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MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement

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  1. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the screws securing the lower case: step 1, image 1 of 1
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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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

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

  5. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the trackpad cable cover: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.4 mm screws securing the trackpad cable cover.

  6. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the trackpad cable cover.

  7. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement, Disconnect the trackpad cable: step 7, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement, Disconnect the trackpad cable: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the trackpad cable connector up and out of its socket.

    • 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 Trackpad Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully peel the trackpad cable off of the battery.

    • The trackpad cable is secured to the battery with some light adhesive.

  9. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement, Disconnect the trackpad cable: step 9, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement, Disconnect the trackpad cable: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel back the tape covering the trackpad cable connector.

  10. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the trackpad cable's ZIF connector.

  11. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the trackpad cable out of its connector.

    • If possible, grip the cable by the tape, not by the cable itself.

  12. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the trackpad screws: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the nine screws securing the trackpad:

    • Eight fully-coated 3.1 mm screws

    • One partially-coated 3.1 mm screw

  13. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the trackpad: step 13, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the trackpad: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • While keeping the laptop screen-side down, carefully open the laptop. The trackpad will stay sitting on the display.

    • As you lift, make sure the trackpad cable threads through the opening on the case.

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    • As you remove the trackpad assembly, be careful not to lose the five small metal washers resting on the screw posts. (They will fly off and get lost with very little provocation.)

    • Remove the trackpad.

    • Take extra care to not scratch the display.

  15. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the trackpad cable: step 15, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the trackpad cable: step 15, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the trackpad cable: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • If your replacement trackpad comes with a trackpad cable preinstalled, this step isn't necessary.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the small locking flap on the trackpad's ZIF connector.

    • Slide the trackpad cable straight out of the ZIF connector.

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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