Introduction

This guide outlines the procedure for accessing the device circle pad. To access the circle pad, the entire device must be opened. This might be intimidating at first, but as long as the guide directions are followed, no damage to the device is expected. For more information, refer to our troubleshooting page.

Before starting the disassembly, remove
  • Before starting the disassembly, remove

    • The stylus

    • Any game cartridge

    • The SD card

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Unscrew the four 6mm tri-point screws located at the four corners of the bottom panel.
  • Unscrew the four 6mm tri-point screws located at the four corners of the bottom panel.

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  • Be careful when separating the bottom panel from the front casing to avoid breaking the three cables connected to the motherboard (two on each side and one in the rear).

  • Using a spudger, separate the back panel from the front casing by gently prying around the panel.

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  • Using tweezers, disconnect the two cables that connect the rear buttons on either side to the motherboard by gently pulling them upwards.

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  • Using a spudger, lift out the battery.

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  • To more easily access this ribbon cable, flip the device so the back casing faces upwards. Gently slide the back casing forward, revealing the ribbon cable connecting to the motherboard.

  • Using a spudger, pry up the ZIF connector holding the ribbon cable.

  • Pull the ribbon towards the bottom casing and out of the connector.

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  • Remove the two 7.5mm phillips screws using a PH000 screwdriver.

  • Gently flip over the circle pad.

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  • Using a spudger, lift up the ZIF connector (the hinge is located on the side closest to where the cable connects).

  • Remove the circle pad by pulling it away from the connector.

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Conclusion

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

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I can’t seem to find a New 2ds XL circle pad replacement online, does anyone know if a regular 2ds circle pad works? (Or perhaps a 3ds one?)

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