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DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement

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  1. DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Check your controller model: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Check the model number on the back of your controller. This guide was written using model CUH-ZCT1U. If you have another model, the guide procedure and replacement parts may differ slightly.

    • If you have the second generation DualShock 4, model CUH-ZCT2U, use these guides.

  2. DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Unfasten the rear case: step 2, image 1 of 2 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Unfasten the rear case: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • If you need to stabilize your controller during this repair, lay it on a soft surface such as a microfiber cloth.

    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the four 6.4 mm-long screws securing the rear case.

  3. DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Remove the L1 button: step 3, image 1 of 3 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Remove the L1 button: step 3, image 2 of 3 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Remove the L1 button: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Use an opening pick to pry each corner of the L1 button from the front case.

    • Cover the button to prevent it from ejecting out of your workspace.

    • Remove the button.

  4. DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Remove the R1 button: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Use your opening pick to pry and remove the R1 button, just as you did for the L1 button.

  5. DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Unclip the rear case: step 5, image 1 of 3 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Unclip the rear case: step 5, image 2 of 3 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Unclip the rear case: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Six plastic clips secure the rear case to the front case. The next four steps demonstrate how to release these clips before you can open the controller.

    • Insert your opening pick at a downward angle between the front case and rear case, halfway between the handle and the action buttons.

    • Slide your pick toward the handle and pry up to release the first clip.

    • Repeat this procedure on the other side of the controller to release the second clip.

  6. DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 3 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 3 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Two more clips secure the rear case near the extension port and the headphone jack.

    • Insert your opening pick between the front case and rear case at either side of the ports.

    • Twist your pick to unclip this section of the rear case from the front case.

    • If the rear case feels stuck, insert and twist your pick from different angles.

    • Don't open the controller yet, as it's still held together by two very delicate clips near the triggers.

  7. DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • The final two clips are very delicate, and must be disengaged from inside the controller. If you break them, don't worry—it won't affect this repair or your controllers functionality.

    • Locate the clips by looking through the gap above the R2 or L2 buttons.

  8. DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 3 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 3 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the point of a spudger through the gap above the R2 button and push the retaining clip outward.

    • While pushing the clip outward, slowly pull the rear case away from the front case until you feel them separate.

    • Don't fully open the controller until each of the R2 and L2 clips have been disengaged.

    • Repeat this procedure for the clip near the L2 button.

  9. DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Remove the rear case: step 9, image 1 of 3 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Remove the rear case: step 9, image 2 of 3 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Remove the rear case: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Press the R2 button and slide the rear case over it.

  10. DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Press the L2 button and slide the rear case over it.

  11. DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 3 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 3 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Flip the rear case over the top of the controller and lay it down, being careful not to strain the interconnect cable.

  12. DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 12, image 1 of 3 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 12, image 2 of 3 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers or your fingers to remove the interconnect cable by pulling its blue pull tab straight out of the socket.

    • During reassembly, reconnect the cable with its blue pull tab facing the outside of the controller.

  13. DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 13, image 1 of 2 DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers or your fingers to grab and disconnect the head of the battery cable from the motherboard.

    • Only pull on the head of the connector—don't pull on the cable itself.

  14. DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT1U) Battery Replacement, Remove the battery: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the battery.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

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24 Comments

My Dualshock 4 wont turn on after the battery replacement.

Any idea on why this happened?

Alexander - Reply

have you tried to charge it?

Mohamed Aden -

I had a problem with my console but with your guide it is possible to solve this one I think.

Praska - Reply

I found a replacement battery here, you have to mod the tray a little, but it works like a champ and doubles the life.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PS4-Controller-B...

binazriel - Reply

The x button on my controller want working properly so I ordered new rubber mounts. I followed the guide, taking my time to make sure I didn't damage anything.

With the new rubber in place I put everything back together and the controller was working fine but now I've realised it doesn't charge. The battery goes completely dead and switches off. If I then connect it with usb cable it doesn't charge but will turn on the controller for maybe 10 seconds before switching off again.

Anyone any idea what is going on? Thanks.

Kenny - Reply

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