Introduction

Use this guide to replace the trackpad.

Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:
  • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Two 2.3 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 3.0 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

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Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.
  • Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.

  • Gently pull the lower case away from the upper case.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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The lower case is connected to the upper case at the center, with two plastic clips. During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips. During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.
  • The lower case is connected to the upper case at the center, with two plastic clips.

  • During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.

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Remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.
  • Remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.

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Remove the following screws securing the battery connector board to the logic board:
  • Remove the following screws securing the battery connector board to the logic board:

    • Two 2.8 mm T6 Torx screws

    • One 7.0 mm T6 Torx shouldered screw

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Use tweezers to remove the small plastic cover located near the bottom right of the battery connector board. Use tweezers to remove the small plastic cover located near the bottom right of the battery connector board.
  • Use tweezers to remove the small plastic cover located near the bottom right of the battery connector board.

Is adhered to screw beneath, so lift firmly and slowly.

Andrew - Reply

Remove the wide head 6.4 mm T6 Torx screw securing the battery connector to the logic board assembly.
  • Remove the wide head 6.4 mm T6 Torx screw securing the battery connector to the logic board assembly.

I lost this screw! How important is it? Will it be okay with just the 3 previously removed screws?

Gerardo Jimenez - Reply

Carefully lift the battery connector board up off the logic board. It is recommended to bend the battery cables just slightly, to keep the board suspended up above the logic board and out of the way.
  • Carefully lift the battery connector board up off the logic board.

  • It is recommended to bend the battery cables just slightly, to keep the board suspended up above the logic board and out of the way.

  • Do not fold the board completely over, or crease the cables, as this may damage the battery.

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Grasp the Interposer with tweezers. An interposer is the name for an interface that links one electrical connection to another. In this repair, it is the board connecting the battery to logic board.
  • Grasp the Interposer with tweezers.

    • An interposer is the name for an interface that links one electrical connection to another. In this repair, it is the board connecting the battery to logic board.

  • Lift the Interposer off the logic board and remove it.

    • Removing this board will ensure that the battery remains disconnected throughout your repair, preventing your computer from accidentally powering on. It's also a good idea to take it out so it doesn't fall out unexpectedly.

WHy to remove battery contact board? Replace can happen without it also, right.

Behram Beldagli - Reply

when reinstalling the interposer - pay close attention to proper orientation. You can install it upside down and still make it fit - don't ask me how I know!

davemullins - Reply

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right side of the I/O board data cable connector up off its socket on the I/O board. When prying the I/O board data cable connector from its socket, make sure to pry the connector itself and not the socket. Prying the socket may cause irreversible damage to the I/O board.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right side of the I/O board data cable connector up off its socket on the I/O board.

  • When prying the I/O board data cable connector from its socket, make sure to pry the connector itself and not the socket. Prying the socket may cause irreversible damage to the I/O board.

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Wedge the flat end of a spudger beneath the left side of the I/O board data cable connector. Gently twist the spudger to disconnect the I/O board data cable connector from its socket on the logic board.
  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger beneath the left side of the I/O board data cable connector.

  • Gently twist the spudger to disconnect the I/O board data cable connector from its socket on the logic board.

This step is NOT really necessary. The trackpad can be removed with this cable still in place.

Robert - Reply

Lift and remove the I/O board data cable from the MacBook Pro.
  • Lift and remove the I/O board data cable from the MacBook Pro.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the SSD cable connector up from its socket on the logic board. Move the SSD cable connector out of the way. Move the SSD cable connector out of the way.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the SSD cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

  • Move the SSD cable connector out of the way.

Because it is attached to the battery with a tiny bit of tape near where the spudger is in the picture, this cable should probably be loosened. But it is NOT necessary to remove the speaker entirely.

Robert - Reply

Wedge the flat end of a spudger beneath the right speaker cable connector. Gently pry the right speaker cable connector up off from its socket on the logic board.
  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger beneath the right speaker cable connector.

  • Gently pry the right speaker cable connector up off from its socket on the logic board.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the connector, not the socket itself.

