No, Mario, go over there! Touchscreen not responding correctly? You might need a new one.

  1. Unscrew the four Phillips #00 screws along the top of the back cover.
    • Unscrew the four Phillips #00 screws along the top of the back cover.

    • The screws are held in place by locking washers, and will not come out of the back cover.

    • The comments section is full of unlucky souls who will tell you that the screws here through step 4 will strip incredibly easily. Press down fairly hard, and go slow.

    #00 screwdriver is too big... probably need a #000

    thomascroguennec - 回复

    #00 will work - but you must press down firmly and sort of jerk the screw out a few degrees at a time. If you don't press firmly, the screws strip very easily. Using #000 will strip the screws more easily.

    Tai -

    I used a #0 without any issues and 0 stripped. I used the #0 for all screws internally and externally. The head was sharp and I applied adequate amounts of pressure when loosening the screw.

    Ben Kevan -

    The correct screwdriver should be a JIS, or you can get a screwdriver specific for the 3DS from other sites for less than $2

    Oscar - 回复

    do you have to buy it

    deeznuts -

    Where would I buy a screwdriver specifically for the 3DS? Also would it work on the DS? I need to replace the battery for my DS.

    Caitlin L -

    I used Phillips #000 and it worked like a charm, i need to order a new SD board or do you guys think i should send it. What happened is that it got water damaged and everything works fine when i opened it everything looked fine no signs of water corrosion everything on the 3DS works exept it always give me a message saying the SD card is locked and i know for a fact it isnt locked i already tried using 3 different SD cards and none of them are lock protected and yes they are formatted as well. I need help

    Leo Torres - 回复

    there's a switch on the SD card, switch it and it will be unlocked again. it happened to me once too.

    Bagel -

    david hodson you are incredible. literally all you need to do is heat the screen up and pry it off and you make them take apart the whole thing

    melody - 回复

    You've done this?

    magykmaster -

    I have to ask the same question. If just the glass display is broken, and you're heating it up to remove the glass, is it really necessary to remove everything? Doesn't like like it is necessary

    Wade -

    I just did it your way and it went fine. didnt even have to remove the battery. This is incredible misstep on the authors part.

    patrick -

    only take out the screen for a motherboard removal? Are you using the wrong guide or was this guide used for two different repairs?

    Reed Deemer -

    I used a PH0x50, but it wasn't easy.

    John - 回复

    This may be a dumb question but where do I buy the 3DS upper screen?

    John - 回复

    eBay... Just do a search for the 3DS Upper screen. $9.49 & it comes with the tools.

    Gary Darnell -

    The LCD screen I ordered came with all the tools I needed except a pair of tweezers. All in all it was about $14.00 and a little bit of my time.

    Gary Darnell - 回复

    Does anyone know where I can find the right bumper button for a 3ds? I can't find it on ebay must of damaged it playing smash bros.

    Steven Castro Parrilla - 回复

    Really wish I had read the comments first... How about instead of the warning saying to press down hardly and go slow, you say to use the correct screwdriver size like others mentioned in the comments. I not only stripped multiple screws, even after putting a glove on for more pressure, I bent my screwdriver from pressing down so hard. Granted it's a cheap jeweler's kit screwdriver, but it still would've been nice to not have that problem and be informed of the right size in the first place.

    hockeymorgan35 - 回复

    Got my tools one day after ordering, as I live a couple hours away from the supplier, Will post again when i try guide.

    nintendokakashi - 回复

    I tried doing this with a #00 Philips but it just didn't turn

    Acrobatic Mars01 - 回复

    Hello there, I need some assistance I have done a full housing replacement I have everything working except the 3d slider . The 3D option is always on can someone let me know which flex it is or what I am forgetting . Thanks guys !

    Noe Ibarra - 回复

  2. Hold the device in one hand and turn it over.
    • Hold the device in one hand and turn it over.

    • Grab the top edge of the back cover with your opposite hand so that the cover does not fall back into place.

    • Flip the 3DS over again so that the back cover is facing up.

