Use this guide to replace the 3.7 lithium-ion battery inside the DualShock 4.

  1. Using the Phillips #00 Screwdriver, remove the four 6.0 mm screws securing the rear cover to the controller.
    • Using the Phillips #00 Screwdriver, remove the four 6.0 mm screws securing the rear cover to the controller.

    • Do not forcefully loosen the screws, as it will amount to permanent damage of the threads, making removal impossible.

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  2. Beginning with the left handle:
    • Beginning with the left handle:

      • Pinch the left handle of the controller to introduce an opening.

      • Wedge a plastic opening tool into the opening and slide it up towards the joystick.

      • Pull down on the plier to crack open the casing.

    • Repeat these steps for the right handle.

    Shoulders are where L1/L2/R1/R2 are, not the %#*@ handles. Confusing instructions.

    foxhoundunit89 - Antwoord

    Quick tip: Be VERY careful at this step not to dislodge the tiny spring attached to the L2/R2 buttons. While removing the cover, it's easy to pull off either L2/R2 button. Inadvertently pulling off either button will also remove the tiny spring as well. While not too difficult to reassemble, it's not obvious where the spring goes as the spring is almost completely hidden along the side of the button (on the inside).

    I just successfully completed analog stick replacements for two controllers. I completed the first repair without any trouble but managed to dislodge (and almost lose) the spring on the second time around. Needless to say, I spent some time trying to figure out where the spring is supposed to go (no photos of this anywhere). By sheer luck, I figured it out on my own. :)

    Good luck and take your time--especially the first time!

    Michael Whang - Antwoord

    couldn't have posted pics for me? :D

    kimsballs -

    Golden tip but I would add a thing or two.

    Most probably both triggers R1&R2 will stay in lower half of the pad case with springs hanging there.

    You must take them of their lower case sockets before assembly and fit them bellow L1&L2

    When you feel click when fitting them and spring works like on normal assembled pad you're done.

    If thats not the case do not try to assemble lower casing half as triggers will not work properly.

    Simon -

    if you lost the springs unfortunately, the triggers would still work but it is harder to get to the precise digital press. In other words you will have hard time to create a light press than a hard press.

    meaningless -

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    • Wedge a plastic opening tool into the case-splittings and pull down to crack open the casing near the following buttons:

      • Share button

      • Options button

    • Split the plastic covers of the controller apart, taking note that they will still be attached by circuit board ribbons.

    • Three small pieces are often released from the framework. To prevent loss, maintain a controlled work field.

      • 2 Trigger Springs

      • 1 Grey Reset Button Extension

    You can't just pull the casing halves apart. There is a plastic bar that is part of the casing and separates the L1 and R1 buttons from the L2 and R2 buttons. To get this loose, pull the casing outward perpendicular to the L and R buttons until you can slide the L2 and R2 buttons from behind the plastic bar.

    dzturbd - Antwoord

    SO yesterday replaced the thumb stick on my controller, and now the R2 button is stuck, know any way to remedy this?

    ScootsMcgoots -

    I know you put a warning, but I lost the grey reset button extension. Any idea where to get a replacement part?

    miamiman77 - Antwoord

    Hey, not even sure when you wrote this, but wanted to share my solution for this problem. I lost one of my reset button rubber pieces when I was doing a different repair, and found that a standard bamboo skewer is just about the perfect diameter to function as a replacement. Just cut it to the proper length and you should be able to get it in there and get your reset functionality back.

    tcbrekke -

    You don't really need it. A long paper clip will work fine.

    Ron Smith - Antwoord

    I've removed and changed all buttons all seemed ok but now the options and share button don't work, as in when I pressed them down there is no longer a click (bounce) I'm certain it's back in the correct place and I don't think they can be put the wrong way up, does anyone have any advice please :)

    Rachel - Antwoord

    My share button stopped 'clicking'. When I stripped the controller down I noticed a small copper coloured dimple on the motherboard was depressed instead of proud like the one for the options button. With bluetack I was able to pull it out but each time I tested it with my finger it clicked once and stayed depressed. I don't think there is a permanent solution to this as it's probably metal fatigue or similar so i put a tiny bit of blue tack overy the dimple so the plunger could push that bit further and hopefully pull it out each time. Seems to work as I reassemble the controller. Fingers crossed it holds out a while! I'd love to know if someone else had a different solution.

