Introduction

This guide takes you through the process of installing the right joystick on the PlayStation Vita.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

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  10. Using the pointy end of the spudger, disconnect the three antenna cable connectors on top of the wireless card. Deroute the antenna cables so that they are out of the wireless card casing. Rest the wires out of the way. Deroute the antenna cables so that they are out of the wireless card casing. Rest the wires out of the way.
    • Using the pointy end of the spudger, disconnect the three antenna cable connectors on top of the wireless card.

    • Deroute the antenna cables so that they are out of the wireless card casing. Rest the wires out of the way.

  11. Hook the spudger beneath the tab on the wireless card casing and release the tab. Peel up and remove the wireless card casing.
    • Hook the spudger beneath the tab on the wireless card casing and release the tab.

    • Peel up and remove the wireless card casing.

  12. Remove the two 4.4mm Phillips #00 screws on the wireless card. The wireless card will naturally pop out at an angle.
    • Remove the two 4.4mm Phillips #00 screws on the wireless card.

    • The wireless card will naturally pop out at an angle.

    • Pull out the wireless card.

  13. Pry up the right shoulder button casing with a spudger and set it aside. Pry up the right shoulder button casing with a spudger and set it aside. Pry up the right shoulder button casing with a spudger and set it aside.
    • Pry up the right shoulder button casing with a spudger and set it aside.

  14. Remove the translucent, plastic right shoulder button cover.
    • Remove the translucent, plastic right shoulder button cover.

  15. Release the right shoulder button flex cable socket by using a spudger to gently pry open the tab. Using tweezers, slide the flex cable out of the socket. Using tweezers, slide the flex cable out of the socket.
    • Release the right shoulder button flex cable socket by using a spudger to gently pry open the tab.

    • Using tweezers, slide the flex cable out of the socket.

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

  17. Using the pointy end of a spudger, detach the antenna cable on the right button board. Remove the antenna cable.
    • Using the pointy end of a spudger, detach the antenna cable on the right button board.

    • Remove the antenna cable.

  18. Using a spudger, pry up and release the ZIF socket on the right button board. Gently pull the flex cable out of the socket. Rest the flex cable out of the way.
    • Using a spudger, pry up and release the ZIF socket on the right button board.

    • Gently pull the flex cable out of the socket. Rest the flex cable out of the way.

  19. Release the tab on the small flex cable socket by prying up the tab with a spudger. Using tweezers, gently pull the flex cable out of the socket. Rest the flex cable out of the way. Using tweezers, gently pull the flex cable out of the socket. Rest the flex cable out of the way.
    • Release the tab on the small flex cable socket by prying up the tab with a spudger.

    • Using tweezers, gently pull the flex cable out of the socket. Rest the flex cable out of the way.

  20. Remove the two 5.0mm Phillips #00 screws from the metal bracket securing the right button board to the motherboard. Remove the metal bracket, using a spudger as necessary to lift it out. Remove the metal bracket, using a spudger as necessary to lift it out.
    • Remove the two 5.0mm Phillips #00 screws from the metal bracket securing the right button board to the motherboard.

    • Remove the metal bracket, using a spudger as necessary to lift it out.

  21. Use a spudger to free the right button board by prying up from the bottom right corner of board. Gently lift the right button board out. Gently lift the right button board out.
    • Use a spudger to free the right button board by prying up from the bottom right corner of board.

    • Gently lift the right button board out.

  22. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.0mm, blue screws from the right joystick.
    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.0mm, blue screws from the right joystick.

  23. Using a spudger, gently pry the joystick out of the back casing assembly. Using a spudger, gently pry the joystick out of the back casing assembly. Using a spudger, gently pry the joystick out of the back casing assembly.
    • Using a spudger, gently pry the joystick out of the back casing assembly.

Conclusion

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

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