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Follow this guide to replace the joystick covers on a Sony PlayStation 5 DualSense controller.

Note: This guide is for DualSense controllers with an FCC ID ending in 1. Check the back of your controller to verify your model. If yours ends in A, there will be differences in the internal design, but you can still use this guide.

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  1. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Unclip the right end of the middle trim: step 1, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Unclip the right end of the middle trim: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect and power down your controller before you begin.

    • Insert an opening pick underneath the middle trim at the bottom-right corner of the controller to release the clips securing it to the case.

  2. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Unclip the lower-right edge of the middle trim: step 2, image 1 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Unclip the lower-right edge of the middle trim: step 2, image 2 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Unclip the lower-right edge of the middle trim: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick along the lower-right edge of the middle trim to release the clips securing it to the case.

  3. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Unclip the left end of the middle trim: step 3, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Unclip the left end of the middle trim: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Insert an opening pick underneath the middle trim at the bottom-left corner of the controller to release the clips securing it to the case.

  4. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Unclip the lower-left edge of the middle trim: step 4, image 1 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Unclip the lower-left edge of the middle trim: step 4, image 2 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Unclip the lower-left edge of the middle trim: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick along the lower-left edge of the middle trim to release the clips securing it to the case.

  5. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the middle trim: step 5, image 1 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the middle trim: step 5, image 2 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the middle trim: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Use your fingers to lift up the bottom edge of the middle trim to release the remaining clips.

    • Lift the middle trim over the joysticks to remove it.

  6. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the L1 button: step 6, image 1 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the L1 button: step 6, image 2 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the L1 button: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap above the L1 button.

    • Cover the button with your thumb to prevent it from ejecting across the room.

    • Pry upward to remove the L1 button.

  7. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the R1 button: step 7, image 1 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the R1 button: step 7, image 2 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the R1 button: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap above the R1 button.

    • Cover the button with your thumb to prevent it from ejecting across the room.

    • Pry upward to remove the R1 button.

  8. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the rear case: step 8, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the rear case: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 6.4 mm screws securing the bottom corners of the lower case.

  9. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 6.4 mm screws behind the L1 and R1 buttons.

  10. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed edge of a spudger to unclip the two clips on either side of the headset jack.

  11. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the rear case.

  12. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 12, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to disconnect the battery from the motherboard.

    • Pull the battery wires by their connectors rather than the wires themselves.

  13. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the battery: step 13, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the battery: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the battery straight out of the battery bracket.

  14. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the lower microphone: step 14, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the lower microphone: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Grab the lower microphone ribbon cable pull tab with your fingers or a pair of tweezers and disconnect it from the motherboard.

  15. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the battery bracket: step 15, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the battery bracket: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 6.4 mm screw securing the battery bracket.

  16. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the battery bracket off of the motherboard.

  17. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Disconnect the right trigger assembly: step 17, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Disconnect the right trigger assembly: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Grip the right trigger assembly ribbon cable pull tab with a pair of tweezers or your fingers and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Do not completely remove the ribbon cable yet.

  18. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Grip the right trigger assembly ribbon cable pull tab with a pair of tweezers or your fingers, and pull up to disconnect it from the trigger assembly.

    • Remove the ribbon cable.

  19. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Disconnect the left trigger assembly: step 19, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Disconnect the left trigger assembly: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Grip the left trigger assembly ribbon cable pull tab with a pair of tweezers or your fingers and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Do not completely remove the ribbon cable yet.

  20. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Grip the left trigger assembly ribbon cable pull tab with a pair of tweezers or your fingers, and pull up to disconnect it from the trigger assembly.

    • Remove the ribbon cable.

  21. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Disconnect the upper microphone: step 21, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Disconnect the upper microphone: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grip the upper microphone ribbon cable pull tab, and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

  22. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Disconnect the touchpad: step 22, image 1 of 2 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Disconnect the touchpad: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grip the touchpad ribbon cable pull tab, and pull it straight out of the motherboard connector.

  23. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Lift out the motherboard: step 23, image 1 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Lift out the motherboard: step 23, image 2 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Lift out the motherboard: step 23, image 3 of 3
    • Carefully guide the joysticks through the front case and lift the motherboard out.

    • Do not completely remove the motherboard. There are four soldered wires tethering the motherboard to the vibrator motors.

  24. Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the joystick covers: step 24, image 1 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the joystick covers: step 24, image 2 of 3 Sony DualSense Controller Joystick Cover Replacement, Remove the joystick covers: step 24, image 3 of 3
    • Use your fingers to pull the joystick covers straight up and off of their shafts.

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To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

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