Nintendo DS - Replacing the Rechargeable Battery

Please read before attempting to replace the battery:

  • Do not use an unlicensed battery.
  • After installing, always perform a full charge before the first use with the new battery.
  • You will need a small philips head screwdriver -- sometimes called a jeweler's, micro, precision, or miniature. The best size tends to be #00. This is a very small screwdriver that can be purchased in most hardware stores.

How to Change the Battery:

  1. Remove all games, the AC Adapter, and turn the system off before attempting to remove the battery.
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  3. Using a small philips head screwdriver -- sometimes called a jeweler's, micro, precision, or miniature (#00) -- unscrew the small philips head screw on the back of the Nintendo DS. Once the screw is completely loose, remove the battery cover.

  4. Remove the original battery, starting with the end with the single tab, and dispose of it according to the instructions on the battery itself. For assistance in disposing of lithium ion batteries, it is also a good idea to contact a local solid waste disposal facility.

  5. Insert the new battery, placing the end with two tabs in first, and close the compartment. Re-attach the battery cover, being careful not to over tighten the screws.

  6. Charge the battery completely before attempting to use the system for the first time.