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This guide is used for the replacement of the Motherboard on your Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Take precaution when completing this guide because it involves the removal of a lithium-ion battery. If the battery is swollen, check out this resource on how to dispose of a swollen battery. To Complete this guide correctly you must complete steps eight and nine with caution so as to not damage the white ribbon. In addition, you must be able to solder. If you do not know how to solder, check out this resource on how to solder. Be careful when removing the plastic pieces and the internal circuit board of the controller so as to not damage the components.

  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. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the five 5mm screws from the back case of the controller. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the five 5mm screws from the back case of the controller.
    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the five 5mm screws from the back case of the controller.

  8. Carefully separate the front panel from the main panel by gently levering the front panel off. Do not completely remove the front panel, as there are still wires joining the two. Do not completely remove the front panel, as there are still wires joining the two.
    • Carefully separate the front panel from the main panel by gently levering the front panel off.

    • Do not completely remove the front panel, as there are still wires joining the two.

  9. Gently flip up the black lever on the ZIF connector and remove the cable from the port with your fingers or a pair of tweezers. This cable is what connects the buttons on the face of the controller to the motherboard, so if you discover that the cable is damaged, that might be the source of your issue. This cable is what connects the buttons on the face of the controller to the motherboard, so if you discover that the cable is damaged, that might be the source of your issue.
    • Gently flip up the black lever on the ZIF connector and remove the cable from the port with your fingers or a pair of tweezers.

    • This cable is what connects the buttons on the face of the controller to the motherboard, so if you discover that the cable is damaged, that might be the source of your issue.

  10. Remove the joysticks by gently pulling up and away from the motherboard. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the three 5mm black screws. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the three 5mm black screws.
    • Remove the joysticks by gently pulling up and away from the motherboard.

    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the three 5mm black screws.

  11. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the 5mm black screw that holds the white LED housing at the base of the motherboard. Gently pull the white housing away from the base of the motherboard, towards the top of the motherboard. Gently pull the white housing away from the base of the motherboard, towards the top of the motherboard.
    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the 5mm black screw that holds the white LED housing at the base of the motherboard.

    • Gently pull the white housing away from the base of the motherboard, towards the top of the motherboard.

  12. Lift the top of the motherboard and flip the motherboard over to expose the backside. Lift the top of the motherboard and flip the motherboard over to expose the backside. Lift the top of the motherboard and flip the motherboard over to expose the backside.
    • Lift the top of the motherboard and flip the motherboard over to expose the backside.

  13. Identify the main power cable that connects the motherboard to the battery board. Remove the main power cable from the highlighted pins by de-soldering them. Refer to the following solder guide if necessary: How to Solder.
    • Identify the main power cable that connects the motherboard to the battery board.

    • Remove the main power cable from the highlighted pins by de-soldering them.

    • Refer to the following solder guide if necessary: How to Solder.

  14. Desolder and remove the rumble modules from the motherboard. The rumble modules are connected to the motherboard by a pair of pins on either side of the motherboard. Lift the old motherboard out of the device.
    • Desolder and remove the rumble modules from the motherboard.

    • The rumble modules are connected to the motherboard by a pair of pins on either side of the motherboard.

    • Lift the old motherboard out of the device.

    • Resolder the rumble modules and main power cable onto your new motherboard.

Conclusion

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

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