Introduction

Use this guide to replace a faulty battery in your MacBook Air 13" Early 2015.

Note: If there is a thin plastic film on your replacement battery, do not attempt to remove it. It is glued on and protects the battery pack while it is inside the MacBook.

    • Before proceeding, power down your machine. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

    • Remove the following ten screws:

      • Two 9 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

      • Eight 2.6 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

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

    These pentalobe screw sizes can't possibly be right - not even close. Should they perhaps be 0,8 mm and 1,2 mm?

    Rulle Boer - Reply

    My Wiha P5 screwdriver was too big for these screws, but my P4 worked fine.

    BrianM -

    The screw sizes refer to the length of the shaft, not the diameter of the head or socket. P5 is the standard pentalobe size for all these screws, regardless of length.

    I agree that the notation is a little confusing. I think it's because, with standard sized hardware like for your house, you have shaft diameter (say 1/8" or 3mm) and shaft length (say 3" or 7.5cm). So we're programmed to think of small numbers like that as diameter. But in this case, they're length.

    budpegasus - Reply

    Pulling the fan cable out was terrifying but you actually just pull on the cable itself. No way to get any leverage at the connector to dislodge it. Did come out easily but like I said, scared me!

    allison - Reply

    Draai de schroefjes voorzichtig los en leg ze op een stabiele plek neer en let erop dat de schroefje een verschillende lengte hebben.

    bwgvanderveer - Reply

    I thought I could replace my 256 Gb SSD with 512? regards

    ola m - Reply

    Do you have good Test Point Voltages? It appears there are silver colored Test points on the I/O Board. I am working on a water spill and trying to troubleshoot if both the I/O board and the Logic need replaced.

    andrew - Reply

    It's probably not necessary but may be a little safer to completely discharge the old battery before replacing it.

    Larry Smith - Reply

    tell a model that was not inferior to the speed of the one in the laptop.

    Thank you

    ilyabuhov - Reply

    Do i need to order tools separately to replace the battery i just ordered?

    anne uhlir - Reply

    im looking for a Logic Board for a

    Apple - MacBook Air® - 13.3" Display - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Flash Storage (Latest Model) - Silver Model: MQD32LL/A

    Any help is appreciated.

    Jamie Comstock - Reply

    P5 pentalobe screwdrivers are too big! The correct size for these screws are p4 pentalobe. P5 pentalobe was just able, with difficulty, to turn some of the screws. If the screws were at all tight, my p5 was unable to get them out, and started to strip the screws. A p4 screwdriver fit better and removed the screws with ease. (I was using high quality Wiha brand screwdrivers.)

    William Skinner - Reply

    Very simple installation. The screwdriver heads were exactly what we’re needed, one head for the outside case screws, the other for the screws holding the battery in place. The computer started right up. Now to see how the battery holds up, but I have a good feeling about this!

    Dennis Eaton - Reply

    My P5 and the T5 worked perfectly with my early 2015 Air 13”! And it is super fast! Thank you iFixit!

    Pennny Beach - Reply

  1. 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 and set it aside.

    There is a nub on the inside of the case which is attached to the battery. When you try to pull it open, it appears to be attached to the plastic casing of the battery, which sometimes splits. I gently unhooked the nub from the battery before removing the case fully. This seems to happen if the battery has suffered some drop damage (plastic parts broken around screws and parts of plastic frame split). Just an FYI in case your lower case doesn't pull away easily.

    Jeannie Crowley - Reply

    When closing this back up make sure that the antenna cable is tucked away neatly

    Gabriel - Reply

    • Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the Air to disconnect the battery from the logic board.

    • Do not lift upward on the connector as you disconnect it. Pull the connector away from the socket.

    How can one replace the battery connector? I'm the idiot that pulled up instead of away.

    Victor Robles - Reply

    • Remove the following five screws securing the battery to the upper case:

      • Three 6.9 mm T5 Torx screws

      • Two 3.0 mm T5 Torx screws

    what is that little hole or clip in the middle o battery?

