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This guide will help you to replace the LCD display . For this replacement, you will need to use a #00 Phillips screwdriver and a small Triwing (Y) screwdriver.

  1. Place Gamepad face down and remove the two 4.7 mm screws with a Phillips size #00 screwdriver.
    • Place Gamepad face down and remove the two 4.7 mm screws with a Phillips size #00 screwdriver.

    tried to unscrew the 10 Tri-Wing size Y1 screw with my iFixIt toolkit

    unfortunately the tool is too “fat” and short, it cannot reach 4 screws on the corners of the gamepad.

    having the iFixIt toolkit and needing to purchase an additional slim screwdriver it’s a shame…

    Antonello Iannone - Antwort

  2. Lift and remove the battery plate.
    • Lift and remove the battery plate.

  3. With your finger, press down and pull back on the battery connector plug. Remove the battery from the battery case. Remove the battery from the battery case.
    • With your finger, press down and pull back on the battery connector plug.

    • Remove the battery from the battery case.

    Battery lifts up from the bottom not the top like the photo shows.

    Tyler Schommer - Antwort

  4. Remove 10 9mm screws with Tri-Wing size Y1 screwdriver around the outer case. Lift up on the back of case. Lift gently because the rumble motor in the back of the case is still connected by a cable to the motherboard.
    • Remove 10 9mm screws with Tri-Wing size Y1 screwdriver around the outer case.

    • Lift up on the back of case.

    • Lift gently because the rumble motor in the back of the case is still connected by a cable to the motherboard.

    I used a small blade tip to life up on the black squares that covered the screw holes. Replacing them after.. I skipped that as it seemed impossible they would even stick back down.

    Chris - Antwort

    I am having trouble getting the two screws on the hand grips as the screws are too deep. What should I use to get them?

    Essma - Antwort

    I ended up having to buy some cheap amazon screwdrivers and are very disappointed

    Essma -

  5. Unplug outer case rumble motor connector from the motherboard with your fingers.
    • Unplug outer case rumble motor connector from the motherboard with your fingers.

    Do not pull by the wires! If you do, you better be pretty good at soldering.

    Brandon - Antwort

    I agree. A circle over the plug would have been better as the picture looks like you just pull on the wires lol.

    Chris -

    Great. Didn't pull on cord. Whole thing ripped off.

    August - Antwort

    Why in the world is this thing so tightly connected?

    Andrew Moore - Antwort

  6. With your fingers, unplug the left speaker cable from the motherboard. With your fingers, unplug the left speaker cable from the motherboard.
    • With your fingers, unplug the left speaker cable from the motherboard.

    Speakers are connected with solder so removing them is not possible without requiring soldering later on. I left them both connected and instead of removing the motherboard completely I just "hinged" it carefully down to facilitate the work following step 18.

    dietcokediva - Antwort

    Thank you for offering this info because I spent 20 minutes between scratching my head and searching for any alternatives to just the image above, which had a wire nut/housing (and mine certainly did not). As I began to have an anxiety attack (

    Missy Leap-Courtney -

    Mine also did not have connectors for the speaker. But like mentioned above, I was able to do repair WITHOUT the need to unsolder the speaker wires. Thanks!

    Louis Bellanca - Antwort

  7. Remove the right speaker cable that's connected to the motherboard with the tweezers. Remove the right speaker cable that's connected to the motherboard with the tweezers.
    • Remove the right speaker cable that's connected to the motherboard with the tweezers.

    Note that on some units (presumably later ones), the speakers are soldered onto the motherboard.

    Ryan Finnie - Antwort

  8. Open the top and bottom clasp that connects the white flex cable to the motherboard with the tweezer. Remove the white flex cable with the tweezers. Remove the white flex cable with the tweezers.
    • Open the top and bottom clasp that connects the white flex cable to the motherboard with the tweezer.

    • Remove the white flex cable with the tweezers.

    Attention! You have to flip up gently the small plastic cap on top of the ribbon connector. Do not try to slide the plastic cap horizontally. This method holds for all ribbon connectors.

    Marc Peetermans - Antwort

    Why is it necessary? The white flex cable doesn’t seem to block the way to the Bluetooth unit.

    metm98 - Antwort

    It is a easy step and makes dealing with everything else a little easier.

    Chris -

    Isn’t it WiFi?

    Brayton Dickey - Antwort

    This step is unnecessary, there is no reason to go through it.

    jonv85 - Antwort

    Why would you do this? It’s not blocking anything. Not even near the wifi module.

    N64 - Antwort

  9. With your fingers,  lift and remove bluetooth board. Remove the board carefully as there are still two wires attached.
    • With your fingers, lift and remove bluetooth board.

    • Remove the board carefully as there are still two wires attached.

    These little boards (Bluetooth and NFC) have a small connector but also have double sided tape holding them down. So you may need to apply more force than expected to remove these due to the tape.

    Louis Bellanca - Antwort

    Isn’t it Wi-Fi?