When reassembling be careful that the right speaker wire is flush against the battery. At first, it was slightly touching the airport/bluetooth board causing wifi and bluetooth to not work after restarting.

Stu - Reply

NOT truly necessary to remove either speaker.

Robert - Reply

Remove the following screws securing the right speaker to the upper case:
  • Remove the following screws securing the right speaker to the upper case:

    • One 6.8 mm T5 Torx screw

    • Two 6.3 mm T5 Torx screws

  • The corner screw may be covered with a foam pad. If so, use your tweezers to peel it up and remove it.

There are two 6.8mm screws, both fit to the side of the Macbook.

Bhoom Suktitipat - Reply

On my "Early 2013" A1425 EMC2672 the corner screw is under some metallic foam that needs to be removed with tweezers or the corner of a spudger before the screw can be accessed.

Matt Sephton - Reply

On my Early 2013 A1425 EMC2672 the corner screw is covered by foam that needs to be removed with tweezers or the corner of a spudger before the screw can be accessed.

Matt Sephton - Reply

For me the corner screw was covered by metal sponge that needs to be removed before the screw can be accessed.

Matt Sephton - Reply

For me the corner screw was covered by metal sponge

Matt Sephton - Reply

For me the corner screw was covered

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Lift and remove the right speaker out of the upper case. If necessary, de-route the right speaker cable from its channel in the upper case.
  • Lift and remove the right speaker out of the upper case.

  • If necessary, de-route the right speaker cable from its channel in the upper case.

NOT necessary to remove this speaker.

Robert - Reply

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the headphone jack cable connector straight up off its socket on the logic board. Gently bend the headphone jack cable to 90° up from the logic board. Bending the headphone jack cable will allow you to disconnect the left speaker cable connector without having the headphone jack cable in the way.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the headphone jack cable connector straight up off its socket on the logic board.

  • Gently bend the headphone jack cable to 90° up from the logic board.

  • Bending the headphone jack cable will allow you to disconnect the left speaker cable connector without having the headphone jack cable in the way.

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Wedge the tip of a spudger beneath the left speaker cable connector. Gently pry the left speaker cable connector  up off from its socket on the logic board.
  • Wedge the tip of a spudger beneath the left speaker cable connector.

  • Gently pry the left speaker cable connector up off from its socket on the logic board.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the connector, not the socket itself.

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Remove the following screws securing the left speaker to the upper case:
  • Remove the following screws securing the left speaker to the upper case:

    • One 6.8 mm T5 Torx screw (top right)

    • Two 6.3 mm T5 Torx screws

  • The corner screw may be covered with a foam pad. If so, use your tweezers to peel it up and remove it.

The 6.3mm screw appears to be on the lower central part of the Macbook that I'm working on.

Bhoom Suktitipat - Reply

On my Early 2013 A1425 EMC2672 the screw in the corner is under some metallic foam that needs to be removed before the screw.

Matt Sephton - Reply

Lift and remove the left speaker out of the upper case. Lift and remove the left speaker out of the upper case.
  • Lift and remove the left speaker out of the upper case.

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Use your thumb or finger to bend the plastic spring bar on the SSD tray, freeing the two clips at the front side of the device. While holding the spring bar depressed, tilt the SSD assembly up out of its cavity. While holding the spring bar depressed, tilt the SSD assembly up out of its cavity.
  • Use your thumb or finger to bend the plastic spring bar on the SSD tray, freeing the two clips at the front side of the device.

  • While holding the spring bar depressed, tilt the SSD assembly up out of its cavity.

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Remove the SSD assembly from the upper case.
  • Remove the SSD assembly from the upper case.

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Remove three 2.2 mm T5 Torx screws from each side of the battery (six screws total). Remove three 2.2 mm T5 Torx screws from each side of the battery (six screws total).
  • Remove three 2.2 mm T5 Torx screws from each side of the battery (six screws total).

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The liquid adhesive remover provided in your kit can affect the antireflective coating on your MacBook Pro's display.
  • The liquid adhesive remover provided in your kit can affect the antireflective coating on your MacBook Pro's display.

  • To protect your display, place a sheet of aluminum foil between the display and keyboard and leave it there while you work.

