How To Disassemble an Xbox 360 Wireless Controller

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This is a step by step tutorial on how to disassemble an Xbox 360 Controller for painting.

Painting the controller takes time and effort and if you prepare the controller correctly, great things can happen.
If you want to see or print out a Step by Step Tutorial, please visit . Good Luck!

And Remember, Everyone Should Know How To Paint an Xbox 360 Controller!
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Step 1: Tools Required for Disassembly

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  • Torx T8 Security Driver
  • Mini Flat-Head Screwdriver
  • Optional - Mini Philips Screwdriver
  • X-Acto Knife (Pen Style)
  • Static Discharge Area

Step 2: Remove the Battery Case

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Start by Turning the controller over and removing the battery pack.

Step 3: Remove the Serial Number

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Utilizing your X-Acto knife, carefully remove top left corner of serial number sticker.

Then place X-Acto knife under sticker and pressing against the SIDE of the blade with your thumb, remove the sticker.

Step 4: Remove the Back Screws

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Locate the seven screws on the back of the controller.

Remove all of the outer screws first.

After the first six screws are removed, finally remove the middle screw below the serial number sticker.

Step 5: Remove the Back of the Controller

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While grasping the top and bottom of the controller with one hand, gently remove the back of the controller by pulling up on the bottom area first, then remove back past trigger area.

Step 6: Remove the Bottom Plate

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Without completely removing the circuit board, remove the bottom plate.

The bottom plate is secured by five different spots.

Two on the left and two on the right and one in the middle.

Step 7: Remove the Circuit Board

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GROUND YOURSELF! Use a static discharge area! Then grasp the top and bottom of the circuit board (Plastic pieces, not the circuit board).

Gently pull Circuit Board out and place to the side.

If Circuit Board is stuck, press on the two analog sticks and the Circuit Board should "Pop" up.

Step 8: Remove the Rubber Pieces

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Carefully take off the rubber pad behind the buttons.

Remember which direction the pads are facing for reassembly.

Step 9: Remove All Buttons

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Turn over face and let all the buttons fall on to table.

The B, Y, A, X, Select, Start, and Dashboard Buttons should drop easily.

The outer edge of the Dashboard button might take some pressing.
Baydog9252 years ago
What size Philip screw driver
A small one. Sorry to be blunt, but it's pretty obvious if you look at the photo.

its not a philips head. it is a torx t8 security. its pretty obvious when you read the required tool list

schuie2 years ago
I feel this is better to do before removing the board from the front cover - this way the motors aren't dangling around, putting strain on the wires.
kukucowking4 years ago
Whats a static discharge area
he probably means a rubber mat or some other safe place for the electronics.
Wasagi4 years ago
Nice! Very detailed, and effective!
undeadboy925 years ago
im really scared of ruining my controller.... is there an easier way to dismantle it and to not ruin it...???
You wont ruin it and its the only way, trust me its not hard and dead easy to put back together
nckballer5 years ago
Hey what kind of torx screw drivers do you have because i cannot remove the screws in my 360 controller because there is a pin right in the middle of all the screws. I have all the right sizes but did they use a special kind of torx if so please tell me where to get some or an alternative way to clean my buttons because there is some build up of gunk on the start button and its really a pain trying to push start
You can get one off of amazon for about $4. But make sure to type in "torx t-8 security screwdriver" when you do. Happy painting!
You'll need a Torx T-8 screwdriver, but a very small (in the toolbox I got mine from, this size was labeled with a "2", I don't know if this means anything to you) flat head screwdriver will work, but you may damage a screwhead if you use these (it's only happened to me once). Bear in mind a flat head screwdriver will flatten or break the middle pin.

You can buy a Torx T-8 on eBay for quite cheap.
eneergcam5 years ago
 does anyone know where you can find a replacement for this part? i was painting mine, and my mom threw this piece away :(((((((((((((((((((((
eneergcam5 years ago
 does anyone know where you can find a replacement for this part? i was painting mine, and my mom threw this piece away :(((((((((((((((((((((