Introduction

Use this guide to replace a worn-out battery. If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

Video Overview

  1. Remove the following ten screws:
    • Remove the following ten screws:

      • Three 14.4 mm Phillips #00 screws

      • Three 3.5 mm Phillips #00 screws

      • Four 3.5 mm shouldered Phillips #00 screws

      • When replacing the small screws, align them perpendicular to the slight curvature of the case (they don't go straight down).

  2. Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.
    • Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.

    • Remove the lower case.

    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.

    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

    • Remove the following two screws:

      • One 5.6 mm Tri-point screw

      • One 13 mm Tri-point screw

    • Carefully peel the battery warning label off the upper case between the battery and the optical drive.

    • Do not remove the label from the battery.

    • Use the attached plastic pull tab to remove the battery from the upper case.

    • If you're installing a new battery, you should calibrate it after installation:

      • Charge it to 100%, and then keep charging it for at least 2 more hours. Next, unplug and use it normally to drain the battery. When you see the low battery warning, save your work, and keep your laptop on until it goes to sleep due to low battery. Wait at least 5 hours, then charge your laptop uninterrupted to 100%.

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

Conclusion

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

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Not one anti static precaution in sight.! Replace your battery for years of further use but with the risk that a latent fault introduced by lack of any static damage precautions.

Stuart Potter - Reply

I thought these batteries couldn't be replaced.

brucebridges - Reply

These batteries are built to the same spec as OEM (Apple)

They are just not "user friendly" to replace like most devices are, the price we pay for pretty devices.

This guide is excellent and now I know I need 1 more tool before I do this myself. I need that tri-wing screwdriver.

John Lang -

Anyone know of any batteries with a larger capacity that could fit this?

Anrothan - Reply

It seems that there are no true larger capacity batteries for this Macbook. Ones that claim higher capacity are usually of dubious quality.

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