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  1. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Suelta las pestañas de bloqueo del mando Joy Con: paso 1, imagen 1 de 3 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Suelta las pestañas de bloqueo del mando Joy Con: paso 1, imagen 2 de 3 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Suelta las pestañas de bloqueo del mando Joy Con: paso 1, imagen 3 de 3
    • Antes de comenzar esta reparación, asegúrate de que el dispositivo está completamente apagado.

    • Mantén pulsado el pequeño botón redondo de la parte trasera del mando Joy Con.

    • Mientras mantienes pulsado el botón, desliza el mando hacia arriba.

    Kann ich diese Anleitung auch für die OLED anwenden? Habe im INet sonst leider nichts brauchbares gefunden.

    Ina Barz - Contestar

    backup all your sd card data i had to format mine after this tutorial and lost all my game data

    JustForThisComment?ComeOn - Contestar

  2. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Remueve los controladores Joy Con: paso 2, imagen 1 de 3 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Remueve los controladores Joy Con: paso 2, imagen 2 de 3 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Remueve los controladores Joy Con: paso 2, imagen 3 de 3
    • Continúa deslizando el control hacia arriba hasta sacarlo completamente de la consola.

    • Repite este mismo proceso para el otro control.

    • Utiliza un destornillador Y00 para retirar los cuatro tornillos de 6.3mm de longitud que sujetan el panel trasero.

    • A lo largo de esta reparación, mantén un registro de cada tornillo y asegúrate de que vuelve exactamente al mismo lugar de origen.

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

    cday - Contestar

    I also had a much easier time with Y0 versus Y00. Y00 felt like it was starting to strip the first screw I tried to remove.

    Joe -

    My screws took a little coaxing before they were all ready to come out of the back plate, but I remedied this by turning the screwdriver as little as possible with each turn. Use almost no pressure, except for at the very beginning of each screw’s first turn.

    nin10doh - Contestar

    I think my screws are stripped, any way to get them out?

    Banjomanperson - Contestar

    I hear that using a rubber band can help? Not 100% sure on that though.

    Pifase -

    My top 2 screws are stripped, one into triangle, the other circle, rather than triangle spokes.

    AndrewDaPro - Contestar

    This happened when I replaced the micro-sd card slot, which turned out to have replaced the broken one with another one that turns out to be broken. I need to fix the fact that when I reapplied the back cover, the vent was misaligned.

    AndrewDaPro -

    I had huge problems removing the bottom two screws. I continued with the next steps and lifted the plastic shell as much as possible while using the screwdriver and it became an ease.

    JustForThisComment?ComeOn - Contestar

  3. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Retira los tornillos superiores e inferiores: paso 4, imagen 1 de 2 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Retira los tornillos superiores e inferiores: paso 4, imagen 2 de 2
    • Utiliza un destornillador JIS 000 o un destornillador PH000 oficial de iFixit para retirar los siguientes tornillos que fijan el panel trasero:

    • Un tornillo de 2.5 mm de longitud en el borde superior del aparato.

    • Dos tornillos de 2.5 mm de longitud en el borde inferior del aparato

    • Para prevenir estos tornillos duros de barrerse, aplica presión firme hacia abajo, ve despacio y trata de usar un destornillador JIS 000 o PH 000 si los tornillos no salen.

    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?


    Nemysis - Contestar

    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 - Contestar

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

    Brooklyn Gardner - Contestar

    Used PH00 to get these out with no problem.

    cday - Contestar

    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 - Contestar

    If the screw is turning but not coming out, the plastic tab that it screws into is probably damaged or broken. You’ll need to try to pry the screw out with tweezers as you unscrew it. It is not the end of the world if you can’t screw these back in during reassembly.

    claudio ocano -

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

    Jaxon Lee - Contestar

    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 - Contestar

    PH000 will work if you don’t have JIS000. The large IFIXIT kit has both and I lost JIS000. Just be very careful as you can strip the heads when removing or inserting easier.

    Shawn Spivey - Contestar

    One thing that worked pretty well for me with the screws not coming out is slightly prying on the back cover to put them under some tension

    Florian Kraupa - Contestar

    Quick note, these screws are not magnetic. A magnetic screwdriver will hold onto any of the others safely, but you need to be careful not to drop these ones in particular.

    Jason Lane - Contestar

    These would just keep rotating and not come out. What worked was, as Florian Kraupa suggested, i slid a plastic pick just between the 2 shells near the screws to prise it open slightly, then unscrewed and out they came. They're the smallest screws I've ever almost not seen before, so be careful with them.

    Susannah Carter - Contestar

  4. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 5, imagen 1 de 2 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 5, imagen 2 de 2
    • Usa un destornillador JIS 000 o un destornillador PH 000 oficial de iFixit para retirar los dos tornillos centrales de 3.8 mm situados en los laterales del aparato (uno en cada lado).

    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 - Contestar

    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 - Contestar

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

    Federico Zivolo - Contestar

    One of mine is totally stripped. Guess I can’t do anything now.

    Nick - Contestar

    My kit only has two screwdriver heads! The package was open when I received it!

