There are several screws located on the back of the controller that you need to remove, in order to take the faceplate off.

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.
  • 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.

Start prying the side plate off underneath the trigger, this makes it easier to disconnect the other clips connecting the side plate to the backplate.

Brandon - Reply

One you take it off, is it possible to click it back in?

Aiden Bear - Reply

As long as you don’t exceed the couple tons you need to take it off you should be able to put it back.

Brandon -

  • 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.

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  • Remove the faceplate.

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

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It was a good tutorial, but i have two plastic rings that stay after my instervention... Anyone knows where are-they ?

Matis Begot - Reply

Note before starting. You need a T8 security bit (with a hole in the middle), not a standard T8 bit.

Fraser Currie - Reply

I took mine a part because it was looking dirty, gave it a good clean, putting it back together was easy but it wont work with the batteries anymore just the power core, there is nothing broken or cracked, any ideas?

Lee - Reply

Maybe you forced the battery contact on the wrong side of the case?

Alexandre Foley -

Alex is probably right. It's easy to let the two battery contacts on one side get covered by the bottom plate. Take battery cover off and compare the metal bits you see to a known good one.

Brandon Reiser -

Are the steps the same with the Xbox One Elite Controller as well?

Zac Dubits - Reply

This is a great tutorial for people wanting to replace the boring black or white faceplate with one with a skin. It’s a shame they didn’t make the controllers easily customizable. They could’ve done a lot more with this console.

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