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Introduction

This guide shows how to replace broken trigger buttons on a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Broken triggers limit an optimum gaming experience with the Nintendo Switch console. Replacing a broken trigger on your controller will aid you in using your controller to its full extent. This guide requires a nearly full disassembly of the controller. Therefore, exercise caution during disassembly to ensure that you do not damage the circuitry or the ribbon connectors on the inside of the controller.

  1. Flip the controller over so the model stickers face the ceiling.
    • Flip the controller over so the model stickers face the ceiling.

  2. Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the two black flathead 7 mm screws that secure the handles, located at the ends of the handles. Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the two black flathead 7 mm screws that secure the handles, located at the ends of the handles.
    • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the two black flathead 7 mm screws that secure the handles, located at the ends of the handles.

  3. Carefully remove the handle covers by pulling them away from the main body. Carefully remove the handle covers by pulling them away from the main body.
    • Carefully remove the handle covers by pulling them away from the main body.

  4. Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the four silver 5 mm screws that secure the clear back plastic cover. Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the four silver 5 mm screws that secure the clear back plastic cover.
    • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the four silver 5 mm screws that secure the clear back plastic cover.

  5. Carefully pry away the clear plastic cover  using your fingernail. Carefully pry away the clear plastic cover  using your fingernail.
    • Carefully pry away the clear plastic cover using your fingernail.

  6. 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. Only a small amount of force is needed.
    • 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. Remove the five 5mm roundhead screws with the Phillips #00 screwdriver. Remove the five 5mm roundhead screws with the Phillips #00 screwdriver.
    • Remove the five 5mm roundhead screws with the Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  8. Carefully pry the front plate off of the body using an iFixit opening tool. Separate the plastic covers by pulling it apart from the controller body.
    • Carefully pry the front plate off of the body using an iFixit opening tool.

    • Separate the plastic covers by pulling it apart from the controller body.

    • Avoid using excessive force when pulling the cover off to prevent damage to the white ribbon cable.

  9. Use an iFixit opening tool to flip up the locking tab on the ZIF connector. Carefully remove the ribbon cable from the connector. Only a small amount of force should be needed to remove the ribbon cable.
    • Use an iFixit opening tool to flip up the locking tab on the ZIF connector.

    • Carefully remove the ribbon cable from the connector.

    • Only a small amount of force should be needed to remove the ribbon cable.

  10. Remove the four 5mm screws on the top circuit board using a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Remove the four 5mm screws on the top circuit board using a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Remove the four 5mm screws on the top circuit board using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.
    • Remove the four 5mm screws on the top circuit board using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  11. Remove the top circuit board from the plastic cover. Remove the top circuit board from the plastic cover.
    • Remove the top circuit board from the plastic cover.

  12. Use an iFixit opening tool to flip up the locking tab on the ZIF connector. Remove the black ribbon cable from its connector. Only a small amount of force should be needed to remove the ribbon cable.
    • Use an iFixit opening tool to flip up the locking tab on the ZIF connector.

    • Remove the black ribbon cable from its connector.

    • Only a small amount of force should be needed to remove the ribbon cable.

  13. Replace the trigger button component.
    • Replace the trigger button component.

Conclusion

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

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One Comment

This guide does show how to remove the trigger/bumper casing and board from the controller but does not show how to remove the triggers/bumpers from the casing they are in.

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