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Introduction

Use this guide to remove or replace the front shell (front cover) on a Steam Deck.

Before you begin, completely power down and unplug all cables from your Steam Deck. Remember to follow general electrostatic discharge (ESD) safety procedures while repairing the device.

This procedure involves almost a complete disassembly, including removing the display. You'll need replacement adhesives for the display and speakers.

    • To minimize risk of damage, turn on your Steam Deck and allow the battery to discharge below 25% before starting your repairs. A charged lithium-ion battery can be very dangerous if accidentally punctured.

    • Before starting this guide, power down your Steam Deck and unplug any cables.

    • 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.

    • If you have a microSD card installed, make sure to remove it before opening the Steam Deck.

    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the eight screws securing the back cover:

    • Four 9.5 mm screws

    • Four 5.8 mm screws

    • 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.

  1. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Unclip the back cover: step 2, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Unclip the back cover: step 2, 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.

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

  2. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 3, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 3, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 3, 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.

  3. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Uncover the hidden shield screw: step 4, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Uncover the hidden shield screw: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the piece of foil tape covering the hidden screw on the board shield.

    • If possible, try not to rip or tear this tape so it can be reused. If necessary, you can fashion a replacement by cutting a piece of aluminum foil tape to fit.

  4. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the shield screws: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three screws securing the board shield:

    • One 3.4 mm screw

    • Two 3.7 mm screws

  5. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the shield: step 6, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the shield: step 6, image 2 of 2
  6. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 7, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 7, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the battery cable by its pull tab and pull it directly away from the motherboard to disconnect it.

  7. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Unclip the left trigger: step 8, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Unclip the left trigger: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • The left trigger will be on your righthand side when working on the Steam Deck, as it's laying upside down.

    • The Steam Deck's triggers clip into place on two pegs on the trigger bracket, which doubles as the hinge.

    • Place the flat end of a spudger onto the inside edge of the trigger's left clip.

    • Pivot the trigger clip out, away, and up from the peg to unlatch it.

    • During reassembly, latch the outermost peg first. Once in place, push down on the trigger to latch the innermost peg, producing an audible "click" sound.

    • Check to make sure that the trigger spring is properly aligned. Test the trigger action before continuing reassembly.

  8. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left trigger: step 9, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left trigger: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the left trigger.

    • Take care to not lose the trigger spring. It press-fits onto a peg on the trigger's underside.

  9. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the trigger bracket screws: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three 5.2 mm screws securing the left trigger bracket.

  10. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the trigger bracket: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the left trigger bracket.

    • Replacement triggers require calibration to work as expected. To calibrate new triggers, follow this calibration guide.

  11. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left thumbstick: step 12, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left thumbstick: step 12, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left thumbstick: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the thumbstick cable's ZIF connector.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

    • Grip the cable by the blue pull tab, not by the cable itself.

  12. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the thumbstick screws: step 13, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the thumbstick screws: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three 5.2 mm screws securing the thumbstick.

    • During reassembly, you may need to hold the Steam Deck off of the work surface so it isn't resting on the new thumbstick while you tighten down the screws.

  13. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left thumbstick: step 14, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left thumbstick: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the left thumbstick.

  14. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 15, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 15, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the button board interconnect cable's ZIF connector.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

    • Grip the cable by the blue pull tab, not by the cable itself.

  15. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the remaining button board cables: step 16, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the remaining button board cables: step 16, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the remaining button board cables: step 16, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flaps on the rest of the button board ZIF connectors. Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cables out of their connectors:

    • Disconnect the D-pad cable.

    • Disconnect the touchpad board cable.

    • Disconnect the touchpad cable.

  16. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left haptics: step 17, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left haptics: step 17, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left haptics: step 17, image 3 of 3
    • Exercise caution when lifting this connector—pry up on the connector itself, not its housing.

    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up on the haptics cable to disconnect it.

