Introduction

Use this guide to replace a worn-out battery.

Note: If there is a thin plastic film on your replacement battery, do not attempt to remove it. It is glued on and protects the battery pack while it is inside the MacBook.

  • Before proceeding, power down your machine. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

  • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Two 9 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 2.6 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

  • The special screwdriver needed to remove the ten 5-point Pentalobe screws can be found here.

These pentalobe screw sizes can't possibly be right - not even close. Should they perhaps be 0,8 mm and 1,2 mm?

Rulle Boer - Reply

My Wiha P5 screwdriver was too big for these screws, but my P4 worked fine.

BrianM -

The screw sizes refer to the length of the shaft, not the diameter of the head or socket. P5 is the standard pentalobe size for all these screws, regardless of length.

I agree that the notation is a little confusing. I think it's because, with standard sized hardware like for your house, you have shaft diameter (say 1/8" or 3mm) and shaft length (say 3" or 7.5cm). So we're programmed to think of small numbers like that as diameter. But in this case, they're length.

budpegasus - Reply

Pulling the fan cable out was terrifying but you actually just pull on the cable itself. No way to get any leverage at the connector to dislodge it. Did come out easily but like I said, scared me!

allison - Reply

Draai de schroefjes voorzichtig los en leg ze op een stabiele plek neer en let erop dat de schroefje een verschillende lengte hebben.

bwgvanderveer - Reply

I thought I could replace my 256 Gb SSD with 512? regards

ola m - Reply

Do you have good Test Point Voltages? It appears there are silver colored Test points on the I/O Board. I am working on a water spill and trying to troubleshoot if both the I/O board and the Logic need replaced.

andrew - Reply

It's probably not necessary but may be a little safer to completely discharge the old battery before replacing it.

Larry Smith - Reply

tell a model that was not inferior to the speed of the one in the laptop.

Thank you

ilyabuhov - Reply

Do i need to order tools separately to replace the battery i just ordered?

anne uhlir - Reply

im looking for a Logic Board for a

Apple - MacBook Air® - 13.3" Display - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Flash Storage (Latest Model) - Silver Model: MQD32LL/A

Any help is appreciated.

Jamie Comstock - Reply

P5 pentalobe screwdrivers are too big! The correct size for these screws are p4 pentalobe. P5 pentalobe was just able, with difficulty, to turn some of the screws. If the screws were at all tight, my p5 was unable to get them out, and started to strip the screws. A p4 screwdriver fit better and removed the screws with ease. (I was using high quality Wiha brand screwdrivers.)

William Skinner - Reply

Very simple installation. The screwdriver heads were exactly what we’re needed, one head for the outside case screws, the other for the screws holding the battery in place. The computer started right up. Now to see how the battery holds up, but I have a good feeling about this!

Dennis Eaton - Reply

Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.
  • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

There is a nub on the inside of the case which is attached to the battery. When you try to pull it open, it appears to be attached to the plastic casing of the battery, which sometimes splits. I gently unhooked the nub from the battery before removing the case fully. This seems to happen if the battery has suffered some drop damage (plastic parts broken around screws and parts of plastic frame split). Just an FYI in case your lower case doesn't pull away easily.

Jeannie Crowley - Reply

When closing this back up make sure that the antenna cable is tucked away neatly

Gabriel - Reply

  • Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the Air to disconnect the battery from the logic board.

  • Do not lift upward on the connector as you disconnect it.

The guide says: "Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the Air to disconnect the battery from the logic board", but the battery model that I was replacing did not have a clear plastic pull tab at all...

The battery model shown in this guide is: A1405

I was installing battery model: A1406

A1406 has the following connector:

Top:

http://www.directupload.net/file/d/4122/...

Bottom:

http://www.directupload.net/file/d/4122/...

By looking at the bottom of the new battery I saw how it could be removed. Simply by a gentle upward movement. I very, very carefully nudged it a bit upwards using a screwdriver on the left and right side, as shown here:

http://www.directupload.net/file/d/4122/...

It came out fairly easy, luckily!

