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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the screen in your MacBook Pro 16" 2021.

For your safety, discharge the battery below 25% before disassembling your MacBook. This reduces the risk of fire if the battery is accidentally damaged during the repair. If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

    • 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 9.1 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 Screen Replacement, Unclip the lower case: step 2, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen 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 Screen Replacement, Release the rear cover's right clips: step 3, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Release the rear cover's right clips: step 3, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Release the rear cover'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 Screen Replacement, Release the rear cover's left clips: step 4, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Release the rear cover's left clips: step 4, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Release the rear cover'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.

  4. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • 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 Screen Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 6, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 6, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen 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 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the trackpad cable bracket: step 7, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the trackpad cable bracket: step 7, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the trackpad cable bracket: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 2.1 mm-long screws securing the trackpad cable bracket to the logic board.

  7. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Remove the trackpad cable bracket: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the trackpad cable bracket.

  8. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the trackpad cable: step 9, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the trackpad cable: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the trackpad cable's press connector from 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. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  9. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Reposition the trackpad cable: step 10, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Reposition the trackpad cable: step 10, 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.

  10. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery board: step 11, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery board: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Peel back any tape covering the battery board data cable connector.

  11. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to gently pry up the locking flap on the ZIF connector for the battery board data cable.

  12. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • The battery board data cable is lightly adhered to the logic board.

    • Insert blunt-nosed tweezers between the battery board data cable and the logic board.

    • Slide the tweezers underneath the cable to separate the adhesive.

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

  13. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Reposition the battery board cable: step 14, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Reposition the battery board cable: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to pull the battery board data cable away from the device.

  14. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the battery connector: step 15, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the battery connector: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the 3.9 mm pancake screw securing the battery power connector.

  15. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery connector: step 16, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery connector: step 16, 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.

  16. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the antenna bar's connector bracket: step 17, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the antenna bar's connector bracket: step 17, 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.

  17. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the cover on top of the antenna bar's coaxial cables.

  18. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the antenna bar: step 19, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the antenna bar: step 19, 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.

  19. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the antenna bar: step 20, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the antenna bar: step 20, 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 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.

  20. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Remove the antenna bar: step 21, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Remove the antenna bar: step 21, 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.

  21. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the antenna bar straight up and out of the frame to remove it.

  22. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the display cable covers: step 23, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen 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 Screen Replacement, Remove the display cable covers: step 24, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen 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 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display cables: step 25, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display cables: step 25, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen 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.

  25. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 26, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Repeat the previous step for the left-most press connector.

  26. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Remove the display cable brackets: step 27, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Remove the display cable brackets: step 27, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Remove the display cable brackets: step 27, image 3 of 3
    • Pull up on the back of the display cable bracket to release the clips securing it to the frame.

    • Remove the display cable bracket.

    • Repeat for the other display cable bracket.

  27. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 28, image 2 of 2
    • If the two display cable bracket buffers are removed alongside the brackets, then skip this step.

    • Pull the two display cable bracket buffers straight up and out of the frame to remove them.

  28. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the lid angle sensor cover: step 29, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the lid angle sensor cover: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 2.1 mm screws securing the lid angle sensor cover near the right hinge.

  29. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Remove the lid angle sensor cover: step 30, image 1 of 1
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the lid angle sensor cover.

  30. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the lid angle sensor cable: step 31, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the lid angle sensor cable: step 31, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the lid angle sensor's press connector.

  31. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the hinge covers: step 32, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the hinge covers: step 32, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the four 2.5 mm screws securing the hinge covers (two screws on each side).

  32. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Remove the hinge covers: step 33, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Remove the hinge covers: step 33, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Remove the hinge covers: step 33, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers to pull the hinge covers horizontally away from the hinge to separate it from the frame.

    • Remove the hinge covers.

  33. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten some of the hinge screws: step 34, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten some of the hinge screws: step 34, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove two 6.4 mm screws from each hinge (four screws total).

    • Each hinge has a third screw, which you should leave in place for now.

  34. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Protect the MacBook: step 35, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Protect the MacBook: step 35, image 2 of 2
    • If you plan to re-use your screen, open it and apply a piece of tape to the glass directly above each hinge. This helps protect the glass from getting scratched in the following step.

    • Fully open the screen and stand your MacBook Pro up on one side.

  35. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the remaining screws: step 36, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the remaining screws: step 36, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the remaining screws: step 36, image 3 of 3
    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the two remaining 6.4 mm screws (one from each hinge).

    • Remove the topmost screw last, using one hand to steady both halves of the MacBook Pro to make sure they don't separate and fall over unexpectedly.

  36. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Remove the screen: step 37, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Remove the screen: step 37, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement, Remove the screen: step 37, image 3 of 3
    • Keep a firm grip on both the screen and main body of the MacBook Pro. Either half can fall unexpectedly during this step.

    • Push both halves of the MacBook Pro together so that the hinges can be lifted clear of their recesses in the chassis.

    • Push the main body of the MacBook Pro away from you while pulling the screen toward you to separate it.

  37. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 38, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the screen.

  38. MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 39, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 16" 2021 Screen Replacement: step 39, image 2 of 2
    • During reassembly, first install the hinge screws without tightening them fully. Then adjust the screen until it is correctly centered and aligned on each side. Finally, tighten the screws.

    • If your screen clicks or snaps upon opening, loosen the hinge screws and adjust the alignment. Make sure the screen doesn't sit too far forward, or it can catch on the body when opening and closing.

    • If desired, add a little blue threadlocker to the screw threads to prevent them from loosening over time.

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 16" 2021 Answers community for help.

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2 Comments

Will I lose True Tone functionality even though I use an original Apple screen that has True Tone for the repair?

drgenius2003 - Reply

I hope this has a video demonstration too

wedzmer.munjilul - Reply

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