board by a fragile ribbon cable. Gently open up the plate like a book. This will allow access to the connector for the 'ZL' button. The ribbon cable is locked in place by a small black plastic switch located on the opposite side that the cable is inserted. Take a spudger and flip this switch upwards and then gently remove the ribbon cable this allows you to remove the plastic plate completely.
    • The plastic plate is held onto the mother board by a fragile ribbon cable. Gently open up the plate like a book. This will allow access to the connector for the 'ZL' button.

    • The ribbon cable is locked in place by a small black plastic switch located on the opposite side that the cable is inserted. Take a spudger and flip this switch upwards and then gently remove the ribbon cable this allows you to remove the plastic plate completely.

  6. Notice that a fragile ribbon cable is limiting access to the analog stick. This cable is locked into place by a grey switch on the same side as the cable is inserted. Take a spudger and carefully flip the switch upwards, then gently remove the '-' button ribbon cable.
    • Notice that a fragile ribbon cable is limiting access to the analog stick. This cable is locked into place by a grey switch on the same side as the cable is inserted. Take a spudger and carefully flip the switch upwards, then gently remove the '-' button ribbon cable.

  7. Remove the two screws holding in the analog stick, a 'J00' bit works great for this. The analog stick ribbon cable is locked into place by a small black switch located on the opposite side the cable is inserted. Take a spudger and carefully flip the switch upwards, then gently remove the ribbon cable.
    • Remove the two screws holding in the analog stick, a 'J00' bit works great for this.

    • The analog stick ribbon cable is locked into place by a small black switch located on the opposite side the cable is inserted. Take a spudger and carefully flip the switch upwards, then gently remove the ribbon cable.

  8. The analog stick is now free from the housing and can be removed.
    • The analog stick is now free from the housing and can be removed.

    • ⚠ Be aware of the black washer around the opening to analog stick. It can get caught while attempting to remove the analog stick.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Thx This really helped

Stev Steve - Reply

Thanks Kyler - I just replaced 4 joysticks and they’re all working perfectly.

One final step to remember to go in and calibrate the controller.

David K - Reply

You're welcome I'm glad I could assist you in your repairs!

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