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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the display on a 2018 MacBook Air.

  1. Before starting this procedure, you must disable your Mac's Auto Boot feature. Auto Boot powers on your Mac when you open the lid, and may be accidentally triggered during disassembly. Use this guide or follow the abbreviated instructions below to disable Auto Boot.
    • Before starting this procedure, you must disable your Mac's Auto Boot feature. Auto Boot powers on your Mac when you open the lid, and may be accidentally triggered during disassembly. Use this guide or follow the abbreviated instructions below to disable Auto Boot.

    • Completely power off and unplug your MacBook Air before you start. Close the display and flip the entire laptop upside-down.

    • Use a P5 driver to remove the following screws:

    • Two 7.9 mm screws

    • Two 7.1 mm screws

    • Six 2.6 mm screws

  2. 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.

  3. Peel back the tape covering the battery connector enough to reveal the connector underneath.
    • Peel back the tape covering the battery connector enough to reveal the connector underneath.

  4. Use a spudger to slide the battery connector parallel to the logic board and out of its socket on the logic board. Use a spudger to slide the battery connector parallel to the logic board and out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use a spudger to slide the battery connector parallel to the logic board and out of its socket on the logic board.

  5. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.4 mm screws securing the antenna cable bracket. Remove the antenna cable bracket.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.4 mm screws securing the antenna cable bracket.

    • Remove the antenna cable bracket.

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  7. Insert the point of a spudger under one of the antenna cables close to the connector. Pry straight up to disconnect the cable. Repeat for the other antenna cable.
    • Insert the point of a spudger under one of the antenna cables close to the connector.

    • Pry straight up to disconnect the cable.

    • Repeat for the other antenna cable.

  8. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.5 mm screws securing the display cable connector bracket. Remove the display cable connector bracket.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.5 mm screws securing the display cable connector bracket.

    • Remove the display cable connector bracket.

  9. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the display cable connector. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the display cable connector.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the display cable connector.

  10. Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the following screws:
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the following screws:

    • Four 7.4 mm screws

    • Two 4.5 mm screws

  11. Lift the antenna bar straight up and out of the case. Take care not to snag the antenna bar on any cables or connectors. You may encounter resistance from the clips in the middle of the antenna bar holding it in the case. You may pull hard without damaging anything as long as you pull straight up, perpendicular to the case. Remove the antenna bar.
    • Lift the antenna bar straight up and out of the case. Take care not to snag the antenna bar on any cables or connectors.

    • You may encounter resistance from the clips in the middle of the antenna bar holding it in the case. You may pull hard without damaging anything as long as you pull straight up, perpendicular to the case.

    • Remove the antenna bar.

  12. Use a T9 Torx driver to remove the six 4.9 mm screws securing the display hinges to the upper case. Use a T9 Torx driver to remove the six 4.9 mm screws securing the display hinges to the upper case.
    • Use a T9 Torx driver to remove the six 4.9 mm screws securing the display hinges to the upper case.

  13. With the MacBook still screen-side down, carefully lift the upper case to open the MacBook as far as possible. With the MacBook still screen-side down, carefully lift the upper case to open the MacBook as far as possible.
    • With the MacBook still screen-side down, carefully lift the upper case to open the MacBook as far as possible.

  14. Lift the MacBook and carefully rotate the display to a 90 degree angle with the upper case. The hinges should not move in relation to the display, and should rotate out of the case slightly. Keeping the display at a 90 degree angle with the case, move the display straight down while holding the case still, so that the hinges slide out the bottom of the case.
    • Lift the MacBook and carefully rotate the display to a 90 degree angle with the upper case.

    • The hinges should not move in relation to the display, and should rotate out of the case slightly.

    • Keeping the display at a 90 degree angle with the case, move the display straight down while holding the case still, so that the hinges slide out the bottom of the case.

Conclusion

Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

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One Comment

So…….. Which one of those flexes is the camera flex? It seems you skipped over a lot of the connectors in your guide.

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