Introduction

This guide takes you through the process of installing the left shoulder button on the PlayStation Vita.

Power off and remove the memory card. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four 6.4mm screws on the back casing.
  • Power off and remove the memory card.

  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four 6.4mm screws on the back casing.

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Using your fingernail or a spudger, pry open the accessory port cover on the top of the device. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.4mm screws hidden beneath the accessory port cover. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.4mm screws hidden beneath the accessory port cover.
  • Using your fingernail or a spudger, pry open the accessory port cover on the top of the device.

  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.4mm screws hidden beneath the accessory port cover.

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Remove the two 5.4mm Phillips #00 screws on the bottom of the device near the charging port. Remove the two 5.4mm Phillips #00 screws on the bottom of the device near the charging port.
  • Remove the two 5.4mm Phillips #00 screws on the bottom of the device near the charging port.

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Beginning at the sides of the device, use a plastic opening tool to separate the front and rear cases. Continue working your way around the device gently prying it open. There are still wires holding the front and rear cases together. You may damage the connections if you yank the cases completely apart.
  • Beginning at the sides of the device, use a plastic opening tool to separate the front and rear cases.

  • Continue working your way around the device gently prying it open.

  • There are still wires holding the front and rear cases together. You may damage the connections if you yank the cases completely apart.

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Gently separate the two cases, minding the battery and the touch screen controller connectors holding the two cases together. Gently separate the two cases, minding the battery and the touch screen controller connectors holding the two cases together.
  • Gently separate the two cases, minding the battery and the touch screen controller connectors holding the two cases together.

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Using a spudger, free the touch screen controller flex cable by gently prying up the connection.
  • Using a spudger, free the touch screen controller flex cable by gently prying up the connection.

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Free the battery cable by gently prying up on the connection with a spudger.
  • Free the battery cable by gently prying up on the connection with a spudger.

Any idea what type of pcb header is on the board for the battery? I have a motherboard with a broken header but I cant source a replacement

Jimbo Jones - Reply

This is where I screwed up so I recommend extra caution for other newbies. Only the black part is supposed to come off. Don't be an idiot like me and pry off too much...

ylimakiminna - Reply

Yea I messed up there too. Is there a way to fix it?

Alethia Henry - Reply

Separate the front and rear cases.
  • Separate the front and rear cases.

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Pry up the left shoulder button casing with a spudger. Remove the left shoulder button casing. Remove the left shoulder button casing.
  • Pry up the left shoulder button casing with a spudger.

  • Remove the left shoulder button casing.

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Remove the translucent, plastic left shoulder button cover. Remove the translucent, plastic left shoulder button cover.
  • Remove the translucent, plastic left shoulder button cover.

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Release the left shoulder button flex cable socket by using a spudger to pry open the tab. Be careful to not break off this small black tab! Using tweezers, slide the flex cable out of the socket. Do not pull on the black tab! Instead, pull the thin flex cable away from the connector (to the left in this image).
  • Release the left shoulder button flex cable socket by using a spudger to pry open the tab.

    • Be careful to not break off this small black tab!

  • Using tweezers, slide the flex cable out of the socket. Do not pull on the black tab! Instead, pull the thin flex cable away from the connector (to the left in this image).

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Using a spudger, gently peel up the left shoulder button from the light adhesive connecting it to casing. Using a spudger, gently peel up the left shoulder button from the light adhesive connecting it to casing.
  • Using a spudger, gently peel up the left shoulder button from the light adhesive connecting it to casing.

This step is unneccesary.

Alexander Mayatsky - Reply

Conclusion

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

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