    Cynthia Hyland - Contestar

    I had this issue as well. Screw was irreparably stripped. If you can get every other screw out, just keep applying pressure with a flat head screw driver right above the stripped screw and try to break the plastic piece holding onto the screw. It's a very minor invisible bit of damage that will allow you to continue the repair.

    Raymond Garrison - Contestar

    after getting all the other screws off I just hinged the back part away and it snapped off neatly where the rusted screw is. not the best solution but it worked.

    Steve T -

    i managed to get out one screw by putting a bit of paper over it which gave the screwdriver something to grip. The other side just won't budge and gets worse the more i try.

    Steve T - Contestar

  5. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 6, imagen 1 de 2 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 6, imagen 2 de 2
    • Usa tu dedo para levantar el soporte de la parte trasera del dispositivo.

    • Si hay una tarjeta microSD en la ranura para tarjetas microSD, sácala ahora antes de continuar con el siguiente paso.

    Don't put your SD card on your magnetic mat.

    Chris Cotter - Contestar

  6. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 7, imagen 1 de 1
    • Utiliza un destornillador JIS 000 o un destornillador PH 000 oficial de iFixit para retirar el tornillo de 1.6 mm en el pozo de la pata de cabra.

    • Cierra el soporte.

  7. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 8, imagen 1 de 3 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 8, imagen 2 de 3 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 8, imagen 3 de 3
    • Abre la solapa del cartucho de tarjetas de juego.

    • La solapa del cartucho de la tarjeta de juego se adhiere a la otra mitad de la carcasa de plástico, lo que impide levantar completamente el panel trasero si está cerrado.

    • Levanta el panel trasero desde la parte inferior del dispositivo y retíralo.

    How to remove micro SD port?

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

    Christopher Hernandez - Contestar

  8. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Remueve el lector de la tarjeta microSD: paso 9, imagen 1 de 1
    • Utiliza un destornillador JIS 000 o un destornillador PH 000 oficial de iFixit para retirar el tornillo de 3.1 mm que fija el lector de tarjetas microSD al dispositivo.

  9. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 10, imagen 1 de 2 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 10, imagen 2 de 2
    • Utiliza tus dedos o unas pinzas para levantar el lector de tarjetas microSD directamente del dispositivo para desconectarlo y retirarlo.

    • Al volver a montarlo, asegúrate de que el conector a presión situado debajo de la almohadilla de espuma esté firmemente conectado a la placa base. Podría resultarte más fácil si retiras dicha almohadilla antes de reinstalar el lector de tarjetas.

    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 - Contestar

    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 - Contestar

    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 - Contestar

    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 - Contestar

    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 - Contestar

    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 - Contestar

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

    Wes Stephenson - Contestar

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

    Nate Topical - Contestar

    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 - Contestar

    Ah good! i have more confidence now in doing it once you said you're a middle age mom with no experience

    Mohammad Hosein Yavari -

    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 - Contestar

    Awesome guide! Very easy to do with the supplied kit

    cravenkeo khamone - Contestar

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

    Elia Veschi - Contestar

    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 - Contestar

    Doesn’t work! I have spent 4 hours and $26 on a tiny screwdriver and some stickers.. I just gave up and replaced the Switch instead.

    I even contacted a local shop to have them fix it and they told me it really isn’t possible. Thanks for taking my money Ifixit!

    J.R. Wood - Contestar

    This helped me to reseat my SD card reader ribbon cable. I was getting the 2016-0641 error and no card work. A drop had dislodged the cable partially. And yes remove the foam pad gently to properly connect the cable. You can reuse the foam pad.

    Kris Morey - Contestar

    For anyone who ends up bending the pins like I did while trying to reseat the microSD card reader…

    I suggest gently placing very thin tweezers (like the curved ones in the Pro Tool Kit) in the gap and very, very gently pressing them back into alignment. Took a little effort but I was able to realign them enough to sit it in place and have it later working after reassembling the console.

    Yakarot Sennin - Contestar

    Anyone have a suggestion where I can purchase replacement foam for this sticker?

    Rob M - Contestar

    When reassembling, note the alignment pins in the left and bottom notches before tightening the screw

    Jason Lane - Contestar

    Super gemakkelijk te installeren met behulp van deze zeer duidelijke handleiding (met dank aan de vertalers!)

    Wel even goed opletten op de aansluiting op het moederbord is zeer fragiel.

    R de Bruijne - Contestar

    It is key to remember most out of the box issues with the SD card reader, do not require a replacement part and can be solved with disconnecting then re-connecting the reader at the motherboard.

    Only when a simple re-seating at the connector doesn't work should you buy the replacement part.

    Jonathon Sinclair - Contestar

    I bought the kit and followed the directions. I plucked the black rubber foam off with a pair of eyelash tweezers. Putting the tiny screws back in place also was made easier using the tweezers. As for placing the SD card in place I think I got a bit lucky. I lined it up and gently pressed until it simply went into place. I do believe being gentle is the key there. But it went in and I put it back together. The deconstructing and reconstructing is what took the longest for me at least. I turned it on to verify it worked and then unpowered the unit and inserted the card. The system recognized and update right away and did it and then recognized the card! Just what I need for 20 something dollars. Son is happy and back to gaming.

