Introduction

Having wireless (Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) connectivity issues? Use this guide to replace the AirPort board.

Remove the following pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro:
  • Remove the following pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro:

    • Eight 3.1 mm

    • Two 2.3 mm

The number of screws listed here is wrong on my model. I had four of the smaller size.

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Just to add to my comment above (I can't edit it because it's anonymous), my MacBook Pro is a mid-2015 15in model 2.8GHz (A1398; EMC2881). For the bottom case it uses six 3.1mm screws, and four 2.3mm screws at the clutch/hinge side of the MacBook Pro. I tried using a 3.1mm screw at the clutch/hinge end, as described in the main article, and they don't fit. It has to be four 2.3mm screws.

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Removing the screw will void warranty?

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Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro. Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.
  • Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.

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The lower case has two plastic pegs (red) that fit into plastic clips in the upper case (orange). During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the case to its two plastic clips. During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the case to its two plastic clips.
  • The lower case has two plastic pegs (red) that fit into plastic clips in the upper case (orange).

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

pretty hard to put it back, so I just remove the clips on the upper case....

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Peel back the sticker covering the battery connector.
  • Peel back the sticker covering the battery connector.

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Gently lift each side of the battery connector to pry the connector out of its socket on the logic board. Bend the connector back toward the battery, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board. Bend the connector back toward the battery, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board.
  • Gently lift each side of the battery connector to pry the connector out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Bend the connector back toward the battery, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board.

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Disconnect the three airport Antenna cable connectors from their sockets on the AirPort board and bend them up and out of the way. Be careful to pry only against each connector, and not its cable or socket. Be careful to pry only against each connector, and not its cable or socket.
  • Disconnect the three airport Antenna cable connectors from their sockets on the AirPort board and bend them up and out of the way.

  • Be careful to pry only against each connector, and not its cable or socket.

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Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the AirPort board.
  • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the AirPort board.

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Lift the end of the AirPort board up enough to pass over the heat sink directly behind it. Do not lift the AirPort board too high, or you could damage the contacts or socket. Pull the AirPort board straight out of its socket on the logic board.
  • Lift the end of the AirPort board up enough to pass over the heat sink directly behind it.

    • Do not lift the AirPort board too high, or you could damage the contacts or socket.

  • Pull the AirPort board straight out of its socket on the logic board.

    • There is a slightly adhesive thermal pad beneath the AirPort board. Be sure to reapply this when reinstalling the board, or transfer it to your replacement board.

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Conclusion

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

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