What is Nintendo Switch LCD screen is made of?

Nintendo Switch screen is built from 2 parts:

  1. Digitiser – it is responsible for touch functionality and is the very top layer of the screen. It consists of pressure sensitive sensors, which map your touches and transform them as input. Digitiser is made from plastic, rather than glass. It is more durable than glass, however scratches easier.
  2. LCD  – sits behind transparent digitiser and displays all the funky stuff the console has to offer.

In cases where screen is scratched, however the image can still be seen clearly we would be required to replace digitiser only. Another case might be image loss or cracks on the screen, which distort the image, this case would require LCD to be replaced.

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Step 1 – Prep and Tools

Nintendo Switch LCD Replacement at TFix Electronic Equipment Repair Centre

As you will be using heating equipment as well as handling exposed circuit board make sure all precautions are taken to prepare yourself and environment for the following procedure.

Checkpoints to consider:

  • Are your wearing the required PPE
    • Lab coat
    • Protective glasses
    • Heat resistant gloves
  • Are you wearing ESD preventative equipment
    • Wrist strap
    • ESD safe lab coat

Tools and materials you will require for this procedure:

  • Heating platform
  • Screen removal tools
  • Triwing screwdriver – JM-CRV Y0.8
  • Philips screwdriver – PH00
  • Black tweezers
  • New LCD screen

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Step 2 – Back Cover Removal

Remove all accessories from the Nintendo Switch, so only the console itself remains. Then start removing the screws by starting with 4 x tri-wing screws located on the back of the console using appropriate screwdriver.

Remove only the very middle screw located inside the Joy Con rails using PH00 screwdriver and do the same on other side. Leave outer screws in place as they are not required to be removed when replacing the screen. 2 more PH00 screws are located on the bottom of the console (near the charging port) as well as 1 more screw on the top of the console (next to fan vent). Remove them and place into screw container. The last screw is located just behind the latch, which acts as a kickstand for the console, lift the latch up and remove the remaining philips screw.

Once all outer casing screws are removed, carefully pry-off the back using appropriate tool of choice and set it aside. You should now see a aluminium shielding exposed. This will have to be removed in order to access the LCD screen flex cables.

The shield is held down with 7 silver PH00 screws. Remove all of them and disconnect memory card slot PCB, which is connected via FPC connector to the main board. Remove the shield and instantly disconnect the battery to completely shut off the console and prevent any short circuit damage to the console.

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Step 3 – Digitiser Removal

In order to replace the LCD we need to remove digitiser first, however, firstly disconnect 3 flex cables (2 for LCD and 1 for digitiser) from the main board.

Firstly disconnect the touch screen flex cable which is located next to a rail, which is on the opposite side of the battery. The black flex cable is connected to a daughter board and is 15.5mm in width. With that out of the way, disconnect LCD data flex cable, which is located just above memory card daughter board and is connected directly to the main board. It is orange in colour with black tracks showing through. Lift the latch on the FPC socket and remove the cable safely. The last flex cable that needs to be removed is located just below the speaker and is the inner flex cable, which follows through the frame to the other side. It is black in colour.

Place Nintendo Switch face down on the heating platform and set the temperature to 80C with timer to run for 10 minutes, this step is required to make sure the glue between digitiser and the shell softens and screen can be removed.

Once some time has passed and the glue is now soft, we can start removing the screen. Pickup a corner of the digitiser using screen removal tool. You can use one of the speaker slots to give you a kick start, however, ensure you don’t damage the cosmetic condition of the digitiser as we will be reusing it.

Carefully pry off the digitiser by using levers and picks and slowly cut through adhesive all around the screen. Take care with screen removing tools and do not slide them too deep to avoid damaging LCD itself. Also make sure you are aware where digitiser’s flex cable is and work around it to avoid damage to it.

Once the glue all around the screen has been peeled off, remove the digitiser completely. Keep in mind the flex cable has to come out via a cut out in the case.

Once old digitiser is removed, you most likely will have a lot of adhesive left on the shell, where the touch screen sits. Remove all of it as we will be placing new adhesive in there.

Step 4 – LCD Screen Replacement

Nintendo Switch LCD Replacement at TFix Electronic Equipment Repair Centre

With digitiser removed and stored safely, remove the LCD itself. It is not glued to the frame so should come out easily.

New digitiser will have stiffer flex cables, so bend them in place using the faulty screen as sample and feed them through the frame to the other side of the console. With cables in place, lay down the screen and remove the protective film if any. Also observe for any dust, debris or fingerprints and clean if required.

So, as you can see it’s pretty complex. Let us do it!

Step 5 – Digitiser Installation

Nintendo Switch Digitiser Replacement

If the digitiser has damaged adhesive, new adhesive will be required to be applied. Using 6.5mm 3M double sided adhesive tape lay the touch screen area with a new adhesive. Make sure the new adhesive does not cover the LCD where it could be seen through digitiser once assembled. Also be aware of digitiser flex cable location and work around it. Super important; make sure speaker locations are not covered in adhesive.

Prepare new screen and clean the digitiser from any dust particles or smudges. Use lint free wipes, screen cleaner and compressed air.

Remove the film from the inner panel of the new digitiser and feed the the flex cable through a cut out slot in the shell so it comes out to the back of the console.

Place the new digitiser in place by firstly tightly aligning the corner next to the flex cable and then laying down other 3 in place. Double check for dust, remove the outer protective film and place it on the heating platform for 10 minutes at 80C.

Once platform is cool, remove the console and put it back together following the steps backwards.

Nintendo Switch LCD Replacement at TFix Electronic Equipment Repair Centre
Nintendo Switch LCD Replacement at TFix Electronic Equipment Repair Centre