Introduction

This guide will assist you in replacing your thumbstick. If you have a rogue thumbstick, you have come to the right place.

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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With tools and Fix Kits
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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Remove thumbsticks by pulling them up off their poles. Remove thumbsticks by pulling them up off their poles.
  • Remove thumbsticks by pulling them up off their poles.

Does this repair work for Thumbsticks that got pushed too far in and now aren't connected?

Brendan Stewart - Reply

My left joystick is stuck on going left. I did all these steps and got to it and noticed a difference in the joystick modual compared to the right modual. The left one will not stay clicked to the left like it will in all other directions. But thats the direction when using, will continuosly go left no matter how many times I click right on screen it will automatically and rapidily go left. I want to see the proper funtioning of a working joystick compaired to a broken one or one that is acting up so that can be trouble shot as well. Ronnie Grandchamp

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Conclusion

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

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Is there any advice for a controller that has had this repair, but continues to drift? I have done this repair successfully many times, and now i have a controller that (with 2 different replacement parts) continues to drift.

Is there a reset or config I can do?

Jim - Reply

Drift issues are a different problem you would need to solder a new joystick box to fix that this is for loose or damaged thumb sticks

myhero667 -

I used a cotton ball on my Xbox one Elite to fix drifting issues.

ajcroyle -

Can i apply 2 thumbsticks off the xbox 360 controller when i removed them?

Merlijn Fransen - Reply

You can try to solder the connections on, but I wouldn't put it past Microsoft to make different connections. You can try it, let us know how it works out if you do.

Alec -

Any luck with the 360 component transplant?

Matt Koehler -

Hi I also have a drifting issue with my Xbox one controller & I was wondering is some lubrication on the joy stick would fix the problem

bruce.rogan - Reply

Hey everyone. I will be attempting to do a 360 joystick transplant into an Xbox 1 controller that has started to scroll through menus, although it doesn't happen in game. I'll update with the results from that.

Andrew Poe - Reply

I am going to be using the new style controller instead of the original and I am interested to see how it goes. The controller is the one from the bf1 bundle.

Andrew Poe - Reply

The tools needed does not mention security torx. It is listed correctly later, but by then I had started and didn't have the right tools...

Eric Fossum - Reply

My gta v camera is rotating and while i try to move the thumbsticks, it wont move. Even if i reconnect the controller

Plz help

K.Loughlin - Reply

My gta v camera keeps spinning even though my controller is connected

K.Loughlin - Reply

what if the little plastic pole breaks? anyway to replace it?

jono - Reply

ofcorse theres no comments after that question. god forbid anyone acutally post a helpful answer. what about after step 6 you know the actual mechanical part that makes up the thumb stick, not just the thumb pad that covers it.

Kenny Bateman - Reply

Ok guys, just found that a thumb tack fits perfectly into the small hole on the plastic arm that holds the thumb stick to the control module. Filed the thumb tack off so I was left with the small steel pin, gorilla glue the pcs back using the thumb tack pin for reinforcement. Waiting for glue to set up well and see how long that lasts for. Maybe saved 80 bucks... maybe not: I try and post the results if I remember

Chad Drake - Reply

Ok, glue dried, been playing FC4 for about 20 min, and no problems so far.

So I would say now there is a fix for when the plastic arm breaks, probably depends on where the break occurs. Mine was basically flush with the bottom of the thumb stick. Saved buying a new controller for the next little while anyway!! Hope this helped

Chad Drake - Reply

Can you use these steps to maybe tighten the thumbsticks if they feel too loose a bit to your taste?

Sam Mejia - Reply

These steps only go so far as to get the thumbstick cover off… you'd need further instructions to tighten.

-for anyone WITHOUT a t8 security… an easy workaround is a 1.5mm flathead. Works fine.

Marianne Sandling - Reply

My left thumb stick isn’t “clicking” when engaged like the right. Will this fix it? Thanks

Austin - Reply

Will this fix a thumb stick that doesn’t click down and pop up? Thanms

Austin - Reply

How do you fix it? The joystick got pushed in and its stuck i want to fix it not take it apart. Thanks in advance.

Bri - Reply

Do you know how to fix a thumbstick damaged from being dropped. My lil dro is an idiot and dropped it (the controller) too much and the top left thumbstick is damaged do i need a new one? Can i repair it? Thanks is advance.

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