How to Take XBox One Apart: Step-by-Step Guide 2023

How to take Xbox One apart

Have you ever had to make repairs or replace an interior part of your Xbox One but had no idea how to take it apart? Then this article is for you.

Disassembling your Xbox One can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be if you have the correct equipment and experience. We will lead you through every step of securely and effectively disassembling your console in this article. These procedures will help to ensure that no damage is done during the process, from gathering the essential tools to removing the motherboard. With our assistance, you’ll soon have all of the interior parts visible for any required repairs or replacements.

Note: The warranty on your Xbox One will be nullified if you open it. Only individuals who are confident in opening/modifying electronics should attempt this because it can be dangerous for those who are not yet adept at it.

Step-by-Step Guide on How To Take Apart an Xbox One

Step 1: Make sure you have the appropriate tools

Items required in order to disassemble your Xbox One:

  • Flathead screwdriver (if possible, substitute a plastic tool)
  • T8 Torx screwdriver
  • T10 Torx screwdriver
  • T9 Torx screwdriver
  • Plastic tool for prying (optional but advised)

Step 2: Cut out all sources of power for your Xbox One.

All cords and attachments, including the charging cable, external storage, HDMI, and audio cables, should be entirely removed from your Xbox One.

Step 3: Before you disassemble your console, Ground Yourself

Make sure you practice correct grounding methods, like touching a metal surface before working, because static energy can irreparably harm circuitry.

Step 4: Remove the left-side panel

To gently take off the plastic grille away from the console, insert a flathead screwdriver or spudger into the gap between the console’s back-left corner and the grille on its left side.

The grille is composed of rather sensitive plastic. Therefore, it is advantageous to use a plastic tool instead of a metal tool in this situation.

Step 5: Remove the casing bracket from the console by sliding it

The far-right side of the grille region houses the casing bracket. Slide this to the left until it separates from the console.

Step 6: Pull the second bracket free

It is on the far left side of the grille area. The warranty sticker on the back of the console covers the seam where you must put a flathead screwdriver to pry the bracket out. To do this, pull on the bottom of the bracket while pressing on the top of the bracket.

If you place the console in a vertical position, unhooking the bracket will be simpler.

Your warranty will be deemed void once you break the warranty sticker.

Step 7: Remove the remaining casing brackets

Insert your screwdriver into the top part of the grille on the rear of the console and twist it until the bracket releases. Repeat this procedure all the way down the side of the console. The back portion of the Xbox One’s case will pop open once all of the brackets have been unhooked.

Do not remove the console’s casing just yet. The ribbon that connects the front of your Xbox One to the circuit board will be broken if you do this.

Step 8: Swing up the casing’s top

When you do this, make sure the Xbox One is flat on the ground with its bottom facing down. As it swings up and over, the top of the shell should rest at a 90-degree angle to the console’s body.

Step 9: Disconnect the ribbon cable from the front panel

Locate the front of the cable, which should be close to the console’s face plate’s “On” button. Once you’ve located it, gently pull the cable to the left by pulling the blue tab that is around the connector up. By doing so, the cable will be freed from the top of the casing.

Step 10: Pull the casing’s top from the Xbox One’s body

Since all of the connectors have been detached, you should have no trouble doing this.

Keep the case in a secure, dry location.

Step 11: Unplug the WiFi and speaker cables

Two wires should run from the top of the console to the front of the console; by gently pulling on these, unhook them from the front of the console.

Step 12: Unscrew the Wi-Fi card

To do this, use a Torx T8 screwdriver. If the front of the Xbox One is facing you, the Wi-Fi card is located in the lower-left corner of the console’s casing.

Step 13: Extract the WiFi card

Straight up from below, pull the card. The Wi-Fi card will be unplugged from the Xbox One’s internal circuit board as a result.

In the same location as the top of the Xbox One’s case, set the Wi-Fi card aside.

Step 14: Remove the screws from the metal case

For this, make use of your T9 and T10 Torx screwdrivers. The final component of the Xbox One that needs to be taken out in order to open it is the aluminium case. There are a total of eight screws that need to be removed; they each have a light “C” and a number next to or below them.

The bottom of the fan box has two screws.

To prevent losing them, be careful to put the discarded screws in a plastic bag.

Step 15: Open the metal case carefully

Hold the fan corner of the case and pull it up diagonally to avoid damaging the cable in the next corner.

Don’t rush this process. Put down the case and try again if you experience any resistance.

Step 16: Disconnect the cable

This cable connects the Wi-Fi card to the console’s electrical system. Pull the white cable connector out of the off-white port it is plugged into with a gentle tug. By doing this, the metal case’s top will be entirely separated from the Xbox One.

The cable side should be facing up as you set the metal case aside.

Step 17: Review the internal components of your Xbox One

Along the bottom of the console, you should be able to see the fan, the hard drive, the CD drive, and the green motherboard.

Now, the entire bottom portion of the Xbox One’s case is also removable. This is beneficial if you wish to paint or decorate the Xbox One’s outside.

There should be a pinhole in the front of the Xbox One’s face plate where you can enter a small object (such as a paperclip) to push the drive to open if you need to remove a stuck CD from the disc drive.

How Do I Clean My Xbox One Without Taking It Apart?

  • Remove the power cable from your console and unplug it from the outlet.
  • Use a microfiber cloth to clean your Xbox’s whole surface and exterior. You can dampen it with rubbing alcohol or a mixture of mild soap and water. To remove dirt, smudges, and fingerprints, buff the surface in circular motions.
  • Use a soft-bristled brush to remove the dust from the ports, vents, and openings of the console. Dust can also be removed from these locations by using a compressed air can, but only in brief bursts.
  • Grab your vacuum and hold the hose or handheld attachment close to the console to clear up any last bits of dust in the ports and vents.
  • In case any dust has accumulated on top of the Xbox, use the microfiber cloth one last time to wipe down the surface.

How Do I Clean My Xbox One Fan?

To Aid in Keeping Your Xbox One Fan Clean:

  • Remove dirt from the air vents with a can of compressed air.
  •  After cleaning the vents, place your Xbox where there is excellent airflow to help with cooling.
  • To keep your Xbox One operating as it should, clean it every three to six months.
  • To avoid significant dust accumulation, give your Xbox a high ground by positioning it somewhere above the ground and in the open as opposed to on a rug or within a cabinet. Additionally, keep it away from animals and young children who might damage or make messes.

Does Cleaning Xbox Make It Faster?

Cleaning your gaming console can actually increase the longevity of your equipment, despite the fact that, to some people, this may seem like a small activity.

If you don’t frequently clean your Xbox, dust, dirt, hair, and other debris may enter the console, causing it to overheat and break down. When dust buildup obstructs the air vents, internal components like your cooling fan or disc drive may potentially sustain damage.


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