    Edy Surpat - Reply

    There’s both a hole for a screw and a clip to hold the bottom case

    maccentric -

    • When handling the battery, avoid squeezing or touching the four 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 before using it: allow it to drain overnight, then charge it to 100%. Let it continue charging for two more hours, then drain it again until your MacBook Air shuts down automatically. Charge it again and use it normally.

    Personally I would like a short description on why we have to calibrate a brand new battery for what reason?

    Albert - Reply

    @albertnumber1 You can find a detailed explanation of calibration here. The short(ish) answer is that the battery charge % reading on your device is really just a guess, one that is generated by a mathematical model of what’s going on inside the chemical battery. That model needs data points (like full charge and discharge flags) in order to work correctly. Without calibration, nothing bad will happen, but you may get some unreliable battery % readings.

    Jeff Suovanen -

Conclusion

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

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Do I have to allow the battery to completely discharge and then recharge after replacement? One site said that was appropriate way to do it.

Patricia Farrell - Reply

Yes, for best results you should calibrate your battery by draining it completely and then charging it uninterrupted to 100%. Once it hits 100%, leave it plugged in for a couple more hours. Then drain it again until it shuts off automatically (make sure it doesn't go to sleep). After that, charge it up and use it normally.

Jeff Suovanen -

Génial pour la livraison et pour ce tuto… j’ai un mac tout neuf ! Et un grand merci pour les bonbons :-)

Gilda BERNARD - Reply

I would appreciate more detailed instructions for re-assembling the laptop. I had two major questions and some minor ones.

Major questions:

1) There is a barcode sticker on my new battery. Is it safe to leave the sticker on the battery, or should I remove it?

This question is important to me because I am under the impression that Lithium batteries are slightly dangerous, yet the sticker was not easily removed when I tried to scratch it off.

2) It was tricky to close the battery attachment tab after placing the new battery in the computer. For the re-assembly of the computer, would it be okay to do step 3, then 5, and then 4?

Minor questions:

1) My laptop is quite dirty inside. What can I use to clean it?

2) Where do I recycle my old battery?

Also, I was missing a screw from my laptop case. I think it would be nice if the installation kit had come with some extra screws.

Thanks so much for your guide! I enjoyed using it!

-Ginny

Virginia Burger - Reply

Hi Virginia,

1. Don’t worry about the little sticker, this little guy could contain the serial number of the battery and be useful for a warranty exchange!

2. This is not the ideal method but if you can just do it that way there is no real problem with that. Just be more than careful when manipuling the battery.

Minor

1. Some air duster & isopropyl alcohol. Always discharge any electricity in the macbook before using air duster and alcohol. And the golden rule, don’t ever take some alcohol on the circuit of the macbook. This could lead to damage if not correctly removed.

2. Apple Store or Bestbuy. You should call your city hall to get better information!

Have a great day!

Xavier Langevin -

Followed this guide to replace my battery! Very easy and simple, just make sure you get a decent set of screwdrivers and not some cheap ones that get rounded after a few uses!

Jason Lee - Reply

AGREED! The kit I got from iFixit was great! I can feel the quality of the tools!

Pennny Beach -

What’s wrong if i remove plastic film

Dome Jantaphat - Reply

Because the film is heavily adhered to the battery, there is a chance you could rip the outer layer of the battery. Since removing the film is unnecessary, it is better to leave it.

Arthur Shi -

Bonjour à tous, et merci pour ce tuto.

Je viens de remplacer la batterie sur mon MacBook et j’ai encore un problème !

J’ai respecté la procédure de charge et de décharge et le Mac se coupe toujours à 6 % d’autonomie de la batterie !!! (au lieu de 0 %)

Avec une deuxième batterie neuve, c’est pareil !

Pouvez-vous m’aider, merci.

Jean-Marc DPRS

dprs - Reply

Hi, my 13” air (early 2014) has no clear plastic tab on the battery connector, is this normal?

Thanks, Richard.

Richard - Reply

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