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Use this guide to replace the trackpad in a 2019 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 trackpad connector bracket. Remove the trackpad connector bracket.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.4 mm screws securing the trackpad connector bracket.

    • Remove the trackpad connector bracket.

  6. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the trackpad cable connector up and out of its socket. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the trackpad cable connector up and out of its socket.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the trackpad cable connector up and out of its socket.

  7. Slide the tip of a spudger underneath the speaker cable and pry straight up to disconnect the speaker. With the connector disconnected, slide the flat end of a spudger under the cable to separate the adhesive securing the cable to the logic board. With the connector disconnected, slide the flat end of a spudger under the cable to separate the adhesive securing the cable to the logic board.
    • Slide the tip of a spudger underneath the speaker cable and pry straight up to disconnect the speaker.

    • With the connector disconnected, slide the flat end of a spudger under the cable to separate the adhesive securing the cable to the logic board.

  8. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.3 mm screws securing the USB-C port connector bracket. Remove the USB-C connector bracket.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.3 mm screws securing the USB-C port connector bracket.

    • Remove the USB-C connector bracket.

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  10. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the USB-C cable connector up and out of its socket on the logic board. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the USB-C cable connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the USB-C cable connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

  11. Use a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the sound board cable's ZIF connector. Slide the sound board cable out of the ZIF connector. Slide the sound board cable out of the ZIF connector.
    • Use a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the sound board cable's ZIF connector.

    • Slide the sound board cable out of the ZIF connector.

  12. Peel back the black tape covering the fan cable connector.
    • Peel back the black tape covering the fan cable connector.

  13. Use the tip of a spudger to lift up the locking flap on the fan cable's ZIF connector. Slide the fan cable out of the ZIF connector. Slide the fan cable out of the ZIF connector.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to lift up the locking flap on the fan cable's ZIF connector.

    • Slide the fan cable out of the ZIF connector.

  14. 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.

  15. 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. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Use a T4 Torx driver to remove the following screws:
    • Use a T4 Torx driver to remove the following screws:

    • One 5.5 mm screw

    • Three 2.6 mm screws

    • Two 1.9 mm screws

  19. Remove the logic board.
    • Remove the logic board.

  20. Carefully slide an opening pick under the trackpad cable to separate the adhesive securing it to the upper case. If you have difficulty separating the adhesive, heat it slightly with an iOpener or hair dryer to soften the adhesive. If you have difficulty separating the adhesive, heat it slightly with an iOpener or hair dryer to soften the adhesive.
    • Carefully slide an opening pick under the trackpad cable to separate the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

    • If you have difficulty separating the adhesive, heat it slightly with an iOpener or hair dryer to soften the adhesive.

  21. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the small locking flap on the trackpad ZIF connector. Slide the trackpad cable straight out of its connector. Slide the trackpad cable straight out of its connector.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the small locking flap on the trackpad ZIF connector.

    • Slide the trackpad cable straight out of its connector.

  22. Carefully slide an opening pick under the trackpad cable to separate the adhesive securing it to the battery. If you have difficulty separating the adhesive, heat it slightly with an iOpener or hair dryer. Be careful not to overheat the battery.
    • Carefully slide an opening pick under the trackpad cable to separate the adhesive securing it to the battery.

    • If you have difficulty separating the adhesive, heat it slightly with an iOpener or hair dryer. Be careful not to overheat the battery.

  23. Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the following screws securing the trackpad:
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the following screws securing the trackpad:

    • One 3.2 mm screw

    • Eight 3.1 mm screws

  24. With the laptop still lying screen-side down, carefully open the laptop. The trackpad will stay sitting on the display. Remove the trackpad from the MacBook. Take care not to scratch the display.
    • With the laptop still lying screen-side down, carefully open the laptop. The trackpad will stay sitting on the display.

    • Remove the trackpad from the MacBook. Take care not to scratch the display.

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

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