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Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement

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  1. Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement, Release the Joy Con controller locking tabs: passo 1, immagine 1 di 3 Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement, Release the Joy Con controller locking tabs: passo 1, immagine 2 di 3 Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement, Release the Joy Con controller locking tabs: passo 1, immagine 3 di 3
    • Before you begin this repair, make sure the device is completely powered off.

    • Press and hold down the small round button on the back of the Joy Con controller.

    • While you hold down the button, slide the controller upward.

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    • Continue sliding the Joy Con upward until it's completely removed from the console.

    • Repeat this same process for the other Joy Con.

    • Use a Y00 screwdriver to remove the four 6.3 mm-long screws securing the rear panel.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from.

  3. Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement, Remove the top and bottom screws: passo 4, immagine 1 di 2 Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement, Remove the top and bottom screws: passo 4, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use a JIS 000 driver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the following screws securing the rear panel:

    • One 2.5 mm-long screw on the top edge of the device

    • Two 2.5 mm-long screws on the bottom edge of the device

    • To prevent these tight screws from stripping, apply firm downward force, work slowly and try another JIS 000 or PH 000 driver if the screws won't come out.

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    • Use a JIS 000 screwdriver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the two 3.8 mm center screws on the sides of the device (one on each side).

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    • Use your finger to flip up the kickstand on the back of the device.

    • If there's a microSD card in the microSD card slot, remove it now before you continue to the next step.

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    • Use a JIS 000 screwdriver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the 1.6 mm screw in the kickstand well.

    • Close the kickstand.

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    • Open the game card cartridge flap.

    • The game card cartridge flap attaches to the other half of the plastic shell, preventing you from completely lifting up the rear panel if it's closed.

    • Lift the rear panel up from the bottom of the device and remove it.

  8. Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement, Remove the microSD card reader: passo 9, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use a JIS 000 screwdriver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the 3.1 mm screw securing the microSD card reader to the device.

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    • Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to lift the microSD card reader straight up from the device to disconnect and remove it.

    • During reassembly, make sure the press connector underneath the foam pad is firmly connected to the motherboard. It may help to remove the foam pad before reinstalling the card reader.

  10. Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement, Remove the shield plate: passo 11, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use a JIS 000 screwdriver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the six 3 mm screws securing the shield plate to the device.

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    • Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to peel back the piece of foam on the top edge of the device near the fan exhaust port.

    • If the foam doesn't easily peel away, don't force it as it might end up tearing. Carefully peel at different spots to pull back the foam.

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    • Insert a spudger underneath the shield plate along the edge of the device.

    • Pry up to lift the shield plate and remove it from the device.

    • You may feel a bit of resistance. This is normal, since the shield plate is slightly bonded to the heat sink with thermal paste.

    • A thick pink thermal compound bridges the gap between the shield plate and the copper heat sink underneath. This helps prevent the Switch from overheating.

    • You can reuse the pink thermal compound if you're careful. Keep the compound clean and make sure it makes solid contact between the heat sink and the shield during reassembly.

    • If you need to replace it, refer to our thermal paste guide to remove the old thermal compound and replace it with an appropriate compound, such as K5 Pro, during reassembly.

  13. Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 14, immagine 1 di 2 Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 14, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry the battery connector straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

  14. Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement, Remove the heat sink: passo 15, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use a JIS 000 screwdriver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the three 3 mm screws securing the heat sink to the motherboard.

    • Carefully peel the two foam pieces stuck over both the heatsink and the fan away from the fan.

    • The foam only needs to be peeled back enough to clear the fan.

    • The foam is really delicate and tears easily. Use the following technique to peel the foam:

    • Insert the point of a spudger underneath the part of the foam that isn't stuck against anything,

    • Press the top of the foam with your finger to hold it in place.

    • Roll the spudger tip underneath the foam all the way to the other end of the foam to release it.

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    • Use a spudger or your fingers to lift the heatsink up and off the motherboard to remove it.

