Introduction

The HTC Vive controller grip buttons may be weak or faulty from extended use or from being dropped on its side. Use caution when removing the rubber tabs to avoid damage. This guide will show you how to replace the grip buttons.

Turn over the Vive controller so that the bottom saucer is facing up. Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove three black 21mm screws from the bottom saucer. Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove three black 21mm screws from the bottom saucer.
  • Turn over the Vive controller so that the bottom saucer is facing up.

  • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove three black 21mm screws from the bottom saucer.

Use the nylon spudger to separate the top and bottom saucer covers all around the edges. Remove only the top saucer cover by pulling up with your hand.
  • Use the nylon spudger to separate the top and bottom saucer covers all around the edges.

  • Remove only the top saucer cover by pulling up with your hand.

My top saucer was REALLY stubborn. Don’t force it with your hand, use the spudger to separate it at the seam. Try not to poke your spudger in too deep, there are internals just inside the seam.

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The second time around, I learned why it was so stubborn. The picture suggests that you should start at the base of the saucer and work your way around, but that’s backwards.

Start separating with your spudger at the distal side of the saucer and work your way toward the handle. Then for the last part, pull the piece up and away, like peeling a banana. See the second picture for the bottom half of the saucer, below. Do the same on the top.

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Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the three silver 12.8mm screws from the exposed upper sensor panel. Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the three silver 12.8mm screws from the exposed upper sensor panel.
  • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the three silver 12.8mm screws from the exposed upper sensor panel.

It’s Phillips 0, not 00.

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Remove the bottom saucer cover by pulling down with your hand. Remove the bottom saucer cover by pulling down with your hand. Remove the bottom saucer cover by pulling down with your hand.
  • Remove the bottom saucer cover by pulling down with your hand.

Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two black 5.2mm screws on the back gray panel. Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two black 5.2mm screws on the back gray panel.
  • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two black 5.2mm screws on the back gray panel.

Turn over the Vive controller so that the exposed bottom saucer panel is facing up.
  • Turn over the Vive controller so that the exposed bottom saucer panel is facing up.

  • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the three black 5.2mm screws.

Leave the middle screw where it is (the one being unscrewed in the picture). That screw holds the two halves of the photodiode assembly together, not the case.

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Use the nylon spudger to separate the front panel gently by running the spudger around the edges of the handle. Only separate the front panel around the edges. Do not try to completely remove the panel yet.
  • Use the nylon spudger to separate the front panel gently by running the spudger around the edges of the handle.

  • Only separate the front panel around the edges. Do not try to completely remove the panel yet.

  • Gently lift the right side of the panel to the left.

Disconnect the upper ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon up and  away from the motherboard with two fingers.
  • Disconnect the upper ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon up and away from the motherboard with two fingers.

  • Do not try to disconnect the ribbon cables from the front panel.

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Disconnect the middle ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon cable up and away from the motherboard with two fingers. Do not try to disconnect the ribbon cables from the front panel.
  • Disconnect the middle ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon cable up and away from the motherboard with two fingers.

  • Do not try to disconnect the ribbon cables from the front panel.

Use the nylon spudger to lift  the white tab by 90 degrees. Disconnect the bottom ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon cable down with two fingers. Disconnect the bottom ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon cable down with two fingers.
  • Use the nylon spudger to lift the white tab by 90 degrees.

  • Disconnect the bottom ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon cable down with two fingers.

Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove two black 2.8mm screws from the silver plate. Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the black 5.8mm screw from the bottom right corner of the silver plate.
  • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove two black 2.8mm screws from the silver plate.

  • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the black 5.8mm screw from the bottom right corner of the silver plate.

Remove the silver plate by pinching it with two fingers and lifting up.
  • Remove the silver plate by pinching it with two fingers and lifting up.

Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the black 5.8mm screw from the top left of the battery frame.
  • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the black 5.8mm screw from the top left of the battery frame.

Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the bottom of the battery frame. Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the bottom of the battery frame.
  • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the bottom of the battery frame.

Disconnect the three-pin cable gently by pinching the cable with two fingers and pulling up. Disconnect the three-pin cable gently by pinching the cable with two fingers and pulling up.
  • Disconnect the three-pin cable gently by pinching the cable with two fingers and pulling up.

Lift the battery frame to remove the battery from the Vive controller Lift the battery frame to remove the battery from the Vive controller Lift the battery frame to remove the battery from the Vive controller
  • Lift the battery frame to remove the battery from the Vive controller

Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the two black 5.8mm screws from the top of the motherboard.
  • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the two black 5.8mm screws from the top of the motherboard.

Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the bottom of the motherboard. Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the bottom of the motherboard.
  • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the bottom of the motherboard.

Use the nylon spudger to rotate the black tab up by 90 degrees. Disconnect the ribbon cable carefully with your finger. Disconnect the ribbon cable carefully with your finger.
  • Use the nylon spudger to rotate the black tab up by 90 degrees.

  • Disconnect the ribbon cable carefully with your finger.

Lift the motherboard up and out of the Vive controller using your hands. Lift the motherboard up and out of the Vive controller using your hands. Lift the motherboard up and out of the Vive controller using your hands.
  • Lift the motherboard up and out of the Vive controller using your hands.

Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the two black 5.8mm screws from the silver rectangular plate.
  • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the two black 5.8mm screws from the silver rectangular plate.

Lift the silver rectangular plate up and out of the controller using your hand.
  • Lift the silver rectangular plate up and out of the controller using your hand.

Use the nylon spudger to lift the bottom rubber tab on the inside of the right grip button. Use the nylon spudger to lift the top rubber tab on the inside of the right grip button. Use the nylon spudger to lift the top rubber tab on the inside of the right grip button.
  • Use the nylon spudger to lift the bottom rubber tab on the inside of the right grip button.

  • Use the nylon spudger to lift the top rubber tab on the inside of the right grip button.

Push the grip button in with your finger until it pops out of its socket. You may hear a popping sound when you pop out the grip button
  • Push the grip button in with your finger until it pops out of its socket.

  • You may hear a popping sound when you pop out the grip button

  • Repeat steps 23 and 24 to remove the left side grip button.

Conclusion

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

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