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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the track pad in the Dell XPS 13.

  1. Remove the eight 4 mm T5 Torx screws from the bottom cover. Remove the eight 4 mm T5 Torx screws from the bottom cover.
    • Remove the eight 4 mm T5 Torx screws from the bottom cover.

  2. Use a plastic opening tool to pry open the 'XPS' flap in the middle. Use a plastic opening tool to pry open the 'XPS' flap in the middle.
    • Use a plastic opening tool to pry open the 'XPS' flap in the middle.

  3. Remove the single Phillips screw hidden beneath the flap.
    • Remove the single Phillips screw hidden beneath the flap.

  4. Use opening picks or a plastic pry tool to pry open the case clips, beginning from the back edge.
    • Use opening picks or a plastic pry tool to pry open the case clips, beginning from the back edge.

  5. Remove the bottom cover.
    • Remove the bottom cover.

  6. Pull the battery cable connector towards the battery to disconnect it from its socket. If the connector is stubborn, push a little at one side, then the other, to "walk" it out of its socket.
    • Pull the battery cable connector towards the battery to disconnect it from its socket.

    • If the connector is stubborn, push a little at one side, then the other, to "walk" it out of its socket.

    • If you have trouble walking the connector out of the socket, use the point of a spudger to gently push on the connector indent to slide the connector out.

    • Do not pull up.

    • Open the display and press the power button for five seconds to drain any remaining charge from the system.

  7. Remove the four 3 mm Phillips #0 screws located on each corner of the battery. Remove the four 3 mm Phillips #0 screws located on each corner of the battery.
    • Remove the four 3 mm Phillips #0 screws located on each corner of the battery.

  8. Pull the battery cable connector towards the battery to disconnect it from its socket. Do not pull up.
    • Pull the battery cable connector towards the battery to disconnect it from its socket.

    • Do not pull up.

  9. Peel up any tape securing the speaker cables to the battery.
    • Peel up any tape securing the speaker cables to the battery.

    • You do not need to remove the speakers, only the tape, allowing the battery to be removed out under the speaker cables.

  10. Remove the battery.
    • Remove the battery.

  11. Remove the four 3 mm Phillips #1 screws from the trackpad. Remove the four 3 mm Phillips #1 screws from the trackpad.
    • Remove the four 3 mm Phillips #1 screws from the trackpad.

  12. Use tweezers to gently lift the upper-right corner of the track pad.
    • Use tweezers to gently lift the upper-right corner of the track pad.

    • Remove the track pad by slowly pulling it up and away from you.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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