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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the display in an Early 2020 MacBook Air.

    • Before starting this procedure, you should 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 to disable Auto Boot.

    • If your MacBook is running Big Sur v11.1 or later, disabling Auto Boot may not work. You can proceed normally, but make sure to disconnect the battery as soon as you're inside.

    • 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

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your MacBook.

  1. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 2, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 2, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

    • To reinstall the lower case:

    • Set it in place and press firmly to engage the two hidden clips underneath. You should feel and hear them snap into place.

  2. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Peel back the tape covering the battery connector enough to reveal the connector underneath.

  3. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to slide the battery connector parallel to the logic board and out of its socket on the logic board.

  4. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Disconnect the antenna bar: step 5, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Disconnect the antenna bar: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the 1.4 mm screw securing the antenna cable cover.

    • Remove the antenna cable cover.

    • When replacing the antenna cable cover, make sure the keyed side goes towards the hinge edge of the MacBook Air.

  5. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the antenna connector close to its base.

    • Pull straight up to disconnect the cable.

    • Repeat for the second antenna cable.

  6. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.5 mm screws securing the display cable connector cover.

    • Remove the display cable connector cover.

  7. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the display cable connector straight off of the antenna board to disconnect it.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  8. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the six screws securing the antenna bar:

    • Four 7.4 mm screws

    • Two 4.5 mm screws

  9. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Remove the antenna bar: step 10, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Remove the antenna bar: step 10, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Remove the antenna bar: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the pointed end of a spudger into the gap between the antenna bar and display hinge.

    • Pivot the spudger against the hinge to pry up the end of the antenna bar.

    • Repeat for the other end of the antenna bar.

  10. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Use your fingers to pry the antenna bar straight up and away from the case.

    • The antenna bar is secured with some light adhesive and may require some force to dislodge.

    • Thread the antenna board through the opening in the middle of the antenna bar.

    • Be careful to not put any strain on the antenna bar's ribbon cables.

    • Remove the antenna bar.

    • During reassembly, ensure that the display cable doesn't become trapped underneath the antenna bar.

  11. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Remove the hinge screws: step 12, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Remove the hinge screws: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the three 4.9 mm screws from each hinge (six screws total).

  12. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Fully open the MacBook: step 13, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Fully open the MacBook: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • With the MacBook still screen-side down, carefully lift the upper case to open the MacBook as far as possible.

  13. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Remove the display: step 14, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Remove the display: step 14, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Display Replacement, Remove the display: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • Lift the MacBook and carefully begin to close the display until it's at a ~90 degree angle with the upper case.

    • The hinges should pull out of the case slightly as the display is moved towards the case.

    • 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.

    • Remove the display.

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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7 Comments

Thank you so much for this awesome walkthrough! I can’t believe how much I saved doing this myself. Works beautifully! If I could only suggest a more comprehensive “reassembly” page. There are a couple of missteps I made (eg. trying to install the antenna bar and accidentally leaving the display cable connector under it) that would have helped. In any event, thank you so much!

Laurie McCall - Reply

Thanks for the tip! I’ve added a reminder to that step.

Carsten Frauenheim -

when starting the process of installation, make sure that at least the inside hinge screw is installed and mostly tightened. once the antenna is installed, there is almost no room for that screw to be inserted without a tight scrape against the end of the antenna. a very tight fit. i sometimes only install one hinge screw, usually the center ones, and then align the lid before adding the others and tightening everything up. in this case, would save you some concern to address this beforehand.

greg - Reply

Is that instruction can be used for Macbookpro 2010 with touch bar?

Aung Min - Reply

Definitely not. Also, there is no such thing, perhaps you meant 2020? Also no.

maccentric -

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