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Introduction

This guide will help you to remove the bluetooth board from the Nintendo Wii U Gamepad.

  1. Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Place Gamepad face down and remove the two 4.7 mm screws with a Phillips size #00 screwdriver.

  2. Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Lift and remove the battery plate.

  3. Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 3 Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 3 Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • With your finger, press down and pull back on the battery connector plug.

    • Remove the battery from the battery case.

  4. Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement, Outer Case: step 4, image 1 of 3 Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement, Outer Case: step 4, image 2 of 3 Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement, Outer Case: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Remove 10 9mm screws with Tri-Wing size Y1 screwdriver around the outer case.

    • Lift up on the back of case.

    • Lift gently because the rumble motor in the back of the case is still connected by a cable to the motherboard.

  5. Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Unplug outer case rumble motor connector from the motherboard with your fingers.

  6. Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement, Bluetooth: step 6, image 1 of 3 Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement, Bluetooth: step 6, image 2 of 3 Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement, Bluetooth: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Open the top and bottom clasp that connects the white flex cable to the motherboard with the tweezer.

    • Remove the white flex cable with the tweezers.

  7. Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • With your fingers, lift and remove bluetooth board.

    • Remove the board carefully as there are still two wires attached.

  8. Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the black and white wires off of the back of the bluetooth module.

  9. Wii U GamePad Bluetooth Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Lift and remove the bluetooth module.

Conclusion

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

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I just completed this repair on our Game Pad, and it worked perfectly!

There were two things that I noted that may be of use to anyone else completing this repair. First, the 9mm screws on the back may be located under small stickers used to conceal the screw holes. If you take them up carefully with a knife or other flat blade, you can reuse them if desired. Second, I didn’t see the need to remove the white ribbon cable in step #6. I successfully completed the repair without that step.

DarrinGrimm - Reply

I just completed this repair on our Game Pad, and the guide worked perfectly!

There were two things that I noticed that may be of help to someone else completing this repair. First, note that the 9mm screws holding the back on may be located under small black stickers used to hide the screw holes. If you take them up carefully with a knife or other flat blade, you should be able to reuse them if you desire. Second, I didn’t see a need to remove the white ribbon cable in Step #6. I successfully completed the repair without that step.

Cheers!

DarrinGrimm - Reply

This fix worked perfectly - our Wii U was virtually unusable because of the severely limited range of the gamepad. My kids are thrilled that they can comfortably play again!

Bill Jones - Reply

Worked perfectly, gamepad only worked within 2 ft of the console and now works 15ft away.

Instructions were concise, well illustrated and easy to complete.

Thanks a lot!

Peter Grubb - Reply

I went to do this - already have another chip - but I discovered there are no wires attached! The white and black wires shown are not in my gamepad at all. I’m amazed I can connect in the first place. Any idea how I can replace the wires that attach to the chip? Or work around it?

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