Introduction

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

Place Gamepad face down and remove the two 4.7 mm screws with a Phillips size #0 screwdriver.
  • Place Gamepad face down and remove the two 4.7 mm screws with a Phillips size #0 screwdriver.

Lift and remove the battery plate.
  • Lift and remove the battery plate.

With your finger, press down and pull back on the battery connector plug. Remove the battery from the battery case. Remove the battery from the battery case.
  • With your finger, press down and pull back on the battery connector plug.

  • Remove the battery from the battery case.

Battery lifts up from the bottom not the top like the photo shows.

Tyler Schommer - Reply

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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.
  • 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.

Unplug outer case rumble motor connector from the motherboard with your fingers.
  • Unplug outer case rumble motor connector from the motherboard with your fingers.

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. Remove the white flex cable with the tweezers.
  • 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.

Attention! You have to flip up gently the small plastic cap on top of the ribbon connector. Do not try to slide the plastic cap horizontally. This method holds for all ribbon connectors.

Marc Peetermans - Reply

With your fingers,  lift and remove bluetooth board. Remove the board carefully as there are still two wires attached.
  • With your fingers, lift and remove bluetooth board.

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

These little boards (Bluetooth and NFC) have a small connector but also have double sided tape holding them down. So you may need to apply more force than expected to remove these due to the tape.

Louis Bellanca - Reply

Disconnect the black and white wires off of the back of the bluetooth module. Disconnect the black and white wires off of the back of the bluetooth module.
  • Disconnect the black and white wires off of the back of the bluetooth module.

One important thing to note here is how the black and white wires are routed to the board. You should take a picture since if you do not route these the same way, the wires can interfere with the button or get trapped when you assemble the case back possible blocking a screw hole.

Louis Bellanca - Reply

Lift and remove the bluetooth module.
  • 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!

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