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Introduction

This guide will show you how to replace the thermal paste inside a PS4. Now you might wonder just what thermal paste is. Thermal paste is a silver liquid you apply to a processor to transfer heat to a cooling solution. You want to replace the thermal paste of any electronic every couple of years or so since the thermal paste will dry out. The thermal paste board is right under the heat sink, and the heat sink is where all the dust builds up. If you clean the heat sink and replace the thermal paste, your PS4 will be working as if it was brand new. My PS4 is about six years old, and after doing this whole procedure, it never overheats anymore and is as quiet as a mouse. The only skills required for this task is you have to be able to screw and unscrew screws. It is a very easy, but it is a tedious process, so pick a day that you are free if you are going to do this.

  1. Grip the PS4 with both hands along the gap in the top cover. Push the glossy side of the top cover with your thumbs until it pops to the side. Lift the glossy top cover up and back to remove it from the PS4.
    • Grip the PS4 with both hands along the gap in the top cover.

    • Push the glossy side of the top cover with your thumbs until it pops to the side.

    • Lift the glossy top cover up and back to remove it from the PS4.

  2. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 6.5 mm screw securing the hard drive bracket to the enclosure. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 6.5 mm screw securing the hard drive bracket to the enclosure.
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 6.5 mm screw securing the hard drive bracket to the enclosure.

  3. Pull the hard drive bracket out of the enclosure. Be careful not to drop the hard drive. The internal components are fragile and are susceptible to damage by sudden shock. Be careful not to drop the hard drive. The internal components are fragile and are susceptible to damage by sudden shock.
    • Pull the hard drive bracket out of the enclosure.

    • Be careful not to drop the hard drive. The internal components are fragile and are susceptible to damage by sudden shock.

  4. Flip the PS4 upside-down with the back side facing towards you.
    • Flip the PS4 upside-down with the back side facing towards you.

  5. Use tweezers to remove the two stickers in the center of the back of the PS4 exposing two case screws. Use tweezers to remove the two stickers in the center of the back of the PS4 exposing two case screws. Use tweezers to remove the two stickers in the center of the back of the PS4 exposing two case screws.
    • Use tweezers to remove the two stickers in the center of the back of the PS4 exposing two case screws.

  6. Use tweezers to carefully remove the plastic screw covers in each corner, exposing two more case screws. Use tweezers to carefully remove the plastic screw covers in each corner, exposing two more case screws.
    • Use tweezers to carefully remove the plastic screw covers in each corner, exposing two more case screws.

  7. Remove the four 7.2 mm Torx security screws on the back of the PS4. Remove the four 7.2 mm Torx security screws on the back of the PS4.
    • Remove the four 7.2 mm Torx security screws on the back of the PS4.

  8. Use your thumbs to lift the lower case up and off the PS4. The lower case is held into place by plastic clips. You may need to use significant force to release the lower case.
    • Use your thumbs to lift the lower case up and off the PS4.

    • The lower case is held into place by plastic clips. You may need to use significant force to release the lower case.

  9. Use a pair of tweezers to pull the power supply cable straight out and disconnect the power supply unit from the motherboard. If your connector feels stuck, use a spudger to gently pry the connector out.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the power supply cable straight out and disconnect the power supply unit from the motherboard.

    • If your connector feels stuck, use a spudger to gently pry the connector out.

  10. Remove three 9.7 mm Torx security screws. Remove two 41 mm Phillips screws and brackets.
    • Remove three 9.7 mm Torx security screws.

    • Remove two 41 mm Phillips screws and brackets.

  11. Lift the power supply straight up and out of the PS4. The power supply is held firmly in place by prongs on the left side. It may take multiple attempts to remove it. During reassembly, ensure the prongs are aligned, then press the power supply into place.
    • Lift the power supply straight up and out of the PS4.

    • The power supply is held firmly in place by prongs on the left side. It may take multiple attempts to remove it.

    • During reassembly, ensure the prongs are aligned, then press the power supply into place.

  12. Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the antenna cable from the motherboard. Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the antenna cable from the motherboard.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the antenna cable from the motherboard.

  13. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grab the antenna cable and move it out from the cable guides. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grab the antenna cable and move it out from the cable guides. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grab the antenna cable and move it out from the cable guides.
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grab the antenna cable and move it out from the cable guides.

  14. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to thread the antenna cable out from underneath the optical drive cable. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to thread the antenna cable out from underneath the optical drive cable. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to thread the antenna cable out from underneath the optical drive cable.
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to thread the antenna cable out from underneath the optical drive cable.

  15. Remove the 9.7 mm Torx security screw securing the antenna. Remove the 9.7 mm Torx security screw securing the antenna.
    • Remove the 9.7 mm Torx security screw securing the antenna.

  16. Remove the Wi-Fi antenna. Remove the Wi-Fi antenna.
    • Remove the Wi-Fi antenna.

  17. Use your fingernail to press down on the metal release lever of the ribbon cable on top of the optical drive. Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to disconnect the ribbon cable by pulling on the black tab. You do not need to press the metal lever when inserting the ribbon cable back in. You will hear a click once it is fully inserted.
    • Use your fingernail to press down on the metal release lever of the ribbon cable on top of the optical drive.

    • Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to disconnect the ribbon cable by pulling on the black tab.

    • You do not need to press the metal lever when inserting the ribbon cable back in. You will hear a click once it is fully inserted.

  18. Use your fingernail to press down the metal release lever for the ribbon cable connected to the motherboard. Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to disconnect the ribbon cable by pulling on the black tab. Set the ribbon cable aside for reassembly.
    • Use your fingernail to press down the metal release lever for the ribbon cable connected to the motherboard.

    • Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to disconnect the ribbon cable by pulling on the black tab.

    • Set the ribbon cable aside for reassembly.

    • You do not need to press the metal lever when inserting the ribbon cable back in. You will hear a click once it is fully inserted.

  19. Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to disconnect the optical drive cable from the motherboard. Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to disconnect the optical drive cable from the motherboard.
    • Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to disconnect the optical drive cable from the motherboard.

  20. Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to remove the optical drive cable from the cable guides that hold it in place. Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to remove the optical drive cable from the cable guides that hold it in place. Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to remove the optical drive cable from the cable guides that hold it in place.
    • Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to remove the optical drive cable from the cable guides that hold it in place.

  21. Remove the four screws securing the optical drive. Three 9.7 mm Torx screws
    • Remove the four screws securing the optical drive.

    • Three 9.7 mm Torx screws

    • One 6.2 mm Phillips screw

  22. Lift the optical drive straight up and out of the PS4. Lift the optical drive straight up and out of the PS4.
    • Lift the optical drive straight up and out of the PS4.

  23. Remove the two 9.7 mm Torx screws securing the upper case. Remove the two 9.7 mm Torx screws securing the upper case.
    • Remove the two 9.7 mm Torx screws securing the upper case.

  24. Lift the upper case up and back to remove it from the PS4. The upper case in held in place by plastic tabs on the front side. It will take significant force to separate them. The upper case in held in place by plastic tabs on the front side. It will take significant force to separate them.
    • Lift the upper case up and back to remove it from the PS4.

    • The upper case in held in place by plastic tabs on the front side. It will take significant force to separate them.

  25. Remove the twelve 9.7 mm Torx screws securing the upper EMI shield. Remove the twelve 9.7 mm Torx screws securing the upper EMI shield.
    • Remove the twelve 9.7 mm Torx screws securing the upper EMI shield.

  26. This step shows you how to properly unscrew the pressure plate. Remove the two 15.6 mm Phillips screws. Gradually unscrew the pressure plate by turning each screw one half turn at a time.
    • This step shows you how to properly unscrew the pressure plate.

    • Remove the two 15.6 mm Phillips screws.

    • Gradually unscrew the pressure plate by turning each screw one half turn at a time.

    • Alternate between the two screws to maintain even pressure on the pressure plate.

    • Do not unscrew one side completely before unscrewing the other side or you may damage the processor.

  27. Remove the pressure plate.
    • Remove the pressure plate.

  28. Remove the upper EMI shield. Remove the upper EMI shield.
    • Remove the upper EMI shield.

  29. Insert the flat end of a spudger in between the fan cable and the motherboard. Twist the spudger to lift the connector straight up and disconnect it from the motherboard.
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger in between the fan cable and the motherboard.

    • Twist the spudger to lift the connector straight up and disconnect it from the motherboard.

  30. Grab the edge of the motherboard on the front of the PS4. Lift the motherboard until the USB ports clear the PS4 case.
    • Grab the edge of the motherboard on the front of the PS4.

    • Lift the motherboard until the USB ports clear the PS4 case.

  31. Lift the motherboard out from the PS4. Apply a new layer of thermal paste to the processor before installing a motherboard using this guide. Failure to properly install new thermal paste will cause your PS4 to overheat.
    • Lift the motherboard out from the PS4.

    • Apply a new layer of thermal paste to the processor before installing a motherboard using this guide.

    • Failure to properly install new thermal paste will cause your PS4 to overheat.

    • Insert the I/O side of the Motherboard in first, then lower the other side in.

  32. Using a tissue paper, wipe off the existing thermal paste. Take your new thermal paste and apply a small amount in the middle of the component. Make sure you have cleaned off the thermal paste on both ends. Make sure you have cleaned off the thermal paste on both ends.
    • Using a tissue paper, wipe off the existing thermal paste. Take your new thermal paste and apply a small amount in the middle of the component.

    • Make sure you have cleaned off the thermal paste on both ends.

Conclusion

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

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Se me hizo muy buena la guia, sobre todo para no cometer algun error al trabajar en la reparacion, mi PS4 dejo de zumbar el abanico con el cambio de pasta termica y una limpieza general de polvo y pelusa.

Luis Garcia - Reply

I followed this guide step by step, including reversing the order to reassemble my unit.

My PS4 is still loud but not as loud as before, so everything worked well. Thanks for the writeup!

Billy P - Reply

i might be a little late to reply, but i followed this guide aswell BUT after step 31 i took off the extra metal/aluminum plating and saw thats that where the bulk of the dust will be built up, this plate has the vents that go to the cooling fan on the opposite side of it after unscrewing. i bought an original ps4, it sounded like a jet engine taking off. The vents on my ps4 were just about covered in dust almost no airflow was able to get through, after taking the extra step and taking off the 1 extra panel (the one under the motherboard in step 31) and of course after replacing the thermal paste made my ps4 run and sound like new again,

Beau -

I cannot reply to Beau's comment.

I also went the extra step of taking that metal shroud that sits below the motherboard (step 31).

I completely recommend this step. It is then you can get access to the heat sink fins to remove dust. There are 3 screws that hold this metal shroud in place. Easy to get out.

Then you can also now remove the fan - 2 screws for this.

You can then clean out the accumulated dust from the fan and in the plastic shroud, that the fan sits in.

Holy cow, dust factory. :)

Cary B - Reply

Great guide! Just did it and now the console is dead silent during gameplay of super demanding games <3 I just went a step further after Step 31 and removed the plate there so that I could properly take care of the heat sink underneath that had lots of dust on it.

Sébastien Morin - Reply

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