(And yes, I also cleaned up this MacBook before closing it again. It was a bit hairy in a literal way. Electronics and pets is not the best combination. ;-) )

This was a great guide!

wil - Reply

I think you may have been reading the wrong guide by mistake.

Looking at the various MacBook Air battery replacement guides, all of the 13" models show the connector depicted in this guide. All of the 11" models (e.g. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Battery Replacement) show a connector like the one in your photos.

shamino -

The 13 inch's tab is a bit more difficult to reinstall than uninstall. Delicate care is needed.

Andrew Ruble - Reply

I agree with Andrew and Joes. I also found that the trickiest part was to pull the tap back when reinstalling the new battery. A special hint at this point in the guide would be nice.

Alexander Kluge -

This is the tricky part if there is one. Just pull back towards the battery and not up.

Joe Wasser - Reply

hello there, My macbook air does not recognize a battery connected, anymore.

It looks like I damaged the connectors while trying to connect the battery back, although it does not look damaged. I must say, I tried a little force to squeeze the connector in the middle instead of the edge. May have damaged the connector ?

Once, after this, the MBA recognized my battery when pressed the connectors edge to the pins on the board. However, this did not last long and my MBA does not recognize the battery anymore. Any solutions on how I can fix this ? Please help.

Samy Palaniappan - Reply

Had the same issue where my Macbook did not recognize the battery on the first try. I opened it back up and re-seated the connector and that fixed the problem. That particular connector does not seem to have a positive engagement. It does not appear to seat all the way down. It’s charging now and I hope it will remain stable and connected as I travel.

Paul Tornatta - Reply

When we were putting the new battery in, it was easier to fit the tab back on and then fit the battery in place. I had someone helping me and they held the new battery up whilst I pushed the tab in. It was quite tight, and I ended up easing it in with the tip of a screwdriver on each edge in turn.

Shimbo - Reply

  • Remove the following five screws securing the battery to the upper case:

    • Three 6.3 mm T5 Torx screws

    • Two 2.4 mm T5 Torx screws

Les couleurs ne me semblent pas justes.

drixe - Reply

The screw heads are made of a soft butter like chinese metal and will easily get f*cked up. take care when reinstalling to not mess them up.

John Hamilton - Reply

les couleur sont justes; die rot markierten Schrauben oben und mitte sind länger als die unteren.

I had used the P5 driver there, too (just gently put the bit into the screws and see that’ll fit.

jmhoraze - Reply

The battery doesn’t actually need to come out for this repair if you’re confident working in tight spaces.

jfollowskemp - Reply

  • When handling the battery, avoid squeezing or touching the four exposed lithium polymer cells.

  • Lift the battery from its edge nearest the logic board and remove it from the upper case.

  • When installing the new battery, if there is a thin plastic film on your replacement battery, do not attempt to remove it. It is glued on and protects the battery pack while it is inside the MacBook.

Quick note about the replacement battery, if you bought from iFixit and the battery sections have a thin film over them, peel them off. They're to protect the battery during transit, and if you leave them on they might cause heating issues.

Here is a link to my question about it: Replacement battery has thin film on each section do I need to remove? plus, I just got an email from iFixit customer support that it needs to be removed.

dpchoung - Reply

thank you for the help! I installed the proper batt properly following the advice from here;-) Mahalo from Hawaii-

zzzikaikazzz - Reply

Does replacement battery for Macbook Air 13" Mid 2012 works with Mac OS Sierra 10.12.3 and up?

Benny Forsberg - Reply

I installed the battery (OEM Apple) for the Mac Air 2013 throygh 2015:

1. the battery for the Mac Air 2012 throygh 2015 was stated to may have compatibility problems;

2. lesser price;

no problems with macOS Sierra.

jmhoraze - Reply

Replaced it in no time! Thank you and cheers from Slovenia (that’s the one who beat you in hockey few days ago

Mark Ogner - Reply

iFixit should really clarify whether the film covering each of the battery packs should or should not be removed. Based on dpchoung’s comment I removed this film. It was not obvious or easy to remove and as I was doing it I realized that maybe this was not a good idea as I was concerned the packs might be damaged in the removal process. I suspect most people don’t bother with this film. Later, clicking on the forum exchange I see conflicting advice. My guess is that the film provides added protection and has minimal impact on thermal issues. I am sorry I went through the bother of removing the film and hope no damage was done.