    • Pull the back cover up and away from the rest of the device to remove it.


    • Insert a plastic opening tool into the notch in the lower case above the battery.

    • Pry the battery up with the plastic opening tool.

    • Grab the top edge of the battery and lift it out of the lower case.


    • Remove the nine 6.3 mm black Phillips screws from the lower case.

    • Remove the 2.4 mm silver Phillips screw above the game cartridge slot.

    Had to give up at this point. Tried using the ifixit #00 phillips screwdriver to take out two screws and ended up stripping them.

    Demios - 回复

    Stuck at the same spot, those screws are in there really tight.

    John Pasula - 回复

    Ruined my screws because of incorrect head, thanks!

    3dsuser - 回复

    I had so much trouble with these screws, I gave up. Unfortunately, I can't accept failure so tried again. I figured out if you turn it right before you loosen it worked. Maybe it was just me, but I turned it right then kept pressure as I turned to loosen. I was surprised I hadn't stripped any screws out.

    Nicole Bauer - 回复

    Does anyone have any idea of how to remove these screws. I've pretty badly stripped the screws and I've gone to 20+ pages trying to figure this. I'm considering just prying the !@#$ thing.

    Vino - 回复

    use a dremil and make it a flat head

    Ralph Prowant -

    ruined my screws here too...what the !@#$ nintendo?

    trying to survive a nuclear meltdown inside the !@#$ thing

    Hamza Jarkas - 回复

    More like trying to subtly enforce planned obsolescence by not allowing you to make repairs to your device.

    Ullyssys -

    I used a #00 Philips 1/8" bit with no problem; however, the narrow diameter of the counter sunk hole can inhibit making secure contact with the screw head. You can be using the right bit (#00) but if the diameter of the bit shaft is too big you won't get proper contact.

    I found this to be an excellent guide. Thanks

    Dave W - 回复

    If anyone can point me to a link to purchase the 9 screws, let me know. Contacted Nintendo and they said I'd have to send it in. Email me at xavierfflores@gmail.com

    Xavier Flores - 回复

    Unscrewed the nine 6.3 mm screws using the J000 bit from the iFixit 54 bit driver kit without much effort & without stripping the screw heads. Just gotta really position the bit correctly on the screw to have a proper fitting & not strip the screw heads.

    STZ9 - 回复

    The screws didn't strip but the philips screw driver did? @__@

    These are rough either way.

    John Zhou - 回复

    I used a "Whia 273 - PH000x40" screwdriver and held it firmly pushing the palm of my hand on the yellow end of the screwdriver and rocked the screw slightly (counter clockwise and clockwise) until it started to move. Then, without letting up on the pressure I carefully backed it out. The screwdriver is excellent because it is hardened (unlike some cheapo's out there) and the very tip is blunt not sharp. If the tip is too sharp, the point will bottom out in the screw and the sides that do all the work, won't be able to fully contact the inside of the screw. This screwdriver fits so well that the screws actually stick to it once they are removed. If the screwdriver moves AT ALL when you initially try it in the screw, STOP and find a better one. Also, start with the screws in the center, somehow they seem a little easier until you get the feel for it.

    Paul -

    Push down hard and turn counter-clockwise, or push down and rotate 3DS counter-clockwise until screw is loose.

    Jonathan - 回复

    Had the exact same problem, even tried the #000 screw driver too. Stripped the screws due to how tightly they are screwed in there and how easy they strip. I am now unsure what to do from here or if all I can do is give up.

    Sean Baldwin - 回复

    I second the one who suggested the Whia 273 PH000x40 screwdriver. I had a terrible time unscrewing these screws, and almost stripped them using a cheaper #000 screwdriver. Also tried a 3/16" flathead and destroyed the screwdriver. I bought the Whia and glad I did. It fit perfectly and did not slip at all. DEFINITELY recommend purchasing this high-quality screwdriver. Cost about $10 but well worth it to avoid the hassle.

    pbrazis - 回复

    The best way I found that works quite well, if you find a screwdriver or bit that is good enough: hold the screwdriver or bit with tons of pressure, and rotate the 3DS clockwise! It will come out in 5-6 rotations, you can do this step in about 10 minutes this way (put down a cloth first, don't scratch the front!)

