The Nintendo Switch is one of the most handy devices in gaming today; after all, being able to switch between console and handheld as needed is something only this platform can do. That said, one of the major drawbacks is that, as a handheld device, it is thus more susceptible to damage, and has more bits that you need to keep from becoming damaged. For example, having your Nintendo Switch’s screen become damaged will make your handheld play a lot less fun.
Generally, Nintendo’s official repair website does not like to give an explicit quote as to how much it will cost to repair your Nintendo Switch. However, in general, a regular Nintendo Switch will likely cost around 100 dollars for a screen repair. You can also look into third-party repair services, which charge about that price as well.
The cost of repair may vary depending on the kind of damage sustained by the screen, as well as the type of Nintendo Switch that was damaged. Read on for more.
How much does it cost to repair a Nintendo Switch screen?
When getting a console repaired with Nintendo out of warranty, approach with the expectation that the cost of the repair will be relative to how much the item costs. For the Nintendo Switch, the $300 console will usually be repaired for a total of $150, though certain circumstances may cause that price to lower. Just don’t try to haggle, as the customer service rep does not have much wiggle room to do you a solid.
Repairs for the Nintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch OLED are similarly priced according to their MSRPs. You can open Nintendo’s official repair form for the Nintendo Switch and put in the respective serial number of your console to see how much it will cost you overall.
Is screen damage covered under the Nintendo Switch’s warranty?
When you originally purchase a Nintendo Switch console, be it a Switch, Switch Lite, or Switch OLED, it comes with a one-year warranty. However, this warranty does not cover accidental damage, and is instead meant to cover damage caused by a defect in the system.
Whether you get your Nintendo Switch repaired under this warranty, or you pay for the repair out of your own pocket, this will affect your warranty. You will either get a new 100-day warranty, or you will just have the remainder of your original warranty (depending on which lasts the longest). This new 100 days will operate on the same restrictions your original warranty employed.
Will Nintendo repair my Nintendo Switch if it is physically modified in some way?
While it is not common for someone to physically modify their Nintendo Switch, there are plenty of people out there who engage in both hard and softmods to their devices. However, if they wind up needing to get it repaired, they should not use Nintendo, as Nintendo will refuse to repair it under the grounds that it was modified in an unauthorized way.
It is not illegal to modify your Nintendo Switch (though what you do with those modifications may be), but Nintendo’s warranty is voided if the device is modified. This is due in part to the fact that a modification may be what is causing the defect in the console, over which Nintendo cannot be held responsible. In this case, your best bet is to find a repair shop, either near you or online, that specializes in repairing modified consoles.
What kind of warranty can I get that covers it?
While most people will just have the basic one-year warranty from Nintendo that is provided with your Switch console, that does not mean that it is your only option. Typically, when purchasing your Nintendo Switch console from a company like Walmart, Amazon.com, Best Buy, etc., you should be given the opportunity to purchase an additional warranty that covers accidental damage. How long a period the warranty lasts will vary from plan to plan, retail store to retail store, so research which store has the plan that fits your preferences first and foremost.
However, you should be cautious that you read the warranty carefully, as the warranty offered may not be comprehensive enough for your tastes. This should not be taken to mean that the warranties on offer are trying to pull you for a fast one, but it is possible that certain types of damages may not be covered. For example, you could find a warranty that covers fall damage, but it may not cover water damage (as an example), so do keep that in mind.
You should also make sure to save proof of purchase, as lacking that, you may lose out on your warranty.
Should I get my Nintendo Switch screen repaired by Nintendo or a third-party repair shop?
Figuring out whether to get your repair done by Nintendo or a separate company altogether, is a decision that will ultimately come down to a combination of service quality, convenience, and cost. For example, people in the continental United States will have an easier time getting their Nintendo Switch repaired via Nintendo than someone in Hawaii, a United States territory, or Latin America.
There are also shipping concerns you need to grapple with, regardless of what business you ship your Nintendo Switch to. Due to shipment restrictions to do with lithium batteries, people shipping their repairs in the United States can only send two items with lithium batteries at a time, and if there is a standalone lithium battery involved, they cannot be sent via two-day or overnight shipping, and cannot be shipped to the following regions:
- Any United States territories
- FPO/APO/DPO addresses
Canada and Latin American regions have things they need to grapple with as well. For one, in order for someone in certain Latin American countries to get their Nintendo Switch repaired via Nintendo of America, they need to purchase it from the states; if they did not, they will likely have to go through the retailer from which they purchased it.