Don't pay Apple to replace your worn out battery. Do it yourself!

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Image 1/1: Six 2.8 mm Phillips screws.
  • Remove the following 10 screws securing the lower case to the Air:

    • Six 2.8 mm Phillips screws.

    • Two 3.8 mm Phillips screws.

    • Two 5.4 mm Phillips screws.

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  • Slightly lift the lower case near the vents and push it toward the rear of the computer to free the mounting tabs.

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  • Disconnect the battery connector by pulling it straight out of its socket.

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Image 1/1: Four 2.9 mm Phillips.
  • Remove the following nine screws securing the battery to the Air:

    • Four 2.9 mm Phillips.

    • Four 3.8 mm Phillips.

    • One 7.2 mm Phillips.

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  • Lift the battery out of the Air.

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

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This doesn't make sense. The battery cost $110, plus shipping, which will come out to about $130, with next day shipping. Apple does it for $129, and will do it same day with an appointment. I know some people will do it for fun, but if you're trying to save money, I have to roll with Apple on this one.

jeehtoven - Reply

I ordered a replacement battery for $75 (shipping included) and 3 days later the switch is done (thanks for this easy guide!). Now, my wife's MBA is free from power cord again! It is a no brainer!

Mathieu Brassard - Reply

I have bought the This replacment a1245 battey - A1237 and A1304 Battery

thanks for the install guide

BatteryJohn - Reply

The host is cute.

tonkatuph - Reply

Well, that was easy. Now I can us my macbook air again without wires.

ppatel - Reply

Did it in minutes...cheaper than authorized Apple guy was charging me...machine works like a charm again. Thanks MJ & iFixit. :)

Jitendra B Amesar - Reply

Other guides mention from late 2010 onwards Apple use 5-star anti-tamper screws on the bottom lid. So such a bit is useful on those later models.

Gunnar Forsgren - Reply

Any idea where to buy the two screws of the battery? One of mine is spread and unusable.

Francesco Emanuele Bucci - Reply

Thanks for the guide. How long will this batteries give me? None of the site tell you.

Thanks again for the video.

Peter - Reply

The battery change is very simple. But now the battery isn't loading. The macbookair sees the battery but say not loading. loader was good and gives a green light.

who can help me?

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