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  1. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the stand screw: étape 1, image 1 de 1
    • If your PlayStation 5 is in its vertical orientation, flip it upside down so the stand is facing up.

    • If your PlayStation 5 is in its horizontal orientation, skip to Step 6.

    • Work on a flat surface to prevent your PlayStation from falling over.

    • Use a coin or a flathead screwdriver to remove the 26.5 mm-long stand screw.

  2. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the vertical stand: étape 2, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the vertical stand: étape 2, image 2 de 2
    • Lift straight up to remove the stand.

  3. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Store the stand screw: étape 3, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Store the stand screw: étape 3, image 2 de 2
    • Insert the screw into the cubby on the bottom of the stand.

  4. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Cap the screw hole: étape 4, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Cap the screw hole: étape 4, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Cap the screw hole: étape 4, image 3 de 3
    Outil utilisé dans cette étape :
    Tweezers
    $4.99
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    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingernail to remove the cap from the cubby.

    • Use your finger to press the cap into the screw hole.

  5. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Close the cubby: étape 5, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Close the cubby: étape 5, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Close the cubby: étape 5, image 3 de 3
    • Twist the stand counterclockwise to close the cubby.

  6. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the horizontal stand: étape 6, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the horizontal stand: étape 6, image 2 de 2
    • If your PlayStation 5 is in its horizontal orientation, rest it on its face with the charging port facing up.

    • Lift the stand straight up to remove it.

  7. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the right faceplate: étape 7, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the right faceplate: étape 7, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the right faceplate: étape 7, image 3 de 3
    • Flip the device over so that the USB and ethernet ports are on the left side from your perspective.

    • Lift up the corner of the faceplate to unclip it from the case.

  8. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 8, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 8, image 2 de 2
    • While lifting up the corner, slide the faceplate towards the bottom of the device.

    • Remove the right faceplate.

  9. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Pry up the grille: étape 9, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Pry up the grille: étape 9, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Pry up the grille: étape 9, image 3 de 3
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the grille and into the gap above the fan.

    • Lift up with the spudger to pry the grille away from the case.

  10. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the grille: étape 10, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the grille: étape 10, image 2 de 2
    • Lift the grille away from the case to remove it.

  11. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the fan shroud screws: étape 11, image 1 de 1
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    Magnetic Project Mat
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    • Use a TR8 Torx security driver to remove the four screws securing the fan shroud to the case:

    • Two 23.3 mm-long screws

    • One 11.4 mm-long screw

    • One 31 mm-long screw

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

  12. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the fan shroud: étape 12, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the fan shroud: étape 12, image 2 de 2
    • Lift the fan shroud straight up to remove it.

  13. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the wire cover: étape 13, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the wire cover: étape 13, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the wire cover: étape 13, image 3 de 3
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger beneath the black wire cover and into the gap above the fan wires.

    • Pry only on the wire cover, not on the fan wires themselves.

    • Use the spudger to peel up the wire cover until you can grip it with your fingers.

  14. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 14, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 14, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 14, image 3 de 3
    • Use your fingers to peel off the wire cover.

  15. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Disconnect the fan: étape 15, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Disconnect the fan: étape 15, image 2 de 2
    • Use your fingers to grip the edges of the fan cable connector, and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Always pull cables by their connectors and not the wires themselves.

  16. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the fan: étape 16, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the fan: étape 16, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the fan: étape 16, image 3 de 3
    • Lift the fan up and out of the case to remove it.

  17. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the SSD cover: étape 17, image 1 de 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 17 mm-long SSD cover screw.

  18. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 18, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 18, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 18, image 3 de 3
    • Use your finger to slide the SSD cover towards the top of the device to unclip it from the case.

    • Remove the SSD cover.

  19. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the optical drive wire: étape 19, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the optical drive wire: étape 19, image 2 de 2
    • Use your fingers to grip the edges of the optical drive cable connector, and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Always pull cables by their connectors and not the wires themselves.

  20. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 20, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 20, image 2 de 2
    • Use your fingers to grip the edges of the optical drive cable connector, and pull up to disconnect it from the optical drive.

  21. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the tamper-evident sticker: étape 21, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the tamper-evident sticker: étape 21, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the tamper-evident sticker: étape 21, image 3 de 3
    Outil utilisé dans cette étape :
    Tweezers
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    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the tamper-evident sticker covering the remaining case screw.

    • If your PlayStation 5 hasn't been opened before, this sticker will be completely black. The pattern will appear after you remove it.

