It's made of a metal part that has a guide for the controller and a connector at the end. This connector can get broken or worn out over time, making connecting the left Joy-Con difficult. Fortunately replacing it is now possible, and made easier with our complete repair guide so you can discover a like new console!
Before proceeding to replace the right Joy Con rail of 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)!
Unscrew the four screws circled in red using a cross headed screwdriver.
These screws secure the right rail to the frame of the console.
Unlock the latch for the rail connector cable by levering it up with the nylon spudger.
Use the pointed edge of the nylon spudger to remove the cable from the connector.
Next, grasp the right Joy Con rail and remove it carefully.
Be careful to not damage the connector cable when removing the rail!
The right Joy Con on your Nintendo Switch has now been removed.
You can now replace it with a new rail if necessary.
To reassemble your Nintendo Switch follow this guide in reverse order.
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