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MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement

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  1. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Prepare your Macbook Air for disassembly: step 1, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Prepare your Macbook Air for disassembly: step 1, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Prepare your Macbook Air for disassembly: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Allow your MacBook's battery to drain below 25% before starting this repair—a charged battery may catch fire if damaged.

    • Unplug all cables and fully power off your MacBook.

    • Close the display and lay your MacBook upside down. Keep your laptop closed until you've physically disconnected the battery.

  2. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the lower case: step 2, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the lower case: step 2, image 2 of 2
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    • Use a P5 pentalobe screwdriver to remove the four 6.4 mm‑long screws securing the lower case.

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

  3. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 3, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 3, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Apply a suction handle to the center of the lower case's front edge.

    • Pull up on the suction handle to create a gap between the lower case and the frame.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

  4. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Release the snapping clips: step 4, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Release the snapping clips: step 4, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Release the snapping clips: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • During the next two steps you'll feel and hear six snapping clips release. If a clip doesn't release, insert your opening pick farther and try again.

    • Slide the pick to the bottom right corner to release the first clip.

    • Slide the pick around the corner and up the right edge to release the next two clips.

  5. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the opening pick in the original gap created with the suction handle.

    • Slide the opening pick to the bottom left corner and up the left edge to release the three remaining snapping clips.

  6. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Release the sliding tabs: step 6, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Release the sliding tabs: step 6, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Release the sliding tabs: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Four sliding tabs along the back edge of the MacBook firmly secure the lower case. Separating these tabs requires a lot of force—consider using gloves to protect your hands from the sharp edges of the lower case.

    • Keep the lower case flat and firmly pull it straight away from the back edge, one corner at a time, to disengage the sliding tabs.

    • Don't pull up until the cover is completely separated.

  7. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 7, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 7, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the lower case.

    • During reassembly:

    • Set the lower case in place and align the sliding tabs with the screw heads they slide over. Press down and slide the lower case toward the back edge to engage the tabs—it'll stop sliding as the tabs engage.

    • When one side is engaged, it may push the other out of alignment. Check both sides as you push, there should be no gap along the back edge.

    • Once the lower case is flush with the frame, press down firmly along the perimeter to engage the six snapping clips.

    • You'll hear and feel a distinct click as each clip snaps into place.

  8. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the battery connector cover tape: step 8, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the battery connector cover tape: step 8, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the battery connector cover tape: step 8, image 3 of 3
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    • Use blunt nose tweezers or your fingers to remove the piece of tape covering the battery connector cover.

    • During reassembly, use the leftover adhesive to secure the tape to the cover.

  9. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the battery connector cover: step 9, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the battery connector cover: step 9, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the battery connector cover: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the two 1.5 mm‑long screws securing the battery connector cover.

    • Due to screw variances, you may need to use a T4 Torx instead. Keep this in mind whenever you encounter T3 Torx screws during this repair.

    • Remove the cover.

  10. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 10, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use an opening pick to pry up and disconnect the battery connector.

    • To reconnect a press connector, align it over the socket and gently press down on one side until it clicks into place, then press down on the other side. It might take a few tries to align the connector.

  11. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the speaker cable and hinge covers: step 11, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the speaker cable and hinge covers: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • The right speaker will be on your left-hand side when working on the MacBook, as it's laying upside down.

    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the following screws:

    • Two 2.6 mm‑long screws securing the left hinge cover

    • Two 1.5 mm‑long screws securing the speaker cable cover

  12. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the covers: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the speaker cable cover.

  13. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the point of a spudger into one of the left hinge cover's screw holes.

    • Push the hinge cover away from the back edge to dislodge it.

    • Remove the hinge cover.

  14. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the right speaker: step 14, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the right speaker: step 14, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the right speaker: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the right speaker press connector.

  15. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the right speaker: step 15, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the right speaker: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two screws securing the top edge of the right speaker:

    • One 2.7 mm‑long screw

    • One 5.5 mm‑long screw

    • Use a T6 Torx screwdriver to remove the 3.5 mm‑long screw securing the bottom edge of the speaker.

  16. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the right speaker: step 16, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the right speaker: step 16, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the right speaker: step 16, image 3 of 3
    • Make sure the cable on the top right edge of the speaker doesn't get caught on the logic board, as it may tear.

    • Lift the speaker's left edge over the frame and slide it to the left to remove it.

    • During reassembly, slide the speaker cable under the left edge of the antenna bar assembly before laying the speaker in its recess.

  17. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the speaker cable and hinge covers: step 17, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the speaker cable and hinge covers: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • The left speaker will be on your right-hand side when working on the MacBook, as it's laying upside down.

    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the following screws:

    • Two 2.6 mm‑long screws securing the right hinge cover

    • Two 1.5 mm‑long screws securing the speaker cable cover

  18. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the covers: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the speaker cable cover.

