How to Open an Xbox One Controller

Did you know 7 out of 10 gamers will break a controller once in their lifetime? I didn’t either, but what I do know is that 10 out of 10 Microsoft Xbox One controllers are pretty flimsy and will break if dropped on accident, or forcibly thrown against a wall. For when these times come XboxDIY put together an easy to follow tutorial on how to take apart your Xbox One Controller for repair or cleaning. 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:

How to Open an Xbox One Controller

Step 1: Remove the Xbox One Controller Battery Pack

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

The next step you have to take is removing 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 open this part of the Xbox One controller 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. 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.

3) Remove Torx Screw Behind the Battery Pack

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  – 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.

4) Remove the Remaining 4 Torx Screws from the Xbox One Controller

Although you can do this with a flathead screwdriver, I would highly recommend buy a cheap Torx Screwdriver. This will guarantee that your screws stay undamaged for future modifications and repairs.

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.

5) Remove Front and Back Panels of the 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 certain wires, circuitry, and other parts are now exposed.

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

That’s an easy 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 seeing how to further disassemble your Xbox One controller, or see other Xbox One repair tutorials, head on over to Xbox DIY on YouTube.