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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the joystick control modules on your Nintendo Switch Controller. To complete this project, you must be able to solder. Care should be taken in the removal of the plastic body pieces and the internal circuit board of the device to avoid damage that could render the device inoperable. This project also involves the removal of a lithium-ion battery, and if swollen, be sure to take appropriate precautions.

  1. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the screws: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Flip the controller over so the model stickers face the ceiling.

    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two black flathead 8.4 mm-long screws that secure the handles, located at the ends of the handles.

  2. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the handle covers: step 2, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the handle covers: step 2, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the handle covers: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Carefully remove the handle covers by pulling them away from the main body.

  3. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the screws: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the four silver 6.8 mm-long screws that secure the clear back plastic cover.

  4. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Unclip the plastic cover: step 4, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Unclip the plastic cover: step 4, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Unclip the plastic cover: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Carefully pry away the clear plastic cover using your fingernail.

  5. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the clear plastic cover: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the clear plastic cover.

  6. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the battery: step 6, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the battery: step 6, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the battery: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the lithium-ion battery by using a fingernail or plastic opening tool to pry it up on the left side.

    • Only a small amount of force is needed.

  7. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the screws: step 7, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the screws: step 7, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the screws: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the five 5mm-long screws from the back of the controller.

  8. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Delicately take off the plastic cover from the controller.

    • Do not completely remove the front cover just yet, as it is still attached to the motherboard via a white ribbon cable.

  9. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Open the flap: step 9, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Open the flap: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of an opening pick to open the black flap of the ZIF connector by pushing it upwards.

  10. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 10, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use your fingers or a pair of blunt nose tweezers to disconnect the interconnect cable from its connector.

  11. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the front case: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the front case.

  12. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the joystick caps: step 12, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the joystick caps: step 12, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the joystick caps: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • With light force pull the two joystick caps off of the controller.

  13. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Unscrew the motherboard: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Philipps screwdriver to remove the four 5 mm-long screws securing the motherboard.

  14. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the LED light: step 14, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the LED light: step 14, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Remove the LED light: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • Use your fingernail or a pair of tweezers to pry the LED light away from its slot.

    • Set aside the LED light with its corresponding screw for reassembly.

  15. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Loosen the circuit board: step 15, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Loosen the circuit board: step 15, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Loosen the circuit board: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • Loosen the circuit board off the chassis by gently pulling at the bottom right corner.

    • Lift the circuit board up to expose its backside.

    • Avoid using too much force when lifting the circuit board to prevent damaging the wires.

  16. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Desolder the joystick module: step 16, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Joystick Module Replacement, Desolder the joystick module: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Turn to the backside of the circuit board for clear access to the solder joints.

    • Desolder all of the outlined solder joints.

    • Remove the joystick module from the circuit board.

    • Refer to the following solder guide if necessary: How To Solder and Desolder Connections

Conclusion

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

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I managed to replace mine with much difficulty with the soldering but the stick does not seem to turn fully anymore, both with the replacement and the original. For reference, when I go to test it, it no longer registers as reaching the outer circle when pressed all the way down. Similarly when I go to calibrate it, it only reaches up til about the 2nd outer circle, not enough to actually trigger the green arrow. Since this seems to occur on both the replacement and original stick now, I’m guessing this must be some issue that arose while I was struggling with the desoldering process. Anybody have any ideas what might be causing my issue? Have I just damaged it beyond repair?

Tyler - Reply

Without pictures it is impossible to tell, but there is the possibility that you strips the metal connection on the solder point. This is fixable by “bridging” the connection. You will want to find schematics of the wiring for the PCB and then solder the wire over to the next connection.

As a side note, I should mention that I have never tried this on a controller of any sort and that I have only used this method on keyboards with single wire connections. It is possible that the connection in a controller PCB have more going on and that this technique will not work.

Gavin A -

I have the same problem, I buy 2 joystick module from iFixit and the two gave me the same issue, the joystick module don't reach the green arrow.

I can't calibrate because of that issue.

Any ideas?

Piero Grasso -

I have also had the same issue with replacement, only reaches roughly 75%. I contacted ifixit and they sent me a replacement thinking it might be a faulty pot, I installed the new stick and have the same issue. Maybe different years used different resistance.

marcos aguilera -

Excellent guide. Thank you. Saved me from having to buy a $70 controller.

One comment though, all the screws are actually Phillips #0 except for the grip screws, which are Phillips #00

Brian - Reply

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