    Albert Baker - Contestar

    Thank you for postingthis fix. The original sd card reader had come unplugged from the motherboard, so replacement reader will be a spare.

    Anybody found a way to ensure the sd reader stays in place?

    Craig Thwaites - Contestar

    It was my first time repairing a Switch and the fan replacement wasn't too hard, but unfortunately I think there should be a better warning about the SD card connector because I damaged it while trying to put it back in. I couldn't hear any click and it didn't seem to stay put and I think I ended up applying to much force and damaging the pins.

    Serge Huber - Contestar

    What are the foam black squares called and where can I get a replacement for one?

    Marcus - Contestar

    It’s called Foam tape

    Alberto -

    What is the error code 404 for

    Alberto - Contestar

  10. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Remueve la placa de escudo: paso 11, imagen 1 de 1
    • Usa un destornillador JIS 000 o un destornillador PH 000 oficial de iFixit para retirar los seis tornillos de 3 mm que fijan la placa de protección al aparato.

    Some models have a small board in the lower left beneath the kickstand which accepts SD cards. This will have to be carefully removed with its connections popped out, then replaced after.

    Draque Thompson - Contestar

    Yeah, that “small board” is the microSD Card reader chip, which was covered literally one step ago. All models have a microSD Card reader, that’s how game data is stored…

    nin10doh -

  11. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 12, imagen 1 de 2 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 12, imagen 2 de 2
    • Utiliza tus dedos o unas pinzas para despegar el trozo de espuma que hay en el borde superior del aparato, cerca del puerto de salida del ventilador.

    • Si la espuma no se pela fácilmente, no la forces porque puede rasgarse. Pela cuidadosamente en lugares diferentes para echar atrás la espuma.

    My Switch (bought about two weeks after launch) seems to be missing this foam piece… Was it added later, similar to the foam piece in the left joy-con (to improve connectivity)?

    firetech - Contestar

    It’s possible it was added to newer units! Nintendo slightly updated the internals of the Switch not too long ago.

    Craig Lloyd -

    My launch Switch also does not have this piece of foam, so it was most likely added later.

    Christoph -

    Also did not see this in my launch switch.

    matthew.raehl - Contestar

  12. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 13, imagen 1 de 3 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 13, imagen 2 de 3 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 13, imagen 3 de 3
    • Inserta un spudger debajo de la placa de escudo a lo largo del borde del dispositivo.

    • Haz palanca para levantar la placa de escudo y removerla del dispositivo.

    • Es posible que sientas un poco de resistencia. Esto es normal, ya que la placa de escudo está ligeramente adherida al disipador de calor con pasta térmica.

    • Un compuesto térmico rosado espeso cierra el espacio entre la placa protectora y el disipador de calor de cobre debajo. Esto ayuda a evitar que el Switch se sobrecaliente.

    • Puedes reutilizar el compuesto térmico rosa si tienes cuidado. Mantén el compuesto limpio y asegúrate de que haces un contacto sólido entre el disipador de calor y el protector durante el montaje.

    • Si necesitas reemplazarlo, consulta nuestra guía de pasta térmica para quitar el compuesto térmico antiguo y reemplazarlo con un compuesto apropiado, como K5 Pro, durante el reensamblaje.

    How do you know if the thermal paste needs to be replaced?

    Youji Hong - Contestar

    Once you remove a heatsink you must always replace thermal paste even if you had just applied it ( or add a little more) . The reason is that once heat sink is fitted, paste splits around because of pressure and only needed amount will remain. If you remove the heatsink then some paste will move so when installed again there will be spots without paste. Hope this is clear enough. In any case cost of paste is very small compared to work time and value of your equipment…..

    MacTek -

    When your switch starts to lag and drop FPS, if you play breath of the wild and it starts to slow down in heavy areas like the forest where you get the master sword, can i use artic mx 4 insted of the pink compound?

    Diego Soto - Contestar

    I’d like to know as well if a cpu thermal compound like arctic mx-4 can be used to replace the pink compound

    Adam Stillman - Contestar

    No you shouldn't . It will spill around because it is not viscous enough and then there will be no heat transfer. As suggested by author K5 PRO is the most appropriate compound for such cases.

    MacTek -

    Arctic is generally only supposed to be used on bigger heat sinks like a personal computer. Its not nearly as thick or gummy compared to K5 PRO, and you should always use something that’s thicker for smaller project like a Switch/phone/tablet.

    Shawn Christensen -

    Why was this not included in the tools/equipment list? Getting to this step and now I will have to reverse and wait for yet another order to arrive. ? Very frustrated

    Amanda Nally - Contestar

    Hi Amanda,

    Thanks for bringing this up. Sorry! We inadvertently left that part out during the guide refresh. I’ll add the necessary info into the step.

    Arthur Shi -

    To apply new thermal paste, the directions state to use the application method recommended for your specific processor type—vertical line, horizontal line, middle dot, or surface spread.

    Which method should be used for the Nintendo Switch processor?

    Philip W - Contestar

    As stated in the comment above, is there a particular method to apply thermal paste to the Switch’s processor? Or as long as you distribute it evenly is enough?

    lievjorg - Contestar

    Is another thermal compound as MX4 or 6 okay as well?

