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Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement

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  1. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: passo 1, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: passo 1, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: passo 1, immagine 3 di 3
    • Turn on your Steam Deck and allow the battery to discharge below 25% before starting your repairs, as a charged lithium-ion polymer battery can be dangerous if accidentally punctured.

    • As an extra precaution, Valve recommends putting your Steam Deck into battery storage mode within the BIOS before starting any internal repairs. Read how to do that here.

    • Power down your Steam Deck and unplug any cables.

    • If you have a microSD card installed, make sure to remove it before opening the Steam Deck. If you attempt to remove the back cover with it still installed, it could snap right in half.

    • During your repair, it can be helpful at times to lay the Steam Deck face-down in its case to protect the thumbsticks and prevent wobble.

  2. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Mark your opening picks: passo 2, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Mark your opening picks: passo 2, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Mark your opening picks: passo 2, immagine 3 di 3
    • If inserted too far, an opening pick can damage your device. Follow this step to mark your pick and prevent damage.

    • Measure 3 mm from the tip and mark the opening pick with a permanent marker.

    • You can also mark the other corners of the pick with different measurements.

    • Alternatively, tape a coin to a pick 3 mm from the tip.

  3. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Heat the top edge screen adhesive: passo 3, immagine 1 di 1
    • Prepare an iOpener and apply it to the top edge of the screen for one minute.

    • You may also use a hair dryer or heat gun, but be careful not to overheat the device, as the screen, battery, and plastic frame are all susceptible to heat damage.

  4. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Apply a suction handle: passo 4, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Apply a suction handle: passo 4, immagine 2 di 2
    • Apply a suction handle to the top left corner of the screen, as close to the top edge as possible.

    • If your display is badly cracked, cover it with a layer of clear packing tape to help the suction cup adhere. Alternatively, you can pull using very strong tape instead of a suction cup. If all else fails, try supergluing the suction cup to the broken screen.

  5. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Insert an opening pick: passo 5, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Insert an opening pick: passo 5, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Insert an opening pick: passo 5, immagine 3 di 3
    • Pull up on the suction handle with a strong, steady force to create a gap between the screen and the frame.

    • Insert the tip of an opening pick into the gap.

    • Don't insert your pick deeper than 3 mm (~1/8 of an inch) to avoid damaging the screen panel, ambient light sensor, or sensor cable.

  6. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the suction handle: passo 6, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the suction handle: passo 6, immagine 2 di 2
    • Pull up on the nub on the back of the suction handle to remove it from the screen.

  7. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Screen information: passo 7, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Screen information: passo 7, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Screen information: passo 7, immagine 3 di 3
    • As you slice through the adhesive securing the screen, note the following:

    • Along the top and bottom edges, don't insert your pick deeper than 3 mm (~1/8 of an inch) to avoid damaging the sensors, sensors cable, or screen cable.

    • Along the left and right edges, don't insert your pick deeper than 5 mm (~1/5 of an inch) to avoid damaging the screen panel.

  8. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Reposition the pick: passo 8, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Reposition the pick: passo 8, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Reposition the pick: passo 8, immagine 3 di 3
    • Rotate the pick so its flat edge is between the screen and frame.

    • Leave this pick inserted to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  9. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: passo 9, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: passo 9, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: passo 9, immagine 3 di 3
    • Don't insert your pick deeper than 3 mm (~1/8 of an inch) along the top edge.

    • Insert another pick in the top left corner.

    • Slide the pick toward the power button to separate the adhesive securing the top edge of the screen.

  10. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Reposition the pick: passo 10, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Reposition the pick: passo 10, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Reposition the pick: passo 10, immagine 3 di 3
    • Rotate the pick so its flat edge is between the screen and frame.

    • Leave this pick inserted to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  11. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Heat the right edge screen adhesive: passo 11, immagine 1 di 1
    • Heat the right edge of the screen for one minute.

  12. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the right edge adhesive: passo 12, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the right edge adhesive: passo 12, immagine 2 di 2
    • Don't insert your pick deeper than 5 mm (~1/5 of an inch) along the right edge.

    • Insert another pick just below the right thumbstick.

    • Slide the pick to the bottom right corner to separate the right edge adhesive.

    • Leave the pick inserted to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  13. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Heat the bottom edge adhesive: passo 13, immagine 1 di 1
    • Heat the bottom edge of the screen for one minute.

