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Broken or cracked Nintendo Switch screen: should you fix it on your own?

Cracked Nintendo Screen after falling down stairs

A cracked or broken screen on your Nintendo Switch® is always a bummer—whether you dropped it on a hardwood floor or spilled your morning coffee on your device. But fixing it doesn't have to be frustrating.

At Asurion, we take care of your tech and appliances so you can focus on what's important. Whether you’re in need of a fast repair or tips on how to get the most out of your device, we're here to help. Here's what our experts say about fixing a broken Nintendo Switch screen.

Can you fix a cracked or broken Switch screen on your own?

Yes, you can. With the right equipment and the help of the internet, you can do a lot. The question is—should you repair the Switch yourself or should you bring on an expert? Here's what you should consider.

Do you have the right tools to fix your Nintendo Switch?

If you decide to repair your screen on your own, you'll need the right equipment:

  • A tri-point Y00 screwdriver
  • A #000 screwdriver
  • A pair of tweezers
  • A suction handle for handling the screen
  • Thermal paste
  • Microfiber cloths
  • A heat gun or heating pad (for loosening the device's sealing adhesive)

If you don't have these tools, you should reach out to a game console repair expert.

Do you have experience repairing electronics?

Fixing a cracked or broken Nintendo Switch screen may sound like an easy DIY project. But if you're not familiar with the parts that make up your Switch, this repair might be difficult.

Is your Switch covered by a warranty?

Nintendo's 12-month warranty covers defects, but it doesn't cover broken screens. You can check with Nintendo to see if they can help you, but your manufacturer's warranty is likely void if you've damaged your device accidentally.

Should you bring your Switch to a professional?

Having a broken screen is frustrating, but it's a common issue, so screen repair services are readily available. Just make sure you take it to a place with longstanding expertise and a good reputation.

How much does it cost to fix a broken screen?

Depending on the model, the cost of repairing the screen on your Nintendo Switch starts at $100. A replacement screen—not to mention the price of the right tools if you don't already have them—can equal or come out to more.

Do I need protection on my Switch?

Screen protectors and cases are a great way to prevent your device from getting damaged. But you may also want to think about a protection plan that covers not only your Switch, but all the eligible tech in your home from future mishaps—like Asurion Home+. To learn more, visit

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