  19. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the right hinge cover: step 19, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the right hinge cover: step 19, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the right hinge cover: step 19, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the point of a spudger into one of the right hinge cover's screw holes.

    • Push the hinge cover away from the back edge to dislodge it.

    • Remove the hinge cover.

  20. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the left speaker: step 20, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the left speaker: step 20, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the left speaker: step 20, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the left speaker press connector.

  21. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the left speaker: step 21, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the left speaker: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two screws securing the top edge of the left speaker:

    • One 2.7 mm‑long screw

    • One 5.5 mm‑long screw

    • Use a T6 Torx screwdriver to remove the 3.5 mm‑long screw securing the bottom edge of the speaker.

  22. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the left speaker: step 22, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the left speaker: step 22, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the left speaker: step 22, image 3 of 3
    • Make sure the cable on the top left edge of the speaker doesn't get caught on the logic board, as it may tear.

    • Lift the speaker's right edge over the frame and slide it to the right to remove it.

    • During reassembly, slide the speaker cable under the right edge of the antenna bar assembly before laying the speaker in its recess.

  23. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the antenna cables cover: step 23, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the antenna cables cover: step 23, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the antenna cables cover: step 23, image 3 of 3
    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the two 1.5 mm‑long screws securing the antenna cables cover.

    • Remove the cover.

  24. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the antenna bar: step 24, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the antenna bar: step 24, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the antenna bar: step 24, image 3 of 3
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    • Insert one arm of a pair of angled tweezers under the metal neck of one of the antenna connectors and lift straight up to disconnect it.

    • Disconnect the other antenna.

    • To reconnect antenna connectors, hold each one in place over its socket and press down with the flat end of your spudger. The connector will snap into place.

  25. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the antenna bar: step 25, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the antenna bar: step 25, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two 5.5 mm‑long screws securing the antenna bar.

  26. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the antenna bar: step 26, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the antenna bar: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the antenna bar.

  27. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the foam pad: step 27, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the foam pad: step 27, image 2 of 2
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    • A foam pad hides two screws securing the display and camera cables cover. It's secured with light adhesive.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to remove the foam pad from the cover.

    • During reassembly, use the leftover adhesive to secure the pad. If the pad doesn't stick, use double-sided tape to secure it.

  28. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the cables cover: step 28, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the cables cover: step 28, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the cables cover: step 28, image 3 of 3
    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the four 1.5 mm‑long screws securing the display and camera cables cover.

    • Remove the cover.

  29. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display and camera: step 29, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display and camera: step 29, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display and camera: step 29, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display and camera cable press connectors.

  30. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Reassembly information: step 30, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Reassembly information: step 30, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Reassembly information: step 30, image 3 of 3
    • During reassembly, use the flat end of a spudger to gently push the display and camera cables under the logic board.

  31. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the display and camera cables: step 31, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the display and camera cables: step 31, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the two 2.8 mm‑long screws securing the display and camera cables to the frame.

  32. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the lid angle sensor: step 32, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the lid angle sensor: step 32, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the lid angle sensor from the top left corner of the MacBook.

  33. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Partially unfasten the hinges: step 33, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Partially unfasten the hinges: step 33, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T8 Torx screwdriver to loosen (not remove) the eight hinge screws.

  34. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Open your MacBook and stand it up: step 34, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Open your MacBook and stand it up: step 34, image 2 of 2
    • Fully open your MacBook and gently place it keyboard-side-down on a table so the screen hangs over the edge.

  35. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the hinge screws: step 35, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the hinge screws: step 35, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the hinge screws: step 35, image 3 of 3
    • Support the screen with one hand and use your free hand to remove the eight 4.7 mm‑long T8 Torx screws securing the hinges.

    • Keep a firm grip on your laptop, as it can easily fall off the table.

  36. MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the screen: step 36, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the screen: step 36, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 15" 2023 Screen Replacement, Remove the screen: step 36, image 3 of 3
    • Hold the screen with both hands and lift the hinges out of their recesses to remove the screen.

    • To install a new screen:

    • Make sure the screen hinges are fully open and guide them into their recesses in the frame.

    • Partially tighten the eight hinge screws.

    • Close your laptop and make sure the screen is properly aligned. If it clicks or snaps, readjust the alignment.

    • Fully tighten the hinge screws.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Answers community for help.

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2 Comments

hi, I looked for the exact answer to the question in many places, but I couldn't find it. I understand that the display replacement problem only affects the 14" mbp because of the chip, correct?

géza mutyán - Reply

Hi! This guide is for the MacBook Air 15" 2023. We swapped screens between two of these models and found no artifacts. The same is true for the MacBook Air 2022.

You're correct about the MacBook Pros. As this article explains, the problem is with the 14" M1 and M2 MacBook Pro models. The 16" models didn't have artifacts.

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