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Introduction

Follow this guide to replace a damaged or faulty microSD card reader on your Nintendo Switch game console.

WARNING: The battery cannot be disconnected during this repair, so make sure to only use ESD-safe tools and be extra careful when using any metal tools. Not doing so could short a connection and damage the device.

Note: This guide, and the part we sell, are compatible with the original Nintendo Switch model released in 2017, as well as the newer refreshed model released in 2019 (model numbers HAC-001 and HAC-001(-01), respectively).

  1. Before you begin this repair, make sure the device is completely powered off. Press and hold down the small round button on the back of the Joy Con controller. While you hold down the button, slide  the controller upward.
    • Before you begin this repair, make sure the device is completely powered off.

    • Press and hold down the small round button on the back of the Joy Con controller.

    • While you hold down the button, slide the controller upward.

  2. Continue sliding the controller upward until it's completely removed from the console. Repeat this same process for the other controller. Repeat this same process for the other controller.
    • Continue sliding the controller upward until it's completely removed from the console.

    • Repeat this same process for the other controller.

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

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

    Had to use a Y0 from my kit - the Y00 was too small to get a grip on the screw.

    cday - Reply

  3. Use a JIS 000 screwdriver to remove the following screws securing the rear panel: One 2.5 mm-long screw on the top edge of the device
    • Use a JIS 000 screwdriver to remove the following screws securing the rear panel:

    • One 2.5 mm-long screw on the top edge of the device

    • Two 2.5 mm-long screws on the bottom edge of the device

    Hey guys, I tried removing the upper screw and it won't go out(neither will it go in) any tips how to fix this?

    Thanks

    Nemysis - Reply

    The screw boss might be stripped out. Has the device been taken apart before? If you can unscrew it a little bit to get the screw to peek out, maybe try and grab it with some pliers as a last-ditch effort.

    Craig Lloyd -

    I have the same problem. The JIS 000 tool works great on the joy con rails per step 5 but refuses to turn the bottom two 2.5 mm screws as in step 4. These bottom screws are noticeably smaller than the screws as in step 5. The JIS 000 does not get down into these screws. Hopefully they haven’t been stripped by the wrong tool. So is there a JIS tool that is smaller than 000? I’m stuck at this point…

    david brown - Reply

    We used the JIS 3.0mm screwdriver for both top and bottom screws and it worked

    Brooklyn Gardner - Reply

    Used PH00 to get these out with no problem.

    cday - Reply

    Fun fact: these screw into little plastic tabs that stick out of the rear panel. Apparently those tabs are fragile and easy to just break off…

    Benjamin Fritz - Reply

    My screws came out fine. But they are easily stripped with too much pressure on reassmbly

    Jaxon Lee - Reply

    this screws are way too fragile and way too small so be careful when taking them off dont use much force and unscrew also one of them fell somewhere and spent 30 mins searching for it

    Richard Aguirre - Reply

  4. Use a JIS 000 screwdriver to remove the two 3.8 mm center screws on the sides of the device (one on each side). Use a JIS 000 screwdriver to remove the two 3.8 mm center screws on the sides of the device (one on each side).
    • Use a JIS 000 screwdriver to remove the two 3.8 mm center screws on the sides of the device (one on each side).

    I tried my JIS 000 on Step 5 and was unable to get the screw to budge. It’s partner from the other side came right out with no trouble. Don’t really want to narf up the screw, so I bailed out. Anyone else have this issue?

    mrhoyt - Reply

    Could just be torqued down a bit more! I’d recommend making sure the driver bit seats nicely into the screw, apply some downward pressure, and slowly twist to try and back it out. Good luck!

    Craig Lloyd -

    Yeah I’m having this exact issue. Screw stripped and now I’m stuck. Wish I hadn’t even started.

    Ryan Quinn -

    I did finally get it out- one thing I noticed was some of the screws have blue Loctite on the threads. I guess they figure it’ll get tossed around. This underscores the importance of having the correct tools and making double darn sure you are using the correct size, etc.

    mrhoyt - Reply

    What worked for me here was a Phillips 000, not a JIS 000

    Federico Zivolo - Reply

  5. Use your finger to flip up the kickstand on the back of the device. If there's a microSD card in the microSD card slot, remove it now before you continue to the next step.
    • Use your finger to flip up the kickstand on the back of the device.

    • If there's a microSD card in the microSD card slot, remove it now before you continue to the next step.

  6. Use a JIS 000 screwdriver to remove the 1.6 mm screw in the kickstand well.
    • Use a JIS 000 screwdriver to remove the 1.6 mm screw in the kickstand well.

  7. Open the game card cartridge flap. The game card cartridge flap attaches to the other half of the plastic shell, preventing you from completely lifting up the rear panel if it's closed. Lift the rear panel up from the bottom of the device and remove it.
    • Open the game card cartridge flap.

    • The game card cartridge flap attaches to the other half of the plastic shell, preventing you from completely lifting up the rear panel if it's closed.

    • Lift the rear panel up from the bottom of the device and remove it.

    How to remove micro SD port?

    Pull straight up, press back into place when closing back up.

