Introduction

Remove the trackpad from your MacBook AIr 11" Late 2010.

  • 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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Image 1/2: Be careful to pry on the hinged flap, not the connector itself; the connector is delicate and may break. Image 2/2: Gently slide the trackpad ribbon cable out of the ZIF connector.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry up the retaining flap on the trackpad data cable ZIF connector.

  • Be careful to pry on the hinged flap, not the connector itself; the connector is delicate and may break.

  • Gently slide the trackpad ribbon cable out of the ZIF connector.

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Image 1/3: Use a spudger tip to pry up the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF connector. Image 2/3: Be careful to pry on the hinged flap, not the connector itself; the connector is delicate and may break. Image 3/3: Gently slide the keyboard ribbon cable out of the ZIF connector.
  • With one hand, lift the keyboard ribbon cable up and push it slightly away from the trackpad to access the ZIF connector underneath.

  • Use a spudger tip to pry up the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF connector.

  • Be careful to pry on the hinged flap, not the connector itself; the connector is delicate and may break.

  • Gently slide the keyboard ribbon cable out of the ZIF connector.

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  • Remove the six 1.5 mm Phillips #00 screws that secure the trackpad assembly to the upper case.

I had one screw, too, that wouldn't come out. It seems the 00 Philips screwdriver is too big.

mustangpaul - Reply

Excellent instructions, just replaced my trackpad and everything worked out well. I can confirm that the 000 Philips is the better choice. One more thing: my new tackpad did not click very smoothly so I had to adjust the sensitivity by turning the tiny screw that sits in the upper case opposite the click mechanism of the trackpad (see step 9 photographs) a bit, 1/2 a rotation was enough, thanks a lot, Oliver, Switzerland

Oliver Gerlacher - Reply

Image 1/3: While supporting the upper case, press up on the side of the trackpad closest to the logic board. Image 2/3: Remove the trackpad. Image 3/3: Remove the trackpad.
  • Open the MacBook about 10 degrees.

  • While supporting the upper case, press up on the side of the trackpad closest to the logic board.

  • Remove the trackpad.

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Conclusion

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

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I did it! Replaced the trackpad after the MacBook Air took a dive from a stand, which fortunately just shattered the trackpad's glass. Thanks for the easy to use instructions!

Just one note on step 8: I had to use a PH000 (triple 0) instead of the double 0 - almost destroyed one of the screws before realising.

Best regards,

StH

Stefan - Reply

The trackpad from my macbook air would not click anymore. The pointer still worked, i could still tap and hoover around.

My guess was that something fell between the trackpad and the housing.

And I was right, it was a bread crumb or else of a little seed.

While following this guide, I saw that a little magnet underneath the unibody is lifting the trackpad up again, after being pushed down. Right in that tiny space was the little bugger :)

I'm with Stefan, about his comment by step 8. I actually did destroy one screw (there sat really, really tight) and had to use brute force with a pincer and a tip of WD-40 to loosen it. It seems like Apple took that into account, since there are enough to leave one out :)

Peter Bakker - Reply

I had the same issue, non-clicking mouse, and a dis-assembly & light clean also sorted me out. Thanks everyone!

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