Introduction

If your trackpad is faulty or needs to be removed for easier access to the battery, follow this guide.

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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Image 1/2: Remove the tape. Image 2/2: Remove the tape.
  • Carefully peel up the large piece of tape covering the battery connector, on the edge of the logic board nearest the battery.

  • Remove the tape.

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Image 1/2: The tape is integrated into the ribbon cable and will not detach completely. Simply peel it back enough to access the connector. Image 2/2: The tape is integrated into the ribbon cable and will not detach completely. Simply peel it back enough to access the connector.
  • Gently peel back the small piece of tape covering the battery board data cable connector.

    • The tape is integrated into the ribbon cable and will not detach completely. Simply peel it back enough to access the connector.

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  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the small black locking tab securing the cable in its connector.

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Image 1/2: Slide parallel to the logic board, in the direction of the cable. Image 2/2: Slide parallel to the logic board, in the direction of the cable.
  • Disconnect the battery board data cable by sliding it out from its socket.

    • Slide parallel to the logic board, in the direction of the cable.

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  • Fold the battery board data cable back and out of the way.

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  • Use a T6 Torx driver to remove the 3.7 mm pancake screw securing the battery power connector.

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Image 1/2: Lift the connector high enough so that it stays separated from its socket. If it accidentally makes contact during the course of your repair, it could damage your MacBook Pro. Image 2/2: Lift the connector high enough so that it stays separated from its socket. If it accidentally makes contact during the course of your repair, it could damage your MacBook Pro.
  • Use a spudger to gently lift the battery power connector, disconnecting the battery.

    • Lift the connector high enough so that it stays separated from its socket. If it accidentally makes contact during the course of your repair, it could damage your MacBook Pro.

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  • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the two 2.1 mm screws securing the trackpad cable connector bracket.

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  • Remove the trackpad cable connector bracket.

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  • Use a spudger to disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable by gently prying its connector straight up from the logic board.

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Image 1/1: If you don't have an iOpener, use a hair dryer to warm up the cable instead. The cable should be warm, but not too hot to touch.
  • Prepare an iOpener and lay it on top of the trackpad ribbon cable.

    • If you don't have an iOpener, use a hair dryer to warm up the cable instead. The cable should be warm, but not too hot to touch.

  • Apply heat for approximately one minute in order to soften the adhesive securing the trackpad ribbon cable to the battery.

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Image 1/3: Do not fold or tear the cable. Image 2/3: Do not fold or tear the cable. Image 3/3: Do not fold or tear the cable.
  • Carefully peel the trackpad ribbon cable up off the battery, and push it out of the way.

    • Do not fold or tear the cable.

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Image 1/1: Two 4.3 mm screws
  • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the ten screws securing the trackpad assembly:

    • Two 4.3 mm screws

    • Eight 5.8 mm screws

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Image 1/3: You'll need to swing the display open slightly to remove the trackpad. Image 2/3: Take care to feed the trackpad ribbon cable through the MacBook Pro's frame without snagging. Image 3/3: Be sure not to lose the six small washers (two circular and four rectangular) resting on the underside of the trackpad.
  • Remove the trackpad assembly.

    • You'll need to swing the display open slightly to remove the trackpad.

    • Take care to feed the trackpad ribbon cable through the MacBook Pro's frame without snagging.

  • Be sure not to lose the six small washers (two circular and four rectangular) resting on the underside of the trackpad.

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Conclusion

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

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