    Marceau - Contestar

    does ifixit not have an appropriate thermal paste for this step?
    there is only arctic silver 5 in the kit and i would guess that that should not be used in this case.
    if true, the kit is incomplete

    Lucas Tigy - Contestar

  13. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Desconectar la bateria: paso 14, imagen 1 de 2 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Desconectar la bateria: paso 14, imagen 2 de 2
    • Usa la punta de un spudger para hacer palanca en el conector de la batería hacia arriba y fuera de su zócalo en la placa madre.

    be careful not to pry it off the board entirely

    Nathan McKenna - Contestar

    This was an old switch and the entire thing with the black plastic came off.. Most of the pins aren't there anymore, too.. is there a solution to that? Does soldering work?

    Dawn Martin -

    it's probably possible, but unless you have experience with microsoldering, you'd probably be better off taking it to a local repair shop

    just some mango -

    This step just ruined my device… wish there had been a warning of caution here.

    Phone guy - Contestar

    You can use a spudger to hold down the black plastic side of this connector that is supposed to stay attached to the motherboard while using the pointy spudger as shown in order to reduce any chance of pulling the socket off the motherboard.

    Brian Edgin - Contestar

  14. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Retira el disipador de calor: paso 15, imagen 1 de 1
    • Usa un destornillador JIS 000 o un PH 000 oficial de iFixit para remover tres tornillos de 3 mm asegurando el disipador a la placa madre

    • Despega con cuidado las dos piezas de espuma pegadas sobre el disipador y el ventilador.

    • La espuma solo necesita estar pelada lo suficiente para despejar el ventilador

    • La espuma es muy delicada y se rompe fácilmente. Utiliza la siguiente técnica para pelar la espuma:

    • Introduce la punta de un spudger debajo de la parte de la espuma que no está pegada a nada,

    • Presiona la parte superior de la espuma con el dedo para mantenerla en su sitio.

    • Pasa la punta del spudger por debajo de la espuma hasta el otro extremo de la espuma para liberarla.

    spudger technique is perfect.

    Jaxon Lee - Contestar

    For anyone who doesn’t have a pen-style spudger, the tip of your JIS 000 screwdriver can be a great alternative tool. The same steps above can be used, just be extra careful not to tear that foam. Roll the tip of the screwdriver the same way you would roll the spudger tip.

    nin10doh - Contestar

    Maybe it’s because I’m working on a day one switch and the adhesive is just old and stubborn, but this didn’t work well for me. Am I just completely out of luck, or can I order a replacement for the foam?

    Trae Block - Contestar

    I had the same problem and I found a foam manufacturer:

    I'm pretty sure the type is "Granular Activated Carbon Foam" and the thickness is 0.5 mm but I have no idea what the porosity is.

    Garret Jaworski -

    Yeah ripped the foam. Neither the screwdriver nor spudger technique worked. Day one switch, so 6 years old at this point.

    Ndragonawa - Contestar

    Does the foam need replacing if torn? What does it actually do.

    Scott Norman - Contestar

    I wanted to know as well, what does it do? Can I replace it with thermal pads?

    Lord Aranorde -

    Can I replace the foam with a 0.5mm thermal pad? Will it be a better solution?

    Lord Aranorde - Contestar

  15. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 17, imagen 1 de 3 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 17, imagen 2 de 3 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 17, imagen 3 de 3
    • Usa una spudger o tus dedos para levantar el disipador arriba y fuera de la placa madre para removerlo

    • Puede que sientas un poco de resistencia. Esto es normal debido a que el disipador esta pegado ligeramente al CPU con pasta termal

    • Limpia toda la pasta térmica del disipador y del CPU utilizando alcohol isopropilico de concentración alta (90% o major) y una tela de microfibra. Aplica la nueva pasta termal al CPU antes del re-ensamble

    • Aplica pasta térmica a todas las superficies a las que se les haya aplicado pasta térmica anteriormente. Esto incluye entre el tubo de calor y el escudo de aluminio, que el Switch usa como disipador de calor adicional.

    What's on the heatsink?

    Unknown1224 - Contestar

    Directions for this step say you can use Artic Silver ArctiClean but when adding to iFixit cart it says “This won’t work with your device (Nintendo Switch).

    Dan S. - Contestar

    where do i get more of that black fabric like tape that is on the heat sink?

    Regal Pikachu - Contestar

    They may sell it in the ifixit store.

    Joshua Graham -

    (1) Exactly how much thermal paste should be applied to the CPU?

    (2) Which application method should be used? The linked instructions list four methods (vertical line, horizontal line, middle dot, or surface spread) but it’s not clear to me which one is appropriate for the Switch. Thanks!

    Travis - Contestar

    UPDATE: So, for anyone who also wanted to know the answers to these questions:

    1. I ended up eyeballing the amount. Imagine an amount the size of a pea, then split that amount in half. That’s how much I used, and it worked fine.

    2. The paste (I used K5-Pro as recommended) is quite thick and sticky and difficult to get to behave the way you want, so I ended up just doing the “middle dot” method and spreading it a bit with a popsicle stick before smushing it the rest of the way down with the heat sink. Seems to have done the trick.

