So, you’ve got yourself an Xbox One. With its fast processor, really good GPU and 1TB of memory, you’re ready to play some Forza on it, maybe some Halo too. But wait a minute. Your console can run all that, but can you play all that? Is the Xbox One controller ready,
spick and span and all buttons working? What about the triggers? Since they are the most delicate part of the controller and run into problems frequently, you might want to pry open the Xbox One controller to look at it and maybe satisfy a bit of your curiosity too. So, here’s a guide on how to disassemble Xbox One controller by yourselves: this is the DIY method.
For the sake of the controller’s own usability, its look and your financial wellbeing (controllers are $60, this is no joke), we suggest that your first course of action for a damaged or broken controller would be to send it off to be certified Xbox repair center or a gaming shop that deals in broken controllers.
If, for some reason, the only technician available is you and the only place to take it is that table with good lightning in the den, then the least you could do is grab some professional tools. No need going at an Xbox One controller with a 12” screwdriver. Let’s get into it. Click here to read more articles.
How to Disassemble Xbox One Controller
The whole process will be described in steps, so bear with this passage. And the end, to re-assemble the controller, simply reverse the steps back from the bottom.
Step 1: Get the battery cover and slide it off the controller. Next, grab the batteries and remove them, so a bit of the circuit board is showing. Here comes step two.
Step 2: Next up on the removal list are either grips on the sides on the controller (which include the triggers). You’re going to want to use a soft-tip sludger or a flat-head screwdriver with a soft tip. Wedge them between the seams of the grips and the controller’s body and lightly wiggle it. The plate will come off. Repeat it for the other side and all your grips are off now. Time for step three.
Step 3: Once the grips are off the controller, locate and remove the four screws on either side of the controller body (underneath the now-exposed grip part). Next, there is a screw under the label beneath the battery pack (the one with all details, FCC regulations and whatnot). You can either puncture the label or pull it off to access and remove the screw there.
Step 4: Once the five screws have been removed, grip the controller and pull its back cover towards you. It should come right off, exposing the circuit board fully. Step five requires precision and a soft hand.
Step 5: Once the back cover is removed, face the controller towards yourselves and remove the front plate too. Be careful to mind the buttons and the D-pad. Next, we deal with the motherboard.
Step 6: Step 6 requires some soldering to be done so be very careful with the controller and the soldering iron. One wrong tap and the controller can be rendered useless. Carefully de-solder the motherboard’s joint WHILE keeping pressure on the black and red wires located on the top of the motherboard.
Step 7: When you’re done with the joints, de-solder the wires which were earlier pressed (black, red, on top of the motherboard) and remove the rumble motors. You can also let them hang freely from their sockets; it won’t damage it.
Step 8: Locate and remove the two 7mm screws which are near the sockets of the rumble motors. Be careful, the motherboard cannot resist much pressure around the edges. Once you’re done, lift the upper motherboard and remove it from the housing.
Step 9: To remove the main motherboard, locate and remove six screws scrambled across the board. Be sure to not apply too much force whilst doing so.
Step 10: Using a soft-top flathead or a nylon sludger, pry the bumpers off its peg. These pegs are at the front and the back of the controller housing.
Step 11: Using the same tool, start removing the buttons. Start from the front, removing the plastic keys and from the back, their rubber housing.
Step 12: Now the main motherboard is free. Gently wiggle it and remove it from the housing. As for the D-pad, triggers and other buttons, repeat step 11 with each button, except for the ones with plastic at the back. You have to push them from the back so they pop out at the front.
You’re done disassembling your Xbox One controller by yourself. Replace the key if that was the purpose and follow Step 12 and onwards (in reverse order) to put it back together.