How to Take Apart Xbox 360 Controller?

Indeed, using Xbox 360 is fun. It takes you to a different world of thrill and enjoyment. You can play a good number of exciting games.

But at times, the gaming can halt. Why? The controller may malfunction. It undergoes huge pressures from the players. Therefore, it needs proper maintenance.

If you can take apart the controller, it is easier to keep it clean. Also, the performance level improves. But do you know how to take apart Xbox 360 controller? I guess many of my readers are unable to do this.

Not to worry. In this post, you will get some in-depth ideas about the process. So, let’s start unveiling them.

What is Xbox 360?

As the first step, you should get a brief idea about the device.

What is Xbox 360? This is a gaming console. It has been developed by Microsoft. The gaming console helps to play a wide number of video games. It is the second version of the Xbox series.

Using the console, you can play the following games

  • 2006 FIFA World Cup™,
  • AirForce Delta Storm
  • Aliens versus Predator™ Extinction
  • Aquaman: Battle of Atlantis
  • Armed and Dangerous™
  • Bad Boys 2
  • Batman Begins™
  • Brute Force™
  • Call of Duty™: Finest Hour™
  • Call of Duty® 2: Big Red One
  • Call of Duty 3
  • Commandos 2: Men of Courage™
  • Crime Life Gang Wars
  • Dead or Alive® 3
  • DOOM 3®
  • ESPN NHL 2K5
  • Euro 2004
  • FIFA Soccer 06
  • FIFA Soccer 2003
  • FIFA Soccer 2004
  • Godzilla®: Destroy All Monsters Melee
  • Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas™
  • Hitman: Contracts™
  • Hot Wheels: Stunt Track Challenge
  • House of the Dead 3
  • The Hulk™
  • Pro Race Driver™
  • RoadKill
  • Robin Hood Defender of the Crown®
  • Samurai Jack
  • SpyHunter:® Nowhere to Run™
  • Ultimate Spider-Man
  • WWE™ Raw™, and many more games.

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How to Take Apart Xbox 360 Controller?

Now, let’s start the point.

You may ask, how we can tear down the controller. The answer is simple. You have to follow the steps below.

Step 1

Get the right tools

The first step is to get the right tools. The tools include – Torx T8 Security Driver, Mini Flat-Head Screwdriver, Philips Screwdriver, X-Acto Knife,

Step 2

Now, start disassembling the controller. Start from the battery case. At first, empty the battery case. Then, use a suitable screwdriver to unscrew it. Moreover, you will get a serial number sticker inside the battery case. Remove it.

After completing the tasks, you have to remove the screws on the back part of the controller. However, remember to keep the screws together. Otherwise, you may lose them while reassembling.

Step 3

Remove the back part of the controller. Hold the top of the controller. Pull the back part of the controller gently. Don’t push hard as it may tear off some of the inner cable connections and joints. Remove the trigger area. Slowly.

Now, remove the bottom plate, where the circuits are located. Remove the circuit board from the body. Be careful. The bottom plate has five spots – two on right, two on left, and one in middle. You need to remove them separately. Otherwise, there are chances that the plate may get broken.

After the bottom plate removal, remove the circuit board. Don’t rush. Gently, pull the board out.

Step 4

It is time to remove the rubber pieces and pad. Take the rubber pads off the buttons. Then, remove all the buttons.

When you remove the rubber pieces, you have to remove the D-Pad screws. There are two screws on the back part of the D-Pad. It may require a Philips head screwdriver to unscrew them. Then, release the notches in the D-Pad and it will drop out.

Step 5

In this stage, you have to remove the top plate. Hold the RB/ LB buttons. Push the controller down. Gently. Lift the top plate up. Then remove the LB/ RB buttons.

Then you have to remove the trigger arms. Grab the trigger and gently separate the trigger. You need to push the trigger and trigger arm slightly for the removal. But make sure the push is not so hard.

You have successfully disassembled the controller.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need special skills to disassemble Xbox 360 controller?

Of course, you do not need any particular set of skills. In fact, anyone with a moderate knowledge of unscrewing something can do it. So, you can do the same too.

However, if you feel it is challenging, you can check some youtube tutorials. That would help you get on track.

How long does it take to open Xbox 360 controller?

Well. It takes less than 10 minutes. But if you are an amateur, it may take some more time. At the same time, you need to remain careful. There are some sophisticated parts. If you rush, you can break them, as well.

So, instead of caring how long it takes, you should focus on the disassembly. Be patient. Unscrew the screws one after another. After a certain time, you will see that the controller has been disassembled.

Can I reassemble the controller again?

Sure, you can reassemble it. You need to reverse the process. Simply reverse the way you disassembled it. Attach the screws. Make sure the screws are tight enough. Otherwise, the controller will not be assembled properly.

For a perfect finish, you can add some glues on the side where there are empty spaces. It will attach the parts strongly.

Last Words

Now, you are aware of how to take apart Xbox 360 controller. Hopefully, it would not be a big deal for you to take apart the device. Also, you can reattach it following the ways.

So, maintain your Xbox 360 controller and enjoy gaming smoothly.

Ahnaf Nihin is a senior content writer at Gametechia. He's having 10 years of experience in Technology and troubleshooting topics. Coming from a background in engineering, you will often see his writing stuff related to How To's, Android, and iOS.