How to Remove Mechanical Keyboard Keys with and Without Any Tool

Mechanical keyboards are the most long-lasting keyboards even for 10 to 15 years but for that long, it becomes necessary to clean and maintain your mechanical keyboard parts like keycaps, USB cable, etc. Keycaps or simply keys are the most important part to maintain a mechanical keyboard because it is the most used part of a mechanical keyboard and you have to clean it after some time to make your keyboard look neat and attractive. Here simply we are going to discuss how to remove mechanical keyboard keys. We will consider it for two prospects one how to remove mechanical keyboard keys with too. And second, is how to remove mechanical keyboard keys without any tool.

Why Remove Keyboard Keys

It is not bad to remove mechanical keyboard keycaps but it can be dangerous if you remove keys without proper care and procedure it can break your keys or keyboard. So if you are going to remove keycaps from your mechanical keyboard then there should be a solid reason to do that, here I am going to discuss some common reasons to remove mechanical keyboard keycaps or simply keys.

  • After using a mechanical keyboard for a long time its keycap may break or not feel good and sometimes key signs automatically fade from keycaps. In these conditions people replace mechanical keyboard keycaps.
  • The main functionality of mechanical keyboards depends upon its switches, if a switch does malfunction or does not feel good while typing.
  • The major and important reason for removing keys is for the purpose of cleaning. Usually most of the dust is stuck among the keys where it is very hard to clean. In that case you have to remove the keycaps to clean the mechanical keyboard completely.
  • After long use of switches or by dust they become sticky and dull that does not feel good. By removing keycaps now you can fix these switches easily without opening the whole keyboard.
  • If you need to repair your mechanical keyboard then you need to remove all keycaps to open the keyboard.
  • As mechanical keyboards are used widely. People do a lot of different modifications in mechanical keyboards for awesome results.

These are the common reasons behind the purpose of removing keys from mechanical keyboards. Now we will look at how to remove mechanical keyboard keys with and without using any tool.

Tools Required

How to remove mechanical keyboard keys

Basically, there is no proper tool required to remove keycaps but you need items before starting the procedure these items are listed below.

  •  Key Puller to pull out keycaps from mechanical keyboard.
  •  Keycaps, if you are going to replace keycaps. Get the best keycaps here.

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How to Remove Mechanical keyboard keys

Removing keycaps from mechanical keyboards is an easy method. But it can be easier if we do it in steps so I will guide you on how to remove mechanical keyboard keys in four simple steps. Without wasting any more time let’s begin.

  1. Take the mechanical keyboard that you want to remove keys.
  2. Get a key puller, in most of the cases it comes within a mechanical keyboard box.
  3. Now set it to the key to remove it.
  4. Gently pull up the key puller and remove the keycaps. Keep the key puller in proper orientation because it can break the keycap.
  5. Keycap is removed, separate keycap from key puller and now you have done.
How to Remove Mechanical Keyboard Keys

How to Remove Mechanical keyboard keys without Using Any Tool

As I earlier mentioned, basically no tool is required to remove the keycap from the mechanical keyboard, the key puller is only for your convenience. You can do it without using any tool. Here I am going to guide you on how to remove mechanical keyboard keys without any tool.

  1. First take the mechanical keyboard to remove keys.
  2. Take anything that you can adjust under keys. This can be anything like a house or car key, paper clip, screw driver, or credit card. The item should be something that can apply pressure under the keycap to pull it up.
  3. If you have a paper clip, then bend it to adjust it under the keycap.
  4. After adjusting it under the keycap pull it up carefully.
  5. Keycap will be removed after applying a few forces.

Removing keycaps from mechanical keyboards is an easy job but you have to do it carefully because under keycaps some sensitive items exist like switches, PCB boards, and RGB lights. Your key puller can ruin these items and may lead to another problem, so be careful while removing keycaps from mechanical keyboards. The first key to remember before removing the keycap is to adjust the puller in such a way that no backlit or blinding light harm. And the second is to turn off and unplug the mechanical keyboard before starting the procedure of how to remove mechanical keyboard keys. 

How to Clean Mechanical Keyboard without Removing Keys

Cleaning a mechanical keyboard is good practice, it not only makes your mechanical keyboard look neat and attractive, it also increases the lifespan of your mechanical keyboard. Usually, people clean their mechanical keyboards after removing keycaps because it takes less effort than by cleaning mechanical keyboards with keys. Now we are going to discuss how to clean mechanical keyboards without removing keys.

  1. First take the mechanical keyboard to remove keys.
  2. Take anything that you can adjust under keys. This can be anything like a house or car key, paper clip, screw driver, or credit card. The item should be something that can apply pressure under the keycap to pull it up.
  3. If you have a paper clip, then bend it to adjust it under the keycap.
  4. After adjusting it under the keycap pull it up carefully.
  5. Keycap will be removed after applying a few forces.

Now your mechanical keyboard is cleaned without removing mechanical keyboard keys.

Conclusion

Sometimes it becomes necessary to remove mechanical keyboard keys, there are different reasons for it like cleaning of mechanical keyboards or replacing keycaps. However, the method of removing mechanical keyboard keys is simple and short. Here I discussed how to remove mechanical keyboard keys with tools and how to remove mechanical keyboard keys without using any tool. Or you can use DIY methods to create a tool to pull mechanical keyboard keys at home. These methods are also discussed above in detail.