I understand. Things happen. Maybe you were running to catch the bus and you dropped your Switch. Or perhaps you were in the midst of a super intense gaming session and one of your joysticks just snapped off. It doesn't matter how it happened. You need to have your joystick replaced. If you are in a position where Nintendo won't replace it for you, you might have to do it yourself.

Fortunately, replacing a joystick on your Joy-Cons is actually quite easy. Here's how to pull it off!

VPN Deals: Lifetime license for $16, monthly plans at $1 & more

What you need

You can also pick up this pack from Amazon which includes all the essential items to complete your stick replacement.

How to replace your stick on your Joy-Con

  1. Use your Y00 screwdriver to remove the four screws on the back of your Joy-Con.

  2. With a spudger or by hand remove the back cover of the casing.

  3. With a spudger or by hand remove the battery from the case. It will offer a bit of resistance as it is lightly glued in place. Set it aside.

  4. Using a small screwdriver remove the five screws holding the battery tray in place.

  5. Gently set aside the battery tray so it's not in the way.

  6. Directly below the metal joystick casing, there is a ribbon cable. Gently lift the clip holding it in place.

  7. Gently detach the ribbon cable.

  8. Gently lift the clip holding the ribbon cable for the joystick in place.

  9. Gently remove the joystick ribbon cable.

  10. Using a small screwdriver, remove the two screws holding the joystick in place.

  11. Lift out your old joystick and set the new one in its place.

  12. Replace the two screws which hold the joystick in place.

  13. Gently reattach the ribbon cable for the joystick.

  14. Gently flip the clip for the ribbon cable back down.

  15. Gently reattach the ribbon cable below the joystick.

  16. Gently flip the clip for the ribbon cable back down.

  17. Replace the battery tray and the five screws which hold it in place.

  18. Place the battery back in its tray.

  19. Replace the back cover for the Joy-Con and the four screws that hold it together.

  20. Enjoy your fully functional Joy-Con!

There is not much more frustrating in the world of gaming than when a piece of hardware breaks. Fortunately, being able to fix something yourself is every bit as satisfying as a break can be frustrating. Hopefully, this guide helped you get back in action without too much stress or hassle.

Get More Switch

Nintendo Switch

We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.