3DS Top LCD Screen Replacement Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to open the top half of your 3DS and replace the top lcd screen. To get to the top screen you'll need to disassemble the entire 3DS console and remove the motherboard, analog stick, sd card reader, wifi module, speakers, cameras, and other small parts.

You can purchase a new 3DS Top LCD screen in the Zombie Store.

Stuff you will need:

  • A few small screwdrivers (phillips #00, flat head)
  • Ziplock bags for screws and small parts
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3ds bottom lcd touch screen replacement tutorial Begin by following our 3DS Bottom LCD & Touch Screen Tutorial to disassemble the bottom half of your 3DS. Stop at the second to last step. You do not need to disconnect the bottom screen from the motherboard. Then continue with the steps below.
3ds wifi antenna wire Pull the wifi antenna wire out of its slots. The path is shown by the red dashed line.
3ds shoulder light Remove the two plastic pieces that make up the light on the shoulder of the 3DS.
3ds top lcd cover Pull the plastic screen cover off the top screen.
3ds top lcd screws

Remove the screws circled in red.

3ds top lcd cover removal Now remove the cover off the back of the top half of the 3DS.
3ds top screen parts

As you can see the top screen access is blocked by several other boards and cables.

Pry the camera assembly (#2) out of its socket and peel the camera cable off the back of the top lcd screen.

3ds top screen mini cables Open the two clasps (#1) as shown and disconnect the two small cables. Pull the board and the attached speaker out of their socket.
3ds right side speaker Remove one screw from board #3 and remove the board and speaker.
3ds top half cables Peel the cables off the back of the top lcd screen and place them out of your way.
3ds shoulder locked You'll need to move the shoulder hinge to separate the top and bottom halves of the case. This picture shows the hinge holding the two halves together.
3ds shoulder removal Flip the case over and use a small screwdriver to push the hinge in the direction of the yellow arrow.
3ds hinge removed This is what the hinge will look like once it's pushed all the way out.
3ds top screen lifted Lift up the top screen and remove the wifi antenna labeled #4.
3ds top cable sleeve Slightly separate the two halves of the case, but make sure the hinge sleeve shown here stays in the top half.
3ds top cable slot Again flip the 3DS over and look at the cables sticking out of the top right corner. To separate the two halves of the case slide the cables through the slot shown in the picture.
3ds top cables removed Now roll the two thicker cables (black and gold) into a tube and push them through the hinge.
3ds top lcd screen removed This is the 3DS top lcd screen with the camera cable still stuck to the back. You'll reuse the camera with your new lcd screen. Installation is the reverse of removal.
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