Whether you’re using a wireless controller or regular controller, you’ll need to either remove the battery pack or unplug it before you start the disassemble process.

OK, this little tutorial will properly teach you how to easily disassemble your Xbox 360 controller.

First, you’ll need a special little screwdriver, which is a size T8 torx screwdriver, you can find at any Home Depot or tool supply store.

To make things even faster, you can either pick up a drill size T8 bit or screwdriver size, however if you pick up a drill bit size T8, you can place it in your cordless drill or regular drill, and zip the screws right out in not time.

Make sure to remove the battery pack, there will be 7 screws that you’ll need to remove to properly take apart the Xbox 360 controller.

There will be one hidden screw located behind the bar code where you place the battery pack, the best way to remove it would be to just push the torx screwdriver in and easily remove it.

The other 6 screws are very easy to locate obviously because their visible.

Once you have all the screws removed make sure to either place them into a can, cup or I like to use masking tape and bunch them all into a piece of masking tape then label it. (That way I know you’re not going anywhere). Then, just pry the two sides of the Xbox 360 controller apart, if you have a hard time pulling the two sides apart, use a flat head screwdriver and slide in between each side little by little on each corner until you’ve got it apart.

Now you know, that’s all there is to taking apart or disassembling your Xbox 360 controller.

Thanks for reading,

  1. Anonymous December 6, 2008 at 6:52 AM  

    thanks couldn't find the hidden screw covered by the bar code almost broke the darn thing, till I saw your instructions

  2. watdat@excite.com March 17, 2009 at 1:23 AM  

    I just wanted to let everyone know who repairs their own controllers that I have successfully performed surgery on one of my Wireless Xbox 360 controllers. I threw the controller at the wall in a fit of rage while playing GTA 4. I broke the analog stick off and damaged the the right trigger. I took another broken controller from a previous fit and soldered the working pieces off of it and, soldered them on to the one I wanted to fix. This is my 4th attempt at trying to do this procedure, and Lord behold, it worked!! If anyone has any questions, shoot me an e-mail. You must give it some time as I do not check it everyday.

    The secret to successful soldering on these controllers is to make sure that the metallic joint connection between the board, and the piece you are soldering remains on the board. If you lose that piece...GAME OVER MAN!! GAME OVER!!

  3. Waltoonsxp August 21, 2009 at 6:50 PM  

    I tried to do this with my tork 8 screwdriver but it didn't fit... well it fit but it had something round and metallic in the middle that didn't let me screwdriver unscrew it. =(

  4. Waltoonsxp August 21, 2009 at 6:52 PM  

    I tried using the tork 8 screwdriver on my wireless controller but there was this pointy round object in the middle that didn't let me unscrew it.