Introduction

Use this guide to replace your MacBook Air's internal lithium polymer battery.

  • Before proceeding, close your computer and lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

  • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Two 8 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 2.5 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

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

I recommend that one of the tools you obtain is a jeweler's loupe that mounts on your glasses. It makes things easier.

blairweaver - Reply

This is not correct. You need the pentalobe tool at this point.

Duane Hellums - Reply

Image 1/1: Remove the lower case and set it aside.
  • 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.

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Image 1/2: Bend the battery cable slightly away from the logic board so the connector will not accidentally contact its socket. Image 2/2: Bend the battery cable slightly away from the logic board so the connector will not accidentally contact its socket.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both short sides of the battery connector upward to disconnect it from its socket on the logic board.

  • Bend the battery cable slightly away from the logic board so the connector will not accidentally contact its socket.

This is the same as step 3 isn't it?

No Name - Reply

Image 1/1: Two 5.2 mm T5 Torx screws
  • Remove the following five screws securing the battery to the upper case:

    • Two 5.2 mm T5 Torx screws

    • One 6 mm T5 Torx screw

    • Two 2.6 mm T5 Torx screws

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Image 1/1: Lift the battery from its edge nearest the logic board and remove it from the upper case.
  • When handling the battery, avoid squeezing or touching the six exposed lithium polymer cells.

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

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Conclusion

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

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9 Comments

This looks like an excellent how-to! Especially liked the location illustration of different length battery screws.

My only comment would be to have a tray ready to put the screws in - looks like they could easily be lost.

Leonard - Reply

Now my touchpad isn't working as well as before. Any ideas why?

todd rumaner - Reply

Dead on Accurate. Was very easy. I would change the rating from moderate to easy. The hardest part is getting the correct screw drivers.

Phil Blake - Reply

hello, is there any difference between A1370 (late 2010) battery part and a A1370 (2011) battery?

Carlo Mejia - Reply

I'm also wondering the same thing. Did you find the answer to your question? Thank you.

swj.sean -

Followed this guide - very straightforward. I now have a late 2010 Macbook Air nicely running Lubuntu with a long battery life.

I would point out:

- be ready to clean dust from the inside of your Mac

- when re-inserting the battery connector, you need to bend it quite significantly so it is short enough to reach the connection pins

- screws are very small and easy to lose

Richard Hickling - Reply

Any suggestions on where to order a replacement battery for my MacBook Air 2010 A1370.

robert.sandfox - Reply

so usefull thanks a lot,its my first time to open this model.

jhay-ar Quibar - Reply

I have followed these instructions and they worked. However, my battery connector has disconnected three times and have had to remove the bottom panel three times to reconnect the battery to the logic board. Any ideas on what I could do to keep this from happening? Thx.

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