    Gannon Trueman - 回复

    I HAVE A WAY TO GET OUT THE STRIPED SCREW. Like you, I had screwed up and tried everything to get the screw out. Do NOT try the glue in that tiny hole, you will get the screw glued permanently in there. The rubber band doesn't work in that tight space either. As desperate as I was, I was trying anything from nail polish to cramming the screw driver in as hard as I possible could. Until I realized that I had a drill. Yes, with the smallest head, I drilled into the screw a little bit, messed with the part I was trying to get out, drilled a little more, messed around, and then finally on my last attempt, I had successfully drilled off the top of the screw rendering the part free. It doesn't matter which drill you use as long as you can fit the head into the hole. Then drill forward like you are trying to drill a hole through wood. Now the only problem is that the remainder of the screw will be stuck in its place. All you really have to do is get a set of pliers and twist that puppy out. And there you go!

    YuuChan - 回复

    Most likely though, if you have all the other screws out and only have one striped screw, the part should just pop off and you wouldn't have to drill the entire head off the screw.

    YuuChan - 回复

    Got a brand new #00 screw drive and it striped the first time used it. So now I'm using eyeglass repair kit screw driver and it lasts longer that the one I got of of eBay.

    Acrobatic Mars01 - 回复

    And I tried all of those tactics that people have been giving and none of them are working.

    Acrobatic Mars01 - 回复

    The wiha 273 PH #000×40 unsrews it easily! It has a magnet on it!

    Najee - 回复

    I’m cant get these %#*@ screws out i want to die…

    FRØSTBIT3 - 回复

    • Lift the bottom edge of the lower case off the rest of the 3DS.

    • There are still two ribbon cables connecting the mother board to the case, so be sure not to pull the lower case all the way off.

    • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the shoulder button ribbon cables off their sockets on the motherboard.

    • Remove the lower case from the device.


    • Remove the two 7.7 mm Phillips screws securing the back of the Circle Pad to the motherboard.


    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the back of the Circle Pad off the motherboard.

    • Lift the Circle Pad joystick off the motherboard and lay it on its back so that the ribbon cable connector is accessible.

    When reassembling verify that the circle pad control is oriented right. I had to go back in after completion when I realized it wasn't centered.

    Daniel Johnson - 回复

    I would not disable the back side all the way because it could really mess up your 3DS.

    masterspeggy3 - 回复

    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the Circle Pad ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Lift the Circle Pad joystick off the motherboard.

    Can you replace a zif socket? The little metal pieces on mine broke off...

    Colton Alverson - 回复

    YOUR &&^&@@ HAHAHAAHA, no you cant you would have to purchase a new motherboard i feek you bro happened in my first time

    vrobinson -

    The retaining flap on mine broke off, is there any way to fix it?

    Madi Hansen - 回复

    Don't do this step! it is not necessary. you can skip steps 8 through 20

    S Maduras - 回复

    Skip steps 8 through 20. It will save a lot of time. Thanks S Maduras for the warning.

    clarissa.vetintegral - 回复

    • To decrease the chance of losing it during repairs, you may want to remove the two thin pads underneath the Circle Pad joystick.

    • Use a spudger or screwdriver to lift the pads up and remove them from the device.


    • Remove the two 4.5 mm Phillips screws securing the SD board to the motherboard.


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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the SD board ribbon cable connector off its socket on the motherboard.


    • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the SD board and the motherboard.

    • Run the spudger along the sides of the SD board to free it from the adhesive pad holding it in place.

    • Once completely freed, lift the SD board straight off the motherboard.


    • Slide the flat end of a spudger under the corner of the Wi-Fi board, and lift it away from the motherboard.

    • The Wi-Fi antenna cable is still connected to the Wi-Fi board, so you cannot completely remove the Wi-Fi board yet.


