How to fix your PS5 controller’s L2/R2 button in 10 minutes

With this guide you will fix typical DualSense controller problems.

With this guide you will fix typical DualSense controller problems.

When I recently followed God of War: Ascension as part of PS Plus Premium, I could have just banged my DualSense controller against the wall. I’m constantly draining Kratos’ magic pool outside of combat, as I only need to briefly swipe the R2 button to trigger a powerful attack.

Since my DualSense controller is out of warranty, I couldn’t contact Sony support to request a repair or exchange, so I had to do it myself. However, before that, I was always quite scared, because there were a lot of small moving parts mounted on the controller. disassemble the console? No problem! Openwork work, however, makes me sweat.

That fear is completely unfounded! A stuck or loose L2 or R2 button can be fixed in a few minutes with no problem, limited screw work.

Chris Werian

Chris used to repair PlayStation consoles as a service provider. But he always respected the controller because he couldn’t logically assign the drag and lever elements to where they wanted to be. However, the trigger fix on DualSense went so fast that he firmly believed that everyone should be able to do it.



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To unlock the DualSense controller, you’ll need the following items:

  • narrow one lever, which you can use to remove the DualSense controller trim panel. You can use a plastic card for this, but you also need to be able to get under it with your fingernail. However, in most sets of screws for electronics, there is also a suitable plastic lever.
  • A Screwdriver or a little for Phillips screw size”Rp00″.
  • One tweezers.

All the mentioned tools are included in most of the sets for delicate electronics, I’ve used the following kit for many fixes:

Trigger spring is pinched or loosened

To keep the buttons L2 and R2 taut, they are pushed up by a spring. However, the spring on the right trigger in particular tends to leave its position, since the use of adaptive resistance involves considerable force. An example is the trigger in shooters, developers like to add a bit of resistance to the R2 button to simulate a real trigger.

In Returnal, a resistor signals the transition between the firing modes of the weapon.  The force used to pass the point can leave a mark on the gamepad.






In Returnal, a resistor signals the transition between the firing modes of the weapon. The force used to pass the point can leave a mark on the gamepad.

It could be that the spring jumped out or got caught. For us, however, this is the easiest case to solve, as there is no need to buy spare parts.

What if the spring is broken, bent, or missing?

Replacements for lost or damaged springs can be found quickly and fortunately are very inexpensive. On Amazon you can get a replacement spring set for less than 5 euros. I did my fix with this set and I’m really satisfied:

But the DualSense controller must be unlocked first. You proceed as follows:

The inside of the controller now opens: Each trigger should actually have a small silver spring. If it’s not there, you can try removing the controller, but you may find it loose in the house when you disassemble it. It’s also possible that he’s caught on the trigger, so you’ll need to use tweezers to get him out of trouble.

This is how it looks when the spring sits perfectly.






This is how it looks when the spring sits perfectly.

To repair the spring again, you must follow these steps:

  • Place the center of the spring on a small plastic stand and place your right arm under the trigger where it should be hooked.
  • Now grab the end of the feather’s left arm with the tweezers and bend it behind the small black plate underneath.

If you put one arm under the trigger first, it will be easier to place the other arm in front of the black plastic plate.






If you put one arm under the trigger first, it will be easier to place the other arm in front of the black plastic plate.

It has been! After the spring is attached, the L1 or R2 button will be re-tensioned and function as usual.

Close controller again

After you fix the spring, all you have to do is undo the steps you took to open it. Press back on the back of the case and close the tab on the DualSense controller jack connector.

Fasten the case at four points, press the shoulder button back into the holder, it will work intuitively, and bring the decorative strip into position. In the last step, make sure you insert the decorative cover on the touchpad correctly, otherwise the thin plastic may break!

Isn’t that difficult, is it?

The whole process takes about ten minutes. Since I already have the right set of tools at home, I just have to pay for a replacement spring. The new DualSense controller will cost over 60 euros.

Are you already having problems with your DualSense controller or is it working fine?