If you’ve had a PlayStation 4 for a while, chances are it’s running a lot louder than when you bought it. Like most devices, dust builds up inside the system over time.
To keep your PS4 performing at its best, it is recommended that you clean your system periodically. To calm it down and remove all that nasty dust, follow our PS4 cleaning guide.
Now let’s see how to clean PS4.
Step 0: What You Need
Cleaning a PS4 is a relatively simple job, but it does require a few materials:
- TR9 Torx screwdriver . PS4 uses T9 screws, but T8 screwdriver also must work. Make sure you get one with a security bit . I used this one, but if you have a Torx set it probably has the required tool.
- Standard Phillips screwdriver . There are several screws inside the PS4 that need to be removed with this screwdriver. A smaller screwdriver will work better here.
- Knife or other sharp object . You want this to take off the stickers covering the back screws of the PS4.
- compressed air can . You will need this to throw out the dust. You can purchase them online or at stores like Walmart.
- (Optional) Cotton swabs and/or cotton balls . If you like, you can use them to help you remove some of the dust. The cotton swab also helps you keep the fan from spinning. If you want to go further and further, try making a cleaning putty and use instead of this.
- (Optional) Flashlight . It can be hard to see where the dust is hiding; a flashlight makes it easier to spot.
- (Optional) Paper towel or piece of tape to secure the screws . You don’t want tiny screws to go missing, so it’s a good idea to store them somewhere. When removing screws, you can place them in the same order that you removed them, so you know where and where to go.
Please note that if you have an original PS4 model, opening the console and cleaning it will void your warranty (which is valid for one year after purchase). However, you can remove the cover from the Slim and Pro models without voiding the warranty. Chances are if you’ve had your PS4 long enough to accumulate dust, your warranty has probably expired.
We’ll show the steps for the original PS4 for this guide (since it’s the one I have, and the hardest one), and mention the differences for other models at the end.
Step 1: Turn off and unplug everything
Before you start cleaning your PS4, you must make sure that the console is turned off. If you see an orange light, then it is in rest mode (low power state) and you need to turn it off properly.
Turn on the console, then press and hold playstation button, to open the Quick Menu. Pass in Power > Turn off PS4 . Wait until all the lights on your PS4 turn off, then disconnect the power cable, HDMI cable, and anything connected to it, such as USB devices.
Bring your PS4 to a place where you have a place to work. Since you will be removing the screws, you should have a safe place to install them.
Step 2: Remove the back stickers and screws
Now that your PS4 is ready to go, flip it over so the back is facing you and then flip it upside down. You will see three stickers along the «top» (which is actually the bottom of the system, corresponding to the power connector) which you must remove. Please note that if you are using a slightly updated model of the original PS4, you will only see one sticker and a screw here in the middle.
The middle one has a special warranty sticker that damages itself when removed. The other two are slightly thicker and may require more work. Use your knife or other pointed tool to peel back the corner of the sticker so it should come off easily. Be careful not to scratch your system while removing them.
Set them aside if you want to apply them later, or throw them away if you don’t care. Once you’ve removed the stickers, use a TR9 screwdriver to remove the screws at the bottom. They are short so they don’t need much effort. Be careful not to undress them, but put them in a safe place.
Step 3: remove the cover
Now that you have removed the screws holding the cover, you can remove it. Start at the back (facing you) and lightly pull on the edges. Don’t use a ton of force; while you are working with the PS4, the lid should come free. Pull it and remove it.
At this point, you can look inside the newly removed case and clean it of dust. Your compressed air can do without it; this is also a good place to use a cotton ball to wipe it off. Set the lid aside for now.
Back in the system, you can now see the fan, which is a good indicator of how dusty your system is. However, there is one more component that needs to be removed.
Step 4: Remove the power supply
With the power supply at your side and the fan at the top right, the two Phillips head screws are closest to you on the far left and right of the power supply. Use your TR9 screwdriver to remove the other three screws.
Please note that if you are using a slightly updated model of the original PS4, you will see one screw in a different location. The T9 screw at the top left of the photo below will be a few inches taller than the T9 screw at the bottom.
The Phillips screws are longer than the others and are a bit harder to remove, so you may need to insert a knife or other thin object under the clamps to pull them up. When doing this, be careful not to bend the clamps.
Now you can remove the power supply. There is a cable underneath that connects it to the motherboard that you don’t need to remove and that you don’t want to accidentally unplug. Carefully grasp the power supply on both sides and lift it evenly. It may take some wiggle to get loose.
Once you’ve picked it up, gently flip it over on the left side so it’s gently resting while still connected.