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MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement

What you need

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

  4. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board 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.

  5. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement, Remove the USB-C board: step 5, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement, Remove the USB-C board: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.4 mm screws securing the USB-C connector cover.

    • Remove the USB-C connector cover.

  6. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the USB-C cable connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

    • 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.

  7. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T4 Torx driver to remove the two 2.9 mm screws securing the USB-C board.

  8. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
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    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the USB-C board.

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.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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4 Comments

Great guide and easy repair! My MacBook Air thought it was perpetually plugged in and would only charge from one of the USB C ports, this repair fixed it! I had a little scare when rebooting after the the fix, I either wasn’t pressing the power/touch ID button long enough or resetting the SMC (left shift, control, option, and power buttons) and holding the buttons until it booted worked. Not sure which did it.

Tyler - Reply

Thanks a lot, the repair guide was perfect ! It really took me 5mn.

My usb-c connector got corroded after I accidentally pulled some water on my computer. As by Tyler’s comment, my MBA was only working from one single port anymore and showed to be perpetually connected and in charge. I got the spare chip from AliExpress for 10€. Apple would have charged me for 400€…

Lastly, when booting for the 1st time after doing the repair, pressing the power button didn’t work and my MBA stayed off. I had to plug it to the charger and it then booted seamlessly.

Thanks again !

Faabio - Reply

Wish i could change out my USB port on my 2014 MacAir to USB-C

Shaun M. - Reply

The same experience as Fabio. The repair was simple and straight-forward and the machine wouldn't boot from the battery the first time. Once plugged into the charger it booted just fine and has booted off the battery as normal ever since.

Fixed my 1 dead USB port problem with very little hassle/cost. Just be prepared for the bowel clenching moment when it won't boot from the battery the first time.

Cary - Reply

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