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MacBook Air 11" Mid 2013 Battery Replacement

What you need

  1. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2013 Battery Replacement, Lower Case: step 1, image 1 of 1
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    P5 Pentalobe Screwdriver Retina MacBook Pro and Air
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    • Shut down and close your computer. 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 5-point Pentalobe screws can be found here.

  2. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2013 Battery Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.

  3. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2013 Battery Replacement, Battery Connector: step 3, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2013 Battery Replacement, Battery Connector: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • In this step you will disconnect the battery to help avoid shorting out any components during service.

    • 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 bend back and make contact with its socket.

  4. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2013 Battery Replacement, Battery: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • 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

  5. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2013 Battery Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

    • If you're installing a new battery, you should calibrate it after installation:

    • Charge it to 100%, and then keep charging it for at least 2 more hours. Next, unplug and use it normally to drain the battery. When you see the low battery warning, save your work, and keep your laptop on until it goes to sleep due to low battery. Wait at least 5 hours, then charge your laptop uninterrupted to 100%.

    • If you notice any unusual behavior or problems after installing your new battery, you may need to reset your MacBook's SMC.

Conclusion

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

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10 Comments

Reminder: Crimp the new battery’s ribbon cable before you screw it in so that you’ll have an easier time connecting it to the power terminal.

Andrew Harris - Reply

That was too easy. After dealing with the glue and all the zif cables to replace the battery on a MacBook, this was just an easy breeze.

Steve Heffern - Reply

Followed instructions, but MacAir lost gattery icon and will not charge replaced battery, despite SCO reboot and recheck on battery connector

russellseitz - Reply

the battery I purchased has the battery connector in a different spot…it’s to the left…can it be slid over to the correct position?

Kirstie - Reply

installed but now the macbook air trackpad ‘clicks’ when then touch it as if it’s slightly loose (it doesn’t physically do a click)

naquada - Reply

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