  17. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the button board screws: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to disconnect the four screws securing the left button board:

    • Three 5.2 mm screws

    • One 3.9 mm screw

  18. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the button board: step 19, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the button board: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the left button board.

    • Keep track of the Steam button and its membrane, as once the left button board is removed, they're no longer secured in place.

  19. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the touchpad board screws: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the four 4.7 mm screws securing the touchpad board.

  20. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the touchpad board: step 21, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the touchpad board: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the touchpad board.

  21. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the touchpad screws: step 22, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the touchpad screws: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the four 4.7 mm screws securing the touchpad.

    • You may need to temporarily remove the Steam button membrane for easier access to the bottom left screw.

    • Each of the touchpad's four mounting corners have a locating peg. During reassembly, ensure each is properly seated.

  22. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left touchpad: step 23, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left touchpad: step 23, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left touchpad: step 23, image 3 of 3
    • The touchpad's springs are very delicate and are precisely positioned. If bent, the touchpad may rattle or not work as intended.

    • From the front of the Steam Deck, use your finger to push the left touchpad partway through the front shell to unseat it.

    • Lift the touchpad out from underneath the overhanging section of the midframe.

    • Remove the touchpad.

  23. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Unclip the right trigger: step 24, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Unclip the right trigger: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • The right trigger will be on your lefthand side when working on the Steam Deck, as it's laying upside down.

    • The Steam Deck's triggers clip into place on two pegs on the trigger bracket, which doubles as the hinge.

    • Place the flat end of a spudger onto the inside edge of the trigger's right clip.

    • Pivot the trigger clip out, away, and up from the peg to unlatch it.

    • During reassembly, latch the outermost peg first. Once in place, push down on the trigger to latch the innermost peg, producing an audible "click" sound.

    • Check to make sure that the trigger spring is properly aligned. Test the trigger action before continuing reassembly.

  24. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right trigger: step 25, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right trigger: step 25, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the right trigger.

    • Take care to not lose the trigger spring. It press-fits onto a peg on the trigger's underside.

  25. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the trigger bracket screws: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three 5.2 mm screws securing the right trigger bracket.

  26. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the trigger bracket: step 27, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the right trigger bracket.

    • Replacement triggers require calibration to work as expected. To calibrate new triggers, follow this calibration guide.

  27. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right thumbstick: step 28, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right thumbstick: step 28, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right thumbstick: step 28, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the thumbstick cable's ZIF connector.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

    • Grip the cable by the blue pull tab, not by the cable itself.

  28. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the thumbstick screws: step 29, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the thumbstick screws: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three 5.2 mm screws securing the thumbstick.

    • During reassembly, you may need to hold the Steam Deck off of the work surface so it isn't resting on the new thumbstick while you tighten down the screws.

  29. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right thumbstick: step 30, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right thumbstick: step 30, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the right thumbstick.

  30. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the button board cable: step 31, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the button board cable: step 31, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the button board cable: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the button board cable's ZIF connector.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

    • Grip the cable by the blue pull tab, not by the cable itself.

  31. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 32, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 32, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 32, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the button board interconnect cable's ZIF connector.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

    • Grip the cable by the blue pull tab, not by the cable itself.

  32. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the remaining button board cables: step 33, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the remaining button board cables: step 33, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the remaining button board cables: step 33, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flaps on the rest of the button board ZIF connectors. Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cables out of their connectors:

    • Disconnect the action buttons cable.

    • Disconnect the touchpad board cable.

    • Disconnect the touchpad cable.

  33. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right haptics: step 34, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right haptics: step 34, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right haptics: step 34, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up on the haptics cable to disconnect it.

  34. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the button board screws: step 35, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to disconnect the four screws securing the right button board:

    • Three 5.2 mm screws

    • One 3.9 mm screw

  35. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the button board: step 36, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the button board: step 36, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the right button board.

    • Keep track of the quick access button and its membrane, as once the right button board is removed, they're no longer secured in place.

