Introduction

This guide will show you how to remove the motherboards in order to access the buttons and triggers.

Remove the battery pack cover.
  • Remove the battery pack cover.

  • Remove batteries.

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We recommend using a nylon spudger for this step. A metal spudger is shown. Grip the controller firmly to remove the side handles, wedging a spudger into the seam between the front and handle plates.
  • We recommend using a nylon spudger for this step. A metal spudger is shown.

  • Grip the controller firmly to remove the side handles, wedging a spudger into the seam between the front and handle plates.

  • Pry the side plate away from the front plate by moving the spudger back and forth. You will need to do this all the way around the side plate's seam.

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There is a hidden screw located in the middle of the controller behind the label. Use a screwdriver and punch a hole directly in the center of the label.
  • There is a hidden screw located in the middle of the controller behind the label.

  • Use a screwdriver and punch a hole directly in the center of the label.

    • You may also lift the label if you do not want to puncture it.

  • Remove the five 10mm screws located on the back of the controller using the T8 Security Torx Screwdriver.

i damaged my screws. how do i get the screws out?

tenzin - Reply

wait. i just watched a video guide on ifixit's youtube channel about damaged screws. i'll try those methods.

tenzin - Reply

It's a t8 or t9 security bit btw, I got the top two out with a regular T8, but the bottom two and middle needed a T9 Security bit.

David Loper - Reply

All five faceplate/backplate screws in the controller I disassembled were T8 security fasteners.

John Dziedzic - Reply

Am I doing something wrong because I got the tool it said I needed and got the middle screw out but the others have a bump or something in the center of the screw and it won't fit.

kolton77 - Reply

The T8 is only good for the middle screw on my One S controller. The others require something bigger

Matej Skelo - Reply

These requires SECURITY Torx bits (they have a cannulated hole in the driver). I don't believe the iFixIt branded driver is cannulated but you can buy a set of bits from DeWalt DWAX200 which is overkill but has what you need.

jhighsmith - Reply

The driver that iFixIt sells is cannulated.

jhighsmith -

where do you get this dumb ass screw driver

Jake Zweier - Reply

iFixit Store #IF145-027-3

VauWeh - Reply

You can bypass it with a 1.5mm flathead.

Marianne Sandling - Reply

Remove the backplate.
  • Remove the backplate.

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Remove the faceplate.
  • Remove the faceplate.

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You may let the rumble motors hang freely out of their sockets. De-solder the soldered joints while holding the red and black wires down on the top motherboard.
  • You may let the rumble motors hang freely out of their sockets.

  • De-solder the soldered joints while holding the red and black wires down on the top motherboard.

  • De-solder the black and gray wires that are attached to the top motherboard.

  • Remove the rumble motors and set them aside.

  • Be careful while using the soldering iron not to damage other components or hurt yourself.

  • For information on how to solder, click here.

Steps 6-8 aren't completely necessary, and are very risky if you aren't good at soldering. It would seem the only reason to remove the motherboard and mess with all this soldering is just so you can reach both screws on the trigger in step 10. However, you can reach them already with a small-bodied screwdriver. Although you might have to rest the screwdriver on the black square processor to reach the bottom screw, it shouldn't damage the processor or motherboard to jimmy that screw out.

Robert Rapier - Reply

Unscrew the two 7mm T6 screws located near the rumble motor sockets.
  • Unscrew the two 7mm T6 screws located near the rumble motor sockets.

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Firmly grip sides of motherboard near the middle.
  • Firmly grip sides of motherboard near the middle.

  • Lift upwards while slightly wiggling the motherboard forward and backward.

  • Lifting the motherboard will require some force.

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Remove the six T6 Torx screws located on the bottom motherboard. Remove the six T6 Torx screws located on the bottom motherboard.
  • Remove the six T6 Torx screws located on the bottom motherboard.

Where can I find the connectors at for the motherboard??

lillarrypimp1993 - Reply

Remove the bumpers by prying them off of the pegs that secure them, using a spudger.  They are located on the front and back of the controller. A standard nylon spudger is recommended for this step. Using a metal spudger near the motherboard as shown risks damaging your device.
  • Remove the bumpers by prying them off of the pegs that secure them, using a spudger. They are located on the front and back of the controller.

  • A standard nylon spudger is recommended for this step. Using a metal spudger near the motherboard as shown risks damaging your device.

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Lift the piece surrounding the Home button off of its pegs. Pry it off of the other side, using a spudger on the pins.
  • Lift the piece surrounding the Home button off of its pegs.

  • Pry it off of the other side, using a spudger on the pins.

  • A standard nylon spudger is recommended for this step. Using a metal spudger near the motherboard as shown risks damaging your device.

  • Removing this piece may require a lot of force.

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Remove the bottom motherboard.
  • Remove the bottom motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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Is de-soldering optional?

John Gonzalez - Reply

Considering the placement of wires attached by solder on both sides of the top board, it would be quite difficult to reach anything beneath it otherwise. I suppose it depends on what you're trying to achieve.

In any case, you might as well try to move it without desoldering if desoldering is going to be an issue. Make sure not to pull hard, though.

Liam Gow -

I have a question... Will the motherboard you can get at the store here work it the newer controllers with built in headphone jack?

ETHREAL1 - Reply

I would expect not, I'm afraid. The motherboards will probably have different circuitry, even if the shapes are the same, which they may not be.

Liam Gow -

The position/mounting of the LB and RB buttons on the motherboard piece between the day-one/sans-jack and the newer 3.5mm jack (non-Slim) boards are completely different.

The older revision motherboard has the mountings inverted (pointing downwards to the south end-headset attachment port- of the controller) compared to the newer ones.

The newer ones have the circuit with the bumper buttons mounted pointing to the north end toward the bumpers on the top of the controller.

icho - Reply

Quick question. What do you think the feasibility is of moving the thumbsticks and buttons via wiring away from the motherboard? Looking to build a specialized controller in a different form factor.

dengel72 - Reply

Quick question. I was disassembling my controller to fix something and noticed that the piece labeled R91 (the little grey square in the bottom center of the motherboard) looked as if it had been chipped. The part that is chipped is half of the top flat part of the grey piece. What is the purpose of this piece and is it something that will stop my controller from working properly?

I know nothing about this kind of stuff, and it's only the second controller I have ever taken apart so I'm sorry if this is a dumb question.

Thanks in advance!!

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