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Use this guide to replace the screen (aka display) on your Steam Deck. The procedure is the same for both standard and anti-glare etched glass screens.

Before you begin, completely power down and unplug all cables from your Steam Deck. Remember to follow general electrostatic discharge (ESD) safety procedures while repairing the device.

Note: If you're installing a 512 GB model display onto a 64 / 256 GB device or vice versa, you'll need to ensure that a matching display flex cable is installed as well. Both types of displays comes with their specific flex cables.

    • To minimize risk of damage, turn on your Steam Deck and allow the battery to discharge below 25% before starting your repairs. A charged lithium-ion battery can be very dangerous if accidentally punctured.

    • Before starting this guide, power down your Steam Deck and unplug any cables.

    • As an extra precaution, Valve recommends putting your Steam Deck into battery storage mode within the BIOS before starting any internal repairs. Read how to do that here.

    • If you have a microSD card installed, make sure to remove it before opening the Steam Deck.

    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the eight screws securing the back cover:

    • Four 9.5 mm screws

    • Four 5.8 mm screws

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your Steam Deck.

    there should be a picture of the SD card slot at the start of every Steam Deck teardown. i know the note is there but i generally use the pictures to guide me and forgetting to remove the SD card is a very critical step

    Nathan Barrow - Responder

    What is the the #1 philips used for? Only the #0 is mentioned in the instructions.

    Christopher Martin - Responder

    I wish they would specify which size to use for which screws.

    Mark D -

    Be careful you can strip the screws take your time

    I use PH00 bit

    jaybush74 - Responder

    I used the PH1 bit for this. You can use smaller bits but ideally there should be no play of the bit in the screw head.

    Charles Semple - Responder

  1. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Unclip the back cover: passo 2, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Unclip the back cover: passo 2, imagem 2 %32
    • Insert an opening pick into the thin gap between the back cover and the front shell, along the edge of the right grip.

    • Pry up on the back cover to release it from the locking clips.

    I found it easiest to start this process at the top of the device near the fan exit.

    Peter Lindberg - Responder

    second that and inserting the pick in the bottom middle and sliding the pick to each side

    Sub -

    I also found the top near the fan exit to be easier

    Travis Patton -

    same; i pried from the top of the screen area. I was unable to find an opening on the side

    Dennis Wu - Responder

    I also started from the middle of the deck and worked my way out since I couldn't get a grip with the pick on the deck's side grips. Since this is a common step for pretty much all guides for opening the deck I think it's also worth noting that you should be careful not to bend the trims/seams where the front and back covers meet with the pick. When I first opened my deck you can definitely see where I nudged the pick in between the covers since I was probably using too much force on the pick itself.

    Kaleb McKone - Responder

    It would be useful to note here that if you want to insert the little blue triangular iFixit opening picks into the right side along the edge, there isn't actually a gap as the directions say, at least not on newer Decks. You'll be making the initial gap using the pick. Brace it on something because you will need to use enough downward force that you're flexing the pick a bit and it'll probably be digging into the skin of a bare hand. With enough force suddenly it will make a click and go in just a bit, and then you're in business.

    CaptFrost - Responder

  2. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the back cover: passo 3, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the back cover: passo 3, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the back cover: passo 3, imagem 3 %32
    • Once the clips are disconnected from one edge, the rest disconnect easily.

    • Grip the back cover at the opening you just created and pull it up and away from the device to unclip the long edges.

    • Remove the back cover.

    If you have an SD card, you will want to take it out. I followed the guide and didn't think about the SD card I had inside. When I went to snap the case back on it clapped shut on the exposed SD card, shearing it in half and leaving the bottom half stuck in the SD card slot. I am still endeavoring to get it out.

    Novice - Responder

  3. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Uncover the hidden shield screw: passo 4, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Uncover the hidden shield screw: passo 4, imagem 2 %32
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the piece of foil tape covering the hidden screw on the board shield.

    • If possible, try not to rip or tear this tape so it can be reused. If necessary, you can fashion a replacement by cutting a piece of aluminum foil tape to fit.

    Use some heat here from a hairdryer to make this part easier.

    If you screw up here you can replace the little aluminium square with some aluminium tape from Amazon. No less than 50 microns thick, slightly thicker is fine. and the square is 13mm both ways.