  36. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the touchpad board screws: step 37, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the four 4.7 mm screws securing the touchpad board.

  37. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the touchpad board: step 38, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the touchpad board: step 38, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the touchpad board.

  38. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the touchpad screws: step 39, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the touchpad screws: step 39, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the four 4.7 mm screws securing the touchpad.

    • You may need to temporarily remove the quick access button membrane for easier access to the bottom right screw.

    • Each of the touchpad's four mounting corners have a locating peg. During reassembly, ensure each is properly seated.

  39. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right touchpad: step 40, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right touchpad: step 40, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right touchpad: step 40, image 3 of 3
    • The touchpad's springs are very delicate and are precisely positioned. If bent, the touchpad may rattle or not work as intended.

    • From the front of the Steam Deck, use your finger to push the right touchpad partway through the front shell to unseat it.

    • Lift the touchpad out from underneath the overhanging section of the midframe.

    • Remove the touchpad.

  40. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the quick access button membrane: step 41, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the quick access button membrane: step 41, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the quick access button membrane.

  41. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the quick access button: step 42, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the quick access button: step 42, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the quick access button.

  42. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the Steam button membrane: step 43, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the Steam button membrane: step 43, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the Steam button membrane.

  43. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the Steam button: step 44, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the Steam button: step 44, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the Steam button.

  44. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the SSD screw: step 45, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the 3.4 mm screw securing the SSD.

  45. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the SSD: step 46, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the SSD: step 46, image 2 of 2
    • With the SSD screw removed, the SSD will pop up at a shallow angle.

    • Grip the end of the SSD and pull it away from its M.2 board connector to remove it.

    • During reassembly, insert the SSD at a shallow angle into its board connector, and secure it back into its horizontal position with the SSD screw.

  46. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the heatsink sticker: step 47, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the heatsink sticker: step 47, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the heatsink sticker: step 47, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the sticker from the top edge of the fan.

    • If possible, try not to rip or tear this sticker so it can be reused. Use a little bit of heat if necessary to soften the adhesive.

  47. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the heatsink screws: step 48, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to loosen and remove the two screws securing the heatsink to the motherboard:

    • One captive 3.5 mm screw

    • One 3.4 mm screw

    • No, your eyes don't deceive you! The third heatsink screw was removed earlier in the disassembly: it doubles as the hidden board shield screw.

  48. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the heatsink: step 49, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the heatsink: step 49, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the heatsink: step 49, image 3 of 3
    • Lift and remove the heatsink.

    • Before reinstalling the heatsink, follow this guide to clean the heatsink and APU and reapply thermal paste.

  49. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the fan: step 50, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the fan: step 50, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the edges of the fan connector and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Pull the fan cable by its connector, not the wires themselves.

  50. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the fan screws: step 51, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the two 3.7 mm screws securing the fan.

    • The other two fan screws were removed earlier in the disassembly: they double as two back cover screws.

  51. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the fan: step 52, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the fan.

  52. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the speakers: step 53, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the speakers: step 53, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the edges of the speaker connector and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Pull the speaker cable by its connector, not the wires themselves.

  53. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the Wi-Fi shield tape: step 54, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the Wi-Fi shield tape: step 54, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the Wi-Fi shield tape: step 54, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel up and remove the Wi-Fi shield tape.

    • If possible, try not to rip or tear this sticker so it can be reused. Use a little bit of heat if necessary to soften the adhesive.

  54. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the Wi-Fi: step 55, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the Wi-Fi: step 55, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the Wi-Fi: step 55, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the antenna connector close to its base.

    • Pull straight up to disconnect the cable.

    • Repeat for the second antenna cable.

    • During reassembly, ensure that both antenna cables are reconnected at their appropriate connectors. The labels on the cables match the markings on the Wi-Fi module.

    • To reconnect each cable, align the connector directly over its socket, and then press down so it snaps into place.

  55. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 56, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 56, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 56, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the display cable's ZIF connector.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

    • Grip the cable by the pull tab, not by the cable itself.