    Good luck!

    Travis -

    you can also spread it with the spudger or any non-metalic tool if you are not sure how much you put

    just clean it afterwards

    Richard Aguirre -

    K5 (or thermal pads) is ONLY needed between the copper pipe and metal shield plate. It is a pad replacement compound and is not meant for high heat applications like CPUs as it boils and creates air gaps. Air=bad for heat transfer.

    Regular thermal compound/paste should be used on the CPU. You’ll have a sticky mess to clean but if you want proper cooling it needs to be done. The instructions clearly state that regular compound is used on the CPU.

    Cerus98 -

    i used artic silver 5 and worked just fine

    Richard Aguirre - Contestar

  16. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Remueve el conector de audífonos y el lector de tarjetas de juego: paso 18, imagen 1 de 2 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Remueve el conector de audífonos y el lector de tarjetas de juego: paso 18, imagen 2 de 2
    • Usa una herramienta de apertura o tu uña para levantar el candado del conector ZIF del digitalizador

    This step broke my switch i can't use my card reader anymore! i tried numerous time the reverse it seems my headphone jack works but my touchscreen and gamecard reader is broken. Even worse one of the screws to attach this plate was mangled so i cant even replace it anymore because the screw wont come out anymore. I reallly hate that i followed this guide others suggested to just keep the gamecard touchscreen ribbon attached and just fold it like a book. I wished i did that. I not gonna bother to even buy an gamecard replacement anymore. Its time to buy an switch oled and be done with this!

    Kar Wai Chan - Contestar

    The advice to "fold it like a book" will not work, as the cable will need to come out of the switch in order to replace the screen. It can not be kept in the slot.

    Loris Hofer -

    To anyone reading this step: This is not an isolated incident. The loss of functionality of the game reader board, which includes the use of reading cartridges, the touchscreen, and the headphone jack, is an possibility that can happen if you disconnect the board. Unless you are replacing the board itself, do not do this step. As of 1/15/2023, there is no know reason why this happens or no known solution other than buying a new game reader board.

    Henry Terrance -

    Update: If your Switch has lost the ability to read games and or the headphone jack in addition to touchscreen functionality, please consider reading this thread and its solution: Nintendo Switch Cartridge Reader Not Working After Fan Replacement

    Henry Terrance -

    it is really hard to see what you need to flip up. look at it from different angles. it's the thinnest little strip of black plastic.

    Patrick Laffan - Contestar

    If you're scared of breaking this piece, you can skip step 18 and 19, and just flip the reader over to the left (after step 20-22). Worked for me, be careful though it might bounce back.

    Cato_nm - Contestar

    Please help I replace the game card read and head phone. Now my switch wont even turn on.

    Chase Blackstone - Contestar

  17. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 19, imagen 1 de 2 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 19, imagen 2 de 2
    • Utiliza unas pinzas para deslizar suavemente y de forma horizontal el cable plano del lector de tarjetas de juego fuera de su conector.

    • Antes de insertar el cable durante el reensamblaje, asegúrate de que la solapa de bloqueo del conector ZIF esté levantada.

    • Con el cable paralelo a la placa, deslízalo suavemente en su conector.

    • No fuerces el cable en el conector. Si no se inserta, asegúrate de que la lengüeta de bloqueo esté levantada, vuelve a colocar el cable y vuelve a intentarlo.

    • Si tu pantalla táctil no funciona después de la reparación pero tu lector de Game Card sí, asegúrate de que este cable esté correctamente insertado. Si su lector de Game Card tampoco funciona, verifica el conector de la tarjeta de juego en el siguiente paso.

    The reverse of this is a little tricky - it may be helpful to post some more detail about getting the ribbon all the way back in and ensuring the clasp goes down to troubleshoot some of the touchscreen comments below.

    Nick Wagner - Contestar

    This seems to be purely for the touchscreen to work, if you remove the headphone/card reader the switch will still function fine, however without somewhere for this cable to reattach your touchscreen will be disabled

    Ian Wilson - Contestar

    the reverse of this is tricky. i'd suggest a better tool kit with this that includes real tweezers so i don't have to use my wife's

    Patrick Laffan - Contestar

    Did you get it to work finally?!

    Chris Cotter - Contestar

    Hi Chris! From the thread, it looks like it's not this connector that's the problem, but the press connector in the step below. If your card reader won't read cards, check to make sure this connector is fully aligned and seated.

    Arthur Shi -

    This connection was a problem for me. I tried the connection many times before it worked. What finally worked was lining up the gold rectangle on the back of the smaller part to overlap/cover the port very carefully. This required me to compress the ribbon a bit. Not much force required to finish the connection.

    Tyler Rhodes - Contestar

    I found it much easier to reinsert the ribbon while the reader board was fully disconnected. This way I was able to simply hold the reader board with my fingers and slide it over the end of the ribbon while the ribbon was just sticking up in the air. The ribbon is quite stiff and slipped in VERY easily in such a way that I felt confident that it was fully seated. Then while holding it in one hand, I flipped the locking flap down with a spudger in the other. You might also be able to seat the board and the ribbon will likely stay inserted under its own tension, then flip the locking flap down.

