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Introduction

Follow this guide to replace a faulty or damaged game card reader or headphone jack in your Nintendo Switch Lite. The game card reader and headphone jack are a single component.

The Switch Lite uses JIS screws, but you can use a Phillips screwdriver in a pinch. Be very careful not to strip the screws. iFixit's Phillips bits are designed to be cross-compatible with JIS-style screws.

Note: This procedure requires removing the shield plate. The thermal paste will need to be cleaned off and reapplied before reinstalling the shield plate. Removing the heat sink isn’t required, but it makes this repair much easier.

    • Before beginning this repair, make sure that the device is completely turned off.

    • Use a Y00 screwdriver to remove the four 6.3 mm-long screws securing the back panel.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from.

    All my screws got stripped any ideas on how to remove?

    Almost A Mammal - Reply

  1. Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the top and bottom back panel screws: step 2, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the top and bottom back panel screws: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the following screws securing the back panel:

    • Two 3.6 mm-long screws on the top of the device

    • Two 3.6 mm-long screws on the bottom of the device

    • To prevent these tight screws from stripping, apply firm downward force, work slowly and try a different screwdriver if the screws won't come out.

  2. Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement, Release the clips securing the back panel: step 3, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement, Release the clips securing the back panel: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Insert an opening tool into the left speaker grille on the bottom of the device.

    • Twist the opening tool to release the clips securing the back panel.

    • Avoid inserting the opening tool further than required to prevent damage to the speaker module.

  3. Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement, Continue releasing the clips around the device: step 4, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement, Continue releasing the clips around the device: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the opening tool around the bottom-left corner to release the clips on the left side of the device.

  4. Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement, Twist to release the clips: step 5, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement, Twist to release the clips: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Insert an opening tool into the right speaker grille on the bottom of the device.

    • Twist the opening tool to release the clips.

    • Avoid inserting the opening tool further than required to prevent damage to the speaker module.

  5. Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement, Slide and pry around the corners: step 6, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement, Slide and pry around the corners: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Slide and pry the opening tool around the bottom-right corner to release the clips on the right side of the device.

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    • Continue sliding and prying the opening tool along the gap on the top of the device to release the clips.

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    • Lift the bottom edge of the back panel, opening it like a book.

    • Remove the back panel.

  8. Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the shield plate: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the following four screws:

    • Three 3.1 mm screws

    • One 4.5 mm screw

    There are four screws instead of three mentioned

    Khurram Chaudry - Reply

    it doesnt mention 3 anywhere, and it labels all four

    Ezi - Reply

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    • Use a spudger or your fingers to lift the shield plate up and out of the device.

    • You may feel a bit of resistance. This is normal, since the shield plate is slightly bonded to the heat sink with thermal paste.

    • Remove the shield plate.

    • Clean off the old thermal paste from the shield plate and heat sink using isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth. Apply new thermal paste to the heat sink before reassembly.

    You may need to replace the thermal paste on the heat sink.

    ahoz28 - Reply

  10. Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 11, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the motherboard interconnect cable's ZIF connector.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the interconnect cable out of its connector on the motherboard.

    I turned the unit off beforehand, I used tweezers just like the instructions said (ifixit branded) , my device sparked and now it won’t turn back on

    User Service - Reply

    The flap came off is it important or is there a way t fix it?

    Jose Cruz R Rangel Cordero - Reply

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    • Use the point of a spudger to pry the battery connector straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

    Caution the connector may not be properly soldered onto the motherboard. For me it snapped off the pins and now have to find a place to get that fixed if even possible. may have bricked it.

    Craig Osman - Reply

    Yup, broke the connector right off the motherboard. Thanks, ifixit -_-

    Justin Kerr - Reply

    I backed out when I reached this point. I couldn't risk damaging it. Do u just need to pull it up? Did you mean that it might have been soldered shut below?

    Jannalyzer - Reply

    You should just need to pull straight up, but make sure you’re pulling on the wires or the gray plug—do not pull on the black socket or it can snap off of the motherboard.

    Adam O'Camb -

    I pulled straight up from the south side on under 2 or three wires and held down the device as I pulled and the gray connector disconnected from the black connector on the Switch. Just be careful at this part.

    Jon - Reply

  13. Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the heat sink: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingers to carefully peel up the foam that's lightly adhered to the fan.

    • The foam only needs to be peeled back enough to clear the fan.

    When reassembling, the foam may fold down between the fan and heatsink, blocking airflow. Gently lift the foam back up on top of the fan. The adhesive film should hold the foam together.

    Kean Stump - Reply

    Is removing the heat sink absolutely necessary?

    Clark Aulden - Reply

    It’s not necessary, but it makes it much easier to remove and replace the game card reader, since the heat sink partially covers the connector.

    Craig Lloyd -

    Not really…….. I never remove it. It slides out quite easily once disconnected.

    Alan Sears - Reply

  14. Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the three 3 mm screws securing the heat sink to the motherboard.

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    • Use a spudger or your fingers to lift the heatsink up and off of the motherboard to remove it.

    • You may feel a bit of resistance. This is normal, since the heat sink is slightly bonded to the CPU with thermal paste.

    • Clean off the old thermal paste from the heat sink and CPU using isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth. Apply new thermal paste to the CPU before reassembly.

    16.5 remove cartridge / headphones jack……….

    Calvin Martin - Reply

    I've read that there are different ways to apply thermal paste, which should I use?

    Kai B - Reply

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    • Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the game card reader cable's ZIF connector.

  17. Nintendo Switch Lite Game Card Reader and Headphone Jack Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the seven 3.1 mm screws securing the game card reader and headphone jack.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to carefully lift the game card reader and maneuver it to the left to slide the cable out of its connector.

    • Remove the game card reader and headphone jack.

Conclusion

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Nintendo Switch Lite Answers community for help.

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Huge risk here not covered in the instructions, smoked out the main board when the tweezers bumped the power contacts putting the ribbon cable back. That should really be a warning in the instructions since you have to hook the power cable back up first before you put the ribbon cable back.

walesjd - Reply

Ideally you shouldn’t be using any metal tools. To remove and replace the ribbon cable in question can be done with a finger and plastic spudger.

David Harkness -

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