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Steam Deck Back Cover Replacement

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  1. Steam Deck Back Cover Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: step 1, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Back Cover Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: step 1, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Back Cover Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Turn on your Steam Deck and allow the battery to discharge below 25% before starting your repairs, as a charged lithium-ion polymer battery can be dangerous if accidentally punctured.

    • As an extra precaution, Valve recommends putting your Steam Deck into battery storage mode within the BIOS before starting any internal repairs. Read how to do that here.

    • Power down your Steam Deck and unplug any cables.

    • If you have a microSD card installed, make sure to remove it before opening the Steam Deck. If you attempt to remove the back cover with it still installed, it could snap right in half.

    • During your repair, it can be helpful at times to lay the Steam Deck face-down into its case to protect the thumbsticks and prevent wobble.

  2. Steam Deck Back Cover Replacement, Remove the back cover screws: step 2, image 1 of 1
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    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the eight screws securing the back cover:

    • Four coarse thread 9.5 mm-long screws

    • Four fine thread 5.8 mm-long screws

    • Despite the standards, Phillips screwdrivers can vary in size and shape—two drivers labeled as the same size may fit differently in the same screw. Use the size that fits the snuggest into the screw head.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your Steam Deck.

  3. Steam Deck Back Cover Replacement, Unclip the back cover: step 3, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Back Cover Replacement, Unclip the back cover: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Insert an opening pick into the thin gap between the back cover and the front shell, along the edge of the right grip.

    • If you're having trouble inserting your pick at the grip seam, try starting at either the top or bottom long edges first, then slide the pick towards the grip.

    • Pry up on the back cover to release it from the locking clips.

  4. Steam Deck Back Cover Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 4, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Back Cover Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 4, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Back Cover Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Once the clips are disconnected from one edge, the rest disconnect easily.

    • Grip the back cover at the opening you just created and pull it up and away from the device to unclip the long edges.

    • Remove the back cover.

Conclusion

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Steam Deck answers community for help.

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5 Comments

Alguien sabe donde puedo comprar los 4 tornillos del medio de la tapa trasera, creo que hacen 1,6x5mm ?

La tapa que venden vienen con los tornillos?

Si pueden ser los originales mejor.

Muchas gracias.

israel manzano - Reply

one of my screws stripped what should I do?

Marco Barnes - Reply

Can I use it on OLED steamdeck?

Peace Maker - Reply

Is this backplate also compatible with the OLED model?

kadiroeztel - Reply

For everyone wondering: it is compatible with the OLED model! I just replaced my backplate with this one and it fits perfectly! :)

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