How to Open Xbox One Controller [Even without a Torx Safety Screwdriver]

How to Open Xbox One Controller
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Have a broken or damaged Xbox One controller and need to know how to open it?

XboxDIY has an easy to follow tutorial on how to open your Xbox One Controller for repair or cleaning (and how to reassemble it)

You can even open an Xbox One controller without a torx screwdriver or special screw driver, if you’re in a pinch.

What You’ll Need:

There are a few tools that you’ll need in order to open your Xbox One controller:

Step 1: Remove the Battery Pack

Removing the Battery Pack - How to Open an Xbox One Controller

The first thing you need to do is remove the battery back on the back of the Xbox One Controller. You’ll need this later (duh), so set it aside.

Step 2: Remove the Xbox One Controller Handle Covers

Removing controller handle covers - How to Open an Xbox One Controller

The next step is to remove the handle covers from the side of the Xbox One controller. This will allow you access the torx screws to remove the front and back panels of the controller.

I’d highly recommend using something like a small plastic trim tool so you don’t damage the plastic on the controller.

If you don’t happen to have a plastic trim tool, you can gently pry the plastic cover handles off with a small flathead screwdriver.

Note: This may damage the plastic finish on your controller.

The easiest way to remove the handles is to insert your plastic trim tool or flathead screwdriver at the base of the handle where the back, sides, and front of the controller molding all meets.

Where to pry handles Xbox controller - How to Open an Xbox One Controller

Once you get hold of an edge, gently pry it off the controller. You might hear a few snaps – those are typically the clips releasing. Just make sure nothing is broken in the process.

You can always buy replacement parts controller parts on Amazon if you accidentally break parts and need to replace them.

Step 3 – Remove Torx Screw Behind the Battery Pack

Removing Torx Screw Behind the Battery Pack - How to Open an Xbox One Controller

Located behind the battery pack cover is a sticker with device and warranty information. The middle of this sticker is covering a screw that is needed to separate the front, and back of the Xbox One controller.

This will void your warranty on the controller. Microsoft will not repair a controller or console that has been “tampered” with. 

Poke a hole in the sticker with your screwdriver. Remove the screw behind the sticker and set it aside in a safe place for when we reassemble the Xbox One Controller.

Step 4 –  Remove the Remaining 4 Torx Screws from the Xbox One Controller

Removing 4 Torx Screws Front and Back - How to Open an Xbox One Controller

4 additional Torx screws are located in the corners behind the handles of the controller.

Use your Torx Screwdriver to remove the 4 screws. Set them aside for when we reassemble the Xbox One controller.

This is the part where you could theoretically get away with using a flathead screwdriver. It doesn’t work well, and it really takes some muscle to get the screws out. Worse thing is the screws might be damaged permanently, making putting an Xbox One controller back together very, very difficult.

I would highly recommend buying a cheap Torx Screwdriver set. This will guarantee that your screws stay undamaged and keep your controller together properly, along with allowing for future modifications.

Step 5 – Remove Front and Back Panels of the Xbox One Controller

Removing controller handle covers - How to Open an Xbox One Controller

After removing the side handles and 5 torx screws from the Xbox One controller, you can easily lift the front and back panels off the main frame of the controller.

Be careful once removing the front and back panel as wires, circuitry, and other parts are now exposed and susceptible to damage.

It’s Easy to Open Your Xbox One Controller, Even without a Torx Screwdriver!

That’s an easy to follow guide on How to Open Your Xbox One Controller.

You can use a similar method for opening an Xbox One Elite Controller.

If you’re interested in more information on how to open your Xbox One controller head on over to XboxDIY on YouTube.

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