It has been almost completely universally agreed upon that the kickstand on the back of the Nintendo Switch has left a bit to be desired. Yes, it does the job for the most part, but it also feels flimsy and just doesn't meet the same high standard that the rest of the system offers. If you don't like the kickstand on your Nintendo Switch, or if you happened to break off that little piece of plastic accidentally, there are some options available to you.
All the angles
If you don't need a docking stand, you can always opt for this officially licensed stand from Hori. It's more robust than the default kickstand, it offers different angles, and it raises the Switch up so you can get to the charging port while you play.
More of the same
If you have no problem with the stock kickstand and just need a replacement, you can always pick one up through Nintendo. It's not flashy, but it gets the job done.
Classic with color
If you are looking for a replacement like the original kickstand, you could always opt for this Nyko stand. It offers a bit more flash than the standard. These stands come in three different colors and have a built-in spot to store extra SD cards.
For the handy gamer
Taking off the entire backplate of the Nintendo Switch doesn't seem scary to some who are experienced with taking things apart and putting them back together. For those willing to put a whole new plate on their Switch, this back offers the system a totally new look while also providing a new kickstand. But it is important to remember this will void any warranty you have on your system.
Stand by your kickstand
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There are plenty of options when it comes to replacing the kickstand on your Nintendo Switch. Just find the one that's right for you and go for it. I recommend the HORI Compact Playstand. For less than $20, you get an official Nintendo product that works much better than the stock stand, and you can choose the angle of your Switch console.
Changing the kickstand may not be for everyone. But, if you just want your kickstand to look how it did brand new, then the Switch Kickstand Replacement is for you. It comes from Nintendo, and it's pretty affordable! A simple fix to make your Switch look like new. However you decide to change it up (or not), we know there's a certain comfort in being able to reliably prop up your console and play your favorite Switch games from anywhere while you kickback.
Alex has been working with iMore as a Freelance Gaming Writer for three years. You can also find a few articles of hers on Android Central and Windows Central. She regularly covers Nintendo Switch games and accessories as well as iOS game apps. In addition to the Nintendo Switch, you may also find her playing on the PlayStation and PC. When she doesn’t have a controller in hand she likes to spend her time with her husband, son, and dogs, exploring new places, or hiding away with a book (or comic book). A few of her favorite games include the Zelda franchise, Little Nightmares, and Animal Crossing.
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