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Now that your MacBook Pro is fully prepped, it's time to prep yourself. iFixit adhesive remover contains acetone, a mild skin and eye irritant.
  • Now that your MacBook Pro is fully prepped, it's time to prep yourself.

  • iFixit adhesive remover contains acetone, a mild skin and eye irritant.

    • Wear eye protection when handling and applying the adhesive remover. (Eye protection is included in your kit.)

    • Do not wear contact lenses without eye protection.

    • Protective gloves are also included in your kit. If you are concerned about skin irritation, put your gloves on now.

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Open your container of adhesive remover. Fill the syringe included in your kit with a small amount (approximately 1-2 milliliters) of adhesive remover.
  • Open your container of adhesive remover.

  • Fill the syringe included in your kit with a small amount (approximately 1-2 milliliters) of adhesive remover.

    • It's best to fill the syringe with no more than about 1-2 milliliters of adhesive remover at a time, so as to avoid accidentally applying too much.

    • Refill your syringe as needed throughout the rest of this procedure.

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Apply a small amount of adhesive remover (approximately 1 ml) evenly under the edge of the leftmost battery cell.
  • Apply a small amount of adhesive remover (approximately 1 ml) evenly under the edge of the leftmost battery cell.

  • Wait 2-3 minutes for the liquid adhesive remover to penetrate underneath the battery cell before you proceed to the next step.

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Insert the flat edge of a spudger or plastic card underneath the leftmost battery cell. Run your tool along the bottom perimeter of the battery cell and lift to begin separating the adhesive. Run your tool along the bottom perimeter of the battery cell and lift to begin separating the adhesive.
  • Insert the flat edge of a spudger or plastic card underneath the leftmost battery cell.

  • Run your tool along the bottom perimeter of the battery cell and lift to begin separating the adhesive.

This is the most difficult step. The tip of my spudger got bended and the aluminum case damaged it.

Ahmed Almulhim - Reply

I also broke a spudger trying to do this. Eventually I figured out it is easier to go in diagonally from the corner, just to one side of the screw hole, and lever until you hear the adhesive pad tear and give way.

Matt Sephton - Reply

we use a hair dryer and gently blow hot air in between the battery for a good minute before trying to lift it with a spunger. It worked wonderfully! When lifting, just give it constant force upward and you'll hear the battery slowly breaking away from the macbook, and we don't even see glue residues on our macbook at all. Just be patient. :)

Allen Lin - Reply

Just a note to say that the above comments were written before the liquid adhesive remover was added to the guide—you should definitely NOT be breaking any spudgers using the current procedure, which requires very little force. I recommend using plastic cards rather than spudgers—it's pretty easy to slide them under each battery cell and separate the adhesive once the solvent has done its work.

Jeff Suovanen - Reply

This is much easier to do using a plastic card. Just slide the card under the side of the battery and rock it back and forth. The battery will separate pretty quickly with minimal residue.

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Insert the spudger along the left-hand side of the leftmost battery cell. Run the spudger up along the left side of the leftmost battery cell. Slightly pry the leftmost battery cell to release it from the adhesive.
  • Insert the spudger along the left-hand side of the leftmost battery cell.

  • Run the spudger up along the left side of the leftmost battery cell.

  • Slightly pry the leftmost battery cell to release it from the adhesive.

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Repeat the above steps to separate the adjacent battery cell from its adhesive: Apply a small amount (about 1 ml) of liquid adhesive remover under the battery cell. Wait 2-3 minutes for the adhesive remover to penetrate and soften the adhesive.
  • Repeat the above steps to separate the adjacent battery cell from its adhesive:

    • Apply a small amount (about 1 ml) of liquid adhesive remover under the battery cell.

    • Wait 2-3 minutes for the adhesive remover to penetrate and soften the adhesive.

    • Carefully wedge a spudger or plastic card inwards, being careful to not damage the battery, and separate the battery cell from the adhesive securing it to your MacBook Pro.

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Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the larger leftmost battery cell. Carefully wedge the spudger inwards, being careful to not damage the battery cells. Pry the larger leftmost battery cell up off the upper case.
  • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the larger leftmost battery cell.