  14. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: passo 14, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: passo 14, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: passo 14, immagine 3 di 3
    • Don't insert your pick deeper than 3 mm (~1/8 of an inch) along the bottom edge.

    • Insert another pick in bottom right corner along the bottom edge.

    • Slide the pick to the bottom left corner to separate the bottom edge adhesive.

    • Leave the pick inserted to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  15. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Lift the top edge of the screen: passo 15, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Lift the top edge of the screen: passo 15, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Lift the top edge of the screen: passo 15, immagine 3 di 3
    • Grip the two picks along the top edge.

    • Pry up to lift the top edge of the screen away from the frame until you can grab it.

    • If the screen feels stuck, go back around the perimeter and check for missed sections of adhesive. If you're using a hair dryer, use it to lightly heat the stuck sections of adhesive.

  16. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Flip the screen over: passo 16, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Flip the screen over: passo 16, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Flip the screen over: passo 16, immagine 3 di 3
    • Be gentle with the screen, as straining its cable may damage the socket on the motherboard.

    • Flip the screen over the bottom edge of the frame.

    • Prop up the screen with a small box or book roughly 2.5 cm (~1 inch) thick.

    • If you don't have a box or book nearby, hold the screen in this position for the next two steps.

  17. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Unlatch the screen connector: passo 17, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Unlatch the screen connector: passo 17, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use the point of a spudger or a clean fingernail to flip up the locking flap on the outside edge of the screen ZIF connector.

    • Don't touch any of the small surface-mounted components around the connector.

  18. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the screen: passo 18, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the screen: passo 18, immagine 2 di 2
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    • Use tweezers or your fingers to grip the screen cable pull tab and slide the cable straight out of its socket to disconnect it.

  19. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the screen: passo 19, immagine 1 di 1
  20. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the back cover screws: passo 20, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the back cover screws: passo 20, immagine 2 di 2
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    • Use a T6 Torx driver to remove the eight 5.8 mm‑long screws securing the back cover.

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

  21. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Unclip a handle: passo 21, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Unclip a handle: passo 21, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Unclip a handle: passo 21, immagine 3 di 3
    • Insert an opening pick at an upward angle between the back cover and the front shell near one of the triggers.

    • If you can't insert your pick here, try along the top or bottom edges of the Steam Deck OLED before sliding it toward the handle.

    • Slide your pick along the edge of the handle to release the clips securing it to the front shell.

  22. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Unclip the top and bottom edges: passo 22, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Unclip the top and bottom edges: passo 22, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Unclip the top and bottom edges: passo 22, immagine 3 di 3
    • Reinsert your pick and slide it along the top and bottom edges until the back cover feels loose.

  23. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the back cover: passo 23, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the back cover: passo 23, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the back cover: passo 23, immagine 3 di 3
    • Grip the unclipped handle and pull it away from the front shell to release the remaining clips.

    • Remove the back cover.

  24. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 24, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 24, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 24, immagine 3 di 3
    • Grip the battery cable pull tab, located to the left of the battery.

    • Firmly pull the battery cable straight away from the motherboard shield (toward the battery) to disconnect it.

    • This bundled cable is fairly stiff. If you're having trouble, re-grip the pull tab close to the head of the connector and gently walk it side-to-side as you pull.

    • If the cable pull-tab feels fragile or rips during this process, remove the motherboard shield and disconnect the cable using a spudger.

    • When the battery cable comes free, it might push up on the motherboard shield. Don't worry, as this won't damage anything.

  25. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Reassembly instructions: passo 25, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Reassembly instructions: passo 25, immagine 2 di 2
    • During disassembly, skip the next three steps.

    • During reassembly:

    • Reinstall the two 3.8 mm‑long screws to secure the motherboard shield.

    • Reconnect the interconnect cable ZIF connector.

  26. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Reassembly instructions: passo 26, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Reassembly instructions: passo 26, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Reassembly instructions: passo 26, immagine 3 di 3
    • During reassembly:

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to slide the battery connector into its socket on the motherboard.

  27. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Reassembly instructions: passo 27, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Reassembly instructions: passo 27, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Reassembly instructions: passo 27, immagine 3 di 3
    • During reassembly, follow this step and the above three steps to reconnect the battery.

    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the two 3.8 mm‑long screws securing the motherboard shield.

