WHY MY NINTENDO SWITCH SCREEN SCRATCHES?

As far as we are aware, there are commonly two different cases of Nintendo Switch screen scratches. The first is a commonly known fault. Some people call it a design flaw, which is when the scratches appear on the sides of your precious Zelda machine’s touch screen from inserting it inside the dock. If you aren’t super careful the “rough” surface of dock rails can scratch the plastic touch screen. The second case is much more obvious, and it usually happens when you mix your Switch screen with sharper objects. This is where our Nintendo Switch scratched screen repair guide comes in.

The reason why your Nintendo Switch scratches so quickly is to do with touch screen manufacturing technology. Nintendo made the digitiser (otherwise known as a touchscreen) from plastic. Which is a good option for longevity considering it is a portable console targeted to humanoids with an active lifestyle. However, one usually has to make a compromise. In this case, it’s scratch resistance. In comparison, Apple made iPhone screens from hardened glass and they still scratch. Therefore, imagine what your handheld will look like in a few years down the line. Of course, if you won’t get bored before then…

What to do when your Nintendo Switch screen scratches?

Nintendo Switch Digitiser Replacement

Well, there is no perfect way to prevent your handheld Mario Kart gateway from scratches. For example, if you’re anything like us you probably don’t want to wrap it half an inch thick rubber cases and install cumbersome screen protectors. In fact, Nintendo created the design for you to use and abuse in it’s most prime form, which is just how we love it!

So, these scratches… They not only compromise the sleekness of Nintendo Switch but can also obstruct that beautiful BOTW scenery as well as disable parts of screen touch function.

Good news is that the screen is replaceable. As a result, aftermarket screens started to appear in our European markets. However, the replacement is not as easy as re-installing screen protector and requires special tools and some skill to carry out successfully. That’s why we created this Nintendo Switch scratched screen repair guide.

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Basic steps to carry out Nintendo Switch screen replacement

Nintendo Switch Digitiser Replacement

At TFix, we only know how to do things like pros. Therefore Nintendo Switch digitiser repair guide might not be beneficial to everyone. Especially, for those who are trying to save a few pounds by doing it themselves. Furthermore, we always suggest taking serious precautions when it comes to ESD, as you will be handling a bare circuit board. Exposure to electrostatic discharge can pretty much kill it altogether. So, if you do decide to go for it, it’s at your own risk!

Tools you will require:

  1. Programmable silicone based heating platform
  2. Various plastic screen removal tools
  3. Triwing screwdriver, we used JM-CRV Y0.8
  4. Philips screwdriver, we used PH00
  5. Study black tweezers
  6. Scalpel
  7. 6.5mm double sided tape
  8. Compressed air
  9. Screen cleaning solution
  10. And obviously, new touch screen

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 an appropriate screwdriver. Remove the further middle screw located inside the Joy Con rails using PH00 screwdriver and do the same on the other side. Leave outer screws in place, as you don’t have to remove them when replacing touch screen. You’ll find two more PH00 screws located on the bottom of the console as well as one more screw on the top of the console. Remove them and place into some sort of screw container, to prevent them from rolling off the table. The last screw is located just behind the latch, which acts as a kickstand and sd card cover for the console (we love Nintendo ingenuity).

Once all you remove all outer casing screws, carefully pry off the back using picks and set it aside. You should now see an aluminium shielding exposed. You will have to remove it to access the touch screen flex cable.

The shield is held down with seven silver PH00 screws. Remove all of them and disconnect memory card slot PCB which you will find connected via FPC connector to the main board. Remove the shield and instantly disconnect the battery to shut off the console entirely. It will help to prevent shortages on the main board.

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Following steps will need to be done to start removing the screen from the console. Firstly, disconnect touch screen flex cable which you will find located next to a rail, particularly, on the opposite side of the battery. The flex cable is connected to a daughter board and is 15.5mm in width.

Place Nintendo Switch face down on the heating platform and set the temperature to 80C with a timer to run for 10 minutes. This step is required to make sure the glue between the digitiser and the shell soften. Now you are about to be able to remove the screen.

Once time passed, the glue is soft and we can start removing the screen. Pick up a corner of the digitiser using a 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 if you plan to re-use it, e.g. in case of LCD-only replacement.

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

Nintendo Switch Digitiser Replacement

Once you have removed the old digitiser, you will likely 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.

Ideally, we would use a pre-cut adhesive template, however, at the time of writing there just isn’t any available on the market. For this reason, using 6.5mm double side adhesive tape lay the touch screen area with new adhesive. Make sure the new adhesive does not cover the LCD, where it could be seen through digitiser once assembled. Also bear in mind digitiser flex cable location and work around it. Super important; make sure you do not cover speaker locations in adhesive.

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

Firstly, remove the film from the inner panel of the new digitiser. Secondly, feed the flex cable through a cutout slot in the shell, so it comes out to the back of the console.

Place new the digitiser in place by firstly tightly aligning the corner next to 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 the platform is cool, remove the console and put it back together following the steps backwards.

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

Nintendo Switch Digitiser Replacement
Nintendo Switch Digitiser Replacement