    Brayton Dickey - Antwort

  10. Disconnect the black and white wires off of the back of the bluetooth module. Disconnect the black and white wires off of the back of the bluetooth module.
    • Disconnect the black and white wires off of the back of the bluetooth module.

    One important thing to note here is how the black and white wires are routed to the board. You should take a picture since if you do not route these the same way, the wires can interfere with the button or get trapped when you assemble the case back possible blocking a screw hole.

    Louis Bellanca - Antwort

    Isn’t it Wi-Fi?

    Brayton Dickey - Antwort

    Any idea what the name of the white wire is? I accidentally broke through mine.. having trouble finding a replacement

    Winder Mere - Antwort

    how do i route the bluetooth anntenas

    Zach - Antwort

  11. Lift and remove the bluetooth module.
    • Lift and remove the bluetooth module.

    Isn’t it Wi-Fi?

    Brayton Dickey - Antwort

    Does it really matter?

    martin8777 -

    Thanks a lot for the guide. I just fixed my gamepad and it appears to be working good. Just one question: why do you include the step in which you remove the flatflex cable to the other pcb? It seems unnecesary

    Carlo Zanardi - Antwort

  12. Disconnect the analog connector with tweezers.
    • Disconnect the analog connector with tweezers.

    The connector on the right side is also on the left side.

    Paulus 68 - Antwort

    There was a little tab on the top of the male end of the connectors that I had to push to get them out.

    Reed Deemer - Antwort

    Take a small flat head screw driver and push out and to the left on top of the white part of the connector. If you try to use tweezers on this model it will not come out.

    Steven Vallarian -

  13. Remove the blue connector using tweezers. Remove the blue connector using tweezers.
    • Remove the blue connector using tweezers.

    Looks like there are 2 of these connectors - left and right side

    Louis Bellanca - Antwort

    Lift the little gray tab before you pull the blue ribbon out.

    theonlygeezy - Antwort

  14. Carefully lift the black clasp.  It is prone to breaking if only lifted from one point.  Remove the brown ribbon by using the tweezers. Unclasp and release the small digitizer ribbon cable to the left of the brown ribbon. Be careful, the clasp breaks easily.
    • Carefully lift the black clasp. It is prone to breaking if only lifted from one point. Remove the brown ribbon by using the tweezers.

    • Unclasp and release the small digitizer ribbon cable to the left of the brown ribbon. Be careful, the clasp breaks easily.

    There is also a small connecter on the left side from the big connector.

    Paulus 68 - Antwort

    The small connector is the digitizer (touch senor panel) - The large connector is the actual display

    Louis Bellanca - Antwort

    For the small connector, lift up the black part on top from this side.

    theonlygeezy - Antwort

    I broke that small connector (the lid) how can I fix that? The flex is still goes there but I won't get touch response unless I apply some pressure to it!

    davisrayler - Antwort

    if you fixed it, can you tell me how did you do it?

    Bast -

    The small grey ribbon has a clasp holding it down. It needs to be opened in the opposite direction of the black clasp on the wide ribbon before you disconnect the ribbon.

    Ginny Buhler - Antwort

  15. Remove the small orange ribbon with the tweezers.
    • Remove the small orange ribbon with the tweezers.

    These tiny connectors are difficult to see how to manipulate. Similar to other ribbon connectors, there is a lever that flips up to release the ribbon cable. However, unlike the larger connectors, the lever flips up from the opposite side that the connector enters. Run your tweezers up the back side of the connector body, and the grey top should flip to vertical. Then the ribbon cable will slide out.

    Matt Cross - Antwort

    This small connector is attached to the screen as well.

    Louis Bellanca - Antwort

    What do I do if I broke off the gray top cover that went over the wire things.

    Amber Umphrey - Antwort

    You probably don’t need this anymore, but that happened to me a while ago and now i’m gonna have to buy a new motherboard. Your motherboard is as good as done for

    The Boi -

    Snapped it off too. Tried hot glue.with no luck. Does anyone know if Motherboard s are interchangeable? I have Version B

    Foe Suar -

  16. Remove these two connectors to the motherboard with your fingers. Remove these two connectors to the motherboard with your fingers. Remove these two connectors to the motherboard with your fingers.
    • Remove these two connectors to the motherboard with your fingers.

  17. Remove the NFC communicator. When removing the NFC communicator, be careful  with the small connector on the back side.
    • Remove the NFC communicator.

    • When removing the NFC communicator, be careful with the small connector on the back side.

    • Remove the small connector plug-in on the back.

    When trying to remove the red and black cords, it came off the green board. Is there a way to reconnect them?

    Judy Swenson - Antwort

    I didn't disconnect the cable, isn't really necessary.

    Paulus 68 - Antwort

  18. Remove the remaining three 5.1 mm screws using the Phillips size #0 screwdriver. Lift and remove the mother board. Lift and remove the mother board.
    • Remove the remaining three 5.1 mm screws using the Phillips size #0 screwdriver.

    • Lift and remove the mother board.

    There's a 4th 5.1mm screw along the bottom edge in the middle.

