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Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement

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  1. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: step 1, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: step 1, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Unplug any cables from your Steam Deck OLED.

    • Turn on your Steam Deck and allow the battery to discharge below 5%, as a charged lithium-ion polymer battery can be dangerous if accidentally punctured.

    • Put your Steam Deck OLED into battery storage mode within the BIOS. Read how to do that here.

    • 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.

    • Pro tip: it can be helpful to lay your Steam Deck OLED screen-side-down in its case if you find it wobbles around during your repair.

  2. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Remove the back cover screws: step 2, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Remove the back cover screws: step 2, image 2 of 2
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    • Use a T6 Torx driver to remove the eight 5.8 mm‑long screws securing the back cover.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from.

  3. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Unclip a handle: step 3, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Unclip a handle: step 3, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Unclip a handle: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening pick at an upward angle between the back cover and the front shell near one of the triggers.

    • If you can't insert your pick here, try along the top or bottom edges of the Steam Deck OLED before sliding it toward the handle.

    • Slide your pick along the edge of the handle to release the clips securing it to the front shell.

  4. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Unclip the top and bottom edges: step 4, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Unclip the top and bottom edges: step 4, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Unclip the top and bottom edges: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Reinsert your pick and slide it along the top and bottom edges until the back cover feels loose.

  5. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 5, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 5, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the unclipped handle and pull it away from the front shell to release the remaining clips.

    • Remove the back cover.

  6. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 6, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 6, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the battery cable pull tab, located to the left of the battery.

    • Firmly pull the battery cable straight away from the motherboard shield (toward the battery) to disconnect it.

    • This bundled cable is fairly stiff. If you're having trouble, re-grip the pull tab close to the head of the connector and gently walk it side-to-side as you pull.

    • If the cable pull-tab feels fragile or rips during this process, remove the motherboard shield and disconnect the cable using a spudger.

    • When the battery cable comes free, it might push up on the motherboard shield. Don't worry, as this won't damage anything.

  7. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Disconnect the right button board: step 7, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Disconnect the right button board: step 7, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Disconnect the right button board: step 7, image 3 of 3
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    • Use a spudger to flip up the small white locking flap on the right button board interconnect cable ZIF connector.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to grip the cable's pull tab and slide it straight out of its socket to disconnect it.

    • The pull tab may be labelled C‑R.

  8. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Separate the cable adhesive: step 8, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Separate the cable adhesive: step 8, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Separate the cable adhesive: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • The interconnect cable is adhered to the motherboard shield.

    • Insert an opening pick between the interconnect cable and the motherboard shield.

    • Be careful not to crease or tear the cable.

    • If you're having trouble inserting a pick, lightly heat the cable using an iOpener or a hair dryer.

    • Slide your pick along the shield to separate the cable.

  9. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Move the interconnect cable: step 9, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Move the interconnect cable: step 9, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Move the interconnect cable: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • During the rest of the repair, it may be helpful to move the interconnect cable over the battery and out of the way of the motherboard shield.

    • Be careful not to crease or strain the cable, as it's still adhered to the battery.

    • Tape the cable in place away from the motherboard shield.

  10. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Remove the motherboard shield screws: step 10, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Remove the motherboard shield screws: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the two 3.8 mm‑long screws securing the top left and bottom left corners of the motherboard shield.

  11. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Remove the motherboard shield: step 11, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Remove the motherboard shield: step 11, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Remove the motherboard shield: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • If the speaker cable is taped to the bottom edge of the motherboard shield, gently peel it off.

    • Remove the motherboard shield.

  12. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Reassembly instructions: step 12, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Reassembly instructions: step 12, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Reassembly instructions: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • During reassembly, use the flat end of a spudger to slide the battery connector into its socket on the motherboard.

  13. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Remove the interconnect cable: step 13, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Remove the interconnect cable: step 13, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Remove the interconnect cable: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Peel the interconnect cable from the battery.

    • If you taped the cable in place, remove the tape.

  14. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • Grip one end of the interconnect cable and peel it at a low angle off the battery.

    • Be careful not to crease the cable.

  15. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Battery removal information: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Two slots along the bottom edge of the midframe allow you to insert cards underneath the battery.

    • In the remaining steps, you'll clear these slots, create cards to insert under the battery, and separate its adhesive.

