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MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Unclip the lower case: step 2, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Release the lower case's right clips: step 3, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Release the lower case's right clips: step 3, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Release the lower case's left clips: step 4, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Release the lower case's left clips: step 4, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 6, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 6, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the battery board: step 7, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the battery board: step 7, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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.

  8. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the battery board data cable by sliding it out from its socket on the logic board.

  9. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the trackpad cable bracket: step 11, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the trackpad cable: step 12, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Reposition the trackpad cable: step 13, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the battery board: step 14, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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.

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    • 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 battery board.

  16. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the data cable: step 17, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the battery connector: step 19, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Unfasten the antenna bar's connector bracket: step 20, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the antenna bar: step 22, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack 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. 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 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Unfasten the display cable covers: step 23, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Unfasten the display cable covers: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the four 2.1 mm screws securing the display cable covers.

  23. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the display cable covers: step 24, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the display cable covers: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the two display cable covers from the logic board.

  24. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the display cables: step 25, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the display cables: step 25, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the display cables: step 25, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the right-most display cable press connectors secured to the logic board.

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    • Repeat the previous disconnection process for the remaining press connector.

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    • Peel back any tape covering the microphone cable connector.

  27. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 28, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to gently pry up the locking flap on the ZIF connector for the microphone cable.

  28. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the microphone cable by sliding it out from its socket on the logic board.

  29. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Unfasten the right-side cable covers: step 30, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Unfasten the right-side cable covers: step 30, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the nine 2.1 mm screws securing the right cable covers to the frame:

  30. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the right cable covers: step 31, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the right cable covers: step 31, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the five right cable covers.

  31. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 32, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 32, image 2 of 2
    • Peel back any tape covering the right speaker cable.

  32. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 33, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 33, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to gently pry up the locking flap on the ZIF connector for the right speaker cable.

  33. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 34, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 34, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the right speaker cable by sliding it out from its socket on the logic board.

  34. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the headphone jack: step 35, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the headphone jack: step 35, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the headphone jack's press connector.

  35. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the right USB-C ports: step 36, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the right USB-C ports: step 36, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the right USB-C ports: step 36, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the right USB-C ports' press connectors.

  36. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the MagSafe port: step 37, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the MagSafe port: step 37, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the MagSafe port's press connector.

  37. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the lid angle sensor cable: step 38, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the lid angle sensor cable: step 38, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the lid angle sensor's press connector.

  38. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Unfasten the left cable covers: step 39, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Unfasten the left cable covers: step 39, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the four screws securing the left cable covers to the frame:

    • Two 2 mm screws

    • Two 2.1 mm screw

  39. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the left cable covers: step 40, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the left cable covers: step 40, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the two left cable covers.

  40. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the left speaker: step 41, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the left speaker: step 41, image 2 of 2
    • Peel back any tape covering the left speaker cable.

  41. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 42, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 42, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to gently pry up the locking flap on the ZIF connector for the left speaker cable.

  42. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 43, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 43, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the left speaker cable by sliding it out from its socket on the logic board.

  43. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the left USB-C port: step 44, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the left USB-C port: step 44, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the left USB-C port's press connector.

  44. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the Touch ID sensor: step 45, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the Touch ID sensor: step 45, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry up and disconnect the Touch ID sensor's press connector near the top left of the device.

  45. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the keyboard: step 46, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the keyboard: step 46, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the keyboard: step 46, image 3 of 3
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    • Use a spudger to gently pry up the locking flap on the ZIF connectors for the keyboard cables.

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    • Disconnect the keyboard and keyboard backlight cables by sliding them out from their sockets on the logic board.

  48. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the fans: step 49, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the fans: step 49, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Disconnect the fans: step 49, image 3 of 3
    • Peel back any tape covering the right fan cable connector.

  49. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 50, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 50, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to gently pry up the locking flap on the ZIF connector for the right fan cable.

  50. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 51, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 51, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the right fan cable by sliding it out from its socket on the logic board.

  51. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Reposition the right fan cable: step 52, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Reposition the right fan cable: step 52, image 2 of 2
    • The right fan cable is lightly adhered to the logic board.

    • Pull the fan cable away from the logic board with tweezers to separate the adhesive.

    • The fan cables are incredibly delicate and prone to tearing; use caution when bending them with tools.

    • Repeat the cable disconnection and reposition procedure for the left fan.

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    • Repeat the previous disconnection and reposition procedure for the left fan.

  53. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 54, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 54, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the four black screw covers from the logic board.

  54. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Unfasten the logic board: step 55, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Unfasten the logic board: step 55, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Unfasten the logic board: step 55, image 3 of 3
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the 11 screws securing the logic board:

    • Four 3.6 mm screws

    • Two 4.5 mm screws

    • Two 5.2 mm screws

    • Two 3.8 mm screws

    • One 3.9 mm screw

  55. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 56, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 56, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 56, image 3 of 3
    • Use a T6 Torx driver to remove the three screws securing the logic board:

    • Two 4.7 mm screws

    • One 5.7 mm screw

  56. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Release the logic board's clips: step 57, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Release the logic board's clips: step 57, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a spudger between the right side of the logic board and the frame.

    • Pry up with the spudger to release the logic board from its clips.

  57. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 58, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement: step 58, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a spudger between the bottom of the logic board and the frame.

    • Pry up with the spudger to release the logic board from its clips.

  58. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 59, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 59, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 59, image 3 of 3
    • Gently lift up the logic board by its right side to completely release the clips.

    • Pull the logic board away from the left side of the device to separate the HDMI and SDXC ports from their slots in the frame.

    • Remove the logic board.

  59. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Reassembly information: step 60, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Reassembly information: step 60, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Reassembly information: step 60, image 3 of 3
    • When reinstalling the logic board, insert the left side first to reposition the HMDI and SDXC ports.

    • Use your fingers to slightly compress the HDMI port to fit it into its recess, otherwise the logic board won't sit correctly.

    • Make sure all of the connectors are above the logic board before securing it back onto the fame.

    • If you're having trouble positioning the connectors, use tape to keep them out of the way.

  60. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Unfasten the headphone jack: step 61, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Unfasten the headphone jack: step 61, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the two screws securing the headphone jack:

    • One 3.5 mm screw

    • One 5.6 mm screw

  61. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the headphone jack: step 62, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Headphone Jack Replacement, Remove the headphone jack: step 62, image 2 of 2
    • Use your fingers to remove the headphone jack.

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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