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MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement

What you need

    • Completely power off and unplug your MacBook Pro before you start. Close the display and flip the entire laptop upside-down.

    • Use a P5 Pentalobe driver to remove eight screws securing the lower case:

    • Four 9.3 mm screws

    • Four 5 mm screws

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your device.

  1. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Unclip the lower case: step 2, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Unclip the lower case: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Press a suction handle into place near the front edge of the lower case, between the screw holes.

    • Pull up on the suction handle to create a small gap under the lower case.

  2. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Release the lower case's right clips: step 3, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Release the lower case's right clips: step 3, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Release the lower case's right clips: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening pick into the gap you just created.

    • Slide the opening pick around the nearest corner and then halfway up the side of the MacBook Pro.

    • This releases the first of the hidden clips securing the lower case. You should feel and hear the clip pop free.

  3. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Release the lower case's left clips: step 4, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Release the lower case's left clips: step 4, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Release the lower case's left clips: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Repeat the previous step on the other side, using an opening pick to to release the second clip.

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    • Pull firmly to slide the lower case towards the front edge of the MacBook (away from the hinge area) to separate the last of the clips securing the lower case.

    • Pull first at one corner, then the other.

    • Pull to the side—not up.

    • This may require a lot of force.

  5. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 6, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 6, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the lower case.

    • To reinstall the lower case:

    • Set it in place and align the sliding clips near the display hinge. Press down and slide the cover toward the hinge. It should stop sliding as the clips engage.

    • When the sliding clips are fully engaged and the lower case looks correctly aligned, press down firmly on the lower case to engage the four hidden clips underneath. You should feel and hear them snap into place.

  6. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Disconnect the battery board: step 7, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Disconnect the battery board: step 7, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Disconnect the battery board: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Peel back any tape covering the battery board data cable connector on the logic board.

  7. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to gently pry up the locking flap on the ZIF connector for the battery board data cable.

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    • Disconnect the battery board data cable by sliding it out from its socket on the logic board.

  9. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Unfasten the trackpad cable bracket: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 2.1 mm‑long screws securing the trackpad cable bracket to the logic board.

  10. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Remove the trackpad cable bracket: step 11, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Remove the trackpad cable bracket: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the trackpad cable bracket.

  11. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Disconnect the trackpad cable: step 12, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Disconnect the trackpad cable: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the trackpad cable's press connector secured to the logic board.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Don't press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  12. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Reposition the trackpad cable: step 13, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Reposition the trackpad cable: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • The trackpad cable is lightly adhered to the frame.

    • Peel the trackpad cable away from the device, making sure to separate the adhesive.

  13. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Disconnect the battery board: step 14, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Disconnect the battery board: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Peel back any tape covering the battery board data cable connector under the large pancake screw.

  14. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to gently pry up the locking flap on the ZIF connector for the battery board data cable.

  15. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the battery board data cable by sliding it out from its socket on the battery board.

  16. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Remove the data cable: step 17, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Remove the data cable: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • The battery board data cable is lightly adhered to the device.

    • Slide blunt nose tweezers under areas with adhesive to separate the cable from the device.

    • Remove the battery board data cable.

  17. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Unfasten the battery connector: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the 3.8 mm pancake screw securing the battery power connector.

  18. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Disconnect the battery connector: step 19, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Disconnect the battery connector: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to lift the battery power connector, disconnecting the battery.

    • Lift the connector high enough to keep it separated from its socket while you work. If it accidentally makes contact, it could damage your MacBook Pro.

  19. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Unfasten the antenna bar's connector bracket: step 20, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Unfasten the antenna bar's connector bracket: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the three 2.1 mm screws securing the antenna board bracket and coaxial cable cover to the frame.

  20. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the cover on top of the antenna bar's coaxial cables.

  21. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Disconnect the antenna bar: step 22, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Disconnect the antenna bar: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the antenna bar's coaxial cable.

    • Repeat for the two other cables.

    • During reassembly, these can be tricky to reconnect. One at a time, hold each connector in place over its socket and press down with the flat end of a spudger. The connector should snap into place.

  22. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Unfasten the antenna bar: step 23, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Unfasten the antenna bar: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the six screws securing the antenna bar to the frame:

    • Two 7.5 mm screws

    • Four 3.2 mm screws

    • Use a P2 Pentalobe driver to remove the nine 1.5 mm screws securing the antenna bar to the frame.

    • These screws strip very easily; use constant downward pressure and work slowly when you loosen these.

  23. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Remove the antenna bar: step 24, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement, Remove the antenna bar: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the tip of a spudger between the antenna bar and the frame.

    • Pry up with the spudger to separate the antenna bar from the frame.

  24. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement: step 25, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Antenna Bar Replacement: step 25, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the antenna bar straight up and out of the frame to remove it.

Conclusion

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

Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before you install it.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Answers community for help.

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