    • Lift the Wi-Fi board off the motherboard and rotate it so that the bottom side is facing up.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi antenna cable connector off its socket on the Wi-Fi board.

    • Remove the Wi-Fi board from the device.


    • Grasp the microphone ribbon cable near the microphone with a pair of tweezers.

    • Pull the microphone straight up out of the upper case.


    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the speaker assembly ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, NOT the socket itself. Damaging the socket or cable will result in a 3DS that will blink its power LED when you press the power button - and do nothing else.

    • Disconnect the speaker assembly ribbon cable with a pair of tweezers.


    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the camera ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • When reassembling, note that the gold contacts face toward the motherboard (as opposed to the camera cable's gold contacts facing away).

    Be sure to fit the motherboard inbetween the joystick and volume slider in properly (you can double check by seeing if the volume slider on the outside goes up and down smoothly). When I closed it the first time it was stuck on full volume so I needed to go back in and readjust!

    Veronika Todd - 回复

    • Remove seven Phillips screws securing the motherboard to the upper case:

      • Four 2.5 mm gold screws

      • Two 3.5 mm black screws

      • One 2.5 mm silver screw

    • Lift the side of the motherboard that sits along the bottom edge of the 3DS.

    Do yourself a favor and DON'T remove the 2.5 mm silver screw (yellow circle). It just holds in a little plastic bit under the volume control. The board comes out just fine with the screw still in. If you remove it, the plastic bit will fall out at random when you turn over the case.

    First time I took mine apart, I noticed something fall out later, tracked it down and then puzzled over what it was and where it came from.

    Chupi - 回复

    There is some adhesive where the AC adapter plugs in so I recommend watching out for that

    Devin Stephenson - 回复

    • Continue lifting the motherboard assembly and rotate it until it is resting next to the rest of the device.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the LCD ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    Reinserting this ribbon cable is quite difficult. I found opening the case so that it sits upright at a 90 degree angle helps. The first two times I tried reassembling the top display did not work. Turned out that I was not inserting the ribbon cable in enough. I used tweezers to push this in by gently grabbing the ribbon cable. I was continually inspecting the cable for damage but apparently did not damage it. If anyone has a better idea on how to reinsert this cable I think others would greatly appreciate it.

    pbrazis - 回复

    Putting the cable back in is the hardest part out of all of this (if you can get past the screws near the beginning). If you have a friend that you trust very much and is very gentle, another pair of hands here really will help. If you're without a friend, make sure to use some flat, angled precision tweezers to push the ribbon in with one hand (pointed tweezers will do in a pinch but you'll have to be careful - I put a small dent in the ribbon and thought I'd broke it), and then use a spudge or something in the other to push the flap down.

    Also worth noting is that the ribbon for the top screen also handles the 3D - if you complete the guide and find you are unable to turn the 3D effect off, you didn't insert the ribbon enough, as I had the problem and re-inserting the ribbon fully fixed it.

    malcolmdemaggio - 回复

    Careful when reassembling -- watch the position of the black wifi antenna wire! I got mine most of the way back together and noticed it wouldn't close all the way. This wire had come out of the little posts holding it in place and was wedged between the screen and motherboard. Now I have to take it all apart again to fix this.

    Also if you're taking the board out of a working unit to get at the CLK signal to backup the NAND chip ("hardmod"), you don't need to remove the difficult ribbon cable in this step, or the other two wide ones at the top right from earlier. Leave them attached and swing the board out. It won't rotate a full 180 degrees to sit flat outside the unit, but you can open the screen 90 degrees to prop the rest up while having the board out on your table.

    Chupi - 回复

    I recommend not taking it off in the first place, as reattaching it is awfully difficult. You can easily clean out your abxy buttons with it still attached

    Martin - 回复

    I am having problems re-inserting the three ribbon cables (3DS XL). Do you need to flip up the retaining flaps first? (I just pulled them out of the slots when removing them.

    darren.brundell - 回复

    • Remove the motherboard assembly from the rest of the device.