  16. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Reposition the antenna cables: step 16, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Reposition the antenna cables: step 16, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Reposition the antenna cables: step 16, image 3 of 3
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    • The antenna cables block the slots in the midframe. In this step, you'll shift them down to make room for the cards to slide underneath the battery.

    • Use tweezers to grip the black antenna cable in front of the right slot in the midframe.

    • Gently pull the antenna cable to the right and use a spudger to press the cable down and out of the way of the slot.

    • Repeat for the white antenna cable in front of the left slot in the midframe.

  17. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Battery adhesive information: step 17, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Battery adhesive information: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Four long strips of strong adhesive secure the battery to the midframe. Use this picture as a reference as you slice through the adhesive in the remaining steps.

  18. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Cut a plastic card: step 18, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Cut a plastic card: step 18, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Cut a plastic card: step 18, image 3 of 3
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    • You'll need two thin cards to fit through the slots in the midframe and slide under the battery.

    • Use scissors to cut a plastic card in half, longways.

    • It's okay if the two pieces of card aren't the same width—one of the slots in the midframe is wider than the other.

    • Cut the corners of the cards to be round, as sharp edges can scrape or puncture the battery, potentially causing a fire hazard.

  19. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Protect the frame: step 19, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Protect the frame: step 19, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Protect the frame: step 19, image 3 of 3
    • Wrap a layer of aluminum foil around the frame so that just the battery is exposed.

    • This is to protect the plastic frame from heat damage during the next step.

  20. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Use a hair dryer or heat gun on a "low" setting to slowly heat the battery and soften the adhesive underneath.

    • Do not overheat the battery or surrounding components, including the soft plastic frame. Take your time and keep the battery warm for one to three minutes to allow the adhesive to soften.

    • Remove the aluminum foil.

  21. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Insert the plastic cards: step 21, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Insert the plastic cards: step 21, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Insert the plastic cards: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the tip of one of the plastic cards into the right slot in the midframe and under the battery.

    • If one of your cards is wider than the other, use it for this slot.

    • Insert the tip of the other card into the left slot in the midframe and under the battery.

  22. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Slice the battery adhesive: step 22, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Slice the battery adhesive: step 22, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Slice the battery adhesive: step 22, image 3 of 3
    • Inserting the cards under the battery takes significant force. Take your time and work carefully.

    • Grip the left card and slide it fully underneath the battery.

    • If the card becomes stuck, wiggle or rotate it to help slice the adhesive.

  23. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement: step 23, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement: step 23, image 3 of 3
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    • Grip the right card and fully insert it underneath the battery to separate the adhesive.

    • If the card becomes stuck, wiggle or rotate it to help slice the adhesive.

    • If you can't insert the card any farther, remove it and coat the tip with a single drop of highly-concentrated isopropyl alcohol (over 90%) or adhesive remover.

    • Don't use more than a single drop at a time, as excess liquid will damage the screen.

  24. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Pry up the battery: step 24, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Pry up the battery: step 24, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Pry up the battery: step 24, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the flat edge of another, uncut plastic card between the bottom edge of the battery and the midframe.

    • Pry up the battery with a steady force to loosen the remaining adhesive along the bottom edge.

    • The bottom edge of the battery might not release right away. Keep a steady force on the plastic card for 30 seconds at a time before trying again.

  25. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement: step 25, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement: step 25, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement: step 25, image 3 of 3
    • Pry up the battery until you can grab it with your fingers.

    • If the battery still feels stuck, twist and pry the two halves of the first plastic card to help separate the remaining adhesive.

    • Be careful not to pry up the larger section of the battery much farther than the smaller section, as the pouch may rip at the seam.

  26. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Remove the battery: step 26, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Remove the battery: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the battery.

  27. Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Reassembly information: step 27, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck OLED Battery Replacement, Reassembly information: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Don't reuse the battery after it's been removed, as doing so is a potential safety hazard. Replace it with a new battery.

    • To install a replacement battery:

    • Remove the old adhesive from the midframe by rolling chunks up with your fingers and peeling them off.

    • Dampen a microfiber or lint-free cloth with a few drops of isopropyl alcohol (over 90%) and wipe the midframe clean. Don't let any liquid drip through the circular cutouts in the battery recess.

    • Remove the protective liner from one side of each replacement adhesive strip. Apply each strip to the battery, using the old battery as reference for where it should go.

    • Press the new battery firmly into place.

Conclusion

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

For optimal performance, calibrate your newly installed battery after completing this guide.

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 OLED answers community for help.

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