    Brian Edgin - Contestar

  18. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 20, imagen 1 de 2 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 20, imagen 2 de 2
    • Usa la punta de un spudger para levantar el conector del jack de audífonos y el lector de tarjetas de juego y desconectarlo de la tarjeta madre

    • Para re-unir los conectores a presión como este, con cuidado alinea y presiona en un lado hasta que haga click en su lugar, luego repite en el otro lado. No presiones en el centro. Si el conector esta desalineado, los pines pueden doblarse y causar daño permanente.

    • Si la pantalla touch no funciona y/o las tarjetas de juego no son detectadas después del reensamble, puede que no hayas conectado completamente el conector press. Con cuidado desconéctalo y prueba nuevamente.

    Note that if the card reader mentions it won't read cards, this cable has not been reconnected correctly. Watch the connectors are not bent when reattaching

    Shaniqua Bowdre - Contestar

    You need to push the connector upwards. Look at the image and you will see a very slight bend. This bent allows the connector to align with its dock. Very very careful when pressing down IT HAS TO BE ALIGNED.

    Juan Visani - Contestar

    This step had me most stressed during re-assembly. I saw in a video elsewhere where the person reattached the press connector BEFORE screwing it back in which gave them more room to work with. They also pointed out that there's an outline on the top that should line up with where it reconnects. This helped me re-connect with more confidence.

    Level 100 Psyduck - Contestar

    I also reconnected this connector before screwing the reader down. You will not have to contend with the pressure from bending the stiff wide cable leading from the connector.

    claudio ocano -

  19. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 21, imagen 1 de 1
    • Usa un destornillador JIS 000 o un PH 00 oficial de iFixit para remover los tres tornillos de 3.1 mm asegurando el conector de audífonos y el lector de tarjetas de juegos del dispositivo

  20. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 22, imagen 1 de 2 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 22, imagen 2 de 2
    • Usa unas pinzas o tus dedos para remover el zócalo del conector de auriculares.

  21. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 23, imagen 1 de 2 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 23, imagen 2 de 2
    • Usa un par de pinzas o tus dedos para remover la tarjeta del conector de audífonos y el lector de tarjetas de juego.

  22. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Remueve el ventilador: paso 24, imagen 1 de 2 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch, Remueve el ventilador: paso 24, imagen 2 de 2
    • Use una herramienta de apertura, un spudger o la uña para levantar la pequeña solapa de bloqueo en el conector ZIF del ventilador

    The little gray tab flew off while I removed the cable. I found it, but I can’t get it back on. Is it possible to install the new fan without it?

    Jesse DuRona - Contestar

    No. You will need for professional help to replace the whole ribbon cable connector (ZIF connector).

    CCL13 -

    A step here is skipped. There is a small board which contains the cart reader and headphone out jack. The connector for the headphone jack will need to be popped off and the board unscrewed. It can then gently be pushed out of the way while leaving it otherwise connected. Reconnecting the headphone jack’s cable is tricky as a heads up. Be patient there.

    Draque Thompson - Contestar

    That step is immediately above this one. Check out step 21 to 23.

    CCL13 -

  23. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 25, imagen 1 de 2 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 25, imagen 2 de 2
    • Usa unas pinzas para jalar el cable del ventilador afuera de su conector en la placa madre

    Will need to remove parts and board in top left in order to get to 3rd fan screw.

    Christopher Hernandez - Contestar

    During reassembly, I found it easier to insert the ribbon from the new fan while the fan was loose and held in my hand. Once the ribbon was inserted and locked down, then I seated and screwed in the fan.

    Brian Edgin - Contestar

  24. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 26, imagen 1 de 1
    • Usa un destornillador JIS 000 o un controlador oficial iFixit PH 000 para remover los tres tornillos de 4.8 mm asegurando el ventilador

  25. Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 27, imagen 1 de 2 Cambio de un ventilador de una Nintendo Switch: paso 27, imagen 2 de 2
    • Usa un par de pinzas o tus dedos para levantar el ventilador y removerlo del dispositivo

    • Compara tu nueva pieza de remplazo a la pieza original. Pueda que necesites transferir partes restantes (como los casquillos de goma) a la parte nueva antes de la instalación.

    The original fan does not have removable rubber bushings. It has hard plastic ones attached to the fan itself. The original fan is a Foxconn PVB040A05H brushless fan.

    Because I cannot remove the brushings but the guide assumes I can, the new fan cannot be screwed in securely, so my repair seems to be failing.

    Aaron Bee - Contestar

    I ended up using 2 tiny regular metal washers per screw and closing it back up. The washers prevent the fan from moving up and down but not side to side. The heat sink probably holds the fan in place well enough that I didn't even need the washers. Either way the replacement fan isn't quite as secure in there as the original. But the repair works -- for anyone else stuck at this step.

    Aaron Bee -

    My switch did have rubber bushings that I transferred to the new fan. The old fan was from Delta Electronics.

    claudio ocano - Contestar


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If your joycons are not charging, it could be the fans fault as they seem to share a 1.8v and or 5v rail, I had both joycons refusing to charge, and the fan was not working, so by replacing the fan, it had them charging properly again.