    Christopher Hernandez - Reply

  8. Use a JIS 000 screwdriver to remove the 3.1 mm screw securing the microSD card reader to the device.
    • Use a JIS 000 screwdriver to remove the 3.1 mm screw securing the microSD card reader to the device.

  9. Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to lift the microSD card reader straight up from the device to disconnect and remove it. During reassembly, make sure the press connector underneath the foam pad is firmly connected to the motherboard. It may help to remove the foam pad before reinstalling the card reader.
    • Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to lift the microSD card reader straight up from the device to disconnect and remove it.

    • During reassembly, make sure the press connector underneath the foam pad is firmly connected to the motherboard. It may help to remove the foam pad before reinstalling the card reader.

    Yes. The reverse is not so simple- you can’t see what you’re doing when you attempt to reconnect and it only takes one small error to completely bend the contacts on the connector. Very delicate.

    if you very gently remove the foam pad sticker, you can at least see better how it lines up and can feel your way to a degree… then you can stick the pad back in. The pad seems pretty critical in keeping things in place once reassembled.

    holmzee - Reply

    Definitely agree about not sticking the foam pad back on until the new SD card slot is connected. Saved a lot of headache. Great walkthrough and easy repair!

    Jonathan Stachewicz -

    Tried several times to replace this SD reader module. As mentioned above, the issue is aligning the connectors together. It appears the foam tape is being used to hold the connection in place. (assuming you can make a viable connection) I am rather surprised at this design. In my experience, mylar ribbon cables like this usually slide into a small PC mounted socket. It appears Nintendo went the cheap route here. This design is prone to failure since it does not enable a positive connection - at least from what I can see.

    Bill Little - Reply

    Alors je suis en détresse total . Jai cassé les bouches en or sur le connecteur qui est soudé sur la carte mère.. comment changer cette toute petite pièces, oû la trouver . Cela fais 1 mois que je cherche partout. Sans remplacer la carte mère. Merci pour vos réponses

    Mike Snow - Reply

    I found it easier to connect it without the black foam pad so I could see and than add the foam pad over it. It was super easy and I an I 33 Mom doing this for my son. Was well worth the money for the kit saved us almost 100 bucks

    Katherine Harrison - Reply

    Had my son follow this guide to fix his own switch where the ad card reader didn't work. And he did. Great instructions!!!! Thanks a million!

    William Scott - Reply

    The only difficult part of following this guide is connecting the new sd card reader into the poorly designed motherboard connector. Its quite possible the sd card reader that came in the console wasnt broken at all.

    The repair kit works just as advertised and even comes with stickers.

    Matthias_ Links - Reply

    I’m still getting error 2002-2054 even after replacing memory card reader module. Thanks, Nintendo!

    Wes Stephenson - Reply

    My switch won’t read my microSD card after I reassembled it (error 2016-0641) please help!

    Nate Topical - Reply

    Tip: Keep the old SD reader piece loosely attached while you line up and gently press the new SD component into the connector on the motherboard. Once the new piece is snug, then carefully remove the old piece keeping the sticky foam in place.

    I am a middle-aged mom with absolutely no special tech skills and I easily followed the directions and successfully fixed the broken SD drive. ifixit is the best!

    Wende David - Reply

    I missed this bit about reconnecting the SD card reader under the foam pad and didn’t realise until my son pointed out a data storage problem?. All fixed in about 5 minutes taking advice from the replacing the SD card reader fix, especially removing the foam pad from the connector to better see and feel what you’re doing. All sorted!

    Stuart Farquharson-Roberts - Reply

    Awesome guide! Very easy to do with the supplied kit

    cravenkeo khamone - Reply

    Tank you very much, and by tank I mean M1 Abrams, jokes apart easy and simple to follow

    Elia Veschi - Reply

    Thanks for the guide, I was struggling to find a solution, replaced more sd cards, before I stumbled upon this post. The Switch of my children works flawless again!

    Robert Morvai - Reply

Conclusion

Compare your new replacement part to the original part. You may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

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 Answers community for help.

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My SD reader never worked.

Used this guide to find that it was never seated correctly. Reseated and now works perfectly. THANK YOU!

Finx O'Mally - Reply

My console won’t boot if I have an SD card inserted after reseating it. What should I do?

Ewan MacInnis - Reply

it will fixed for microSD not read issue?

doctor_g7 - Reply

can you english

Yazmin Linares -

Easy guide, fixed my problem. Changed the SD card reader cause I was abusing of it by putting SD in and out constantly.

Nicola Bonardi - Reply

Great guide! My 11-year-old son was able to fix his Switch himself with no difficulty.

Matt - Reply

Some one can help me, when I tried to put the connector again I damage the fpc connector of the motherboard so I try to find out again can any one know the kind of model of this connector I really appreciate the help

Best regards

Philip Milian - Reply

Worked perfectly! The only issue I had was the Tripoint 000 bit that I ordered from here didn’t fit any screwdriver that I owned. So I used a vice grip to hold the bit.