    The5HD -

    I had an extra part, and it wasn’t gray. Thank goodness for the picture of the black one. It’s rubbery. The small end should be inserted down towards the gold colored spot. It’s next to the word RESET on the mobo.

    J Coyote - Antwoord

    When reassembling: If, like me, your R2/L2 buttons stayed with the bottom of the controller when you took it apart, it will be impossible to reassemble and get the tiny springs back in place.

    To remedy, remove the buttons, and attach them, with the springs correctly placed, to the top of the controller. There are two tiny grooves, one on the button, and one on the controller top, into which the spring fits.

    Jeff Human - Antwoord

    Jeff, we owe you a six pack for this comment.

    James Goldie -

    Thank You!! The spring came out and I looked for a way to reinsert it. So I led a thread through its opening (so it couldn´t jump away), and compressed it with pliers. So it was easy to put it in.

    VauWeh -

    • Detach the motherboard ribbon connecting the two sides of the controller by pulling it straight out with your fingers.

      • Note the orientation of the cable and make sure it faces the right way when you reconnect it.

    • After the two halves are separated, place the top of the controller off to the side.

    can you share the battery dimension?

    luxusmirajane - Antwoord

    • Using the blunt forceps, remove the battery plug by gently rocking the forceps side-by-side to loosen the plug.

    • After removal of the plug from the motherboard, the battery can be lifted off of the controller.

    • Hasty removal of the battery plug could warp the plastic grips of the plug.

    For the replacement battery I found that the Turnigy 2000mAh 1S 1C Lipo w/ 2 Pin JST-PH worked perfectly while also being a budget option at only $2.54 USD before shipping. However ONLY INSTALL AFTER CHANGING THE POLARITY OF THE CONNECTOR, this can be done with a pin or craft knife with relative ease. After doing this the controller has doubled in battery life. It required no modification to the controllers internals only extra care to ensure the longer cables didn’t get pinched in reassembly.

    Ryan - Antwoord


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

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My Dualshock 4 wont turn on after the battery replacement.

Any idea on why this happened?

Alexander - Antwoord

have you tried to charge it?

Mohamed Aden -

I had a problem with my console but with your guide it is possible to solve this one I think.

Praska - Antwoord

The only replacement battery option listed in the 'relevant parts' section of the guide is for a used battery. Here is a a link to a new replacement battery for those that don't want to do this again in a few months. It is higher capacity than the OEM battery (1300mAh instead of 1000mAh) so it will last longer. Hope this helps!

New Replacement Battery for Dualshock 4 Controller

Mike - Antwoord

My samsung galaxy tab 2 7inch screen goes black help

clarissa owens - Antwoord

I found a replacement battery here, you have to mod the tray a little, but it works like a champ and doubles the life.

binazriel - Antwoord

The x button on my controller want working properly so I ordered new rubber mounts. I followed the guide, taking my time to make sure I didn't damage anything.

With the new rubber in place I put everything back together and the controller was working fine but now I've realised it doesn't charge. The battery goes completely dead and switches off. If I then connect it with usb cable it doesn't charge but will turn on the controller for maybe 10 seconds before switching off again.

Anyone any idea what is going on? Thanks.

Kenny - Antwoord

my controller is not starting today

Harry Patidar - Antwoord

Did this fix to the letter, controller works now but the light bar does not and I'm unsure if it charges. It shows it's fully charged. Could it be that the micro-usb connection is frapped?

the00brotherhood - Antwoord

Ok, so it shows it’s fully charged on the PS4 but the light on the controller is out if I’m reading you right. Method I would use… connect the controller to your computer with a wired cable (eliminating the PS4 from the equation).

Check Device Manager in Windows or System Report on a Mac. Does it show your controller?

Yes = USB port on controller is fine, you may have damaged the LED on it during the repair.

No = USB port may be damaged or the cable may be fried.

Your problem doesn’t seem like it would have anything to do with the USB port. If it works but with no lighting, you should be ok unless you use the controller with the PS4 camera.

Brad S -

The battery outlet got ripped off. Can it still be fixed?

nextinline3900 - Antwoord

Anything can be fixed. But without knowing how severe the damage is it’s hard to say how difficult it would be, although it may involve cannibalizing another controller. At this point it may be cheaper to just purchase a new Dual Shock.

Brad S -

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