BySimon Rune Knudsen, writer at
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Simon Rune Knudsen

More than a few unlucky Nintendo Switch owners seem to have experienced a design fault that leaves their Switch console screen with annoying and unpleasant scratches on its once perfect surface—assuming you don't also have the commonly reported dead pixel issue.

Apparently, the somewhat new console's handy docking station has a tendency for scratching the screen of the Switch itself. Something you really don't want happening to your best new toy and only access to Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

It's a sad sight to behold.
It's a sad sight to behold.

There are always bumps in the road when it comes to the launch of a new console, and it's been one heck of a bumpy ride for the Nintendo so far. The left Joy-Con has also been known to zone out from time to time, leaving players helplessly disconnected for a while. recommend staying away from aquariums. Wait, what?

To fix the Switch's left Joy-Con controller issue, head here. But let's get down to fixing the problem at hand and make sure you won't end up with a scratched screen.

How To Keep Your Nintendo Switch Dock From Scratching The Screen

The first step to stop this from happening is simply to be very careful when docking the handheld device. Be as gentle as you would be when handling a newborn baby because let's face it, that's what the Switch is; your new, very fragile, precious baby.

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But, alas, it can be difficult to restrain yourself to calmness when you come home after a long day and just want to squeeze that Switch in there, turn on the TV and immobilize yourself on the couch for the entire evening to play Zelda.

In those situations you need a more bulletproof, long-lasting solution to the screen-scratching problem. Luckily, Nintendo-aficionado Patrick Westlin has come up with a DIY fix as first reported over on Nintendo Life.

All you need is some stick-on floor protector, which can be purchased in IKEA or other similar stores. Sorry, we're afraid you'll have to turn off your Switch and let Link rest for a while while you head out to purchase the necessary stuff.

[Credit: Patrick Westlin]
[Credit: Patrick Westlin]

Cut out the floor protector to fit the machine like shown in the pictures. The strips should be around 4 cm long and 5 mm wide. Stick them firmly along the edges of the docking device to ensure maximum protection of that beautiful 6.2-inch screen.

[Credit: Patrick Westlin]
[Credit: Patrick Westlin]

The floor protector is about 2.6-2.7 mm wide, so the fitting is just perfect when you put the Switch into the docking station. And even though it might not look particularly slick, it guarantees a scratch-free screen.

[Credit: Patrick Westlin]
[Credit: Patrick Westlin]

If you don't have access to IKEA or similar stores in your nearby vicinity, there are probably other different materials that could serve the same purpose. Anything which can be stuck to the inside of the dock and has a soft surface will most likely work, as long as it still allows the Switch to fit in there as well.

Scratches Are Not Unscratchable

This issue can be a serious one, as scratches on the Switch's screen is a very permanent form of damage. And it doesn't just look bad, it might also lower your ability to perceive details in various games and generally impede your enjoyment when you're playing the game undocked.

So get your DIY fixing going immediately and remember to send enormous emounts of good karma towards Patrick Westlin, who's much more McGyver than that Lucas Till-pretender on TV.

What problems have you experienced with the Nintendo Switch?


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