    • Lift the top edge of the motherboard shield up and flip it over the bottom edge of the frame, away from the motherboard.

    • Be careful not to crease or strain the cable.

  28. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left thumbstick: passo 28, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left thumbstick: passo 28, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left thumbstick: passo 28, immagine 3 di 3
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    • Use the point of a spudger to flip up the small locking flap on the left thumbstick ZIF connector.

    • The pull tab on this connector may be labeled TS.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to grip the cable's pull tab and slide the connector straight out of its socket to disconnect it.

  29. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: passo 29, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: passo 29, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: passo 29, immagine 3 di 3
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    • Use a spudger to flip up the small white locking flap on the left button board interconnect cable ZIF connector.

    • The pull tab on this connector may be labeled C‑L.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to grip the cable's pull tab and slide it straight out of its socket to disconnect it.

  30. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left thumbstick: passo 30, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left thumbstick: passo 30, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left thumbstick: passo 30, immagine 3 di 3
    • Flip up the small black locking flap on the left thumbstick cable ZIF connector.

    • The pull tab on this connector may be labeled DB.

    • Slide the connector straight out of its socket to disconnect it.

  31. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the D-pad: passo 31, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the D-pad: passo 31, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the D-pad: passo 31, immagine 3 di 3
    • Flip up the small locking flap on the D‑pad ZIF connector, located in the top right corner.

    • The pull tab on this connector may be labeled DPAD.

    • Slide the connector straight out of its socket to disconnect it.

  32. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the touchpad board: passo 32, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the touchpad board: passo 32, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the touchpad board: passo 32, immagine 3 di 3
    • Flip up the small locking flap on the touchpad board cable ZIF connector, located just below the previous one.

    • The pull tabs on the remaining ZIF connectors in this procedure may be labeled DB.

    • Lift the connector until its arms are free and slide it straight out to disconnect it.

  33. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left haptics: passo 33, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left haptics: passo 33, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left haptics: passo 33, immagine 3 di 3
    • If you aren't replacing your button board, you can leave this cable connected and lay the board over the right side of the frame after you've removed the screws.

    • Be careful when disconnecting the haptics, as the cables and connector are very delicate. Pry only on the base of the white connector and not on the cables or socket.

    • Insert the point of your spudger under the neck of the haptics cable connector.

    • Gently pry up to disconnect it.

  34. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left touchpad: passo 34, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left touchpad: passo 34, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the left touchpad: passo 34, immagine 3 di 3
    • Flip up the small locking flap on the touchpad board cable ZIF connector, located just below the haptics connector.

    • Slide the connector straight out of its socket to disconnect it.

  35. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left button board screws: passo 35, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the four screws securing the left button board:

    • Two 5.9 mm‑long screws

    • One 3.8 mm‑long screw

    • One 4.9 mm‑long screw

  36. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left button board: passo 36, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left button board: passo 36, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left button board: passo 36, immagine 3 di 3
    • Insert the point of your spudger between the bottom right corner of the button board and the frame.

    • Pry up until you can grab the button board with your fingers.

    • Remove the button board.

    • During reassembly, make sure none of the five cables become trapped underneath the button board as you lay it into place.

  37. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left thumbstick screws: passo 37, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left thumbstick screws: passo 37, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the three 5.9 mm‑long screws securing the right thumbstick.

    • During reassembly, hold the Steam Deck OLED off your work surface so it doesn't rest on your thumbstick as you tighten the screws.

  38. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left thumbstick: passo 38, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left thumbstick: passo 38, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left thumbstick: passo 38, immagine 3 di 3
    • Grip the edges of the thumbstick board and rotate it counterclockwise to clear the trigger.

    • Remove the thumbstick.

  39. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left trigger: passo 39, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left trigger: passo 39, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left trigger: passo 39, immagine 3 di 3
    • The left trigger is on your right-hand side when working on the Steam Deck OLED, as it's laying upside down.

    • The trigger clips into place on two pegs on the frame, which double as the hinge.

    • Place the flat end of a spudger onto the inside edge of the trigger's left clip.

    • Use your fingers to push the trigger toward the left as you wedge the spudger between the clip and the peg.

    • Use your spudger to pivot the trigger clip out, away, and up from the peg to unlatch it.

    • During reassembly, latch the right peg first. Once in place, push down on the trigger to latch the left peg, producing an audible "click" sound.

