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MacBook Air 13" Retina Display 2019 USB-C Board Replacement

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  1. MacBook Air 13" Retina Display 2019 USB-C Board Replacement, Remove the screws securing the lower case: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • 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

  2. MacBook Air 13" Retina Display 2019 USB-C Board Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

    • After reassembly, your MacBook might not turn on until it's connected to a power source (a low power phone charger may work). To test your repair, plug in your charger, allow two minutes for your MacBook to turn on, and check that everything works as expected.

  3. MacBook Air 13" Retina Display 2019 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" Retina Display 2019 USB-C Board Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Retina Display 2019 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" Retina Display 2019 USB-C Board Replacement, Remove the USB-C board: step 5, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Retina Display 2019 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 bracket.

    • Remove the USB-C connector bracket.

  6. MacBook Air 13" Retina Display 2019 USB-C Board Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Retina Display 2019 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.

  7. MacBook Air 13" Retina Display 2019 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" Retina Display 2019 USB-C Board Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

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Adam O'Camb

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5 Comments

I bought a new Macbook air in 2019 but I didn’t open it until September of 2020. While activating and upgrade the operating system. My laptop shows a dying battery. Eventually, it is not powering up or startup at all. I want to pay it off before I use it and I am not aware of the warranty beginning on the same day I placed the order with BestBuy. I replaced the battery from eBay and didn’t work. Now I am stuck with a brick that I don’t know what to do with it. Replacing the USB c port resolves the problem of no power at all?

yung danny - Reply

Instructions were very clear with the exception of the re-attachment of the USB-C board. There is a metal "grille" on both the USB-C board and the computer; are they supposed to "click" together? I aligned them geometrically, but there was no positive feedback when I pressed them together. - David

David Foell - Reply

Just finished mine without a problem. I've used iFixit 64 bit set from Home Depot. This saved $400 repair. Thanks!

Lech Szumilas - Reply

Excellent guide to remove part. While installing the replacement isn't difficult and is basically the reverse of removal. It would have been nice to have a note that you need to fold over the ribbon cable for the part to fit correctly.

But the steps above lay out the removal process clearly and completely.

nospam - Reply

I lost one of the tiny 1.4mm screws inside the laptop. Those little things are almost impossible to get back in. Will that prevent the charger from working with only one screw? Needless to say the charger is not working after replacement

Susan Larsen - Reply

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