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Introduction

Follow this guide to replace the right Joy-Con rail in a Nintendo Switch gaming console.

Warning: the Joy-Con rail screws are torqued down and can easily strip. Make sure that you’re using a JIS #0 screwdriver to remove them.

  1. Remove the four 6.3mm Tri-point Y00 screws from the rear panel.
    • Remove the four 6.3mm Tri-point Y00 screws from the rear panel.

  2. Remove the single 6.1mm JIS #000 screw from underneath the kickstand.
    • Remove the single 6.1mm JIS #000 screw from underneath the kickstand.

  3. Remove the two 2.7mm JIS #000 screws from the bottom of the device.
    • Remove the two 2.7mm JIS #000 screws from the bottom of the device.

  4. Remove the single 2.7mm JIS #000 screw from the top of the device.
    • Remove the single 2.7mm JIS #000 screw from the top of the device.

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  6. Remove the single 3.8mm JIS #0 screw from the right Joy-Con rail. Remove the single 3.8mm JIS #0 screw from the left Joy-Con rail.
    • Remove the single 3.8mm JIS #0 screw from the right Joy-Con rail.

    • Remove the single 3.8mm JIS #0 screw from the left Joy-Con rail.

  7. Pull the rear panel up and off of the device. Pull the rear panel up and off of the device. Pull the rear panel up and off of the device.
    • Pull the rear panel up and off of the device.

  8. Remove the six 3.1mm JIS #000 screws from the shield plate.
    • Remove the six 3.1mm JIS #000 screws from the shield plate.

  9. Remove the shield plate from the device. A thick pink thermal compound bridges the gap between the shield plate and the copper heat sink underneath. If needed, during reassembly, use our thermal paste guide to remove the old thermal compound and replace it with an appropriate, thick compound such as K5 Pro. A thick pink thermal compound bridges the gap between the shield plate and the copper heat sink underneath. If needed, during reassembly, use our thermal paste guide to remove the old thermal compound and replace it with an appropriate, thick compound such as K5 Pro.
    • Remove the shield plate from the device.

    • A thick pink thermal compound bridges the gap between the shield plate and the copper heat sink underneath. If needed, during reassembly, use our thermal paste guide to remove the old thermal compound and replace it with an appropriate, thick compound such as K5 Pro.

  10. Use a spudger to flip up the small gray locking flap on the right Joy-Con rail ribbon cable ZIF connector. Use a spudger to flip up the small gray locking flap on the right Joy-Con rail ribbon cable ZIF connector.
    • Use a spudger to flip up the small gray locking flap on the right Joy-Con rail ribbon cable ZIF connector.

  11. Remove the four 3.8mm JIS #0 screws from the right Joy-Con rail.
    • Remove the four 3.8mm JIS #0 screws from the right Joy-Con rail.

  12. Remove the right Joy-Con rail.
    • Remove the right Joy-Con rail.

Conclusion

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

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