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MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement

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  1. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Prepare your Macbook Air for disassembly: step 1, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Prepare your Macbook Air for disassembly: step 1, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Prepare your Macbook Air for disassembly: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Before you begin, discharge your battery below 25%, as a charged lithium-ion battery can be dangerous if accidentally punctured.

    • Power off your MacBook Air and unplug all cables.

    • Close the display and flip the laptop upside down. Keep the lid closed until you've physically disconnected the battery.

  2. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Unfasten the lower case: step 2, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Unfasten the lower case: step 2, image 2 of 2
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    • Use a P5 Pentalobe driver to remove the four 6.4 mm screws securing the lower case:

    • Two screws with a short threaded portion near the hinges

    • Two screws with a long threaded portion near the front of the MacBook

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

  3. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 3, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 3, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) 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 with strong, steady force to create a small gap between the lower case and the frame.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

  4. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Release the snapping clips: step 4, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Release the snapping clips: step 4, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Release the snapping clips: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • During the next two steps you'll feel and hear four 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 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) 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 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Release the sliding tabs: step 6, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Release the sliding tabs: step 6, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) 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 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 7, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 7, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) 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 four snapping clips.

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

  8. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Remove the battery connector cover: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.5 mm 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.

  9. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the battery connector cover.

  10. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 10, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use an opening pick to pry up and disconnect the battery connector.

  11. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Remove the display cable cover foam: step 11, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Remove the display cable cover foam: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Peel up and remove the foam pad from the lower display cable cover to reveal a hidden screw.

  12. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Remove the cable covers: step 12, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Remove the cable covers: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the nine 1.5 mm screws securing the four metal covers.

  13. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the four metal covers:

    • Two speaker cable covers

    • One display cable cover

    • One antenna cable cover

  14. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the four screws securing the upper display cable cover:

    • Two 2.5 mm P2 Pentalobe screws

    • Two 2.5 mm T3 Torx screws

    • During reassembly, the Pentalobe screws must thread into the display cable securing bracket.

  15. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the upper display cable cover and plastic securing bracket.

    • During reassembly, make sure the top edge of the upper display cable cover is under the securing bracket.

  16. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Disconnect the cables: step 16, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Disconnect the cables: step 16, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Disconnect the cables: step 16, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect both display cable press connectors.

  17. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 17, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 17, image 3 of 3
    • Disconnect the left and right speaker press connectors.

  18. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 18, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 18, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the first antenna connector, as close to its base as possible.

    • Lift straight up to disconnect the cable.

    • The antenna connectors on the logic board are very fragile. When disconnecting the cables, pull straight up—don’t bend them to the side.

    • Repeat for the second antenna cable.

    • To reattach antenna connectors like these, align the connector over its socket and press down with the flat end of a spudger. The connector should snap into place. This can be tricky and may take a few tries.

  19. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Remove the hinge covers: step 19, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Remove the hinge covers: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 2.6 mm screws securing the right and left hinge covers.

  20. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 20, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the left hinge cover with blunt nose tweezers.

    • Pull the cover towards the bottom of the laptop and upwards to free it from its recess.

    • Pull up and remove the hinge cover.

  21. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 21, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • Repeat the previous step to remove the right hinge cover.

  22. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Remove the speakers: step 22, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Remove the speakers: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the six screws securing the left and right speakers:

    • Four 5.6 mm screws (two on each speaker)

    • Two 3.5 mm screws (one on each speaker)

  23. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 23, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 23, image 3 of 3
    • Lift the speakers straight up and remove them.

  24. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Move the lid angle sensor: step 24, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Move the lid angle sensor: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Move the lid angle sensor cable out of the way to access its screw underneath.

  25. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Unfasten the lid angle sensor: step 25, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Unfasten the lid angle sensor: step 25, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T2 Torx driver to remove the 1.5 mm screw securing the lid angle sensor cable to the left hinge.

  26. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Partially unfasten the hinges: step 26, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Partially unfasten the hinges: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the outer two 4.3 mm screws from both hinges (four screws total).

    • Leave the center screw on each hinge in place for now.

  27. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Open the laptop and stand it up: step 27, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Open the laptop and stand it up: step 27, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Open the laptop and stand it up: step 27, image 3 of 3
    • Fully open your MacBook Air.

    • If you plan to reuse your screen, apply tape to the glass above each hinge. This protects the glass from getting scratched in the next step.

  28. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • Stand your laptop up on its side.

  29. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Remove the remaining hinge screws: step 29, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Remove the remaining hinge screws: step 29, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Remove the remaining hinge screws: step 29, image 3 of 3
    • Use one hand to steady both halves of the laptop so they don't separate and fall over.

    • Starting with the bottom hinge, use a T8 Torx driver to remove the 4.3 mm screw securing both hinges (two screws total).

  30. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Reassembly information: step 30, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Reassembly information: step 30, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Reassembly information: step 30, image 3 of 3
    • During reassembly, first install the hinge screws without tightening them fully. Then adjust the screen until it's correctly centered and aligned on each side. Finally, tighten the screws.

    • If your screen clicks or snaps upon opening, loosen the hinge screws and adjust the alignment. Make sure the screen doesn't sit too far forward, or it can catch on the body when opening and closing.

  31. MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Guide the hinges out of the frame: step 31, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Guide the hinges out of the frame: step 31, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 2022 (M2) Screen Replacement, Guide the hinges out of the frame: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • During this step, keep a firm grip on both the screen and the main body, as either half could separate and fall at any point.

    • Hold the main body steady and push the screen away from the body, guiding both hinges out of the frame.

    • During reassembly:

    • Open the hinges fully.

    • Stand the main body and the new screen on their sides.

    • Make sure they're oriented so the screen's display will close toward the keyboard.

    • Guide the hinges into their recesses on the frame.

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 you install it.

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 check out our Answers community for help.

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Does the screen display normally after replacing it with the aftermarket screen? As far as I know, after 2021, MacBooks have problems with screen output when they are replaced with aftermarket screens.

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wellbinnn - Reply

Hi! We tested swapping screens between two M2 MacBook Airs and didn't find any issues with the screen. The problem is with the MacBook Pros.

Spencer Day -

I checked your comment. Thanks for checking!

wellbinnn - Reply

Is this doable without scratching or chipping the body if done using the ifixit tool kit?

John Mashconzone - Reply

Hello! It's definitely doable! If you're worried, I would take extra care when standing the laptop up to make sure you set it on a surface that won't scratch the body. Also, be careful when guiding the hinges out of the frame to avoid brushing against the frame.

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