    • Check to make sure that the trigger spring is properly aligned. Test the trigger action before continuing reassembly.

  40. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left bumper assembly screws: passo 40, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the three 5.9 mm‑long screws securing the left bumper assembly.

  41. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left bumper assembly: passo 41, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left bumper assembly: passo 41, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left bumper assembly: passo 41, immagine 3 di 3
    • Grip the left arm of the bumper assembly and lift it off its alignment pegs.

    • Slide the assembly to the left to clear the tab on the right edge of the frame.

    • Remove the assembly.

    • The D-pad and view buttons membrane might stay stuck to the underside of the bumper bracket. If so, remove it.

    • During reassembly, line up the bumper bracket with the alignment posts in the frame as you set it into place.

  42. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the buttons membrane: passo 42, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the buttons membrane: passo 42, immagine 2 di 2
    • If the D-pad and view buttons membrane stayed on the bumper bracket, skip this step.

    • Remove the D-pad and view button membrane from the frame.

  43. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the D-pad: passo 43, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the D-pad: passo 43, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the D-pad: passo 43, immagine 3 di 3
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    • Use tweezers to remove the D-pad.

    • The left edge of the D-Pad is shorter than the other edges. During reassembly, orient the D-pad so that the left edge faces to the left, closest to the outside edge of the frame.

  44. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the Steam button membrane: passo 44, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the Steam button membrane: passo 44, immagine 2 di 2
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    • Use tweezers to remove the Steam button membrane.

  45. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the Steam button: passo 45, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the Steam button: passo 45, immagine 2 di 2
    • Remove the Steam button.

    • This button is keyed so it only fits in its recess in the correct orientation.

  46. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right thumbstick: passo 46, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right thumbstick: passo 46, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right thumbstick: passo 46, immagine 3 di 3
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    • Use the point of a spudger to flip up the small locking flap on the right thumbstick ZIF connector.

    • The pull tab on this connector may be labeled TS.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to grip the cable's pull tab and slide the connector straight out of its socket to disconnect it.

  47. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: passo 47, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: passo 47, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: passo 47, immagine 3 di 3
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    • Use a spudger to flip up the small white locking flap on the right button board interconnect cable ZIF connector.

    • The pull tab on this connector may be labeled C‑R.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to grip the cable's pull tab and slide it straight out of its socket to disconnect it.

    • During reassembly, don't reconnect this cable yet. You'll reconnect it later.

  48. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right thumbstick: passo 48, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right thumbstick: passo 48, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right thumbstick: passo 48, immagine 3 di 3
    • Flip up the small black locking flap on the right thumbstick cable ZIF connector.

    • The pull tabs on the remaining ZIF connectors in this procedure may be labeled DB.

    • Slide the connector straight out of its socket to disconnect it.

  49. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right button board: passo 49, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right button board: passo 49, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right button board: passo 49, immagine 3 di 3
    • Flip up the small locking flap on the button board cable ZIF connector, located in the bottom left corner.

    • Slide the connector straight out of its socket to disconnect it.

  50. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the remaining ZIF connectors: passo 50, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the remaining ZIF connectors: passo 50, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the remaining ZIF connectors: passo 50, immagine 3 di 3
    • Repeat the ZIF cable disconnection procedure for the remaining three ZIF connectors:

    • The touchpad cable

    • The touchpad board cable

    • You may need to lift this cable as you pull to free its arms.

    • The action buttons and menu button cable

  51. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right haptics: passo 51, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right haptics: passo 51, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the right haptics: passo 51, immagine 3 di 3
    • If you aren't replacing your button board, you can leave this cable connected and lay the board over the left side of the frame after you've removed the screws.

    • Be careful when disconnecting the haptics, as the cables and connector are very delicate. Pry only on the base of the white connector, and not on the cables or socket.

    • Insert the point of your spudger under the neck of the haptics cable connector.

    • Gently pry up to disconnect it.

  52. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right button board screws: passo 52, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the four screws securing the right button board:

    • Two 5.9 mm‑long screws

    • One 3.8 mm‑long screw

    • One 4.9 mm‑long screw

  53. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right button board: passo 53, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right button board: passo 53, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right button board: passo 53, immagine 3 di 3
    • Insert the point of your spudger between the bottom left corner of the button board and the frame.

    • Pry up until you can grab the button board with your fingers.