    Bobby Elrod - Antwort

    The speakers were soldered as mentioned above, so I carefully folded the motherboard down to facilitate work

    dietcokediva - Antwort

  19. Remove the four 5.1mm screws using Phillips size #0 screwdriver. Pull the white and black cables away from the display case.
    • Remove the four 5.1mm screws using Phillips size #0 screwdriver.

    • Pull the white and black cables away from the display case.

  20. Lift and remove the grey display case with your fingers. Lift and remove the grey display case with your fingers.
    • Lift and remove the grey display case with your fingers.

    There are two more screws under the sync component that requires you to disconnect the board and remove it as well. These screws prevent you from lifting out the display case as noted in step 19

    dietcokediva - Antwort

    If your display case is black, then you might have these two small screws under the sync PWB. It is best to go ahead and remove the complete assembly and place it in a safe spot. The ribbon cable that connects the 2 boards is fragile.

    susan - Antwort

  21. Gently with your fingers, press on the front of the display and it will lift up. Remove the display with your fingers.
    • Gently with your fingers, press on the front of the display and it will lift up.

    • Remove the display with your fingers.

    To detach the touchscreen assembly from the LCD, just put the parts in a 60 degrees celsius oven for minutes and it will come with the adhesive perfectly ;) (just tested)

    Martial B - Antwort

    There is a black plastic trim ring on the front of the screen, on top of the digitizer. While not technically required to it does provide a barrier to crud getting under the edges of the screen and also looks better. It is stuck down with adhesive or double sided tape. You can slowly and gently pry it up from the digitizer, remove the old adhesive and re-stick it down with double-sided scotch tape on the new digitizer. This is possible to do after you have everything re-assembled but is much easier to do BEFORE you reassemble. Just align it to the inside edges of the screen.

    tombuy - Antwort

    the video feed isnt working to the screen after replacement, touch is working but no visual. any help?

    stino493 - Antwort

Abschluss

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

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was really perfect to repair my device. Thank you very much for this help

Bernd Dietrich - Antwort

In step 14 - what does the small gray ribbon do? The replacement LCD display that I got in the mail did not have it.

Stacey Hoggard - Antwort

Its the touch screen cable. The screen I ordered did not come with one. I had to carefully remove it from my broken display and put it on the new one. Thankfully the touchscreen still works for me.

Terry Moenkhaus -

Very happy with your manual! I've fixed it.

Paulus 68 - Antwort

Mine did not come with the touch screen either.

Edwin Kahn - Antwort

I replaced the digitizer, as well as the LCD screen. My replacement digitizer came with the wide orange ribbon; however, the tiny touchscreen ribbon is actually orange and fused onto the LCD display (the original was gray and located on the digitizer, not the LCD screen).

Missy Leap-Courtney - Antwort

Step 18. There are 4 screws holding the motherboard down not 3

Step 12 and 13 should also be done to both sides

James - Antwort

Step 12 and 13: should also tell you to remove the same cables on the other side

Step 18: motherboard has 4 screws not 3

James - Antwort

Thank you for this guide! Worked awesome repairing my device. I can add that if you are just replacing a broken screen, the digitizer (if not broken as well) can be removed from the broken (original) LCD screen very carefully, and re-used on the replacement. I took a gamble and only ordered the LCD part replacement but you can get both, or each separately. My is working perfectly and the LCD had been cracked badly. I appreciated the comments from various users on this article as well, pointing out the few things that were missed or not detailed! Still an excellent guide!

Cam B - Antwort

My screen was not as bright but all worked on the controller. Anyone else have that issue?

Patrick Bridge - Antwort

This guide was one the many online tutorials that truly did help me understand how to disassemble my Wii U. I had a digitizer problem so I had to start where I left off here and find another video on Youtube to follow how to switch this piece out. Hint: Each step has comments, make SURE to read those while disassembling. Good Luck

Carla - Antwort

I never repair anything electronic but I was able to do this in one hour. Definitely have a tweezers! And lots of patience for the small small ribbons. I replaced the LCD and reused the touchscreen.

Chris - Antwort

My LCD wouldn’t turn on so I bought one from amazon. Replaced it as per instructions, still completely blank screen. No light at all. Sound is coming from my gamepad, and touchscreen still works.

CloudSteele - Antwort

I replaced the digitizer and LCD. On the replacement parts the ribbon cables are slightly thicker than the original and require patience when re-inserting them. I “sliced” the edges VERY slightly with tiny scissors and it helped them lock in.

timkropp77 - Antwort

Hi, I’m going to try to fix my sons gamepad. The touchscreen seems to have stopped working. How would I know what exactly the problem is? Just the touchscreen? Also I’m in Aus, has anyone from here bought a replacement one before?

Lisa Thomson - Antwort

Replace the digitizer and Lcd. Took awhile connecting everything back up. Compared all the connections with pictures on this site and watched videos. Now the unit will not turn on or charge. Not sure where to even start. Even tried a battery from another unit and no luck.

Richard O'Brien - Antwort

Can I just mail it to you… and u fix it for me? Lol ?‍♀️

Emily Diaz - Antwort

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