    • Technically, these are tamper-evident stickers—but don't worry—Sony can't legally void your warranty, as long as you don't damage anything. Have fun!

  22. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the case screws: étape 22, image 1 de 1
    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the eleven screws securing the case:

    • Six 18.6 mm-long screws

    • Two 23.3 mm-long screws

    • Two 43.2 mm-long screws

    • One 7.3 mm-long screw

  23. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the case: étape 23, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the case: étape 23, image 2 de 2
    • Lift the case straight up to remove it.

  24. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the optical drive ribbon cable: étape 24, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the optical drive ribbon cable: étape 24, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the optical drive ribbon cable: étape 24, image 3 de 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to press down on the optical drive connector's metal locking tab.

    • With the metal tab depressed, use a pair of tweezers to pull the blue pull tab directly away from the connector to disconnect the cable from the optical drive.

    • Pull only on the pull tab, not the cable itself.

  25. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the optical drive: étape 25, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the optical drive: étape 25, image 2 de 2
    • Lift the optical drive away from the device to remove it.

  26. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the optical drive ribbon cable: étape 26, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the optical drive ribbon cable: étape 26, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the optical drive ribbon cable: étape 26, image 3 de 3
    Outil utilisé dans cette étape :
    Tweezers
    $4.99
    J'achète
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to press down on the optical drive connector's metal locking tab.

    • With the metal tab depressed, use a pair of tweezers to pull the blue pull tab directly away from the connector to disconnect the cable from the motherboard.

  27. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the power and eject button ribbon cable: étape 27, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the power and eject button ribbon cable: étape 27, image 2 de 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the blue pull tab directly away from the connector to disconnect the power and eject button ribbon cable.

  28. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the LED ribbon cable: étape 28, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the LED ribbon cable: étape 28, image 2 de 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the blue pull tab directly away from the connector to disconnect the LED ribbon cable.

  29. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the antenna wires: étape 29, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the antenna wires: étape 29, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the antenna wires: étape 29, image 3 de 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the white Wi-Fi antenna wire at its metal base, as close to the connector as possible.

    • Lift the wire's connector straight up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Repeat for the black Wi-Fi antenna wire.

    • Some board revisions may not have these antenna wires. If your board is missing these connectors, skip this step.

  30. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 30, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 30, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 30, image 3 de 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the black or blue power supply antenna wire at its metal base, as close to the connector as possible.

    • Lift the wire's connector straight up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Repeat for the white power supply antenna wire.

  31. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the white stickers: étape 31, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the white stickers: étape 31, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the white stickers: étape 31, image 3 de 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel back the white sticker holding the antenna wires to the top shield plate.

    • Remove the antenna wires from underneath the sticker.

    • Press the white sticker back down onto the top shield plate so it can be reused.

  32. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 32, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 32, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 32, image 3 de 3
    • Repeat the previous step to peel back the four remaining stickers.

  33. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 33, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 33, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 33, image 3 de 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel back the white sticker holding the LED ribbon cable to the heat sink.

    • Remove the LED ribbon cable from underneath the sticker.

    • Press the white sticker back down onto the heat sink so it can be reused.

  34. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the top shield plate screws: étape 34, image 1 de 1
    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the forty-two screws securing the top shield plate:

    • Forty-one 7.3 mm-long screws

    • One 43.2 mm-long screw

  35. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the top shield plate: étape 35, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the top shield plate: étape 35, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the top shield plate: étape 35, image 3 de 3
    • Lift the top shield plate off of the motherboard to remove it.

    • During reassembly, this is a good point to replace any thermal pads on the top of the main board, if necessary. The pads may be stuck to both the top shield plate and the main board.

    • It's important that the replacement pads are the same thickness as the originals, otherwise the foam around the APU may not seal properly.

  36. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Disconnect the USB board: étape 36, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Disconnect the USB board: étape 36, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Disconnect the USB board: étape 36, image 3 de 3
    • Use your finger to depress the metal locking tab on the USB board cable's board connector.

    • With the metal tab depressed, place the flat end of a spudger against the insulating foam pad on the ribbon cable and pull it directly away from the connector to disconnect it.

  37. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the main board screws: étape 37, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the main board screws: étape 37, image 2 de 2
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 11 mm‑long SSD screw.

    • Be careful not to lose the small spacer under the screw.

    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 11.8 mm‑long APU bracket screws.

    • Use a TR8 Torx security screwdriver to remove the two remaining 7.3 mm‑long main board screws.

  38. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 38, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 38, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 38, image 3 de 3
    • Lift and remove both APU brackets from the board.