Patrick Kremer - Reply

Gracias, tenía el boot.bat error y esto me ayudó

Thanks i had boot.bat error and this help me

patricio Herrera - Reply

I have to give a BIG thanks to this thread! Nintendo offered to fix it for me with a 4 week wait, I didn’t want to give up my switch. So I bought all the tools and SD card reader suggested on this thread! Fixing it was super easy, mind u, I don’t have a steady hand so it took longer than the estimated time! But my switch now reads SD cards, I had already bought a 64 gig one, but since mine was faulty it wouldn’t read.

now I have all my games back, and didn’t have to send my switch anywhere! Thank u so much for having this post! I never would’ve thought to fix it myself.

FLLOH - Reply

Is it just me or does the parts listed under ‘Buy these parts’ link not include the needed tri-wing screwdriver?

Robert Petersen - Reply

sorry I haven’t repaired something before, what are those things that look like tweezers called? I don’t want to perm damage my console

BeatSaberTaco - Reply

I ordered this kit about a week ago and installed it today and Voila

ShaaRonn Lindsey - Reply

Thanks ifixit.com for your website and Easy instructions for beginners like Me. Everything worked perfectly- from ordering the kit to repairing the card reader. I will definitely recommend your site to others and might be back to order anything else I might need in the future

ShaaRonn Lindsey - Reply

be very careful when doing this. i did mine. then i turned it on to test, without putting all the screws back in. now my switch wont turn on.

Hazreena Aida Illias - Reply

It worked! My switch would never read the sd cards. Just got this today, followed the instructions and it worked! Make sure that it clicks on right, I had to re do it a second time to get it correctly but finally I have space in my sons switch!! Thank you!

Coralice Diaz - Reply

I installed a new MicroSD card in my two year old switch for the first time today only to find out there was a fault. Followed your tutorial by disassembling the switch only to find the ribbon loosely connected.

Reconnected the ribbon, powered up the switch and it works perfectly!

Drop me your PayPal, would love to buy you a pint!

dvdaf - Reply

In the end the problem wasn’t solved by the card reader. Luckily Nintendo is opening up their repair centers again.

Garrett ewald - Reply

Super Einfach vielen Dank

Hat wunderbar geklappt

silvio - Reply

Awesome - was experiencing error codes 2002-2039 which I tracked down to the SD card or reader. Tried a couple of cards and then swapped out the reader using this guide. The Switch works fine now so thanks very much!

Chris Williams - Reply

This was super easy to repair with the kit and walk through. The 15 year old is happy once again!

Sarah Engstrom - Reply

Ordered the parts and used this guide. Turns out my OM card reader wasn't seated properly, so it wasn't actually connected.

Nintendo would have asked for $100 for what turned out to be a 15minute fix. Keeping the parts I ordered just in case, plus they were only $15.

Kristy brandon - Reply

Thank you so much!

Fixed my nephews switch!

Joshua McVey - Reply

My SD card reader stopped working back in March. I was really dreading having to send my switch in for repairs, but when I found out I could do it myself I was really excited! I bought the part from here and I just finished the replacement. It reads my card just fine! The guide was really easy to follow for a beginner like me.

Leticia M - Reply

i installed this new card reader and it did not fix my sd card not reading issue. same exact no card reading as the original sd card reader

carmine colangelo - Reply

I bought my Nintendo Switch in January two years ago. Months later that I discovered that the SD memory card reader wasn’t working due to faulty connections or faulty part. It wasn’t until this month that I saw this replacement part on Amazon that I decided to buy it along with the necessary device-repair screwdriver kit. The kit and replacement part was under $20 excluding shipping, and I ordered it five days ago, and it arrived yesterday, and today I decided to do the repair following this instruction. It was easy, and fast as well. I did need to use tape to put the loose screws on in a way that kept the screws located similar to when screwed in, and I had to be careful as they’re so tiny, but fortunately the screwdriver was magnetic enough to help avoid losing any of them. I tried my Nintendo Switch compatible SD memory card, and turned it on. The new card reader works perfectly now. Thank you so much for this repair manual and the replacement part and repair kit. I definitely recommend this site and shop.

Samuel Kent - Reply

Great guide, just replaced my SD card reader with no problem!

ben parsonage - Reply

This guide helped me replace the SD card reader. Easy to follow. Thanks for the guide! ?

Matthew Fredericks - Reply

Thanks for this great effort. I am not sure if the pins are attached correctly in the last step. unfortunately, the sd card still not working :(

Hussein Abdulhalim - Reply

Great guide up until the part where you have to, you know, actually replace the sd card reader. I watched this video to help with that part, but even then they weren’t clear about how they re-attached the sd card reader. What I did was remove the black foam thing and the old sd card reader, then aligned the connector of my new sd card reader with where the connector on the motherboard is. Holding that in place with one thumb, I held the metal part (where the actual slot is) in place with my other thumb (make sure you align it with the two gray pins on the left side) and then use another finger to press down on the ribbon. If you hear and a feel a click you know you did it correctly. Then just place the black foam piece back on and put everything back together :DD

You’re gonna have to do some guesswork about aligning the connector and the ribbon correctly, just don’t press too hard. I didn’t have to. Hope this helps

Jonathan Zhang - Reply

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