Introduction

This guide will outline how to fix the keyboard in the event that it is nonresponsive.

Heat the black plastic strip on the front lower edge of the keyboard with an iOpener to weaken the adhesive holding it down.
  • Heat the black plastic strip on the front lower edge of the keyboard with an iOpener to weaken the adhesive holding it down.

  • When reattaching the plastic strip, apply adhesive to ensure that the strip will stay securely in place.

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Use a medium plastic opening tool to lift the black plastic strip from the lower edge of the keyboard. Use a medium plastic opening tool to lift the black plastic strip from the lower edge of the keyboard.
  • Use a medium plastic opening tool to lift the black plastic strip from the lower edge of the keyboard.

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Black Friday
Broken doesn't stand a chance.
Locate the four 3.1mm Phillips #000 screws that hold the keyboard to the back plate. Using the Phillips #000 Screwdriver, remove the screws from the keyboard.
  • Locate the four 3.1mm Phillips #000 screws that hold the keyboard to the back plate.

  • Using the Phillips #000 Screwdriver, remove the screws from the keyboard.

  • The screws are reverse threaded, so turn them clockwise to remove them.

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Orient the keyboard so that the side with the keys is facedown on the table.
  • Orient the keyboard so that the side with the keys is facedown on the table.

  • Use either an iFixit iOpener OR a heat gun to melt the adhesive that holds the top half of the keyboard to the bottom.

  • When using a heat gun for removal, only heat the backside of the keyboard to avoid warping the keys.

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Using a plastic or nylon spudger, pry the two halves of the keyboard apart. If the plastic spudger doesn’t work, it is okay to use a metal spudger, but take care not to scratch or damage the device. Be mindful of the amount of force applied to avoid snapping the keyboard.
  • Using a plastic or nylon spudger, pry the two halves of the keyboard apart.

  • If the plastic spudger doesn’t work, it is okay to use a metal spudger, but take care not to scratch or damage the device.

  • Be mindful of the amount of force applied to avoid snapping the keyboard.

  • It will be necessary to use adhesive to ensure that the keyboard is securely in place during reassembly.

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Conclusion

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

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