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This guide takes you through the process of installing the left joystick on the PlayStation Vita.

  1. PlayStation Vita Left Joystick Replacement, Case Separation: step 1, image 1 of 2 PlayStation Vita Left Joystick Replacement, Case Separation: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Power off and remove the memory card.

    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four 6.4mm screws on the back casing.

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    • Using your fingernail or a spudger, pry open the accessory port cover on the top of the device.

    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.4mm screws hidden beneath the accessory port cover.

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    • Remove the two 5.4mm Phillips #00 screws on the bottom of the device near the charging port.

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    • Beginning at the sides of the device, use a plastic opening tool to separate the front and rear cases.

    • Continue working your way around the device gently prying it open.

    • There are still wires holding the front and rear cases together. You may damage the connections if you yank the cases completely apart.

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    • Gently separate the two cases, minding the battery and the touch screen controller connectors holding the two cases together.

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    • Using a spudger, free the touch screen controller flex cable by gently prying up the connection.

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    • Free the battery cable by gently prying up on the connection with a spudger.

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    • Separate the front and rear cases.

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    • Pry up the left shoulder button casing with a spudger.

    • Remove the left shoulder button casing.

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    • Remove the translucent, plastic left shoulder button cover.

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    • Release the left shoulder button flex cable socket by using a spudger to pry open the tab.

    • Be careful to not break off this small black tab!

    • Using tweezers, slide the flex cable out of the socket. Do not pull on the black tab! Instead, pull the thin flex cable away from the connector (to the left in this image).

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    • Using a spudger, gently peel up the left shoulder button from the light adhesive connecting it to casing.

  13. PlayStation Vita Left Joystick Replacement, Left Button Board: step 13, image 1 of 2 PlayStation Vita Left Joystick Replacement, Left Button Board: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Using a spudger, lift and release the tab on the ZIF socket sitting on the SIM card reader.

    • Carefully pull the flex cable out of the ZIF socket, and rest it out of the way.

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    • Use a spudger to release the tab between the SIM card reader and the back casing assembly.

    • Lift the SIM card reader off the back casing assembly.

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    • Release the plastic tab on the small flex cable socket by prying it up with a spudger.

    • Using tweezers, gently remove the small flex cable from the socket, and rest it out of the way.

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    • Use a spudger to lift up the tab on the large ZIF socket.

    • Gently pull the flex cable out of the ZIF socket, and rest it out of the way.

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    • Disconnect the white Wi-Fi antenna cable with a spudger.

    • Remove the Wi-Fi antenna cable.

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    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the six screws on the two metal brackets:

    • Two 5.0mm, blue screws on the L-bracket securing the upper left button board to the motherboard.

    • Four 5.0mm, blue screws on the square bracket securing the lower left button board to the motherboard.

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    • Starting from the upper left corner, use a spudger to pry up and remove the left button board.

  20. PlayStation Vita Left Joystick Replacement, Left Joystick: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two blue, 5.0mm screws attaching the left joystick to the back case.

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    • Using a spudger, pry up and remove the left joystick.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Brittany McCrigler

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Is it possible to purchase new ps vita analog sticks to replace beaten up ones with?

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Yes. I found them on dealextreme.com, but then saw that shipping could take awhile and double the price. I found a better deal on eBay-- $22 including shipping for a new analog stick.

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I Live in Kendall,Miami,Does anyone could tell me if there is a place where can I fix my PSVita (The left stick dosent work) Thanks

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I have followed these instructions

I have succeeded to replace the joystick but the psvita dont want to turn on and refuse to charge

before the fix the battery was charged to 80%

I have checked all the cables and everything is good

When I push on the power button, the PS light go to orange and stop when I relax the power button

Could you help me please?

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Turn on the system let it charge then put it back to sleep

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