  56. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the audio cable: step 57, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the audio cable: step 57, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the audio cable's ZIF connector.

  57. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 58, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 58, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

    • Grip the cable by its pull tab, not by the cable itself.

  58. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 59, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 59, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 59, image 3 of 3
    • Carefully peel the audio cable off of the battery.

    • The audio cable is secured to the battery with some light adhesive.

    • If the adhesive is stubborn, don't force the cable. Lightly heat the audio cable using an iOpener or a hair dryer to soften the adhesive.

  59. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the motherboard screws: step 60, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three 3.7 mm screws securing the motherboard.

  60. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 61, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 61, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 61, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the motherboard.

    • The audio and button board cables attach to the underside of the motherboard with ZIF connectors.

  61. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the mic cable: step 62, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the mic cable: step 62, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the mic cable: step 62, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up on the mic cable's white locking tab.

    • You should feel a small tactile bump once the connector unlocks.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the mic cable up and out of its connector.

    • With the connector properly unlocked, the mic cable should slide out with little to no resistance.

    • During reassembly, ensure that the locking tab is in its unlocked, lifted position before reinserting the mic cable. Press down on the tab to lock the cable in place.

  62. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the audio board screws: step 63, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the two 3.7 mm screws securing the audio board.

  63. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the audio board: step 64, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the audio board: step 64, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the audio board: step 64, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the audio board by the headphone jack.

    • Pivot the board up and out of its recess to remove it.

  64. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Isolate the speaker wire: step 65, image 1 of 1
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel up the tape bundling the speaker wire to the Wi-Fi antenna cables.

  65. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 66, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 66, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 66, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel up the various strips of black tape routing the speaker wire along the bottom edge of the chassis.

  66. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right speaker: step 67, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right speaker: step 67, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the right speaker and the frame.

    • Pivot the spudger up to separate the speaker from the light adhesive securing it against the front shell.

    • If the adhesive is stubborn, don't force the speaker out. Lightly heat it using an iOpener or a hair dryer to soften the adhesive underneath.

  67. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 68, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 68, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip and remove the right speaker from its cavity.

  68. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left speaker: step 69, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left speaker: step 69, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the left speaker and the frame.

    • Pivot the spudger up to separate the speaker from the light adhesive securing it against the front shell.

    • If the adhesive is stubborn, don't force the speaker out. Lightly heat it using an iOpener or a hair dryer to soften the adhesive underneath.

  69. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 70, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 70, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip and remove the left speaker from its cavity.

  70. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the speakers: step 71, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the tethered right and left speakers.

  71. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Uncover the display connector: step 72, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Uncover the display connector: step 72, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel back the sticker covering the display connector.

    • If possible, try not to rip or tear this sticker so it can be reused. Use a little bit of heat if necessary to soften the adhesive.

  72. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 73, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 73, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 73, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the display cable's ZIF connector.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

  73. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Heat the display adhesive: step 74, image 1 of 1
    • Prepare an iOpener and apply it to the top edge of the display for one minute.

    • A hair dryer or heat gun may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the Steam Deck—displays and internal batteries are both susceptible to heat damage.

  74. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 75, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 75, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 75, image 3 of 3
    • Apply a suction cup to the top left corner of the display by pressing down on it to create suction, as close to the edge as possible.

    • If your screen is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken glass.

    • Pull up on the suction cup with strong, steady force to create a gap between the display and the frame.

    • Insert the point of an opening pick into the gap.

    • Don't insert the pick more than 1/8 of an inch (~3 mm) or you risk damaging the display panel, ambient light sensor, or fragile cable underneath.

  75. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Begin to slice the adhesive: step 76, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Begin to slice the adhesive: step 76, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Begin to slice the adhesive: step 76, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick no more than 3 mm deep across the top edge to slice the adhesive.

  76. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Heat the display adhesive: step 77, image 1 of 1
    • Heat the right edge of the display for one minute.

