This article explains how to disassemble an Xbox One controller if it needs repairs, keep an eye out for potential problems and what special tools you’ll need. Xbox One controllers are widely regarded as one of the best controllers in video games, but they still fail from time to time.
You can use a Torx bit in a screwdriver or with a socket wrench, or use a special Torx screwdriver, but it must be a T-8 security Torx.
You can tell the difference between a regular Torx and a security Torx by the small hole found in the tip of a security Torx. Without this small hole, a standard T-8 Torx will not fit the Xbox One controller screws.
How to disassemble the controller for the Xbox One?
For the pry tool, you can use anything thin enough to fit in the gap between the controller box and the end caps. If possible, try to use a plastic tool to avoid damaging your controller case.
Here’s how to disassemble the Xbox One controller:
- From the same handle, remove the second screw.
- Repeat the same procedure on the other handle, remove the last two screws and the controller will fall apart.
- You now have access to the noisy motors, triggers, and some extra screws that you can leave alone unless you need to replace specific components on the circuit board. To access most of the other components, remove the assembly from the front housing and turn it over.
- You may clean the buttons, analog sticks, D-pad ring, and D-pad from this vantage point, among other things.
- When finished, simply carry out the previous instructions in reverse to reassemble the controller. Put the controller assembly back into the front case, replace the back case, replace and tighten all the screws, then replace the handle covers and the battery cover.
Performing Xbox One Controller Repairs
Once you’ve successfully disassembled your Xbox One controller, you can attempt repairs. Some problems can be solved by simply cleaning the components, while others require replacing the components.
In some cases, advanced skills such as soldering are required to remove and replace components. In your experience, some of these repairs are best left to the professionals.
Other repairs are much easier, such as repairing or replacing the d-pad ring. If your D-pad isn’t responding properly, try this quick fix:
- Use a pry tool or tweezers to gently loosen the spring steel D-pad ring.
- Gently lift your arms on the d-pad ring so they apply more pressure and reassemble. If that doesn’t solve your problem, you may need a new D-pad ring.
If your Xbox One controller isn’t working properly and you’ve already updated the firmware and performed basic troubleshooting like checking the batteries, the next step is usually to disassemble the controller.
Here are some fixes that require disassembling your Xbox One controller, including tips on what to do after opening the controller:
D-Pad Malfunction: Gently lift the spring assembly tabs to push them down with more force. Replace if necessary.
Drifting thumbsticks: Clean or replace thumbstick assemblies as needed.