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Introduction

Use this guide to replace a faulty cooling fan in an Xbox Series X. You can also follow this guide to remove a dusty or dirty fan to clean it out.

Before you begin, completely power down and unplug all cables from your console. Remember to follow general electrostatic discharge (ESD) safety procedures while repairing the console.

  1. Xbox Series X Fan Replacement, Uncover the back panel screws: step 1, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Fan Replacement, Uncover the back panel screws: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Before starting this guide, power down your console and unplug all cables.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the sticker hiding the first screw on the back panel, near the base.

  2. Xbox Series X Fan Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Fan Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Fan Replacement: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of blunt tweezers to peel back the large sticker on the back panel to reveal the second screw.

    • You only need to peel this sticker to where you can access the hidden screw. You don't need to pull it completely off.

    • Technically, these are tamper-evident stickers—but don't worry—Microsoft can't legally void your warranty, as long as you don't damage anything. Have fun!

    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the two 7.4 mm screws securing the back panel.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your console.

  3. Xbox Series X Fan Replacement, Unclip the back panel: step 4, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Fan Replacement, Unclip the back panel: step 4, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Fan Replacement, Unclip the back panel: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap between the back panel and the shell, near the left side of the base.

    • Pivot the spudger on the shell and pull up on the bottom of the back panel to release it from the locking clips.

  4. Xbox Series X Fan Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Fan Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap between the back panel and the shell, near the right side of the base.

    • Pivot the spudger on the shell and pull up on the bottom of the back panel to release it from the locking clips.

  5. Xbox Series X Fan Replacement, Remove the back panel: step 6, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Fan Replacement, Remove the back panel: step 6, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Fan Replacement, Remove the back panel: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the back panel at the opening you just created and pull it up and away from the shell to unclip the long edges.

    • During reassembly, press along the edges of the back panel to snap it into place.

  6. Xbox Series X Fan Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 3 Xbox Series X Fan Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 3 Xbox Series X Fan Replacement: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • The back panel slots into a gap at the top of the shell.

    • Tilt the back panel up and pull it away from the top edge of the shell to release it from the gap.

    • Remove the back panel.

  7. Xbox Series X Fan Replacement, Remove the fan screws: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the three screws securing the fan to the center chassis:

    • One 10.5 mm wide-head screw

    • Two 8.8 mm screws

  8. Xbox Series X Fan Replacement, Disconnect the fan cable: step 9, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Fan Replacement, Disconnect the fan cable: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of blunt tweezers to grip the edges of the fan cable connector, and pull up to disconnect it from the center chassis.

    • Always pull cables by their connectors and not the wires themselves.

    • During reassembly, route the fan cable underneath its small cable guide on the fan housing so it doesn't interfere with the back panel.

  9. Xbox Series X Fan Replacement, Remove the fan: step 10, image 1 of 2 Xbox Series X Fan Replacement, Remove the fan: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the fan out of its slot to remove it.

    • During reinstallation, note that the fan can only be installed one way—make sure Master Chief is facing you.

    • If you are replacing the fan, a new fan will probably not include the plastic installation bracket. The bracket is attached to the fan with 4 T10 Torx screws. This is not pictured in this guide.

Conclusion

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Xbox Series X Answers community for help.

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