Introduction

This serves as the starting point for every repair on your MacBook Pro. You'll need a P5 Pentalobe screwdriver to remove the lower case and get into the device.

Image 1/1: Power down and unplug your MacBook Pro before you proceed.
  • Before disassembling your MacBook Pro, discharge the battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.

  • Power down and unplug your MacBook Pro before you proceed.

  • Use a P5 Pentalobe driver to remove the six screws securing the lower case:

    • Two 6.2 mm screws

    • Two 5.3 mm screws

    • Two 3.4 mm screws

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Image 1/2: Lift the suction handle to create a slight separation between the lower case and the chassis. Image 2/2: Lift the suction handle to create a slight separation between the lower case and the chassis.
  • Apply a suction handle to the lower case near the front-center area of the MacBook Pro.

  • Lift the suction handle to create a slight separation between the lower case and the chassis.

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Image 1/3: Slide the opening pick around the nearest corner and halfway up the side of the case. Image 2/3: This releases the first of the hidden clips securing the lower case to the chassis. You should feel and hear the clip pop free. Image 3/3: This releases the first of the hidden clips securing the lower case to the chassis. You should feel and hear the clip pop free.
  • Insert one corner of an opening pick into the space between the lower case and the chassis.

  • Slide the opening pick around the nearest corner and halfway up the side of the case.

    • This releases the first of the hidden clips securing the lower case to the chassis. You should feel and hear the clip pop free.

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  • Repeat the previous step on the opposite side, sliding your opening pick under the lower case and up the side to pop the second clip free.

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Image 1/3: Give the pick a firm twist to pop free the third clip securing the lower case to the chassis. Image 2/3: Repeat this procedure near the other of the two centermost screw holes, popping the fourth clip free. Image 3/3: Repeat this procedure near the other of the two centermost screw holes, popping the fourth clip free.
  • Insert your opening pick once again under the front edge of the lower case, near one of the two centermost screw holes.

  • Give the pick a firm twist to pop free the third clip securing the lower case to the chassis.

  • Repeat this procedure near the other of the two centermost screw holes, popping the fourth clip free.

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Image 1/3: It may help to pull first at one corner, then the other. Image 2/3: It may help to pull first at one corner, then the other. Image 3/3: It may help to pull first at one corner, then the other.
  • Pull the lower case firmly towards the front of the MacBook (away from the hinge area) to separate the last of the clips securing the lower case.

    • It may help to pull first at one corner, then the other.

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  • Remove the lower case.

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Conclusion

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

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