MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012 Battery Replacement

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Replace the Battery in your MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012.

The battery is made up of six distinct cells, four of which are adhered to the upper case. Use great care in prying these four cells up from the case—bending or puncturing them can damage their performance, and may release hazardous chemicals. Only use plastic tools when prying.

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Two 2.3 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

Edit Step 1 Lower 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

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Gently pull the lower case away from the upper case.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/3: During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 4 Battery Connector  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4 Battery Connector  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Two 2.8 mm T6 Torx screws

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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

    • Two 2.8 mm T6 Torx screws

    • One 7.0 mm T7 Torx shouldered screw

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

Image 1/2: 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.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 9 Battery Contact Board  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Lift the battery contact board up off the logic board and remove it.

Edit Step 9 Battery Contact Board  ¶ 

  • Grasp the battery contact board with tweezers.

  • Lift the battery contact board up 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.

Edit Step 10 I/O Board Data Cable  ¶ 

Image 1/2: 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.

Edit Step 10 I/O Board Data Cable  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Gently twist the spudger to disconnect the I/O board data cable connector from its socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 13 Right Speaker  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Move the SSD cable connector out of the way.

Edit Step 13 Right Speaker  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Gently pry the right speaker cable connector up off from its socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

Image 1/1: One 6.8 mm T5 Torx screw

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • 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

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

Image 1/2: If necessary, de-route the right speaker cable from its channel in the upper case.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 17 Left Speaker  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Gently bend the headphone jack cable to 90° up from the logic board.

Edit Step 17 Left Speaker  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Gently pry the left speaker cable connector  up off from its socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

Image 1/1: One 6.8 mm T5 Torx screw (top right)

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • 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

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

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Edit Step 20  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 21 SSD Assembly  ¶ 

Image 1/3: While holding the spring bar depressed, tilt the SSD assembly up out of its cavity.

Edit Step 21 SSD Assembly  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 22  ¶ 

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Edit Step 22  ¶ 

  • Remove the SSD assembly from the upper case.

Edit Step 23 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 23 Battery  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

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Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat edge of a spudger underneath the leftmost battery cell.

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Run the spudger along the bottom perimeter of the battery cell to release the adhesive.

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

  • Wedge the spudger underneath the leftmost battery cell.

  • Run the spudger along the bottom perimeter of the battery cell to release the adhesive.

  • Wedge the spudger underneath the battery cell once again, but this time slightly lift the battery cell.

Edit Step 26  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Run the spudger up along the left side of the leftmost battery cell.

Edit Step 26  ¶ 

  • Insert the spudger along the left 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.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

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Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to release the top portion of the leftmost battery cell.

Edit Step 28  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Run the spudger down along the leftmost battery cell.

Edit Step 28  ¶ 

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger underneath the top portion of the leftmost battery cell.

  • Run the spudger down along the leftmost battery cell.

Edit Step 29  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Carefully wedge the spudger inwards, being careful to not damage the battery cells.

Edit Step 29  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 30  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Leave the battery cells resting on top of the upper case as highlighted in the third picture.

Edit Step 30  ¶ 

  • 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 highlighted in the third picture.

Edit Step 31  ¶ 

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Edit Step 31  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the rightmost battery cell.

Edit Step 32  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Wedge the flat end of a spudger underneath the bottom portion of the rightmost battery cell.

Edit Step 32  ¶ 

  • Run the spudger to the left along the bottom portion of the rightmost battery cell.

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger underneath the bottom portion of the rightmost battery cell.

Edit Step 33  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Run the spudger up along the right side of the rightmost battery cell to release the adhesive.

Edit Step 33  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger near the bottom right corner of the rightmost battery cell.

  • Run the spudger up along the right side of the rightmost battery cell to release the adhesive.

Edit Step 34  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Pry the spudger downwards to release the adhesive near the top portion of the rightmost battery cell.

Edit Step 34  ¶ 

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger underneath the right side of the rightmost battery cell and the upper case.

  • Pry the spudger downwards to release the adhesive near the top portion of the rightmost battery cell.