Mark Young - Reply

Ich hab’ gelesen, dass neu eingebaute Batterien kalibriert werden müssen: https://www.newertech.com/batteries/powe...

hjsalchow - Reply

Step 1 has an error, at least for me. I believe the 10 pentalobe screws are size P4, not P5. My Wiha P5 pentalobe screwdriver was too big for the screws, but my smaller P4 pentalobe screwdriver worked fine.

BrianM - Reply

Conclusion

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

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My Mid 2012 doesn't have any plastic on the battery connector. Near to impossible to remove it.

marcus - Reply

Mine did. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Arlen Abraham -

Worked flawlessly on my MBA. Installed in 5 minutes. Coconut Battery now reports 6801 mAh on a design capacity of 6700 mah. That's an improvement as my old battery was clocking a meager 61% of design capacity (i.e., 4087) after 371 cycles.

Easy. Perfect replacement.

ldm - Reply

I tried to opened it and I failed. The screw doesn't work well. Worst idea ever!

etiennelafrance7 - Reply

Very easy. I bought the "A-Stock" battery. It came at a max charge of 6300mAh (max of 6700) -- decent. But within 2 weeks dropped down to a max of around 4,000 mAh. I'm thinking that I should have spent the extra $10 and bought the new battery. (I am using the Coconut Battery App.)

gvr4 - Reply

Update -- after about a month with the A-Stock battery, I got the "Service Battery" warning, but it did not stay -- disappeared after a while. Strange behavior. I would not recommend buying anything but a new battery based on this experience.

gvr4 - Reply

I'm wondering if you may be seeing a calibration issue. Batteries in Apple products can (generally) be recalibrated by draining them as much as possible (e.g. start playing a video or doing something else that will draw a lot of power and prevent it from going to sleep, letting it run until the OS does a battery-empty shutdown) then charge it to 100% without using the computer (e.g. leave the lid closed and the charger attached until the charger's light changes from orange to green.) Maybe repeat the cycle one or two times if you think it will help (although it should only be necessary to do this once.)

It wouldn't surprise me if a new battery needs recalibration after installation.

shamino -

Guide was perfect. Saw several other guides mention T5 screws for back cover. This guide was correct with the 5-point Pentalobes. Got the iFixIt 54-bit driver set. Worked perfectly. Bit disappointed that CoconutBattery reports the battery is capable of 98% charge (6583/6700mAh) but I can live with that vs. the 48% on old battery. Thanks for the guide and parts.

lostvincy - Reply

The guide was great, the supplied screwdrivers worked, everything was where it was supposed to be (e.g. the plastic handle on the battery connector) - I was done in 10 minutes. Everything as advertised.

My batter was new, 6812 mAh.

Jan - Reply

Straightforward guide, completed in about 20 mins. The new battery reports 6746 mAh. Many thanks.

Matt - Reply

Thanks for the guide! Worked perfectly and easily.

mathiasklang - Reply

Great guide.

If you have the correct screwdriver you'll have no problems.

Completed in 8 minutes.

This is one of the easy replacements on a 13" MacBook Air (Mid 2012)

andrew - Reply

Be gentle when screwing in the replacement battery!!

I used little force but the corner plastic snapped and cracked...

Dennis - Reply

The screws have been treated with thread-locking compound. The exterior, case screws have been treated with particularly tenacious compound, which means it will take markedly more torque to unscrew them than the proper torque for screwing them in. When loosening and tightening the case screws be sure to have the driver well seated and aligned perpendicular to the head in both planes or you may bung up the heads.

For both interior (battery) screws and exterior (case) screws, don't assume that how hard you needed to twist to loosen them is how hard you should tighten them.

