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How to disassemble the sky remote

Updated April 17, 2017

With hundreds of satellite television channels to scroll through, the buttons on your Sky Television remote control handset can wear out and stop working properly. A useful way to check whether you need to replace your standard Sky TV or Sky Plus remote control unit is to dismantle it and check inside for damage.

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  1. Unclasp the battery cover from the rear of the remote control casing.

  2. Remove all batteries from the battery compartment.

  3. Look for a tiny screw at the bottom of the battery compartment and remove it with a jeweller's screwdriver.

  4. Identify the small, rectangular opening toward the top of the remote control, above the battery compartment.

  5. Push a blunt object, such as a paper clip, through this opening and onto the circuit board until the remote control unit separates.

  6. Uncouple the battery cover from the rear of the remote control casing.

  7. Remove all batteries from the battery compartment.

  8. Look for two tiny screws and unscrew them with a jeweller's screwdriver.

  9. Slide off the opaque, infrared unit cover at the front of the remote control unit. Remove the small screw underneath this cover.

  10. Prise open the unit gently.

  11. Tip

    Once open, try cleaning the inside of your Sky TV remote control with rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs. Gently clean the circuit board contacts and the rubber pads. This may restore your remote control and save you the expense of buying a new unit.


    Always dismantle your remote control unit on a well-lit, flat surface.

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Things You'll Need

  • Jeweller's screwdriver set
  • Paper clip

About the Author

Adrian Grahams

Adrian Grahams began writing professionally in 1989 after training as a newspaper reporter. His work has been published online and in various newspapers, including "The Cornish Times" and "The Sunday Independent." Grahams specializes in technology and communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science, postgraduate diplomas in journalism and website design and is studying for an MBA.

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