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Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement

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  1. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: step 1, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: step 1, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad 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 Left Touchpad 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 Left Touchpad Replacement, Unclip the back cover: step 3, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Left Touchpad 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 Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 4, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 4, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad 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.

  5. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Uncover the hidden shield screw: step 5, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Uncover the hidden shield screw: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • If you have a refreshed Steam Deck version with the black motherboard cover, skip this step.

    • 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.

  6. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the shield screws: step 6, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the shield screws: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three screws securing the board shield:

    • One 3.4 mm screw

    • Two 3.7 mm screws

    • Only the two 3.7 mm screws along the left edge are present in refreshed Steam Decks.

  7. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the shield: step 7, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the shield: step 7, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the shield: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the board shield.

    • Depending on the age of your Steam Deck, this shield may stick to the thermal pads underneath.

    • During reassembly, ensure that the fan cable lays on the side of the board shield and isn't pinched underneath.

  8. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 8, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 8, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the battery cable by its pull tab and pull it directly away from the motherboard to disconnect it.

    • Alternatively, use the flat end of a spudger or a clean fingernail to gently push the connector out of its socket, then disconnect it completely by hand.

  9. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Unclip the left trigger: step 9, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Unclip the left trigger: step 9, 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.

  10. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the left trigger: step 10, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the left trigger: step 10, 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.

  11. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the trigger bracket screws: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three 5.2 mm screws securing the left trigger bracket.

  12. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the trigger bracket: step 12, 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.

  13. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Disconnect the left thumbstick: step 13, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Disconnect the left thumbstick: step 13, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Disconnect the left thumbstick: step 13, 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.

  14. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the thumbstick screws: step 14, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the thumbstick screws: step 14, 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.

  15. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the left thumbstick: step 15, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the left thumbstick: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the left thumbstick.

  16. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 16, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 16, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 16, 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.

  17. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Disconnect the remaining button board cables: step 17, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Disconnect the remaining button board cables: step 17, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Disconnect the remaining button board cables: step 17, image 3 of 3
    • If any connectors are covered with tape, use a pair of tweezers to remove it.

    • 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.

  18. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Disconnect the left haptics: step 18, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Disconnect the left haptics: step 18, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Disconnect the left haptics: step 18, 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.

    • Alternatively, you can leave the haptics connected to the button board and flip the board up and over the edge of the shell and out of the way.

  19. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the button board screws: step 19, 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

  20. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the button board: step 20, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the button board: step 20, 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.

  21. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the touchpad board screws: step 21, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the four 4.7 mm screws securing the touchpad board.

  22. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the touchpad board: step 22, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the touchpad board: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the touchpad board.

  23. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the touchpad screws: step 23, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the touchpad screws: step 23, 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.

  24. Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the left touchpad: step 24, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the left touchpad: step 24, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Left Touchpad Replacement, Remove the left touchpad: step 24, 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.

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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9 Comments

Are there any leads on where to get replacement touch pads?

Mitch B - Reply

I, too, would like to know where we can obtain replacement touchpads.

informal.mak - Reply

Yeah where are the replacement touch pads? My left pad is stuck and clicky.

Jeff Salata - Reply

Where i can get touch pad?

xNer0TM - Reply

I want to purchase replacement parts. where to buy

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