    • Remove the button board.

    • During reassembly, make sure none of the six cables become trapped underneath the button board as you lay it into place.

  54. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right thumbstick screws: passo 54, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right thumbstick screws: passo 54, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the three 5.9 mm‑long screws securing the right thumbstick.

    • During reassembly, hold the Steam Deck OLED off your work surface so it doesn't rest on your thumbstick as you tighten the screws.

  55. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right thumbstick: passo 55, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right thumbstick: passo 55, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right thumbstick: passo 55, immagine 3 di 3
    • Grip the edges of the thumbstick board and rotate it clockwise to clear the trigger.

    • Remove the thumbstick.

  56. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Unclip the right trigger: passo 56, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Unclip the right trigger: passo 56, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Unclip the right trigger: passo 56, immagine 3 di 3
    • The right trigger is on your left-hand side when working on the Steam Deck OLED, as it's laying upside down.

    • The trigger clips into place on two pegs on the frame, which double as the hinge.

    • Place the flat end of a spudger onto the inside edge of the trigger's right clip.

    • Use your fingers to push the trigger toward the right as you wedge the spudger between the clip and the peg.

    • Use your spudger to pivot the trigger clip out, away, and up from the peg to unlatch it.

    • During reassembly, latch the left peg first. Once in place, push down on the trigger to latch the right peg, producing an audible "click" sound.

    • Check to make sure that the trigger spring is properly aligned. Test the trigger action before continuing reassembly.

  57. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right bumper assembly screws: passo 57, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the three 5.9 mm‑long screws securing the right bumper assembly.

  58. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right bumper assembly: passo 58, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right bumper assembly: passo 58, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right bumper assembly: passo 58, immagine 3 di 3
    • Grip the right arm of the bumper assembly and lift it off the alignment pegs.

    • Slide the assembly to the right to clear the tab on the left edge of the frame.

    • Remove the assembly.

    • The action and menu buttons membrane might stay stuck to the underside of the bumper bracket. If so, remove it.

    • During reassembly, line up the bumper bracket with the alignment posts in the frame as you set it into place.

  59. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the buttons membrane: passo 59, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the buttons membrane: passo 59, immagine 2 di 2
    • If the action and menu buttons membrane stayed on the bumper bracket, skip this step.

    • Remove the action and menu buttons membrane from the frame.

  60. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the action buttons: passo 60, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the action buttons: passo 60, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the action buttons: passo 60, immagine 3 di 3
    Attrezzo utilizzato in questo passaggio:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
    Compra
    • Use tweezers to remove the four action buttons, A, B, X, and Y.

    • During reassembly, don't worry! The buttons are keyed—they can only be reinstalled in one orientation.

  61. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the quick access button membrane: passo 61, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the quick access button membrane: passo 61, immagine 2 di 2
    Attrezzo utilizzato in questo passaggio:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
    Compra
    • Use tweezers to remove the quick access button membrane.

  62. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the quick access button: passo 62, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the quick access button: passo 62, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the quick access button: passo 62, immagine 3 di 3
    • Use tweezers to remove the quick access button.

    • This button is keyed so it only fits in its recess in the correct orientation.

  63. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the menu button: passo 63, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the menu button: passo 63, immagine 2 di 2
    Attrezzo utilizzato in questo passaggio:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
    Compra
    • Use tweezers to remove the menu button.

  64. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the view button: passo 64, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the view button: passo 64, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use tweezers to remove the view button.

  65. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right touchpad board screws: passo 65, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the four 5 mm‑long screws securing the right touchpad board.

  66. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right touchpad board: passo 66, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right touchpad board: passo 66, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use your fingers to remove the right touchpad board.

  67. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right touchpad screws: passo 67, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the four 6 mm‑long screws securing the right touchpad.

  68. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right touchpad: passo 68, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right touchpad: passo 68, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the right touchpad: passo 68, immagine 3 di 3
    • Remove the right touchpad.

    • If you're having trouble removing the touchpad, lift the edge of the Steam Deck OLED and push the touchpad through from the front.

  69. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left touchpad board screws: passo 69, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the four 5 mm‑long screws securing the left touchpad board.

  70. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left touchpad board: passo 70, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left touchpad board: passo 70, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use your fingers to remove the left touchpad board.

  71. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left touchpad screws: passo 71, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the four 6 mm‑long screws securing the left touchpad.