    Make sure when putting the motherboard back onto the bottom part of the casing that the antenna wire is where it should be - the first time I put this back together the wire got loose and was smooshed in between the casing and the Y and Power buttons, causing them to be stiff/not work. Using the spudge should help in pushing the wire back into the slots along the inside of the case.

    malcolmdemaggio - 回复

    • Set the motherboard assembly down so that the lower LCD is side-by-side with the motherboard.

    • Use the tip of a spudger or your fingers to peel back the white tape covering the touchscreen ribbon cable connector.


    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the touchscreen ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.


    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the lower LCD power ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the ribbon cable out of the connector with a pair of tweezers.

    • Grasp the ribbon cable as close to the connector as possible with the tweezers to avoid tearing it.


    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the lower LCD data ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.


    • Grasp the lower display assembly and pull it directly away from the motherboard.


    • Starting at the bottom right corner, insert the flat end of a spudger between the touchscreen and LCD frame and gently pry the touchscreen off the LCD.

    • Do not run the spudger down the side of the display assembly to loosen the touchscreen. The two components of the display assembly are held together by a fairly weak adhesive tape, and running the spudger between the two could tangle or damage the tape.

    • Insert the spudger into the top right corner between the two pieces and pry the touchscreen off the LCD frame.


    • Repeat the above procedure for the remaining two corners to pry the touchscreen off the LCD frame.


    • Gently lift the touchscreen up to completely separate it from the lower LCD.

    My 3DS also had a colored frame attached to the touchscreen that was attached with adhesive. This came off reasonably well by prying with the spudger, though I damaged the old touchscreen. The adhesive seemed to be gone after this, but did not give me issues after reassembly.

    pbrazis - 回复


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


David Hodson


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I had no problem with the screws. A while ago I invested in a multi bit precision screwdriver. If you are going to be taking apart electronics this is worth the $20-$30 investment in the long run. If you strip a screw then you have the wrong bit, stop what your doing and wait until you can get the right tool.

This guide could have at least some tips on putting the 3ds back together. It is a true test of your patience. I got mine back together with lots of swearing and having to remove the motherboard several times. It could have been mentioned to keep in eye on your volume and wifi switch position. because I got mine back together and the volume is stuck on full blast and the wifi switch is stuck on. I am going to wait to strip it down again because I have to replace a shoulder button soon anyway.

Also removing the frame on the touch screen was not mentioned and it is really easy to break because it is taped down onto the touch screen.

Overall an excellent guide. Thanks to the author!

Jody Jamieson - 回复

we're having trouble trying to put the lcd board's small ribbon cable back into the motherboard. if anyone could help we would be very grateful. thank you

Green Brid - 回复

all right, we got that, but now we're having trouble with redoing step 18--it's impossible to put the very short ribbon cable under the flap. any suggestions?

Green Brid -

Fantastic guide and pictures. Just finished replacing the touch screen in my daughter's 3DS. I had to take the unit apart again and re seat the top screen connector but otherwise no problems.

davesamwest - 回复

Okay now does this fix the screen entirely because my friend can't use his screen anymore it is just black.

connornielsen02 - 回复

lmao i completely busted my old 3ds

redacted - 回复

Someone needs to help me before I throw this device in front of a train followed by myself. I've been stuck on this %#*@ screw for an hour and a half now and it won't budge! It's the last screw to reveal the mother board and it's right below the battery slot in the corner. I've made the hole a bit bigger, I've tried over 30 different types of screwdriver heads (I think I may have deformed the head of the screw in this process, now nothing fits) I tried super glue, I tried so much unscrewing and the %#*@ thing won't budge even with an electric screwdriver. Seriously am about to go insane somebody please help me in a way that doesn't cost a fortune...

musicalwhovian25 - 回复

Word of warning - the flaps on the ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) ports are VERY fragile - if you aren't careful, they will come off completely, and getting them back into place is essentially impossible. I broke off the one from step 22, and holding it w/ tweezers, trying to get it back into place, it broke in half, and then did it again, just holding it. Thus ended my attempt at fixing my daughter's 3DS.

Jeremy Kane - 回复

i have a 2 ds……………….. );

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