Jeff Morrow - Reply

Installation was a breeze but now my battery % is on 87% for 4+ hours (where it was on the old battery) and when I unplug MagSafe power shuts off immediately. Any help appreciated.

jeffmorris - Reply

Jeffmorris, try getting coconut battery and looking at the health of the battery, if its not the battery could be a larger issue. Sorry!

Ben -

I replaced my wife's battery with this guide and it was a breeze, it's taking forever to charge though, maybe it's balance charging?

Matt beausoleil - Reply

Thank you so much for the guide, super easy diy. getting the right screwdriver was quite an adventure but the repair took less than 10 minutes. If the battery works as advertised I will have an almost new macbook to work with.

thanks again.

epi - Reply

Hello! I did this for my MacBook Air 13" mid 2012 and everything's fine. I'm charging it right know to the fullest. It's my first time that I open a MacBook and this guide worked perfect for it. I hope it keeps this way. Greetings from Mexico and keep the awesome work!

Oscar - Reply

I have successfully replaced my MBA Mid2012 battery.

The instructions worked like charm... Kudos.....

Keep up the good work and much appreciated.

I ordered the battery from Amazon :-http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012BZM...

Gaurav Sood - Reply

I had dropped my Mac Air on a tile floor and it would only boot up when plugged in. If the magnetic connector was jiggled the computer would shut down. Not fun! I taped the connector to the computer but even so, it would easily shut down unless handled like a case of eggs. Bought the pentalobe screwdriver from Ifixit. Had the back off in a flash. Gave the plastic tab on the battery connector a little push. Felt it click back into place. Replaced the back. Battery now working again. Thanks! Saved a trip to the Apple Store and probably a lot of cash.

michael - Reply

Worked flawlessly on a Mid-2012 MBA -- my old battery was almost completely bailed out, followed this guide with a new battery and the P5 + T5 screwdrivers (both ordered from here) and had everything up and running in under 15 minutes. Much obliged!

Rabi Alam - Reply

As easy as pie, now my wife Macbook Air have new battery with cycle = 0 :).

Sang Le - Reply

Cheers to those who put this tutorial up. Followed the steps, worked perfectly!

Point to note:

The very end of these pentalobe screwdrivers can be very thin and sometimes a weak/cheap metal is used to make them.

IF you're pentalobe screwdriver "strips" at the head (NOT the screw itself) as you're taking out the screws, don't worry, give the very tip (straight-on mind-you) a quick pass in front of a grinder or hasp to in order to remove the rounded off edges and make it flat again!

Worked like a charm for me.

Again thanks for the advice!

M

matschraeder - Reply

Fast delivery of tools and replacement battery, easy installation, perfect guide! Thanks a lot, MacBook Air is alive again, yippiieeeh!

Benjamin Becker - Reply

Super easy, 5 min and done. Cheers.

Relte - Reply

Great Guide very easy to follow. Quick 10 Minute job. Thanks.

JNoles - Reply

Guide worked great! I bought an Anker battery off Amazon. I've had good luck with Anker external batteries. It cost more than some of the other brands but still 2/3 of what Apple would charge. The battery came with two sets of tools: the Torx and Pentalobe drivers. Was surprised at how tiny the screws were but the tools are magnetic and the screws stuck well to them.

James Deibele - Reply

https://youtu.be/9Z8Cs8StHPw

I created a video for how to do this if you need more help!

petergharib - Reply

Spot on guide. Quick, accurate, and took 5 mins

Martin Hampton - Reply

Super clear and spot on! Did it in 5-10 minutes, and added a suggested time of 10 minutes to the guide.

Nhan Nguyen - Reply

As advertised, completed this is 5 minutes. Great result now sitting up at 7369mAh, up from 3742mAh. Great fix!

Ben - Reply

The guide worked perfectly for me. The plastic tab broke off of the new battery but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. The entire operation took about 15 - 20 minutes. Thanks!!

Jeri Jones - Reply

Perfect guide. Bought the part from iFixit and installed in under 5 minutes. Well worth the effort.

