Introduction

The Front Buttons on your Xbox Controller could become unresponsive or sticky. If this happens it could be necessary to remove the Front Buttons to either replace or clean them. This guide will teach you how to access and replace the Front Buttons on your Xbox One Wireless Controller Model 1708.

Slide the battery cover toward the top of the controller to remove it.
  • Slide the battery cover toward the top of the controller to remove it.

  • Lift up the batteries or the battery pack from the battery compartment.

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Insert a plastic opening tool into the top seam, and  gently work the opening tool to the bottom of the controller.
  • Insert a plastic opening tool into the top seam, and gently work the opening tool to the bottom of the controller.

  • Continue using the opening tool to gently pry the side plate off of the controller.

  • Repeat this process for the second side plate.

Only use a pry tool! The vibration motor wires are exposed and directly accessible from the side when opening. I attempted to open it with a small knife, expecting to be able to gently pry the clips open, accidentally sliced through my right motor’s wires.

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  • Gently peel the battery label or punch a hole in the center of the sticker in the battery compartment to reveal the hidden screw.

  • Remove the five 90mm torx-9 security screws from the back of the controller.

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  • Orient the controller so the front plate is facing up.

  • Lift the front cover off of the controller.

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  • Turn the controller face down and gently lift the rear plate.

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  • Turn the device over and remove the directional pad by gently pulling it away from the controller.

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  • Pull the joysticks off of the controller.

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  • If the rumble motors fall out of frame, the wires may disconnect from the motherboard . The wires will have to be soldered to reattach the motor.

  • Turn the device over and remove the two 70mm torx-6 security screws in the bottom left and right corners.

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  • Firmly grasp the top and bottom motherboards in opposite hands, then gently pull them apart.

  • The top motherboard is still connected to the bottom motherboard. To fully separate the top motherboard, you will need to use a soldering iron.

Soldering is not necessary for separation as on the top motherboard it uses a small connector commonly used in wireless assemblies for antennas. Simply pop it of using any prying tool or just your hand but make sure it is the side that has a gold or brassy finish and not a solder joint.

wyatt Faught - Reply

Hey Wyatt,

Thanks for the feedback. I was on the team that authored this guide. I did not work on this specific guide so I am not familiar with this specific connector. I will follow up with iFixIt and check this issue. Thanks for the comment!

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  • Remove the audio port from the bottom mother board.

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  • Remove the three 70mm torx-6 security screws from the center of the bottom motherboard.

  • Remove the two 70mm torx-6 security screws next to the rumble motors on the bottom motherboard.

  • Remove the one 70mm torx-6 security screw located on the left side of the bottom motherboard.

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  • Use a plastic spudger to lift the plastic clip off the front pegs.

  • Remove the plastic clip by sliding it upwards.

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  • Use a spudger to release the small hooks at each end of the left and right bumper.

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  • To avoid disconnecting the wires connected to the motherboard, lift the mother board away from the plastic frame as if opening a laptop.

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  • Lift off the rubber backing strip.

  • With the rubber backing strip removed, the buttons will now fall out of the remaining shell.

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Conclusion

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

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