  • Carefully wedge the spudger inwards, being careful to not damage the battery cells.

  • Pry the larger leftmost battery cell up off the upper case.

This was the most difficult step on my Early 2013 A1325 EMC2672 as it required a tremendous amount of force to lever up the larger batteries. I broke the end of two spudgers. I suggest repeating the previous step and then coming back to this step.

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Grasp the battery cells and gently move (but do not remove) them from their recess in the upper case. Leave the battery cells resting on top of the upper case as shown in the third picture. Leave the battery cells resting on top of the upper case as shown in the third picture.
  • Grasp the battery cells and gently move (but do not remove) them from their recess in the upper case.

  • Leave the battery cells resting on top of the upper case as shown in the third picture.

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Switch sides and repeat the above procedure for the two battery cells on the right-hand side of the MacBook Pro. Remember to add about 1 ml of liquid adhesive remover under each battery cell, and wait 2-3 minutes for it to penetrate before prying up the cell. Be careful not to puncture or otherwise damage the battery cells.
  • Switch sides and repeat the above procedure for the two battery cells on the right-hand side of the MacBook Pro.

    • Remember to add about 1 ml of liquid adhesive remover under each battery cell, and wait 2-3 minutes for it to penetrate before prying up the cell.

    • Be careful not to puncture or otherwise damage the battery cells.

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Lift the battery as a whole up out of the upper case, and remove the battery. Before installing a new battery, remove all the old adhesive from the MacBook Pro's case. With a little luck, you can slowly pull out each strip of adhesive with your fingers.
  • Lift the battery as a whole up out of the upper case, and remove the battery.

  • Before installing a new battery, remove all the old adhesive from the MacBook Pro's case.

    • With a little luck, you can slowly pull out each strip of adhesive with your fingers.

    • Otherwise, soak each section of adhesive with a bit of adhesive remover for 2-3 minutes, and then scrape it out with an opening pick or one of the other tools in your kit. This can take quite a bit of work, so be patient.

    • Mop up any remaining adhesive remover and give your MacBook Pro a few minutes to air dry.

  • The replacement battery included in your iFixit kit comes with adhesive pre-installed. Test the battery's fit and alignment carefully before peeling off the film covering the adhesive, and then press each cell firmly into place. If any additional films/liners are present that weren't on your original battery, remove them now.

  • Calibrate your new battery before using it: allow it to drain overnight, then charge it to 100% and drain it again until your MacBook Pro shuts down automatically. Charge it again and use it normally.

  • If you notice any unusual behavior or problems after installing your new battery, you may need to reset your MacBook Pro's SMC.

During battery replacement take care to position the two left and right battery packs inwards and upwards towards the macbook center such, that there is sufficient space for reinstallation of the two speakers!

Fred Ziegler - Reply

If you're replacing the top case that includes a new battery, can't you skip removal of the battery?

jaredcastello - Reply

Wie setze ich die Zyklen wieder auf 0 wenn ich einen neuen Akku verbaut habe?

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Use the flat end of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad ribbon cable ZIF socket. Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

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Grasp the plastic pull tab and pull the trackpad ribbon cable out of its socket. Grasp the plastic pull tab and pull the trackpad ribbon cable out of its socket.
  • Grasp the plastic pull tab and pull the trackpad ribbon cable out of its socket.

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Wedge the spudger between the trackpad ribbon cable and the upper case. Run the spudger along the bottom to release the trackpad ribbon cable from the adhesive securing it to the upper case.
  • Wedge the spudger between the trackpad ribbon cable and the upper case.

  • Run the spudger along the bottom to release the trackpad ribbon cable from the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

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Insert the tip of a spudger in between the trackpad ribbon cable and the upper case inside the SSD assembly cavity to remove the last of the adhesive. Insert the tip of a spudger in between the trackpad ribbon cable and the upper case inside the SSD assembly cavity to remove the last of the adhesive.
  • Insert the tip of a spudger in between the trackpad ribbon cable and the upper case inside the SSD assembly cavity to remove the last of the adhesive.

