Skip to main content

Introduction

Use this guide to replace the speakers in your Steam Deck. The left and right speakers are tethered into a single cable, so they need to be replaced as a pair.

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.

    • 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 Speakers Replacement, Unclip the back cover: step 2, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 3, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 3, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement, Uncover the hidden shield screw: step 4, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement, Remove the shield: step 6, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Remove the shield: step 6, image 2 of 2
  6. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 7, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 7, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement, Remove the SSD: step 9, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement, Remove the heatsink sticker: step 10, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Remove the heatsink sticker: step 10, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement, Remove the heatsink: step 12, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Remove the heatsink: step 12, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement, Disconnect the fan: step 13, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement, Remove the Wi-Fi shield tape: step 14, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Remove the Wi-Fi shield tape: step 14, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement, Disconnect the speakers: step 15, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement, Disconnect the Wi-Fi: step 16, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Disconnect the Wi-Fi: step 16, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 17, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 17, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement, Disconnect the audio cable: step 18, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement, Disconnect the button board: step 21, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Disconnect the button board: step 21, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 23, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 23, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers 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 Speakers Replacement, Disconnect the button  board interconnect cable: step 24, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Disconnect the button  board interconnect cable: step 24, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Disconnect the button  board interconnect cable: step 24, 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 on the left button board.

    • 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.

  24. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement: step 25, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement: step 25, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement: step 25, 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 on the right button board.

    • 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.

  25. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Isolate the speaker wire: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel up the tape bundling the speaker wire to the Wi-Fi antenna cables.

  26. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement: step 27, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement: step 27, 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.

  27. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Remove the right speaker: step 28, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Remove the right speaker: step 28, 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.

  28. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip and remove the right speaker from its cavity.

    • When removing the speaker, ensure that the fragile speaker mesh underneath stays in place. During reassembly, make sure it's uncreased and lays flat against the front shell.

  29. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Remove the left speaker: step 30, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Remove the left speaker: step 30, 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.

  30. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement: step 31, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement: step 31, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip and remove the left speaker from its cavity.

    • When removing the speaker, ensure that the fragile speaker mesh underneath stays in place. During reassembly, make sure it's uncreased and lays flat against the front shell.

  31. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Remove the speakers: step 32, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the tethered right and left speakers.

  32. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Reassembly tip: step 33, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Reassembly tip: step 33, image 2 of 2
    • During reassembly, note that the speakers are labeled, such as:

    • LUX-F7A-L for the left speaker.

    • LUX-F7A-R for the right speaker.

  33. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Prepare the surfaces: step 34, image 1 of 1
    • To ensure a good adhesive bond, thoroughly clean all adhesion surfaces.

    • Use adhesive remover or isopropyl alcohol (>90%) to remove any remaining residue. Wipe with a cotton swab or microfiber cloth 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.

  34. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Remove the speaker adhesive liners: step 35, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Remove the speaker adhesive liners: step 35, image 2 of 2
    • Peel off and discard the liners on the speakers themselves, exposing the adhesive underneath.

  35. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Install the new speakers: step 36, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Install the new speakers: step 36, image 2 of 2
    • Place each speaker into its slot and press firmly with your fingers to set them in place.

    • The right speaker will be on your lefthand side and vice versa when working on the Steam Deck, as it's laying upside down.

  36. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement: step 37, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement: step 37, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement: step 37, image 3 of 3
    • Fit the speaker cable into the two hooks along the bottom of the chassis.

  37. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Remove the cable adhesive liners: step 38, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Remove the cable adhesive liners: step 38, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the adhesive liners from the tape strips along the speaker cable.

  38. Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Route the speaker cables: step 39, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Route the speaker cables: step 39, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Speakers Replacement, Route the speaker cables: step 39, image 3 of 3
    • To ensure proper cable management, stick one speaker cable adhesive to the top edge of the chassis, leaving ~3 mm at the top unstuck.

    • Use an opening pick to wrap the adhesive over the edge of the battery tray, sticking it to the inside edge.

    • Repeat for the second cable adhesive, and continue reassembly.

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.

Carsten Frauenheim

Member since: 03/10/2020

74,813 Reputation

330 Guides authored

Team

iFixit Member of iFixit

Community

146 Members

15,586 Guides authored

0 Comments

Add Comment

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 6

Past 7 Days: 85

Past 30 Days: 474

All Time: 1,985