  77. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Slice the right side adhesive: step 78, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Slice the right side adhesive: step 78, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Slice the right side adhesive: step 78, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick down the right edge to slice the adhesive.

  78. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Heat the display adhesive: step 79, image 1 of 1
    • Heat the bottom edge of the display for one minute.

  79. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Slice the bottom side adhesive: step 80, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Slice the bottom side adhesive: step 80, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Slice the bottom side adhesive: step 80, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick across the bottom edge to slice the adhesive.

  80. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Heat the display adhesive: step 81, image 1 of 1
    • Heat the left edge of the display for one minute.

    • Slide the opening pick across the left edge to slice the adhesive.

  81. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Lift up the display: step 82, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Lift up the display: step 82, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Lift up the display: step 82, image 3 of 3
    • Once you have sliced around the perimeter of the display, carefully lift the right edge up, opening it like a book.

    • Remove the display.

    • During reassembly, if you’d like to install new display adhesive strips, follow these steps after removing your old adhesive strips from your current display.

  82. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the bumper screws: step 83, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the two 5.2 mm screws securing the left bumper assembly.

  83. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left bumper assembly: step 84, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left bumper assembly: step 84, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the left bumper assembly.

  84. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the bumper screws: step 85, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the two 5.2 mm screws securing the right bumper assembly.

  85. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right bumper assembly: step 86, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right bumper assembly: step 86, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the right bumper assembly.

  86. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the D-pad membrane: step 87, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the D-pad membrane: step 87, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the D-pad membrane.

  87. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the D-pad: step 88, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the D-pad: step 88, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the D-pad.

    • During reassembly, align the D-pad button such that the short side is facing towards the Steam Deck's outer edge.

  88. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the action buttons membrane: step 89, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the action buttons membrane: step 89, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the action buttons membrane.

  89. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the action buttons: step 90, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the action buttons: step 90, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the action buttons: step 90, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the four action buttons, A, B, X, and Y.

    • During reassembly, don't worry! The buttons are keyed—they can only be reinstalled in one orientation.

  90. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the view button: step 91, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the view button: step 91, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the view button.

  91. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the menu button: step 92, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the menu button: step 92, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the menu button.

  92. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the front midframe screws: step 93, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the six 2.3 mm screws securing the midframe to the front shell, located on the front side.

    • To prevent these tight screws from stripping, apply firm downward force, work slowly and try a different Phillips driver if the screws won't come out.

  93. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the rear midframe screws: step 94, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the four 5.2 mm screws securing the midframe to the front shell.

  94. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 95, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the midframe: step 95, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the midframe.

  95. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 96, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 96, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift the rubber flap to the left of the volume buttons up and out of its plastic clip.

  96. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the volume buttons: step 97, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the volume buttons: step 97, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the volume buttons: step 97, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the volume buttons by pulling them up and away from the front shell.

  97. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 98, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 98, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift the rubber flap to the right of the power button up and out of its plastic clip.

  98. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the power button: step 99, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the power button: step 99, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the power button: step 99, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift the rubber flap to the left of the power button up and out of its plastic clip.

    • Remove the power button.

  99. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 100, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 100, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger under the left end of the mic cable and pry upwards to peel it up from the front shell.

    • The mic cable is secured to the front shell with some light adhesive.

    • If the adhesive is stubborn, don't force the cable. Lightly heat the mic cable using an iOpener or a hair dryer to soften the adhesive.

  100. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 101, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 101, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement: step 101, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger under the right end of the mic cable and pry upwards to peel it up from the front shell.

    • The mic cable is secured to the front shell with some light adhesive.

    • If the adhesive is stubborn, don't force the cable. Lightly heat the mic cable using an iOpener or a hair dryer to soften the adhesive.

  101. Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the mic cable: step 102, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Front Shell Replacement, Remove the mic cable: step 102, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the mic cable from the front shell.

    • Only the front shell remains.