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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the screen (aka display) on your Steam Deck. The procedure is the same for both standard and anti-glare etched glass screens.

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.

Note: If you're installing a 512 GB model display onto a 64 / 256 GB device or vice versa, you'll need to ensure that a matching display flex cable is installed as well. Both types of displays comes with their specific flex cables.

    • 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 Screen Replacement, Unclip the back cover: step 2, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Screen 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 Screen Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 3, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 3, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen 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 Screen Replacement, Uncover the hidden shield screw: step 4, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Screen 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 Screen 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 Screen Replacement, Remove the shield: step 6, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the shield: step 6, image 2 of 2
  6. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 7, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 7, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen 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 Screen Replacement, Remove the SSD screw: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the 3.4 mm screw securing the SSD.

  8. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the SSD: step 9, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the SSD: step 9, 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.

  9. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the heatsink sticker: step 10, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the heatsink sticker: step 10, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the heatsink sticker: step 10, 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.

  10. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the heatsink screws: step 11, 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.

  11. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the heatsink: step 12, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the heatsink: step 12, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the heatsink: step 12, 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.

  12. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the fan: step 13, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the fan: step 13, 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.

  13. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the Wi-Fi shield tape: step 14, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the Wi-Fi shield tape: step 14, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the Wi-Fi shield tape: step 14, 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.

  14. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the speakers: step 15, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the speakers: step 15, 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.

  15. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the Wi-Fi: step 16, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the Wi-Fi: step 16, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the Wi-Fi: step 16, 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.

  16. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 17, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 17, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 17, 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.

  17. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the audio cable: step 18, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the audio cable: step 18, 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.

  18. Steam Deck Screen Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Screen Replacement: step 19, 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.

  19. Steam Deck Screen Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement: step 20, 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.

  20. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the button board: step 21, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the button board: step 21, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the button board: step 21, 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.

  21. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the motherboard screws: step 22, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three 3.7 mm screws securing the motherboard.

  22. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 23, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 23, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 23, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the motherboard.

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

  23. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Uncover the display connector: step 24, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Uncover the display connector: step 24, 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.

  24. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 25, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 25, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 25, 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.

  25. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Heat the display adhesive: step 26, 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.

  26. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Apply a suction cup: step 27, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Apply a suction cup: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  27. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 28, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 28, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 28, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  28. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Begin to slice the adhesive: step 29, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Begin to slice the adhesive: step 29, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Begin to slice the adhesive: step 29, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick across the top edge to slice the adhesive.

  29. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Heat the display adhesive: step 30, image 1 of 1
    • Heat the right edge of the display for one minute.

  30. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Slice the right side adhesive: step 31, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Slice the right side adhesive: step 31, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Slice the right side adhesive: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick down the right edge to slice the adhesive.

  31. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Heat the display adhesive: step 32, image 1 of 1
    • Heat the bottom edge of the display for one minute.

  32. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Slice the bottom side adhesive: step 33, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Slice the bottom side adhesive: step 33, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the opening pick across the bottom edge to slice the adhesive.

  33. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Heat the display adhesive: step 34, 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.

  34. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Lift up the display: step 35, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Lift up the display: step 35, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Lift up the display: step 35, 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.

  35. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Identify the adhesive strips and their locations: step 36, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Identify the adhesive strips and their locations: step 36, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Identify the adhesive strips and their locations: step 36, image 3 of 3
    • During reassembly:

    • Look over the new display adhesive and match each strip to its respective side of the display.

  36. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Prepare the surfaces: step 37, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Prepare the surfaces: step 37, image 2 of 2
    • To ensure a good adhesive bond, thoroughly clean all adhesion surfaces.

    • Remove large chunks of adhesives with the flat end of a spudger or plastic opening tool.

    • Don't use metal tools, as they can scratch the surface.

  37. Steam Deck Screen Replacement: step 38, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Screen Replacement: step 38, image 2 of 2
    • Use adhesive remover or isopropyl alcohol (>90%) to remove any remaining residue. Wipe in one direction with a lint-free cloth or coffee filter until all the adhesive residue is gone.

    • While isopropyl alcohol is generally safe to use on electronics, they will dissolve certain foam adhesives. Be careful to contain the alcohol when cleaning—don't use too much.

    • Allow any leftover isopropyl alcohol to completely evaporate before reassembly.

  38. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the adhesive liner: step 39, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the adhesive liner: step 39, image 2 of 2
    • Before you peel any liners, locate the surface the sticky side should adhere to.

    • Once you have a good idea of where the adhesive strip goes, peel off and discard the liner, exposing the adhesive underneath.

    • Be careful with exposed adhesives. Most of the time, you can't peel and reapply adhesive strips if they're stuck to the wrong spot.

  39. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Align and place the adhesive strips: step 40, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Align and place the adhesive strips: step 40, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Align and place the adhesive strips: step 40, image 3 of 3
    • Hold the exposed strip by its tabs and carefully line up the edge of the adhesive to the outer edge of display.

    • Use your old display as a reference for where the new adhesive strips should be applied on the new display’s edges.

    • Be careful with alignment. Most of the time, you can't peel and reapply adhesive strips if they stick misaligned.

    • Set the adhesive onto the surface and press firmly with your fingers to set it in place.

    • Repeat the previous two steps for the three other display adhesive strips.

  40. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Peel off the last adhesive liners: step 41, image 1 of 1
    • Peel off and discard the remaining plastic liners on all four strips, exposing the adhesive underneath.

    • Repeat for all four display adhesive strips, being careful not to touch any exposed adhesives.

  41. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Install the new display: step 42, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Install the new display: step 42, image 2 of 2
    • Set the new display in place on the midframe and press firmly along the edges for 20-30 seconds to ensure a good adhesive bond.

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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Attempted this tonight after smashing the screen on my deck. Easy to follow and worked flawlessly first time. Thank you

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