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Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement

What you need

  1. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 1 of 2 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Disable the battery, power down, and unplug your device before you begin.

    • Flip the laptop over so the bottom of the device is showing.

  2. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Using your fingers, slide the lock on each side of the battery to the unlocked position.

    • Remove the battery from the slot.

  3. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement, Keyboard: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Use the Phillips #1 screwdriver to loosen the two screws parallel to the battery compartment.

  4. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Open the laptop so the keyboard is facing you.

  5. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Push the keyboard towards the screen and away from the trackpad and then slide it out towards you gently.

    • The keyboard is connected to the board by two ribbon connectors.

    • Be careful not to rip the connectors when you flip the keyboard over.

  6. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Flip the keyboard over towards you to expose the backside of the keyboard and the two ribbon connectors.

    • Using the black nylon spudger, flip the first ribbon connector lock open. Slide the first connector out.

  7. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Using the black nylon spudger, unlock the second ribbon connector and slide it out from the port.

  8. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Keyboard Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the keyboard from the laptop.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

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Thanks for this. I need help with my Lenovo Thinkpad T480 keyboard to motherboard connector pin. That is the third image in step 6.

Where can I get a replacement?

EagleCreeks Assortment - Reply

Thank you so much!

Lioneed Devotchenko - Reply

Hi @lioneeddev99026, You are most welcome. I'm glad the guide was helpful!

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