2 Tips to Fix a Nintendo Switch That Cannot Read Game Cards - Our Guide

Published : 18/10/2020 15:20:43
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2 Tips to Fix a Nintendo Switch That Cannot Read Game Cards - Our Guide

While the Nintendo Switch has been thoroughly tested to ensure durability and longevity in the user's hands, problems can still occur every so often. One of the most common problems a Switch may face is difficulty reading game cards. It can happen consistently or at random times and is a real downer, especially if you were excited to play some games.


If you're facing the same issues with your Switch, don't send it to the repair shop just yet. There are a few things you can do possibly fix the issue before opting to have it repaired.


1. Switch Troubleshooting


Before you carry out any replacement work by yourself or have a repair shop do it, you must ensure that the problem isn't caused by anything serious and that the issue can be quickly resolved. To do this, follow these steps:


First, check your console to make sure it has the latest update. Second, fully power off the console and remove any game card inside. Check to make sure that the card is a legitimate copy and that you weren't given a fake copy. Third, check the golden contacts on the game card. Make sure that they are clean and that there is no dirt or dust. Finally, insert the card back into the Switch and turn on the console. If the console still doesn't read the card, check for any updates needed to run the game.


If the above steps do not work for you, you will need to resort to replacing the card slot.


2. DIY Card Slot Replacement


You will need to purchase a new card slot first. If you already have one, go ahead and remove the back cover of the Switch. Remove the micro SD card screw and then the reader from the motherboard. From there, remove the metal backplate to disconnect the battery. When that's done, you can then remove the heatsink by removing three screws. With the heatsink out of the way, the card slot reader will be exposed. Remove the screws and the attached ribbon to remove the card slot. Place in the new one and screw everything back together!


Note that if you're unsure about doing a card slot replacement by yourself, leave it to the professionals.




A Nintendo Switch that doesn't read games can be a real nuisance, especially if you've been looking forward to playing some games after a long day. If you run into this issue, go ahead and try the first tip. If that doesn't work, you can try your hand at the DIY fix. Otherwise, please send it to a repair store.


We highly recommend sending it to a reputable third-party repair specialist. In most cases, they're just as good at fixing your Switch as the official repair team, and they are generally much more affordable and offer insurance to cover the service.


Gamer-Tech is an established repair company in the UK, offering high-quality fixes for your consoles, computers, and more. If you need Nintendo Switch repair in the UK, get in touch with us!


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