Introduction

This guide takes you through the process of installing the Wi-Fi antenna on the PlayStation Vita. This is the white antenna cable on the right side of the wireless card.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Using the pointy end of a spudger, gently pry the white Wi-Fi antenna cable connecotr off of the wireless card. Deroute the Wi-Fi antenna cable out of the black plastic casing.
  • Using the pointy end of a spudger, gently pry the white Wi-Fi antenna cable connecotr off of the wireless card.

  • Deroute the Wi-Fi antenna cable out of the black plastic casing.

Using the pointy end of the spudger, gently pry the Wi-Fi antenna cable connector off of the left button board at the connection. Remove the Wi-Fi antenna cable.
  • Using the pointy end of the spudger, gently pry the Wi-Fi antenna cable connector off of the left button board at the connection.

  • Remove the Wi-Fi antenna cable.

Why is it the wifi antenna if the cable is connected to the cellular board? it is the primary cellular antenna. the wifi antenna is the 2 small antennas in the upper half of the back case

Tom Chai - Reply

Followed the instructions here to open up and check the cabling for the WiFi ( PS Vita no longer connects to WiFi), however I did NOT find any cables except flat ribbon cables. PS Vita model PCH-1003.

Paul McCulloch - Reply

Conclusion

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

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