    Matt S - Responder

  4. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the shield screws: passo 5, imagem 1 %32
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three screws securing the board shield:

    • One 3.4 mm screw

    • Two 3.7 mm screws

    The procedure ended here for me, used an ifixit PH 00 bit on the screw behind the aluminium tape, bit wouldnt bite too great, one wrong twist and the screw was stripped. Not sure who or what initially screwed in that particular screw as the rest of the screws on the shield were fine, but boy is it in there tight. So now i have a stripped screw and a botched ssd replacement, don't think valve will let me RMA for this, but i'll give it a try and update accordingly.

    Y. van S - Responder

    I think the tendency is to go too small on the screwdriver bits because you're working on small electronics.

    I used the PH1 bit on the screw under the foil and the PH0 bit for the two remaining screws without any problems.

    Charles Semple - Responder

    What does this shield actually do? Some kind of magnetic protection?

    Corey Cleric - Responder

  5. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the shield: passo 6, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the shield: passo 6, imagem 2 %32

    When putting back on, run a pick along the edge of the shield between the wires to make sure nothing is pinching and the wires are clear of the shield before screwing down.

    Matt S - Responder

  6. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 7, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 7, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 7, imagem 3 %32
    • Grip the battery cable by its pull tab and pull it directly away from the motherboard to disconnect it.

    After fully reassembling my device I found that my battery was not showing any stats anymore. I couldn't start the device without being plugged in, however if I restarted it would stay on even if my power cable was detached. Battery showed 0%. It turns out I had not fully reinserted the battery cable at this stage during reassembly. MAKE SURE YOU PUSH IT ALL THE WAY BACK IN!

    Michael Hoffmann - Responder

    Awesome thanks for this tip!

    petergeranio -

    It is helpful to lift up gently with a the tapered end of a spudger underneath the tucked-in portion of the battery cable, creating a bit of flex in the cable before pulling on the pull tab. I found that without doing so, the fabric pull-tab simply tore off of the cable under light-to-moderate force (the fabric itself ripped cleanly across, like a paper towel). Careful, gentle pressure with a spudger can be used to remove the plug by prying gently on the rear ridge of the plastic plug (not the wire!) if this happens.

    Gene Eckser - Responder

    This is exactly what happened to me. Maybe it was a pull tab previously, mine was a ribbon cable that tore - captured the image here: https://www.ianwootten.co.uk/2022/11/22/...

    Ian Wootten -

    I found it less scary and easier to remove the battery connection by using a fingernail on the ridge and pushing it off the connector. I felt like pulling on the battery cable was too harsh.

    montgomery mchargue - Responder

    Upon plugging the battery back in, I found it easy to use two spudgers- one on each side- to pull/push the connector back into it's port. Be careful to not put any pressure on the battery wires themselves.

    montgomery mchargue - Responder

    When reconnecting the battery cable, you'll know when it's inserted and power is restored, because the white LED will illuminate at the top of the Deck near the power button. You should be able to see it while you're reconnecting the battery cable

    Michael Davis - Responder

    Why not just let the battery discharge completely and then not have to disconnect it?

    Jeffrey Martin - Responder

    Completely discharging a battery reduces its lifespan. It's completely unnecessary.

    Stefan Camporese (CENTER) -

  7. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the SSD screw: passo 8, imagem 1 %32
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the 3.4 mm screw securing the SSD.

  8. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the SSD: passo 9, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the SSD: passo 9, imagem 2 %32
    • With the SSD screw removed, the SSD will pop up at a shallow angle.

    • Grip the end of the SSD and pull it away from its M.2 board connector to remove it.

    • During reassembly, insert the SSD at a shallow angle into its board connector, and secure it back into its horizontal position with the SSD screw.

  9. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the heatsink sticker: passo 10, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the heatsink sticker: passo 10, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the heatsink sticker: passo 10, imagem 3 %32
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the sticker from the top edge of the fan.

    • If possible, try not to rip or tear this sticker so it can be reused. Use a little bit of heat if necessary to soften the adhesive.

    It's not super clear from the pictures but you're aiming to remove the black strip, not just the small white square sticker. Use heat and go slowly.

    Matt S - Responder

  10. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the heatsink screws: passo 11, imagem 1 %32
    • Use a Phillips driver to loosen and remove the two screws securing the heatsink to the motherboard:

    • One captive 3.5 mm screw

    • One 3.4 mm screw

    • No, your eyes don't deceive you! The third heatsink screw was removed earlier in the disassembly: it doubles as the hidden board shield screw.

