Introduction

If you're having any issues with your keyboard, use this guide to disassemble your laptop and access the keyboard for repair or replacement. This installation requires loosening some screws and carefully using the iFixit plastic opening tools.

Start with the bottom of the laptop facing up.
  • Start with the bottom of the laptop facing up.

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Locate the battery compartment at the rear of the device. There is a slider button located under the left side of the battery compartment. It is indicated by a battery symbol. Move the slider to the left and lift the battery out.
  • Locate the battery compartment at the rear of the device.

  • There is a slider button located under the left side of the battery compartment. It is indicated by a battery symbol. Move the slider to the left and lift the battery out.

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Unscrew the 5 screws along the top edge of the laptop’s back panel and inside the battery compartment. The two screws inside the battery compartment are 5mm Phillips #1. The three screws outside the battery compartment are 9mm Phillips #1.
  • Unscrew the 5 screws along the top edge of the laptop’s back panel and inside the battery compartment.

    • The two screws inside the battery compartment are 5mm Phillips #1.

    • The three screws outside the battery compartment are 9mm Phillips #1.

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Unscrew the three 6mm Phillips #1 screws that are marked by a keyboard symbol. These screws are holding in the keyboard itself. Unscrew the three 6mm Phillips #1 screws that are marked by a keyboard symbol. These screws are holding in the keyboard itself. Unscrew the three 6mm Phillips #1 screws that are marked by a keyboard symbol. These screws are holding in the keyboard itself.
  • Unscrew the three 6mm Phillips #1 screws that are marked by a keyboard symbol. These screws are holding in the keyboard itself.

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Flip the laptop over and open the lid.
  • Flip the laptop over and open the lid.

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Using a blue plastic opening tool, remove the bezel by sliding the tool along the edges.
  • Using a blue plastic opening tool, remove the bezel by sliding the tool along the edges.

    • The bezel is held in place by plastic tabs, which you will hear snapping out of place as you slide the plastic opener tool.

    • You don't need to take the bezel all the way off the device, and shouldn't since it it connected to the laptop by two cables.

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Lift the keyboard from the device, starting from the top sides and pulling it away from the bottom end gently.
  • Lift the keyboard from the device, starting from the top sides and pulling it away from the bottom end gently.

  • The keyboard is still connected by a cable, so don't pull too quickly.

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Disconnect the ribbon cable by gently pulling it out of the connector in the direction of the screen.
  • Disconnect the ribbon cable by gently pulling it out of the connector in the direction of the screen.

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Conclusion

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

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