How to Remove PS5 Side Panels


While the wings that serve as the side covers for the PS5 may look a little weird, they actually make the components of the console much more easily accessible, and open up the door for users to easily customize the exterior of their consoles. Removing the PS5 side panels can be done quickly with no special tools. In this video I’ll show you how to remove and replace the PS5 side covers. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

Steps to Remove PS5 Side Panels

  1. Remove the base stand from your PS5 if you’re using it on your console. If the base stand is holding your PS5 up horizontally, you can just pull it off the back. Alternatively, if your PS5 is positioned vertically, you’ll need to remove a screw from the bottom before sliding it off.
  2. Locate the PS5 logo on the top back corner of your console where the console starts to get skinny in the back.
  3. Lay your PS5 flat on the ground with the logo positioned on the opposite side from you.
  4. Position your left hand on the back of the console, and press gently to prevent the console from sliding back. Use your right hand to grab under the back corner of the cover where the PS5 logo is located. Lift gently, roughly a quarter of an inch, and then push the cover toward the back of the console using your right hand. The cover will slide off.
  5. Very carefully turn your console over and repeat this process to remove the cover on the other side. With the covers removed you have access to the memory bay, Blu-ray drive, two holes that give you easy access to special dust catchers so you can vacuum dirt out of your console, and more.
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Steps to Replace PS5 Side Panels

  1. I’d recommend starting with the panel with the PlayStation logo on it, since it’s the easiest to identify. You can identify which side of your console this goes on by looking at the top back corners and finding the side with the silhouette of the PlayStation logo.
  2. Lay the cover on that side of the console, making the sure to place the PlayStation logo on the cover over the PlayStation logo on the physical console, and wiggling it around until you feel the hooks on the cover rest into their positions.
  3. Position one hand on the bottom of the console to support it and hold it into place, and then push the cover down toward the bottom of the console. You’ll hear, and feel, the console snap into place.
  4. Very carefully turn your console over and repeat this process to replace the cover on the other side, and replace the base stand on your PS5 accordingly.

Reasons to Consider Removing Your PS5 Side Panels

1. Cleaning

Cleaning your PS5 is essential for keeping it running smoothly and looking great. Removing the side panels can make cleaning your console a breeze. Dust, grime, and fingerprints can accumulate on your console’s surface, making it look dirty and affecting its performance. Removing the side panels provides better access to the nooks and crannies of the console, allowing you to clean it more thoroughly. A clean PS5 will improve your gaming experience and increase the lifespan of your console. It’s important to be gentle when cleaning your console and use a soft, lint-free cloth to avoid scratching the surface. Cleaning your PS5 regularly will ensure it stays in good condition, allowing you to enjoy your games to the fullest.

2. Customization

If you’re looking to make your PS5 truly your own, customizing the side panels is a great way to do it. Removing the side panels provides access to the inside of the console, allowing you to swap out the standard panels for a custom set. Many retailers offer a variety of replacement side panels in different colors and designs, allowing you to personalize your PS5 to your liking. Customizing your console is a fun way to show off your personality and make your gaming setup stand out. It’s important to ensure that any replacement side panels are compatible with your PS5 and that you’re following any manufacturer instructions when changing them.

3. Upgrades

Upgrading the internal components of your PS5 can help improve its performance and increase its storage capacity. Removing the side panels provides access to the inside of the console, making it easier to upgrade the storage drive or cooling system. Upgrading your console can improve its speed, reduce loading times, and increase the number of games you can store. It’s important to follow manufacturer instructions when upgrading any internal components to avoid damaging your console. Upgrading your PS5 can help you get the most out of your gaming experience and keep up with the latest games.

4. Heat Dissipation

Keeping your PS5 cool is essential for its proper function and longevity. The side panels of the PS5 are designed to help dissipate heat from the console’s internal components. Removing the side panels can help improve airflow, which can reduce the temperature of the console and improve its cooling efficiency. By reducing the temperature of your PS5, you can improve its performance, reduce the risk of overheating, and extend the lifespan of the console. It’s important to be careful when removing the side panels to avoid damaging any internal components, and to ensure that the console is properly ventilated when gaming. By taking care of your PS5 and keeping it cool, you can enjoy your games for years to come.

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