After any hardware installation, even minor ones like this, its worth running the Apple Hardware Test to ensure you didn't forget anything or nothing is misbehaving. While booting, hold down the D key and follow the prompts. Good 5 minutes to check everything is ok.

Ben - Reply

Easy-peasy. If you have the 2 tools/drivers and the battery you should be able to complete the replacement in less than 30 minutes (without any prior experience).

You may have to reset the date and time on your laptop afterwards, you'll know when you cannot access Google and other servers because your clock time/date is way different from the server time.

Great job.

bernie - Reply

Thank you, super easy. No problems occurred. Job was done in 10 minutes.

arnoldhoogenkamp - Reply

Awesome, guide. Took me less than 15 min. Extremely easy and now I have the proper tools for future repairs.

Stephen Rouse - Reply

The instructions was super easy to follow. I was able to replace the battery myself saving me hundreds of dollars.

nawaazish.n - Reply

Excellent guide that was easy to follow and left no unwanted surprises. Never opened a MacBook air (A1466) before so all new to me and had no trouble at all. I bought a new Hasess A1405 battery (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B016...) which came with the necessary screwdrivers that worked fine. They were magnetised, as mentioned by another commenter, which was really handy as the screws are very small. The battery was sold as a 6800mAh/50Wh but the system information (Power) was showing it as 7188mAh which was a very pleasant surprise. Mine is a mid 2012 MBA and has the plastic tab on the old battery (and new battery) so pulling out horizontally, not vertically, worked like a treat. Interestingly, in response to comments about battery holes not lining up or breaking, my apple battery had broken 2 clips which left bits of plastic in the case that I needed to pick out before fitting the new battery. It didn't cause a problem to the operation of my MBA. Thanks!

Dave Denton - Reply

5 minutes. Very easy. Thanks!

Szymon B - Reply

Excellent guide. Product arrived quickly. Installed in 15min at a slow careful pace. Back up an running. Thank You !

David Parsons - Reply

While reversing the guide and installing the battery the plastic connector was frustratingly hard to connect to the logic board, but the guide is good in itself. It took me about 25-30 minutes, but I am finicky and overly careful. If your laptop is especially old, I would suggest having a can of air on hand.

Andrew Ruble - Reply

My battery gave a failed signal for a while, and then it began working again. This happened after the first cycle. MagSafe2 stayed completely green--rather than going to amber; a reboot and replug caused it to fix itself -- it will probably happen again, unfortunately...

Andrew Ruble - Reply

Great guide. Should be rated "easy". With only 15 screws and a connector, no adhesives, no flex cables or flimsy clips, this battery is basically user-replaceable.

idmadj - Reply

Just great !

drixe - Reply

Great, replaced within 25 minutes, including a thorough blowing off dust while having it open. Might do a complete empty-full cycle for calibration to be sure.

Lutz Zimmmermann - Reply

Thanks! Just changed my battery out. Thought it was going to be complicated. You gave me the confidence to do it myself, instead of paying apple 129 bucks and waiting 3-4 days, plus the hassle of setting up a geek squad appt.

jakebrub - Reply

Good guide, thank you. What should I do with the old battery? Where can I dispose of it?

Henry Ewan - Reply

Good question. I'm going to give it to a electronic shop if possible.

Daniel -

For any future Fixers out there wondering what to do with their old battery: iFixit always recommends recycling. You can find a battery recycling facility near you by using this nifty site here: https://www.call2recycle.org/locator/. Just enter your zip code and it will show you available drop-off locations.

Kadan Sharpe -

I understand this is an old comment now, but this website only works in the US. It would be great if there were some international options available too.

Henry Ewan -

Hey, I just finished changing my MacBook Air 13" mid 2012 battery myself and it was a piece of vegan cake. This helped a lot. I had no problems with the manual/guide. I just had some screws issues like the screws were worned out. Overall, these steps were easy to follow. I hear that batteries that are not original would kill the mother board or another part in about 2 months so I hope not. I will try to check back on this thread later to keep y'all posted. Today is 07/25/17, I would like to post another note on 09/26/17 and say it still works. I saved money and would recommend doing things yourself if possible. Again, thank you.