    • During reassembly:

    • Put the bracket with plastic arms on first so the pegs go into their cutouts.

    • Then, put the metal bracket onto the plastic one so they're perpendicular and the screw holes line up.

  39. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Separate the main board: étape 39, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Separate the main board: étape 39, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Separate the main board: étape 39, image 3 de 3
    • Don't try to fully remove the motherboard during this step—the corner near the power button is still secured by metal prongs, which will be disconnected in the next step.

    • Gently lift the edge of the motherboard with the large cutout to partially separate it from the bottom shield plate.

    • With the board lifted, insert the flat end of a spudger between the board and the bottom shield plate and gently twist to separate them. Work your way around the perimeter of the board.

    • Many small thermal pads bond the main board to the metal shield plate underneath. Depending on the age of your PlayStation and the condition of the pads, it may take significant force to separate the board.

  40. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 40, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 40, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 40, image 3 de 3
    • The power supply is connected to the bottom of the main board assembly by metal prongs that plug into the bottom left corner.

    • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the board and the lower shield plate, by the two parallel solder joints near the corner with the power button.

    • Twist the spudger to lift the two prongs under the board out of their socket.

    • You should feel the prongs slide out.

    • During reassembly, press down on the corner of the board to fully seat the prongs in the power supply—you should feel them slide into place.

  41. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the main board: étape 41, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the main board: étape 41, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the main board: étape 41, image 3 de 3
    • Remove the main board, flip it over, and lay it on a clean cloth, so the APU is facing up.

    • During reassembly:

    • Make sure all cables that connect to the board are out of the way so they don't get trapped underneath.

    • Carefully flip the board over so the APU is on the bottom, making sure no liquid metal spills.

    • Keep the board level and lower it into place.

  42. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the old liquid metal from the heatsink: étape 42, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the old liquid metal from the heatsink: étape 42, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the old liquid metal from the heatsink: étape 42, image 3 de 3
    Outil utilisé dans cette étape :
    Dispensing Syringe Kit 9 pieces
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    • Wear gloves to protect your skin from the liquid metal.

    • If you have a disposable syringe, you can use it to suck up any large pools of liquid metal. Don't use the syringe containing your new liquid metal.

    • Starting with the heatsink: apply a few drops of highly-concentrated (greater than 90%) isopropyl alcohol to a cotton swab and carefully clean up all of the liquid metal from the heatsink surface.

    • Removing the liquid metal can be tricky—it spreads and smears easily. Switch to new cotton swabs and apply more alcohol as necessary.

    • Use the same cleaning process to thoroughly clean up all of the liquid metal residue.

    • The surface needs to be completely clean for the new liquid metal to work properly.

    • Let the heatsink dry completely.

  43. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the old liquid metal from the APU: étape 43, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Remove the old liquid metal from the APU: étape 43, image 2 de 2
    • Don't remove the foam barrier that surrounds the APU.

    • Just as you did for the heatsink, clean and remove all of the old liquid metal and its residue from the APU.

    • Don't let any of the liquid metal drip onto the board. Liquid metal is conductive and could cause a short. The foam barrier keeps the liquid metal from leaking out.

    • This is a good point to replace any thermal pads on the bottom of the main board, if necessary. The pads might be stuck to both the bottom shield plate and the main board.

    • Make sure your replacement pads are the same thickness as the originals, or the foam around the APU may not seal properly.

  44. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Apply new liquid metal: étape 44, image 1 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Apply new liquid metal: étape 44, image 2 de 3 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5, Apply new liquid metal: étape 44, image 3 de 3
    • Apply a small drop of liquid metal to the heatsink (not the APU)—about the size of a matchstick head.

    • If your liquid metal syringe has multiple applicator heads, use the one with a small, needle-like tip.

    • Use the spreader that came with your liquid metal or a new cotton swab to lightly push down on and evenly spread the liquid metal across the entire surface.

    • If there's excess liquid metal anywhere, use the syringe to suck it back up.

  45. How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 45, image 1 de 2 How to Apply Liquid Metal in a PlayStation 5: étape 45, image 2 de 2
    • Your cotton swab from the previous step should still have some liquid metal left on it.

    • Use the same cotton swab to spread a thin layer of liquid metal evenly onto the APU. If you need more liquid metal, lightly dab the cotton swab on the heatsink to transfer some, or apply a very small drop from the syringe.

    • The main board is now ready for reassembly.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order, starting with this step.

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 PlayStation 5 Answers community for help.

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