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HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement

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  1. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Prepare your Vive XR Elite for disassembly: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Before starting this repair, discharge the batteries in your headset below 25%. A charged battery may leak dangerous chemicals or catch fire if damaged.

    • Playing Half Life: Alyx will do the trick!

    • The Vive XR Elite has a proximity sensor that puts the headset in standby mode to save battery when it isn't in use. To drain the battery faster you'll need to use the headset.

  2. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Disconnect the USB-C power cable: step 2, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Disconnect the USB-C power cable: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the USB-C power cable.

  3. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Disconnect the battery cradle: step 3, image 1 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Disconnect the battery cradle: step 3, image 2 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Disconnect the battery cradle: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Press the release button on the right battery cradle temple slot.

    • Pull the battery cradle away from the right temple slot to disconnect it.

  4. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Repeat the previous step for the left temple slot.

  5. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Separate the headset and battery cradle: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Separate the headset and battery cradle.

  6. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the face cushion: step 6, image 1 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the face cushion: step 6, image 2 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the face cushion: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • The face cushion is attached to the headset with two magnets. You'll feel the pull of the magnets as you remove it.

    • Grip the middle of the face cushion with your fingers and pull back to remove it.

  7. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the screw covers: step 7, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the screw covers: step 7, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
    Buy
    • Use tweezers to remove the six screw covers from the right temple.

  8. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Unfasten the right temple: step 8, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Unfasten the right temple: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the six 4.9 mm‑long screws securing the two right temple halves.

    • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two 3.5 mm‑long screws securing the right hinge cover.

  9. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the outer hinge cover: step 9, image 1 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the outer hinge cover: step 9, image 2 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the outer hinge cover: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger in the gap between the right outer and inner hinge covers.

    • Slide the spudger along the gap to separate the clips securing the outer hinge cover.

    • Remove the outer hinge cover.

  10. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the outer temple: step 10, image 1 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the outer temple: step 10, image 2 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the outer temple: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger in the gap between the outer and inner temple.

    • Slide the spudger along the gap to separate the clips securing the outer temple.

  11. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the top of the outer temple out of its slot in the hinge.

  12. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    Tesa 61395 Tape
    $6.99
    Buy
    • The speaker is lightly adhered to the outer temple.

    • Rotate the outer temple towards you to access the speaker.

    • Slide the flat end of a spudger under the speaker to separate its adhesive.

    • During reassembly, if your speaker adhesive isn't sticky, use double-sided tape to re-adhere the speaker to the outer temple.

  13. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Thread the outer temple off of the USB‑C cable and remove it.

  14. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the inner temple out of its slot in the hinge and remove it.

  15. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Peel the hinge tape: step 15, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Peel the hinge tape: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers to peel back the black tape covering one of the inner hinge cover screws.

  16. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Unfasten the inner hinge cover: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two screws securing the inner hinge cover:

    • One 3.1 mm‑long screw

    • One 4.9 mm‑long screw

  17. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the inner hinge cover: step 17, image 1 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the inner hinge cover: step 17, image 2 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the inner hinge cover: step 17, image 3 of 3
    • Rotate the inner hinge cover off its groove in the frame.

    • Thread the inner hinge cover off of the USB-C and speaker cables and remove it.

  18. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the screw covers: step 18, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the screw covers: step 18, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
    Buy
    • Use tweezers to remove the six screw covers from the left temple.

  19. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Unfasten the left temple: step 19, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Unfasten the left temple: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the six 4.9 mm‑long screws securing the two left temple halves.

    • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two 3.5 mm‑long screws securing the left hinge cover.

  20. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the outer hinge cover: step 20, image 1 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the outer hinge cover: step 20, image 2 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the outer hinge cover: step 20, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger in the gap between the left outer and inner hinge covers.

    • Slide the spudger along the gap to separate the clips securing the outer hinge cover.

    • Remove the outer hinge cover.

  21. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the left temple: step 21, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the left temple: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the left temple out of its slot in the hinge.

    • Don't try to fully remove it yet, as it's still connected by a cable.

  22. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger in the gap between the outer and inner temple.

    • Slide the spudger along the gap to separate the plastic clips securing the outer temple.

  23. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the outer temple off of its inner half to completely release its plastic clips.

  24. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 24, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    Tesa 61395 Tape
    $6.99
    Buy
    • The speaker is lightly adhered to the outer temple.

    • Slide the flat end of a spudger under the speaker to separate its adhesive.

    • Let the speaker rest next to the headset before continuing.

    • During reassembly, if your speaker adhesive isn't sticky, use Tesa 61395 Tape to re-adhere the speaker to the outer temple.

  25. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Peel the hinge tape: step 25, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Peel the hinge tape: step 25, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers to peel back the black tape covering one of the inner hinge cover screws.

  26. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Unfasten the inner hinge cover: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two screws securing the inner hinge cover:

    • One 3.5 mm‑long screw

    • One 4.9 mm‑long screw

  27. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Reposition the inner hinge cover: step 27, image 1 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Reposition the inner hinge cover: step 27, image 2 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Reposition the inner hinge cover: step 27, image 3 of 3
    • Don't fully remove the inner hinge cover, as it's connected by the volume button cable.

    • Rotate the inner hinge cover off its groove in the frame.

    • Let the cover hang off its volume button cable for now.

  28. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Unfasten the face plate: step 28, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Unfasten the face plate: step 28, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the 12 screws securing the face plate:

    • Six 3.5 mm‑long screws

    • Four 4.9 mm‑long screws

    • Two 6.5 mm‑long screws

    • There are two magnets at the top corners of the face plate. As you remove nearby screws, they might stick to them.

  29. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Unclip the face cover: step 29, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Unclip the face cover: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the flat end of the spudger in the gap between the frame and the bottom right corner of the face cover.

    • Pry up with the spudger to release the clips securing the face cover.

  30. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 30, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement: step 30, image 2 of 2
    • Repeat the prying process for the middle and bottom left portions of the face cover.

  31. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Reposition the face cover: step 31, image 1 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Reposition the face cover: step 31, image 2 of 3 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Reposition the face cover: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • Don't fully remove the face cover completely, as it's connected by the proximity sensor cable.

    • Lift the face cover and rotate it over the top of the frame.

    • Lay the face cover face up before continuing.

  32. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Unfasten the proximity sensor: step 32, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two 3.3 mm‑long screws securing the proximity sensor cable.

  33. HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the face cover: step 33, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive XR Elite Face Cover Replacement, Remove the face cover: step 33, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the face cover.

Conclusion

Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

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

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

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Answers Community for help.

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