Corbin - Contestar

oh? i was wondering why my joycons died and never turned on. i though the hot switch short circuited them. the same thing happened to mine. The fan died as well as my joycons. very useful mate. thanks for the info!

Robby Ninte -

I changed the fan and it still don’t charge my Joycon. What should I do?

baron154 -

I’ve recently found a video that shows what can be wrong with Switch with the same issue, but working fan . In the comments people confirmed several times that it helps.

Andrey -

If I'm just replacing the fan, do I need to clean off/reapply any thermal paste?

Postponderance - Contestar

It’s always a good idea to clean off and replace the thermal paste if the heat sink is removed.

Blake Klein -

Definitely, the original thermal paste needs cleaning off and reapplying due to removing the heat pipe. New paste may also improve performance as heat is conducted away from the chips more effectively.

mark stader -

I recommend to do it every time you change a computer fan... It helps to distribute heat better than using the old thermal paste. The cpu will appreciate it

Humberto Brambila -

Excellent guide, worked perfectly for me, and I’m very bad at taking things apart and putting them back together. Fan fixed my joycon not charging issue as well.

Jeremy Daniels - Contestar

Thanks a lot. I used this a few minutes ago to fix my little son Nintendo switch (he will woke up tomorrow with this surprise!).

I am not an expert on this kind of fixes and did this with a lot of caution. Took me around 1 hr and 45 minutes.

Greetings from Mexico

Eduardo Sanchez - Contestar

Thank you for all the instructions. I ran all the steps, but I was not sure if I put the fan cable properly. In the end, the new fan does not run. Is there a way to test the new fan before closing everything?

Elektra Star - Contestar

After replacing the fan according to the instructions (which were easy-to-follow and comprehensive), my Switch now overheats in docked mode fairly quickly. Is there an easy way to determine if the fan is working properly? My Switch is extremely quiet now which leads me to wonder if the fan is faulty or if I just missed a step. I also redid the repair process a second time and took extra care to make sure all the connections were secure, and made sure to reapply the heat paste carefully in each area, including the underside of the shield plate.

This leads me to my other concern: I used the same heat paste applied to the CPU to the shield plate where the thick, pink compound was located. Could it be that I used the wrong paste in that section?

Thanks in advance for the advice.

Taylor Weaver - Contestar

Completed the replacement, however, now that the fan works, my touch screen no longer is responsive to touch and the cartridge reader no longer reads cartridges. Any help would be appreciated.

Clint Allday - Contestar

Hi Clint! This is a common issue. Try disconnecting the battery, wait ~5 seconds, and reconnect it again to power cycle the Switch.

Arthur Shi -

I am experiencing the same issue as Clint here. I attempted Arthur Shi's solution as described above and it did not work. Has this solution worked for anyone? Please comment if it has. As far as I am aware, no one has come forth and expressed this solution works yet as of January 1st, 2023.

Henry Terrance -

I have the same problem (no touchscreen after replacing fan) and still looking for a solution.
It's a bit strange, since I definitively haven't touched the digitalizer connection cable (wich is accessible only from the front).

If someone have an hint or a solution, please answer :)

Andrea Di Napoli -

For Step 17, do we use the same thick/viscous thermal compound as from Step 13 (the K5 Pro) or can we use a standard CPU thermal paste (e.g. Artic Silver 5) ?

Step 17 does not specify, so any confirmation would be helpful.

jaime barillas - Contestar

As far as my result goes, it is preferable to choose some less watery, more firm thermal compound on both. As long as it does not run around, it is fine to use the same on both. I have not used Arctic Silver 5 so don’t know how that works. But I have used Noctua NT-H1 and Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut, both working well. I’ve tried something quite watery from Prolimatech which quickly stopped working after like a week.

CCL13 -

Fantastic guide. I was able to purchase the fan and the needed tools and replace it without issues. I was able to easily follow the directions to take it apart and put everything back together again. Switch runs silently now like it a fresh new switch. Couldn’t be happier that I didn’t have to try to go out and buy a new switch! Thank you very much for the easy to follow guide.

Joseph Alioto - Contestar

As a long time computer repair technician, this was about as easy as it comes. I have not touched a console since modding my Xbox 360 with a standard seagate barracuda hard drive in order to play original Xbox games. Excellent guide, easy to follow. Love my IFIXIT Pro Tech Tool Kit and want to thank Steve from @tronicsfix for turning me onto IFIXIT tools and guides.

Tom Rasmussen - Contestar

Are the switch lite and original switch fan the same ?

Benoît - Contestar

No they are different.

CCL13 -

Is there a different thermal paste I can use instead or can I get a link to smaller amount of the recommended one? I don’t need that much and I cant find a listing for a smaller amount. Thanks in advance!

Edwin - Contestar

There's two kinds of thermal paste used originally for different purposes. For use between CPU and heatsink, I recommend something high quality like Arctic MX-4 or better. And the other between heatsink and the shell it could be whatever passable. If you just don't want to stock two variety, use good one for both. MX-4 is quite cost efficient but there are other choices too. 2gram should be about enough.

