Open PS4 Controller
Open PS4 Controller

The PlayStation 4 (PS4) controller, popularly known as the DualShock 4, is a marvel of gaming technology. But after prolonged use, dirt and grime can accumulate, buttons may become sticky, or perhaps you just want to modify or customize it. Whatever your reason, if you’re looking to disassemble your DualShock 4, you’re in the right place. But first, a word of caution!

🛑 Disclaimer: Disassembling your PS4 controller may void any active warranty. Always handle with care and be sure you’re willing to take on the associated risks.

1. Prepping the Controller

  • Step 1: Switch off your PS4 console.
  • Step 2: Disconnect your DualShock 4 to ensure there’s no live connection.

2. Necessary Tools

Make sure you have:

  • A Phillips #00 screwdriver
  • A plastic spudger or flat tool
  • A clean and soft work surface

3. Removing the Screws

  • Step 1: Turn the controller upside down. You’ll notice four screws at the back.
  • Step 2: With your Phillips screwdriver, carefully unscrew all four of them.

4. Prying Open the Controller

  • Step 1: Gently insert the plastic spudger or flat tool into the seam between the two controller halves, starting from the top near the L1 and R1 buttons.
  • Step 2: Slowly and gently, work your way around, prying the controller open.

5. Handle the Ribbon Cable

After opening, you’ll notice a ribbon cable connecting the two halves.

  • Step 1: Carefully remove the ribbon cable. Pull gently; it should come off easily.

6. Battery Removal

  • Step 1: The battery is visibly located in the center. Disconnect it by gently pulling on the connector.
  • Step 2: Lift out the battery. Remember its orientation for reassembly.

7. Further Disassembly (If Needed)

Depending on your reason for opening:

  • For thumbsticks: Simply pull them straight up, and they’ll come off their pegs.
  • For buttons: These can be lifted out once the rubber backing behind them is removed.

8. Reassembling Your Controller

  • Step 1: Place all components back in their respective places.
  • Step 2: Reconnect the ribbon cable and battery.
  • Step 3: Carefully align the two halves of the controller and press them back together.
  • Step 4: Screw in the four screws at the back.


Disassembling your DualShock 4 controller might seem like a challenge, but with patience and the right tools, it’s a breeze. Remember always to handle components gently to avoid damage and ensure longevity.


  1. Is it safe to clean the components with alcohol?
    Yes, isopropyl alcohol can be used to clean the components, but avoid getting any on the rubber parts.
  2. Can I change the LED color of my PS4 controller?
    While the LED’s color is software-controlled, some mods and custom shells allow you to change its appearance.
  3. Why might my controller not power up after reassembly?
    Ensure the battery is connected correctly and that all cables are secure.
  4. Can I customize the appearance of my controller?
    Absolutely! There are many kits and skins available specifically for the DualShock 4.
  5. Is it better to seek professional help for repairs?
    If you’re unsure or uncomfortable with any step, it’s always better to consult or seek assistance from a professional.
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