How to Un-jam Buttons Without Opening the Controller.

Intro: How to Un-jam Buttons Without Opening the Controller.

This tutorial will show you how to unjam buttons on controllers, remotes and etc. Today I shall demonstrate with and xbox 360 controller. This works better with plastic buttons and rubber ones take more work, but the end result is worth the half a minute this will take.
*Controller with jammed button
*length of a straw
*scissors or a knife
EDIT:No video sorry my phone software is being silly and unresponsive.

Step 1: Cut the Straw

Slit the straw upwards like this

Step 2: Inserting the Straw

Jam the straw between the button and the remotes housing and rotate the straw until it reaches its starting point.

Step 3: Test It

Spend hours mercilessly tapping your button, purely because you can!



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    4 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    DUDE. Xbox 360 controllers use tiny, oddly shaped screws, too small/weird for any driver I own, and I've got a six year old. Using an alcohol swab seemed to help too, but your straw trick just saved our controller. Thank you!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    sorry to double post, Don't know if you have a policy against it on this site. The soonest I can edit this 'ible is tomorrow as i am not at home and the nearest computer is at a library which do not allow file storage.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah sorry about that, my friend pointed that out after i published it. Are you here to nit-pick or are you genuinely interested in unjamming a controller?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    You've picked a picture of a glass straw - are you serious or do you want to Google a different one?