  72. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left touchpad: passo 72, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left touchpad: passo 72, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the left touchpad: passo 72, immagine 3 di 3
    • Remove the left touchpad.

    • If you're having trouble removing the touchpad, lift the edge of the Steam Deck OLED and push the touchpad through from the front.

  73. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the motherboard shield screws: passo 73, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the motherboard shield screws: passo 73, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the two 3.8 mm‑long screws securing the top left and bottom left corners of the motherboard shield.

  74. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Move the motherboard shield: passo 74, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Move the motherboard shield: passo 74, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Move the motherboard shield: passo 74, immagine 3 di 3
    • Lift the top edge of the motherboard shield up and flip it over to the right of the motherboard, over the battery.

    • Be careful not to crease or strain the cable.

  75. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Soften the sticker adhesive: passo 75, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Soften the sticker adhesive: passo 75, immagine 2 di 2
  76. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the heat sink sticker: passo 76, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the heat sink sticker: passo 76, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the heat sink sticker: passo 76, immagine 3 di 3
    • Try not to tear the heat sink sticker, as you'll reuse it during reassembly.

    • Slide the tip of an opening pick under one edge of the heat sink sticker.

    • Peel the sticker up until you can grab it with your fingers.

    • Gently remove the sticker from the heat sink and fan.

    • During reassembly, place the sticker back in its original location. The residual adhesive should stick well.

    • If the residual adhesive isn't sticky anymore, tape the outside edges of the sticker to the heat sink and fan with small strips of tape.

  77. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the heat sink screws: passo 77, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the three 3.3 mm‑long screws securing the heat sink.

    • During reassembly, install the screws in the order marked on the heat sink mounts: 1, 2, then 3.

  78. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the heat sink: passo 78, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the heat sink: passo 78, immagine 2 di 2
    • Lift the heat sink from the motherboard and remove it.

    • Depending on the age of your device, this might require some force. A twisting motion may help loosen the thermal paste.

    • Before reinstalling the heat sink, follow this guide to clean the heat sink and APU and reapply thermal paste.

  79. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the audio board: passo 79, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the audio board: passo 79, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the audio board: passo 79, immagine 3 di 3
    • Use the point of your spudger to flip up the small locking flap on the audio board ZIF connector in the upper right corner of the motherboard.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to grip the cable's pull tab and pull it straight out of its socket to disconnect it.

  80. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Unlock the audio board connector: passo 80, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Unlock the audio board connector: passo 80, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Unlock the audio board connector: passo 80, immagine 3 di 3
    • Use your fingers or a spudger to gently lift the white locking tab on the audio board socket to release the cable.

    • Avoid bending the socket against the board—if you can't get your tool underneath, push up on alternating sides of the tab to lift it.

    • During reassembly, gently press down on the locking tab to secure the cable.

  81. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the audio board: passo 81, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Disconnect the audio board: passo 81, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use tweezers or your fingers to pull the audio board cable out of its socket to disconnect it.

    • With the locking tab released, the cable will slide out with little to no resistance. If it doesn't, check that the white locking tab is fully released.

    • During reassembly, ensure that the locking tab is in its unlocked, lifted position before inserting the cable.

  82. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Pry up the right speaker: passo 82, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Pry up the right speaker: passo 82, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Pry up the right speaker: passo 82, immagine 3 di 3
    • Be careful not to damage the speaker mesh underneath the speaker.

    • Insert the flat end of your spudger between the right speaker and the frame.

    • Slowly pry up the speaker to separate the adhesive securing it.

    • If the speaker feels stubborn, lightly heat it using a hair dryer.

    • During reassembly, make sure that the speaker mesh lays flat against the frame before reinstalling your speakers.

  83. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Pry up the left speaker: passo 83, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Pry up the left speaker: passo 83, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Pry up the left speaker: passo 83, immagine 3 di 3
    • Be careful not to damage the speaker mesh underneath the speaker.

    • Insert the flat end of your spudger between the left speaker and the frame.

    • Slowly pry up the speaker to separate the adhesive securing it.

    • If the speaker feels stubborn, lightly heat it with an iOpener or hair dryer.

    • During reassembly, make sure that the speaker mesh lays flat against the frame before reinstalling your speakers.