    • You may feel a bit of resistance. This is normal, since the heat sink is slightly bonded to the CPU with thermal paste.

    • Clean off the old thermal paste from the heat sink and CPU using high-concentration (90% or higher) isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth. Apply new thermal paste to the CPU before reassembly.

    • Apply thermal paste to all surfaces that had thermal paste applied previously. This includes between the heatpipe and aluminum shield, which the Switch uses as additional heatsinking.

  16. Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement, Remove the headphone jack and game card reader: passo 18, immagine 1 di 2 Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement, Remove the headphone jack and game card reader: passo 18, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use an opening tool or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the digitizer cable's ZIF connector.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the digitizer cable horizontally out of its connector on the game card reader board.

    • Before inserting the cable during reassembly, make sure the ZIF connector locking flap is flipped up.

    • With the cable parallel to the board, gently slide it into its connector.

    • Don't force the cable into the connector. If it doesn't insert, ensure the locking flap is flipped up, reposition the cable, and try again.

    • If your touchscreen doesn't work after the repair but your Game Card reader does, make sure this cable is properly inserted. If your Game Card reader also doesn't work, check the Game Card connector in the next step instead.

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    • Use the point of a spudger to pry the headphone jack and game card reader connector straight up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend and cause permanent damage.

    • If the touch screen doesn't work and/or game cards aren't detected after reassembly, you might have not fully reconnected this press connector. Carefully disconnect it and try again.

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    • Use a JIS 000 screwdriver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the three 3.1 mm screws securing the headphone jack and game card reader board to the device.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to remove the headphone jack bracket.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to remove the headphone jack and game card reader board.

  22. Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement, Remove the motherboard: passo 24, immagine 1 di 2 Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement, Remove the motherboard: passo 24, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use an opening tool, spudger, or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the LCD ribbon cable ZIF connector.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the ribbon cable straight out of its connector on the motherboard.

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    • Use an opening tool, spudger, or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the fan cable ZIF connector.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the fan cable straight out of its connector on the motherboard.

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    • Use an opening tool, spudger, or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the power and volume button ribbon cable ZIF connector.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the ribbon cable straight out of its connector on the motherboard.

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    • Use an opening tool, spudger, or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the smaller LCD ribbon cable ZIF connector.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the ribbon cable straight out of its connector on the motherboard.

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    • Use the point of a spudger, an opening tool, or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the Joy Con sensor rail's data cable ZIF connector.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the ribbon cable straight out of its connector on the motherboard.

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    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up the black antenna cable straight up out of its socket on the motherboard.

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    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up the white antenna cable straight up out of its socket on the motherboard.

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    • Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to pull the right speaker connector straight out of its socket on the motherboard.

    • Do not pull on the connector by the speaker wires. They're very thin and can easily snap off the connector.

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    • Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to pull the left speaker connector straight out of its socket on the motherboard.

    • Do not pull on the connector by the speaker wires. They're very thin and can easily snap off the connector.

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    • Use an opening tool, spudger, or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the Joy Con sensor rail data cable ZIF connector.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the Joy Con rail data cable straight out of its connector on the motherboard.

  38. Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement: passo 40, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use a JIS 000 screwdriver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the following screws:

    • Four 2.5 mm screws

    • Two 3.1 mm screws

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    • Insert a spudger into a gap between the motherboard and the frame.

    • Carefully lift up the motherboard and remove it from the frame.

  40. Nintendo Switch WiFi Antenna Replacement, Remove the Fan: passo 42, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use a JIS 000 screwdriver or an official iFixit PH 000 driver to remove the three 4.8 mm screws securing the fan.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to lift the fan straight up and remove it from the device.

    • Compare your new replacement part to the original part. You may need to transfer remaining components (such as the rubber bushings) to the new part before installing.

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    • Deroute the black coax cable from the midframe.

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    • Continue following the wire, derouting it as you go.

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    • Pry the metal barrel surrounding the coax up from the midframe.

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    • Grasp the WiFi antenna board with a pair of tweezers and lift straight up to remove it.

Conclusione

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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