  11. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the heatsink: passo 12, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the heatsink: passo 12, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the heatsink: passo 12, imagem 3 %32
    • Lift and remove the heatsink.

    • Before reinstalling the heatsink, follow this guide to clean the heatsink and APU and reapply thermal paste.

  12. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the fan: passo 13, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the fan: passo 13, imagem 2 %32
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the edges of the fan connector and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Pull the fan cable by its connector, not the wires themselves.

  13. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the Wi-Fi shield tape: passo 14, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the Wi-Fi shield tape: passo 14, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the Wi-Fi shield tape: passo 14, imagem 3 %32
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel up and remove the Wi-Fi shield tape.

    • If possible, try not to rip or tear this sticker so it can be reused. Use a little bit of heat if necessary to soften the adhesive.

    The steam deck looks to be shipping now with an additional plastic sheet adhered to the wifi module meant to better retain the connectors in place, that will have to be removed.

    Stephen Micheals - Responder

  14. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the speakers: passo 15, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the speakers: passo 15, imagem 2 %32
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the edges of the speaker connector and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Pull the speaker cable by its connector, not the wires themselves.

  15. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the Wi-Fi: passo 16, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the Wi-Fi: passo 16, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the Wi-Fi: passo 16, imagem 3 %32
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the antenna connector close to its base.

    • Pull straight up to disconnect the cable.

    • Repeat for the second antenna cable.

    • During reassembly, ensure that both antenna cables are reconnected at their appropriate connectors. The labels on the cables match the markings on the Wi-Fi module.

    • To reconnect each cable, align the connector directly over its socket, and then press down so it snaps into place.

  16. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display: passo 17, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display: passo 17, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display: passo 17, imagem 3 %32
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the display cable's ZIF connector.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

    • Grip the cable by the pull tab, not by the cable itself.

  17. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the audio cable: passo 18, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the audio cable: passo 18, imagem 2 %32
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the audio cable's ZIF connector.

  18. Steam Deck Screen Replacement: passo 19, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement: passo 19, imagem 2 %32
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

    • Grip the cable by its pull tab, not by the cable itself.

  19. Steam Deck Screen Replacement: passo 20, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement: passo 20, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement: passo 20, imagem 3 %32
    • Carefully peel the audio cable off of the battery.

    • The audio cable is secured to the battery with some light adhesive.

    • If the adhesive is stubborn, don't force the cable. Lightly heat the audio cable using an iOpener or a hair dryer to soften the adhesive.

  20. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the button board: passo 21, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the button board: passo 21, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the button board: passo 21, imagem 3 %32
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the button board cable's ZIF connector.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

    • Grip the cable by the blue pull tab, not by the cable itself.

  21. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the motherboard screws: passo 22, imagem 1 %32
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three 3.7 mm screws securing the motherboard.

  22. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the motherboard: passo 23, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the motherboard: passo 23, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the motherboard: passo 23, imagem 3 %32
    • Remove the motherboard.

    • The audio and button board cables attach to the underside of the motherboard with ZIF connectors.

    On replacement, check all the way around the motherboard for trapped cables!

    Mark H - Responder

  23. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Uncover the display connector: passo 24, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Uncover the display connector: passo 24, imagem 2 %32
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel back the sticker covering the display connector.

    • If possible, try not to rip or tear this sticker so it can be reused. Use a little bit of heat if necessary to soften the adhesive.

  24. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display: passo 25, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display: passo 25, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display: passo 25, imagem 3 %32
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the display cable's ZIF connector.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

  25. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Heat the display adhesive: passo 26, imagem 1 %32
    • Prepare an iOpener and apply it to the top edge of the display for one minute.

    • A hair dryer or heat gun may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the Steam Deck—displays and internal batteries are both susceptible to heat damage.

  26. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Apply a suction cup: passo 27, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Apply a suction cup: passo 27, imagem 2 %32
    • Apply a suction cup to the top left corner of the display by pressing down on it to create suction, as close to the edge as possible.

    • If your screen is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken glass.

  27. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: passo 28, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: passo 28, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: passo 28, imagem 3 %32
    • Pull up on the suction cup with strong, steady force to create a gap between the display and the frame.

    • Insert the point of an opening pick into the gap.

    • Don't insert the pick more than 1/8 of an inch (~3 mm) or you risk damaging the display panel, ambient light sensor, or fragile cable underneath.

