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.
  • 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 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Conclusion

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

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