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Using the tip of the spudger carefully thread the trackpad ribbon cable out of the notch near the top of the SSD assembly cavity. Using the tip of the spudger carefully thread the trackpad ribbon cable out of the notch near the top of the SSD assembly cavity. Using the tip of the spudger carefully thread the trackpad ribbon cable out of the notch near the top of the SSD assembly cavity.
  • Using the tip of the spudger carefully thread the trackpad ribbon cable out of the notch near the top of the SSD assembly cavity.

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Remove the following screws securing the trackpad brackets to the trackpad and upper case:
  • Remove the following screws securing the trackpad brackets to the trackpad and upper case:

    • Four 1.9 mm Phillips #000 screws

    • Four 1.4 mm Phillips #000 screws

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Use tweezers to remove the two trackpad mounting brackets from the upper case. Use tweezers to remove the two trackpad mounting brackets from the upper case. Use tweezers to remove the two trackpad mounting brackets from the upper case.
  • Use tweezers to remove the two trackpad mounting brackets from the upper case.

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To avoid scratching the display, open the computer about 90º and set it on end. Guide the trackpad ribbon cable through the slot cut in the upper case. This will push the trackpad up out of its recess in the top of the upper case. Guide the trackpad out with your other hand, so it doesn't fall.
  • To avoid scratching the display, open the computer about 90º and set it on end.

  • Guide the trackpad ribbon cable through the slot cut in the upper case. This will push the trackpad up out of its recess in the top of the upper case. Guide the trackpad out with your other hand, so it doesn't fall.

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Gently pull the trackpad from the upper case, being careful not to snag the ribbon cable. Gently pull the trackpad from the upper case, being careful not to snag the ribbon cable. Gently pull the trackpad from the upper case, being careful not to snag the ribbon cable.
  • Gently pull the trackpad from the upper case, being careful not to snag the ribbon cable.

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Conclusion

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

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Hi!

I have a Macbook Pro Retina 15-Inch Early 2013. Is it a similar procedure for this laptop with a larger screen (15" versus yours 13")?

kisakuski87 - Reply

We've got guides for the 15" Early 2013, unfortunately, removing the battery in the 15" is significantly harder, you can follow the upper case guide to get most of the way and either replace the whole upper case (and get a new battery included), or use this guide to try to get the rest of the way. Best of luck!

Sam Lionheart -

I just wanted to say this worked for me, thank you for the walkthrough! My trackpad just suddenly died one day out of the blue. I thought it might be a lose cable, but ordered a replacement just in case. No loose cables, simple swap out did the trick. This walkthrough is very good. Only thing I'd warn the feint of heart is the removal of the batteries can be intense because they are glued in. You really need the right tool to work it free. I think the battery removal took at least 20 minutes alone!

Anyone, thanks again for your help!

andrewjripley - Reply

Excellent write up. Three suggestions which i uncovered when i followed this procedure:

Step 5 - The silver shouldered screw was a T6 Torx, not a T7. On this basis, I didn't need a T7 Torx screwdriver for this procedure.

Step 15 & 19 - To remove the corner screws (the heads of which aren't immediately visible), you need to carefully remove the covering mesh with tweezers

Step 44 - Reposition of trackpad. I found that when putting the trackpad back in place during reassembly, it was tricky to get it in exactly the right position (perfectly centralised). I found that taking four small pieces of paper and folding them in half helped. I wedged a piece of folded paper in between the four sides of the trackpad and then tightened the screws. Once the screws are tightened, you can simply remove the paper.

Sunil Dhiman - Reply

This guide wasted a bit of my time! Removing the speakers and the battery are unnecessary. The top piece of the battery can be lifted to reveal the trackpad cable once the screws at the sides are removed.

just1ed - Reply

H! Many thanks for this helpful manual. Everything was well except when I was reassembling the laptop I got stuck on Steps 34-35 - how do I connect back the trackpad? Didn't get how to fix the wire to the socket. You advice is much appreciated

Alejandro - Reply

I also skipped the part where the batteries were removed, it was easy to replace the trackpad with batteries still attached - I only had to lift the upper battery a bit. Thanks for the guide, was extremely helpful.

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