  28. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Begin to slice the adhesive: passo 29, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Begin to slice the adhesive: passo 29, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Begin to slice the adhesive: passo 29, imagem 3 %32
    • Slide the opening pick across the top edge to slice the adhesive.

  29. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Heat the display adhesive: passo 30, imagem 1 %32
    • Heat the right edge of the display for one minute.

  30. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Slice the right side adhesive: passo 31, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Slice the right side adhesive: passo 31, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Slice the right side adhesive: passo 31, imagem 3 %32
    • Slide the opening pick down the right edge to slice the adhesive.

  31. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Heat the display adhesive: passo 32, imagem 1 %32
    • Heat the bottom edge of the display for one minute.

  32. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Slice the bottom side adhesive: passo 33, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Slice the bottom side adhesive: passo 33, imagem 2 %32
    • Slide the opening pick across the bottom edge to slice the adhesive.

  33. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Heat the display adhesive: passo 34, imagem 1 %32
    • Heat the left edge of the display for one minute.

    • Slide the opening pick across the left edge to slice the adhesive.

  34. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Lift up the display: passo 35, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Lift up the display: passo 35, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Lift up the display: passo 35, imagem 3 %32
    • Once you have sliced around the perimeter of the display, carefully lift the right edge up, opening it like a book.

    • Remove the display.

  35. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Identify the adhesive strips and their locations: passo 36, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Identify the adhesive strips and their locations: passo 36, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Identify the adhesive strips and their locations: passo 36, imagem 3 %32
    • During reassembly:

    • Look over the new display adhesive and match each strip to its respective side of the display.

  36. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Prepare the surfaces: passo 37, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Prepare the surfaces: passo 37, imagem 2 %32
    • To ensure a good adhesive bond, thoroughly clean all adhesion surfaces.

    • Remove large chunks of adhesives with the flat end of a spudger or plastic opening tool.

    • Don't use metal tools, as they can scratch the surface.

  37. Steam Deck Screen Replacement: passo 38, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement: passo 38, imagem 2 %32
    • Use adhesive remover or isopropyl alcohol (>90%) to remove any remaining residue. Wipe in one direction with a lint-free cloth or coffee filter until all the adhesive residue is gone.

    • While isopropyl alcohol is generally safe to use on electronics, they will dissolve certain foam adhesives. Be careful to contain the alcohol when cleaning—don't use too much.

    • Allow any leftover isopropyl alcohol to completely evaporate before reassembly.

  38. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the adhesive liner: passo 39, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Remove the adhesive liner: passo 39, imagem 2 %32
    • Before you peel any liners, locate the surface the sticky side should adhere to.

    • Once you have a good idea of where the adhesive strip goes, peel off and discard the liner, exposing the adhesive underneath.

    • Be careful with exposed adhesives. Most of the time, you can't peel and reapply adhesive strips if they're stuck to the wrong spot.

  39. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Align and place the adhesive strips: passo 40, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Align and place the adhesive strips: passo 40, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Align and place the adhesive strips: passo 40, imagem 3 %32
    • Hold the exposed strip by its tabs and carefully line up the edge of the adhesive to the outer edge of display.

    • Use your old display as a reference for where the new adhesive strips should be applied on the new display’s edges.

    • Be careful with alignment. Most of the time, you can't peel and reapply adhesive strips if they stick misaligned.

    • Set the adhesive onto the surface and press firmly with your fingers to set it in place.

    • Repeat the previous two steps for the three other display adhesive strips.

  40. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Peel off the last adhesive liners: passo 41, imagem 1 %32
    • Peel off and discard the remaining plastic liners on all four strips, exposing the adhesive underneath.

    • Repeat for all four display adhesive strips, being careful not to touch any exposed adhesives.

  41. Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Install the new display: passo 42, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Screen Replacement, Install the new display: passo 42, imagem 2 %32
    • Set the new display in place on the midframe and press firmly along the edges for 20-30 seconds to ensure a good adhesive bond.

Conclusão

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Steam Deck answers community for help.

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3 Comments

Attempted this tonight after smashing the screen on my deck. Easy to follow and worked flawlessly first time. Thank you

Matt Willis - Responder

On peut mettre un autre ecran OLED ou autre ?

lapartdesanges50 - Responder

This guide is gold standard. Not once did I think “why didn’t they mention this?”

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