This guide shows how to access the Nintendo 2DS screen for repair and cleaning purposes.


  1. Remove the two Phillips screws securing the upper rear panel.
    • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the upper rear panel.

    • The screws will not completely detach from the back panel.

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  2. Hinge the upper rear panel upwards and outwards to remove it.
    • Hinge the upper rear panel upwards and outwards to remove it.

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    • Remove the battery from its housing by lifting it up from the side closest to the outside edge.

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    • Remove the ten Phillips screws attaching the rear panel.

    Can't take off the screw top left next to the battery. What type of screwdriver do I use and where can I find some?

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    • The rear panel is attached to the motherboard by a ribbon cable, so be careful not to lift the rear panel too far from the device.

    • Carefully pull the rear panel straight up from the device.

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    • Carefully flip the back panel over to locate the attached ribbon cable.

    • Remove the two Phillips screws attaching the ribbon cable to the rear panel.

    • Take the opportunity to remove the Left and Right triggers, they have hinges that may break and springs that may jump away.

    You can also detach the cable from the motherboard safely by flipping up the connector on the motherboard. Just don't forget to reattach. Some will find this tedious but may save time if you know what you're doing with said connectors.

    pivotanimationz - Reply

    pay attention: my 2ds dropped it's lens covers at this step

    Jos van Reenen - Reply

    The picture you have there has the camera lens ribbon installed upside down. The ribbon needs to be pointing down when you re-attach it not up.

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    • Hold the side panels of the device's case with your fingers and pull outward to remove them.

    • The panels should come off easily with little force required.

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    • Remove the 12 brass-colored Phillips screws securing the main board.

    • Be very careful not to strip any of these screws. Stripping can occur very easily, and may make replacement of the motherboard impossible.

    ...also in this step, the pictures show the analog stick disappearing without a step to remove its two silver screws.

    RogerX - Reply

    I was using a brand new 000 driver, and found that I needed to dull the tip of it in order to get a better grip on these tiny screws.

    marjames - Reply

    I dont know if its just me but my gold mother board screws i had a few that just didnt fit right with a ph000. Maybe my screw driver is just garbage?

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    • The top panel can only be removed when the mother board is not secured.

    • There are two additional screws located on the top rail. Remove these to fully remove the buttons and top rail.

    • There are two screws holding down the joystick base that must be removed. (Be careful of the ribbon cable—it stays connected!)

    • Hold the top panel with your fingers and pull away from the device to remove it.

      • The top panel should come off easily, with very little force applied.

    There are two additional brass screws holding the top panel plastic on to the frame. They are 00 Philips and shorter than the ones securing the motherboard.

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    • Detach the 2 ribbon cables by lifting the black flip connectors that hold them.

    • Lift out the rectangular board seated in the face and lift out the white square which is the joystick motor (takes a little effort). Both stay attached to the motherboard.

    • On some models, you'll need to remove three more tiny ribbon cables at the bottom of the screen. They are secured by flip up connectors. BE GENTLE!

    • Holding the motherboard on either side, lift to remove it.

    Don't forget to disconnect the two tiny ribbon cables on the bottom of the motherboard that attach to the microphone and home button.

    RogerX - Reply

    What happens if I can't get the ribbons to reattach? Is the board broke irreparably?

    Laurie Hutcherson - well as the hidden 4-conductor ribbon cable on the upper right that connects to the analog stick.

    RogerX - Reply

    What about the top 2 wires

    briana1987be - Reply

    Briana the 3 wires on bottom of board are covered under screen 2 step 10.

    goldenkenneth - Reply

    y e e t y e e t m y d u d e s ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!n ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    scoobert doobert - Reply

    The replacement board that I’ve got has not got a grey plastic flip down ribbon cable retainer! How do I swap one from my old board?

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    • Ensure that the ribbon cables connecting the screen to the motherboard have been disconnected before removing the screen from the front panel casing.

    • Grasp the screen firmly by a corner and lift it off of the front panel of the Nintendo 2DS. There should be slight resistance due to the double side adhesive strip on the screen

    Be careful with aligning the springs when you re-assemble the trigger buttons, they need to fit properly into their slots.

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

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Camera ribbon cable is very brittle, be careful.

Logan Pena - Reply

Thank you so much, Fina! You have done a fantastic job explaining each step incredibly well! I very much appreciate all of your efforts into skillfully describing the process of disassembling the 2DS. I was able to understand your instructions and thus was able to make a lucky kiddo super happy! Thanks again!


Skye Leah - Reply

P.S. To those out there who don't have a super, ridiculously tiny (#000 screwdriver or 1.587 mm Phillips head) and don't want to have to purchase one just to complete this already daunting task, I found that using a screwdriver from a glasses repair kit worked PERFECTLY! :)

Skye Leah - Reply

what about a new screen?

Lord Hohenheim (Sans) - Reply

Once you've removed your screen, what are you supposed to do with it to clean and/or repair?

Danielle Chester - Reply

Took my 14 year old just under 2 hours to replace the screen in his 2DS. It was his first ever electronic repair. Be sure to read and take note of any Comments in each step!

dadozach - Reply

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scoobert doobert - Reply

Question: do I need a new screen in order to do this? And if so, is there a cheaper way to go about getting said screen than buying another 2ds? Also, will it matter that my current 2ds is Japanese or are the screens in both regions indistinguishable?

Nick - Reply

i love these guides.

Can someone help, i have a scratched screen i want to replace the touchscreen works fine, can the cover be replaced on its own??

madgemm - Reply

Which screen is it. If it’s the top just peel it off and get a new one. If it’s the bottom you’re gonna have to follow these steps to acess it to replace it because it is an actual component that makes the touch screen work

Matthew borgo -

do u need the microphone cable to be attached for the 2DS to power on? I broke the connector when i was taking it apart. Now i only have the 2 large ribbon cables attached and the home cable attached but cannot power it on. When i power on, one light turns on then there is a delay and it shuts down. any ideas how i can attach the microphone cable without the connector?

steven lin - Reply

I paid a little bit to much for the screen but this guide was definitely helpful I didn’t really need it but it was a great reference point, keep in mind that you need a 000 philips that’s not too pointy my biggest road block is that all the screwdrivers I had where way to pointy and wouldn’t grab the screw. And be mindful of not stripping the motherboard screws they are really soft and installed really tightly from the factory just apply constant down pressure and go slowly. When it comes to the ribbon cables be gingerly but your gonna need to bend the new ones up a tad to pass them through the mother board. Take your time on the small ones they will definitely be a challenge but it’s not impossible.

Matthew borgo - Reply

Question. When I reassembled and turned it on the top screen colors aren't clear but the bottom is fine?Do you think it's the quality of the screen or maybe 1 of the ribbons maybe not in right?

Heather dow - Reply

I need the screen where do i buy it

Jeremiah Jorge - Reply

eBay easiest place

Jeff Ealy -

My daughter dropped hers no picture it has sound the touch function works you can hear it but no picture I went to surgery and now it won't turn on for but a second and shuts right back off and won't charge any ideas ?

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