Daniel - Reply

Worked as advertised. Thanks a bunch!

GuyfromRI - Reply

Does this replacement battery for Macbook Air 13" Mid 2012 works with Mac OS Sierra 10.12.3 and up?

Benny Forsberg - Reply

I follow your tutorial.

But i have a problem.

The mac won’t boot. I try, connect/reconnect battery (also old battery), check the cable, reset SMC.

But nothing. What’s appen?

Lo Stanzio - Reply

easy procedure. unfortunately the battery i received from ifixit did not sit flush with the case causing the track pad to bulge out at the bottom of the diving board. i found another battery on amazon (CMP brand) which addressed this fitment issue.

pao lor - Reply

Had same issue however I was able to tighten the trackpad screw as a fix.

mumahag -

Fantastic guide, the different colored circles for different sized screws was super helpful! Thanks!

Sam Holtman - Reply

Super easy after 4 pints of beer.

Chad - Reply

Great guide!

the process is really easy. Just do not forget to buy the TWO SCREWDRIVERS! T5 and P5. The screws on the cover need the P and on the battery itself the T.

luis

Luis nunes - Reply

Excellent guide.

Some things to watch out for. When removing the original battery the power cable may not flex enough to clear the connection housing on the logic board. No worries, just release it with a slight pull then remove the 5 screws holding the battery assembly and gently pull out while guiding the cable from the housing in the logic board.

When installing , guide the connector into the housing and press gently to engage the pins. You don’t have the fully seat the power connector yet. There is enough flex in the cable to align and seat the battery and insert the securing screws. As detailed before, don’t overtighten theses screws or you’ll break the ears on the battery (like was done at the factory on my MBA!)

once the battery was secure I used a plastic spudger to fully seat the power cable connector.. be patient and keep pushing gently until FULLY seated this way you won’t have to reopen the Mac to seat the connector!

I pressed the power button and , booom! The Air booted right up!

sweet

Lynn Cox - Reply

Excellent guide. I installed the replacement battery bought on iFixit EU store (had got already the P5 and T5 screwdrivers). System Report says full charge capacity 7200 mAh, Fully charged now at 7134 mAh and still slowly increasing. Let’s see after a full discharge and SMC reset what this figures will be.

Claudio Dalla Vecchia - Reply

Replacement was easy, thanks to this guide.

Has anyone experienced a loose and rattling trackpad? I’ve read that some old batteries expand and push on the trackpad. With a newer and thus slimmer battery, there’s left some room?

Gerrit - Reply

Battery arrived quickly and the repair was straightforward and fast. One screwdriver worked for all screws. MBA 2012 working great!

Jaime Hovey - Reply

These directions were fantastically clear and made replacing my dud of a battery far less intimidating. I did have a moment of fleeting panic when I my do-do brain didn’t read explicit INSTALLATION instructions, just REMOVAL instructions, but of course common sense correctly dictated to reverse the steps. (Swoo!) Made all the easier by ordering the repair kit; saved hundreds of dollars and the hassle of going to an Apple store (in itself worth the 90 or so bucks!).

Mary McCarthy - Reply

Thank you for this tutorial, no problem to change the battery. But clear plastic covers are stuck on the elements of the battery, must we keep them?

Merci pour ce tutoriel, aucun problème pour changer la batterie. Mais des caches en plastique transparent sont collés sur les éléments de la batterie, faut-il les garder ?

Jean-Pierre Philippe - Reply

Hi Jean-Pierre Philippe,

Please do not remove the plastic covers. They are heavily glued onto the battery and protect the battery from punctures. Removing them may strip off the battery pack’s covering.

Arthur Shi -

Greetings! The IFixit replacement battery arrived 2 days after I ordered it. The instructions were very clear and the replacement took less than 20 minutes. Thanks for a good product and customer support!

paul naecker - Reply

Excellent instructions as usual - my MacBook Air was back online in less than 30 minutes. Perfect! Thanks a lot!

Michael Hengherr - Reply

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