Edit Step 35  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Run the spudger down along the right side of the larger right battery cell.

Edit Step 35  ¶ 

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger underneath the larger right battery cell.

  • Run the spudger down along the right side of the larger right battery cell.

Edit Step 36  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Slightly pry the bottom right corner up off the upper case to release the adhesive.

Edit Step 36  ¶ 

  • Insert the spudger near the bottom right corner of the larger right battery cell.

  • Slightly pry the bottom right corner up off the upper case to release the adhesive.

Edit Step 37  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Carefully wedge the spudger inwards, being careful to not damage the battery cells.

Edit Step 37  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the larger rightmost battery cell.

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

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

Edit Step 38  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Lift the battery as a whole up out of the upper case.

Edit Step 38  ¶ 

  • Carefully grasp the battery assembly from the right and left battery cells.

  • Lift the battery as a whole up out of the upper case.

Conclusion

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

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Hi where can u buy the battery for these

Kevin Higgins - Reply

Did you find out where to buy?

Uli -

There is a much easier way to get the batteries out. If you look at the 2 cells on either side (left and right), you will notice that they put them in an area that is slightly lowered. This is by design. To remove the batteries, pour a small amount of 90% isopropyl alcohol on both sides and let it sit for about 30 to 45 mins. It will dissolve the glue and you can gently then lift out the batteries without any prying. After you remove the batteries, simply wipe up any remaining alcohol, let it dry, buff it clean, and insert the new battery. Considerably easier and safer than potentially damaging the battery packs. If you are putting the same battery pack back, just use double sided tape. IMPORTANT NOTE: ALWAYS BE SAFE USING ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL AROUND FLAMES OR ANYTHING THAT MIGHT MAKE IT BURN. ALSO, NEVER ATTEMPT TO PRY THE BATTERIES IN ANY WAY IF ANY ALCOHOL IS STILL POTENTIALLY PRESENT!! WAIT UNTIL IT IS EVAPORATED!!

jimhoffa69 - Reply

Thank You for the hint with the alcohol, but where can I buy a spare battery?

Uli -

looks like they run for $100 on ebay

bluto20 - Reply

They are on amazon for around $60-$70.

Noah -

Prying the battery out is HARD! and VERY dangerous. I tried using a flat head screwdriver, put it under the battery and twisting the thing out. DO NOT DO THAT!! as it can punch a hole in the battery if you twist it too hard. I had a small smoke coming off by doing that and was lucky enough it didn't burn. Using isopropyl would be an ideal solution. But to bad I can't find that around here :(.

[DO THIS ON YOUR OWN RISK] What I ended up doing is using the screwdriver to gouge the underlying glue out as much as I can on the side (about 10%) and use fingers to pry it up. Good luck!

Hlung - Reply

Perfect! not as difficult as it looked first, especially with the proper tools. To take the batteries out the alcohol (I used ethanol used for cleaning purposes) works like charm. I put a few ml in nearby the batteries, waited maybe 20min and was able to pry them out easily. Tried before without the alocohol and nothing moved. I ordered the battery on ebay for 70€ and it has the same numbers and text as the original it says apple japan as well. My old battery had more than a thousand cycles after 3 years and did not last vey long. Now the software shows 0 cycles and it is charging starting at 15% and will be fully charged in 2:45h. I think apple charges 249€ for the job here in Gernany. It took me about 1 hour to replace it (with waiting).

Olaf Querhammer - Reply

Thanks for the excellent instructions. They were easy to follow and the new battery is working. I purchased my battery on Amazon from Brtong for $49.99. I just installed it so I don't know how long it will last but it was new and the cheapest price. It came with two tools to remove all the screws.

derrymatheson - Reply

This is a great resource. Thanks to all that contributed to this. I was able to replace my battery today and all went well. I had a very hard time removing the old battery. The spudger broke on me and I was afraid to use alcohol so I used a screw driver and sure enough, sparks flew removing the old battery. But got it done.

Thanks again to all and ifixit.com

aljimenez - Reply