  84. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Move the motherboard shield: passo 84, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Move the motherboard shield: passo 84, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Move the motherboard shield: passo 84, immagine 3 di 3
    • Place the motherboard shield back onto the motherboard to protect it during the rest of the repair.

    • Optionally, you can secure the shield with its two 3.8 mm‑long screws to prevent it from falling off as you move the Steam Deck OLED.

  85. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Flip over the Steam Deck OLED: passo 85, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Flip over the Steam Deck OLED: passo 85, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Flip over the Steam Deck OLED: passo 85, immagine 3 di 3
    • Lay a soft, clean cloth on your work surface.

    • While holding the motherboard shield in place, flip over your Steam Deck OLED and lay it screen-side-down onto the cloth.

  86. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the sensor cable: passo 86, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the sensor cable: passo 86, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the sensor cable: passo 86, immagine 3 di 3
    • Insert the tip of an opening pick under the right-side ambient light sensor to separate it from the top right corner of the screen recess.

    • Lower your pick flat to the midframe and reinsert it under the metal tab located next to the ambient light sensor.

    • Be careful not to damage the cable or separate it from the underside of the metal tab—the adhesive is strong, and the cable is fragile.

    • Slide your pick under the tab to separate it from the midframe.

    • Don't insert your pick deeper than the width of the cable to avoid damaging it.

  87. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement: passo 87, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement: passo 87, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement: passo 87, immagine 3 di 3
    • Repeat the previous step to separate the left-side ambient light sensor and metal tab.

    • Remember to not insert your pick deeper than the width of the cable to avoid damaging it.

  88. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the antennas: passo 88, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the antennas: passo 88, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the antennas: passo 88, immagine 3 di 3
    • Press the flat end of your spudger or your fingers through the bottom left cutout in the screen recess and separate the antenna from the front shell.

    • Only apply enough force to separate the antenna from the black plastic front shell and not the gray midframe. This doesn't require much force.

    • Repeat for the antenna in the bottom middle of the screen recess.

  89. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Remove the midframe screws: passo 89, immagine 1 di 1
    • Flip your Steam Deck OLED back over and lay it screen-side-down.

    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the six 5.9 mm‑long screws securing the midframe to the front shell.

  90. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Free the bottom edge of the midframe: passo 90, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Free the bottom edge of the midframe: passo 90, immagine 2 di 2
    • The midframe is almost free. The front shell secures it with clips, alignment posts, and ports along the top edge.

    • Rotate the device so the power button is closest to you.

    • Grip the bottom arms of the midframe and brace your other fingers against the front shell.

    • Use your fingers to pry the bottom edge of the midframe away from the front shell.

    • If you feel resistance, the antennas have re-adhered to the front shell. Be gentle and stop prying to check the antennas, if necessary.

    • It may be helpful to stand the Steam Deck OLED on its top edge to see the antennas as you pry.

  91. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the right edge of the midframe: passo 91, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the right edge of the midframe: passo 91, immagine 2 di 2
    • Continue holding up the bottom right arm of the midframe with one hand.

    • With your other hand, pry the top edge of the front shell (near the volume buttons) away from the midframe.

    • Lift the top right corner of the midframe away from the front shell until the headphone jack comes free of its cutout.

    • If you feel resistance, either the front shell is caught on the midframe or the screen-side sensor cable is stuck to the midframe. Work slowly and inspect these areas as you pry.

    • During reassembly, squeeze the top edge of the front shell onto the midframe until it snaps into place.

  92. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the left edge of the midframe: passo 92, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Separate the left edge of the midframe: passo 92, immagine 2 di 2
    • Don't lift the midframe all the way out, yet—the audio board cable prevents the midframe from lifting more than half of an inch (~1.25 cm).

    • Repeat the previous step for the top left corner of the midframe, prying the front shell (near the power button) away from the midframe as you lift the midframe about half an inch (~1.25 cm) up.

    • Remember to inspect the frame and the screen-side sensor cable if you feel resistance.

    • During reassembly, squeeze the top edge of the front shell onto the midframe until it snaps into place.

  93. Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Free the audio board cable: passo 93, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Free the audio board cable: passo 93, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Front Shell Replacement, Free the audio board cable: passo 93, immagine 3 di 3
    • Insert the flat end of your spudger against the audio board cable in the cutout in the midframe.

    • Hold the cable's pull tab clear of the cutout and lift the midframe over the cable.