Watch the PS4 be taken apart part by part:
Steps to tear down your PS4:
- Remove the seals that cover the screws
- Remove torx security screws that are securing the case
- Remove the Power Supply
- Remove the Optical Drive
- Lift up panels to remove the mother board
- Heat Sink - Not removable
- Remove Fan
- There is no adhesive making taking it apart and putting it back together easy
- The cover is easy to remove giving you easy access to replace the hard drive. An SSD is easily installed by following the proper instructions.
- Fan cleaning will require taking the whole damn thing apart.
- Mid-cover is sharp, be careful.
Why Would I Take Apart My Console?
Taking apart the PS4 to the point described above should only be done if the console is outside of its warranty. If you change out the hard drive it's no harm, no foul. If you take it apart to the point where nothing's left inside, then you've broken your warranty.
The most obvious reason for taking apart your PS4 is to replace the hard drive (see the link below for our guide on how to do this). There are other reasons though. For example, if the system is running really loud, you may consider opening it up to dust out the fans and the internals.
You may have heard that you can use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust inside the system, but this is a really bad idea! I say that because a vacuum cleaner had the potential to create static electricity, which is a death sentence for the internals of an electronic device. If static electricity touches the motherboard, the GPU, or the CPU, then your console is toast.
If you're feeling advanced, you can also replace the thermal gel on your console's GPU. after removing it using a torx #8 security, a small phillips head screwdriver, and of course the thermal compound. The best one to use is Arctic MX-4 Thermal Compound. Clean off the old thermal gel using rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip before you apply a pea-sized amount of the thermal gel.
Remember the old yellow light of death on the PS3? This was an issue most commonly associated with bad thermal gel, so replacing the one on your PS4 isn't a bad idea after a few years.
How to install an SSD (solid state drive) into your PS4
How to I Take Apart the Controller?
While we've focused on taking you console apart, I think it's worth mentioning that the controller comes apart as well. There are multiple reasons why you would do this ranging from simple cleaning, to replacing the battery since it is internal and will eventually lose a charge. Follow these steps to get the controller open:
- Use a Phillips Screwdriver to remove the four screws on the back of the controller (do not force them, you'll strip the threads and ruin the screws)
- Turn the controller over and facing toward you. Using a plastic opening tool, pinch the left shoulder and wedge open the crack on the front of the left grip. Do the same for the right shoulder
- Turn the controller away from you and use your plastic tool to open the splittings near the share and options buttons on the backside by the light bar.
- Be careful not to lose the 2 trigger springs or the 1 grey reset button extension when opening this portion.
- Careful detach the motherboard ribbon to detach the bottom and top halves of the controller.
At this point you will have the controller full opened and the battery will be exposed. If you need to change the battery out, do so by using blunt forceps to gently unplug the battery from the motherboard. At this point you can take it out and replace it. Now we'll dive a little deeper to full disassemble it:
- Remove the battery and the single Phillips screw found beneath the battery.
- Carefully detach the touchpad ribbon connected to the motherboard.
- Dislodge the motherboard assembly from the front cover, carefully, and make sure you don't tilt it upside down as the buttons may fall out.
- Once you've finished this final step, you should have the controller in three parts: motherboard assembly, front cover, and rear cover.
With this knowledge you can replace parts as needed or mod the outer casing as you see fit. Have fun!
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