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How to clean the fan on an Xbox Series X/S

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Last Updated on November 30, 2023
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If you’re wondering how to clean the fan on your Xbox Series X/S, you’re not alone. Many gamers face the challenge of maintaining their consoles to ensure optimal performance and longevity. This article is dedicated to guiding you through the process of cleaning the fan in your Xbox Series X/S. In the following sections, we will break down each step, ensuring you have a clear understanding of how to safely and effectively clean your Xbox Series X/S fan.

Before we dive into the process, be sure to check any issues with your console are not storage related. We have guides to help you in this department, including how to delete cloud saves on Xbox Series X/S, and how to clear the cache on your Xbox Series X/S console.

How to clean the fan on an Xbox Series X/S – step-by-step guide

Before you begin, make sure you have the right equipment ready. The tools you will need are:

  • Screwdriber (T8 Torx Security Screwdriver is best, but even the right size Flathead will work)
  • Plastic Prying Tool
  • Can of Compressed Air (Optional)
  • Soft Brush (like a makeup brush or soft-bristled paintbrush) or Microfiber Cloth
  • Pliers



Prepare the console

Turn your Xbox Series X/S so the back faces you. Make sure the console is powered off and unplugged before you start.



Remove stickers and screws

Gently peel back the small oval-shaped sticker at the bottom to reveal the first screw. Remove it with the your screwdriver. Then, remove the larger sticker on the back to access the second screw and remove it as well.



Remove the backplate

Use the plastic prying tool to gently lift the backplate, starting from the bottom corners. Apply even pressure to all sides to prevent damage. Once the tabs are loosened, slide the case down to remove it.

If you notice dust on the inside of the backplate, gently remove it using a soft-bristled brush or a microfiber cloth.



Access the fan

Locate the fan below the top of the console, underneath the vent. Carefully unplug the fan by using pliers or tweezers to grip the white plug. Avoid pulling by the wires.



Remove the fan

Undo the three screws holding the fan in place and lift the fan out for cleaning.



Clean the fan

Undo the three screws holding the fan in place and lift the fan out for cleaning.




After cleaning, place the fan back in the console. Reconnect it by applying gentle pressure on the plug. Secure the fan with the three screws using your screwdriver. Replace the back cover, screw it back in, and reapply the stickers.

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Pay attention

When applying this process, there are some important factors to consider. Firstly, warranty voiding. Opening your console can void the warranty, so proceed with caution. Be careful with all components to avoid any damage. Do not use liquids like soapy water or rubbing alcohol. Lastly, clean your fan once a year or as needed, depending on usage and environmental conditions.

Can dust damage Xbox Series X/S?

Yes, dust can damage the Xbox Series X/S. Accumulated dust can clog the cooling fan and air vents, leading to overheating, reduced performance, and potentially causing long-term damage to the console. Regular cleaning is recommended to maintain optimal functioning and prevent dust-related issues.

Is it OK to vacuum to clean the vents of your Xbox?

It is not recommended to use a vacuum to clean the vents of your Xbox Series X/S. Vacuums can create static electricity, which can damage electronic components. Instead, use a can of compressed air or a soft brush to gently remove dust from the vents.

Final thoughts

That’s all on how to clean the fan on an Xbox Series X/S. Dust accumulation can lead to overheating, reduced efficiency, and potentially damage your console. Regular cleaning not only enhances the performance but also extends the life of your Xbox. This is why it is so important to understand this process.

Michael is an experience tech writer and editor, a keen gamer, and interested in what makes tech tick.