Introduction

Do you have a cracked screen or see weird vertical lines? Fear not! Use this guide to remove/replace the display assembly if something terrible has happened to the beautiful Retina display of your MacBook Pro.

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.

anonymous 1286 - Reply

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 against the connector, and not the cable or socket. Be careful to pry against the connector, and not the 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 against the connector, and not the cable or socket.

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Peel the right rubber cover up off the fan and fold it out of the way. Peel the right rubber cover up off the fan and fold it out of the way.
  • Peel the right rubber cover up off the fan and fold it out of the way.

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Use the tip of a spudger to push the camera cable connector out of its socket on the logic board. Be sure to push parallel to the board, pushing first on one side, then the other to "walk" the connector out of its socket.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to push the camera cable connector out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Be sure to push parallel to the board, pushing first on one side, then the other to "walk" the connector out of its socket.

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Use your fingers to pull the AirPort/Camera cables up off the fan. The cables are adhered to the fan, so peel them up carefully to avoid damaging them. Carefully de-route the cables from the plastic cable guide.
  • Use your fingers to pull the AirPort/Camera cables up off the fan.

    • The cables are adhered to the fan, so peel them up carefully to avoid damaging them.

  • Carefully de-route the cables from the plastic cable guide.

  • On reassembly, there should be enough adhesive still on these cables to stick them back down to the fan.

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Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the MagSafe 2 power port side of the computer. Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket on the logic board. Do not lift up on the display data cable, as its socket is very fragile. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the MagSafe 2 power port side of the computer.

  • Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Do not lift up on the display data cable, as its socket is very fragile. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.

    • Do not touch the contacts on the data connector or its socket with your fingers or any tools, as you may deposit oils or damage the pins.

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Remove the two rubber hinge covers. Remove the two rubber hinge covers.
  • Remove the two rubber hinge covers.

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Remove the two 3.2 mm T5 Torx screws securing the aluminum hinge covers to the upper case. Remove the two 3.2 mm T5 Torx screws securing the aluminum hinge covers to the upper case.
  • Remove the two 3.2 mm T5 Torx screws securing the aluminum hinge covers to the upper case.

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Remove the two aluminum hinge covers from the MacBook Pro. Remove the two aluminum hinge covers from the MacBook Pro. Remove the two aluminum hinge covers from the MacBook Pro.
  • Remove the two aluminum hinge covers from the MacBook Pro.

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Remove four out of the six 5.3 mm T8 Torx screws securing the display to the upper case. Leave the innermost screws (one from each hinge) in place.
  • Remove four out of the six 5.3 mm T8 Torx screws securing the display to the upper case.

    • Leave the innermost screws (one from each hinge) in place.

  • When reassembling, be sure the two screws going back into the hinge on the left go back through the webcam/AirPort cable bracket.

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Open the MacBook Pro approximately 110 degrees, and place it sideways on the table, as shown.
  • Open the MacBook Pro approximately 110 degrees, and place it sideways on the table, as shown.

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While holding the display and upper case together with your left hand, remove the remaining T8 Torx screw from the lower (closer to the table) display bracket.
  • While holding the display and upper case together with your left hand, remove the remaining T8 Torx screw from the lower (closer to the table) display bracket.

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Be sure to hold the display and upper case together with your left hand. Failure to do so may cause the freed display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging each component.
  • Be sure to hold the display and upper case together with your left hand. Failure to do so may cause the freed display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging each component.

  • While holding the display and upper case together with your left hand, remove the remaining T8 Torx screw from the upper display bracket.

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Grip both halves of the device, one in each hand. Gently push forward on the bottom half of the device to detach it from the display assembly. Carefully set each component aside, making sure to set down the bottom half keyboard-side down to avoid damaging internal components.
  • Grip both halves of the device, one in each hand.

  • Gently push forward on the bottom half of the device to detach it from the display assembly.

  • Carefully set each component aside, making sure to set down the bottom half keyboard-side down to avoid damaging internal components.

  • Replacement displays may not have their hinges adjusted to the correct angle. Use needle nose pliers to gently adjust them to match the hinges on the display being replaced.

If you can't get your needle nose pliers under the hinges of the new display, use the blunt end of a 1/8" drill bit through one of the screw holes to leverage the hinge to the correct angle.

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Conclusion

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

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Can the clutch be replaced in the 2015 15" Retina MacBook Pro?

Thomas Taggart - Reply

Successfully replaced screen and everything is working great. One mechanical exception - the black clutch cover is loose on one side (the left side looking at the keyboard). i can "lift it" towards myself. it wasn't obvious while i was in there that there was a step to "hook it" into anything. what has it let go from and how do i go about ensuring that it's secure when it's flipped? Anyone know?

Thnaks!

J Allard - Reply

It was a perfect job! Thanks!

Mike Mell - Reply

Thank you! These instructions couldn't be better.

Devin Fredericks - Reply

Do you have any intention of releasing a guide for the new A1707 2016 pro retina model with touch bar? Thanks for your help.

Michael Moore - Reply

The Touch Bar models are definitely on our road map—it may be a while before we get to it, but we have every intention of writing and publishing those guides as soon as we can.

Jeff Suovanen -

Just bought my new 15 inch retina display replacement and after opening the cover I've noticed that the rubber on the bottom of the screen is off of the screen just like it isn't even attached on the screen and one of the hindges is loose.Is that normal or its faulty new display replacement screen?This is my first time dealing with this kind of replacement.Please help!

s.viktorijoski - Reply

Any word on the A1707 2016 pro retina model with touch bar? Will the 2015 replacement display work with that? If not, will you be selling it?

Dennis Britton - Reply

Any recommendations sources for a new screen? I'm in the UK and Apple won't sell them without fitting them. Any idea on what they cost? Thanks.

David - Reply

Hey did anyone have problems with the screen is blank when the started the computer back up after the screen replacement?

Thanks.

Gregory Lyall - Reply

Yes, I’ve having this problem. There’s no backlight, and I’m afraid to try my password again since I seem to have done something to it while working blind. To see if the computer is on, you can shine a flashlight to the plastic apple part on the back of the screen and see some of what’s on the screen.

But I don’t know how to fix this. I have noticed several comments about this in another iFixit instruction — mid-2014 — so it’s not an uncommon problem.

Lou Schiano -

Fantastic, just fantastic! Thank you yet again iFixit.

James - Reply

Worked like a charm. Thank you Bert much for this manual!

Diederick Magré - Reply

I saved myself ~$900 doing this myself instead of taking to Apple. Great tutorial! Worked perfectly!

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