CCL13 -

Just finished taking everything apart and putting it back together for the second time. Everything seems fine, except that it seems like the switch now has no battery charge, and doesn’t seem to want to charge when connected by cable. Has anyone else had this problem? What should I be looking at to reconnect, or fix, or..?


farM0use - Contestar

For further information: If I leave it for a while, and try holding down the power button, the nintendo logo comes up for a moment, and then the battery symbol (with a red bar to indicate no charge) comes up. It stay on the screen when the charge cable is in, but doesn’t seem to change, even when I leave it plugged in.

farM0use -

Nevermind…. just needed to charge it for longer. Everything’s working great, and I can only hear the fan when I put my ear right up to it now!

farM0use -

Thank you for redirecting me to the video, it solved my problem.

adriaan.j.j.bos - Contestar

I have problem after replace fan it work just with full speed all the time. What's wrong? I bought two fans and same problem

Marcin 91 - Contestar

I had the same problem, and after tracking down the problem, it turned out that the connector that you plug the fan into was damaged and wasn't holding the cable tightly enough (the fan was getting power, but not the control signal to tell it what speed to run at)

My slightly janky fix was to start the switch with the back off and manually press down on the little connector to get the fan working, and then hot glue the connector in place.

Thomas Ostrander -

half way threw is enough to get to the fan to clean it mine was making a buzzing noise moving the fan by hand dislodged it

ethan groves - Contestar

After completing this guide and successfully changing the fan i ran the device and played some games for half an hour without a problem but then a error came on the screen i thought it's just a glitch so i restarted my hacked console and this message came up :

error uSD failed to process the DMA transfert!

error uSD failed to switch to hight-speed from low voltage!

error fatal error failed to initialize the sd card!

I think the sd card reader has problems.

Mohammad Hosein Yavari - Contestar

Amazing post. it took me about 1.5 hrs going through each step slowly, but it was exactly as described in this article. THANK YOU!

Node Ninjas - Contestar

I followed this guide and replaced my fan in my day one Nintendo Switch. Now my Switch turns on but will not load past the second splash screen.
On top of that I managed to get it to boot Hekate but my touchscreen is completely unresponsive.
It still will not load past the second splash screen when booting stock or CFW.
Tried unplugging the battery to power cycle, as someone else suggested, but even after leaving the battery unplugged for over 30 minutes it is still responding the exact same.
Anyone have an idea what might have gone wrong? Any help would be appreciated.

Kam Boller - Contestar

I just recently replaced the fan successfully. All seemed good, until I docked it and no sound was coming through the tv. I checked the volume of the tv and unplugged/plugged in the hdmi to no avail. Anybody have any idea what I may have knocked around when doing the repair?

Austin Phillips - Contestar

You may need to transfer remaining components (such as the rubber bushings) to the new part before installing.

There's nothing like rubber bushings that are detachable from the original fan, but the replacement fan is loose when put in place as a result.

Robert - Contestar

Mine had removable rubber bushings, but I got the Switch at launch. Maybe they stopped using them in later builds. Unfortunately replacement fans seem to need them.

Tao Brown -

After changing the fan, the switch starts only to the switch logo. Nothing else can be done. I tried as well a hard reset without a result. What can I do? - Contestar

Got my switch out from the drawer where it has been neglected for years, literally years, my last BOTW save was 2018. Battery at 99%. The fan was making a loud grinding noise so I ordered a replacement and some K5-PRO for the heat spreader. I also had some Arctic Silver 5 for the underside of the heat spreader to make good contact with the CPU. Followed this guide and it was perfect save for a missing bit of foam which the comments said is probably because Nintendo started adding those in after I bought my Switch. Thank you iFixit! You fixed it!

Vahan - Contestar

Great guide, seems to have worked perfectly. Just wanted to say that instead of removing the big ribbon on the card reader you can leave it in and just fold the part over the side of the Switch once you've removed the screws and disconnected the headphone connection. Makes things slightly easier.

Tao Brown - Contestar

Great guide. Replaced noisy fan and applied new thermal paste in prep for Zelda TOTK. Highly advise pressing hard when removing 4 screws from back panel to prevent stripping.

mark stader - Contestar

Saw some comments concerning the different thermal pastes. Just wanted to share what worked for me:

- K5-Pro thermal paste for the shielding/heat sink (step 13)

- Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste for the CPU (step 17)

The link provided in this article for K5-Pro looks dated/expensive/both, so here’s what I purchased. It should come with a tiny instruction sheet telling you how to apply it, make sure you follow those instructions and try to put at least 1mm even coating of the paste on! Over all, everything went very well, this tutorial rocks. Just take your time, keep the screws organized, and it’s easy breezy.

Josh W - Contestar

Oh and one more tip: be firm with some of the screws like on the plastic back panel, make sure you’re using the Y shaped screw driver for that. They can strip easily. I will update this comment thread if anything changes/stops working, etc…

Josh W -

This was perfect, walked me through the entire process with no issues at all. Love the eye for detail in this one.

Christopher Berry - Contestar

I followed this guide exactly and with the extra comments included, it was perfect. Everything worked exactly as described. I was able to replace the fan without damaging anything or taking extra parts off the unit. Would recommend this fix 100%

Trent Johnson - Contestar

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