Does your console overheat, or freezes or cuts off during games? Your console probably has a broken or defective fan. Luckily, we have just the solution for your Nintendo Switch! We present this repair guide with detailed comments and photos to help guide you through replacing the fan in your console yourself, saving up to 3 times the price of a professional repair.
Before proceeding to replace the fan in your Nintendo Switch you must, for evident safety reasons, turn off your device.
To do this, hold down the off button for a few seconds, then select the "Power Options" sub-heading and confirm by selecting "off".
Use a tri-wing screwdriver to unscrew the 4 screws circled in red.
Now use a cross headed screwdriver to unscrew:
The two screws next to the dock connector (photo 1)
The screw on the top edge of the console (photo 2)
The screw situated just underneath the kick stand (photo 3)
Now use the cross headed screwdriver to unscrew the two screws on the left and right edges of the console.
Grasp the rear case and then remove it.
The rear case of your Nintendo Switch has been removed.
Next unscrew the cross headed screw circled in red. This screw secures the MicroSD reader.
Grasp the foam square that covers the MicroSD reader using the tweezers, and then remove it.
Next use the nylon spudger to lever up the MicroSD reader connector in order to disconnect it from the motherboard.
Now remove it.
The MicroSD reader of your Nintendo Switch has now been removed.
Unscrew the 6 screws securing the metal shield with the cross headed screwdriver. These screws are circled in red in the photo.
Now grasp the shield and remove it.
The metal shield in your Nintendo Switch has been removed.
Disconnect the battery by levering up it's connector cable with the nylon spudger.
Only lever up the white part (battery connector), don't lever up the black part (motherboard)!
With the cross headed screwdriver, unscrew the 3 screws circled in red that secure the heat sink.
Next grasp the heat sink from the centre and lift it out of the console to remove it.
The heat sink of your Nintendo Switch has been removed.
Use the cross headed screwdriver to unscrew the 3 screw circled in red.
These screws secure the games cartridge reader/jack plug.
Now grasp the jack plugs protective plastic bracket with the tweezers and remove it.
Use the nylon spudger to unlock the latch on the touch screen cable.
Then use the pointed edge of the nylon spudger to remove the cable from the connector.
Keep using the nylon spudger to disconnect the connector cable for the cartridge reader/jack plug.
Grasp the cartridge reader/jack plug with the tweezers and remove it.
The cartridge reader/jack plug in your Nintendo Switch has now been removed.
Unscrew the 3 screws circled in red with a cross headed screwdriver. These screws secure the fan.
Use the nylon spudger to unlock the latch on the fan connector cable.
Then use the point of the spudger to remove the cable from the connector.
Now grasp the fan and remove it.
The fan in your Nintendo Switch has now been removed.
If you're having problems with your console overheating, replace the fan.
To reassemble your Nintendo Switch follow this guide in reverse order.
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