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.

Before disassembling your MacBook Pro, discharge the battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.
  • 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

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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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. 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. 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

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. 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.

Remove the lower case.
  • Remove the lower case.

Conclusion

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

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