This guide will walk you through the process of effectively replacing the screen on your Steam Deck with the new and upgraded DeckHD screen. Prioritise your safety by following general electrostatic discharge (ESD) safety measures throughout the repair procedure.
Once the clips are disconnected from one edge, the rest will detach easily.
Use the driver to remove the three screws securing the board shield:
Use the screwdriver to remove the 3.4 mm screw that secures the SSD in place.
Once the SSD screw has been removed, gently lift the SSD at a shallow angle. Hold the end of the SSD and pull it away from the M.2 board connector to detach it. When reassembling, insert the SSD into its board connector at a shallow angle and secure it back into a horizontal position using the SSD screw.
Using a pair of tweezers, carefully remove the sticker from the top edge of the fan. If possible, avoid ripping or tearing the sticker to reuse it. If needed, apply a little heat to soften the adhesive. If the sticker seems prone to tearing, use tweezers to lift one edge until you can grip it with your fingers, and then remove the rest by hand.
Using the screwdriver, loosen and remove the two screws that secure the heatsink to the motherboard. These include one captive 3.5 mm (yellow) screw and one 3.4 mm (purple) screw. Note that the third heatsink screw was removed during earlier disassembly, as it also serves as the hidden board shield screw.
Carefully lift and remove the heatsink from the device. Before reinstalling the heatsink, it is important to clean the heatsink and APU. Additionally, make sure to reapply thermal paste.
Using a pair of tweezers, grip the edges of the fan connector and pull upwards to disconnect it from the motherboard. Be sure to pull the fan cable by its connector rather than the wires themselves.
Use a Phillips driver to remove the three 3.7 mm screws that secure the motherboard.
Gently peel off the display cable from the Steam Deck shell. Try to follow the shape of the cable while peeling, this will minimise the chance of any damage to the cable.
When assembling the device back, make sure the connector fits between the white guidelines, in order to align the connector with the port on the motherboard.
Apply heat to each edge of the display for one minute individually. A hair dryer or heat gun may be used. It is essential to avoid overheating the Steam Deck. Displays and internal batteries are both susceptible to heat damage.
Place and press the suction cup near the edge of the display you’ve just heated.
If your screen is severely cracked, consider covering it with a layer of clear packing tape to enhance the suction cup's adhesion.
Once all four edges have been trimmed with an opening pick, carefully lift one of the edges up with the help of the suction cup and remove the display.
During reassembly, examine the new display adhesive and match each strip to its respective side of the display.
To reassemble your device, simply follow these instructions in reverse order. If you have any e-waste, remember to take it to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler. In case the repair didn't go as planned, you can try some basic troubleshooting or seek assistance from our Discord DeckHD community.