Introduction

Replacing the battery on a MacBook Unibody is an easy task.

  1. With the case closed, place the Unibody top-side down on a flat surface.
    • With the case closed, place the Unibody top-side down on a flat surface.

    • Depress the grooved side of the access door release latch enough to grab the free end. Lift the release latch until it is vertical.

  2. The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.
    • The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.

    • Be sure the access door release latch is vertical before proceeding.

    • Grab the white plastic tab and pull the battery up and out of the Unibody.

Conclusion

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

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10 Comments

The battery in my Unibody Macbook won't come out. I've tried everything. While it does move from side to side a little bit I am completely unable to remove it.

giancarlofranchi - Reply

This is not an A1278 MacBook. I have one Infront of me and it uses a different battery and is attached entirely with screws not some access door.

William Maldonado - Reply

This is not the unibody A1278 model, that battery is internal and the back cover has to come off.

Chris Etheridge - Reply

This is exactly like my A1278 Macbook unibody and the replacement process was exactly like this. Took one minute. Thanks!!

Cathleen McBride - Reply

My used A1278 MacBook has a LIKK mfr battery that says:

"Replace 13" New Aluminum Unibody MacBook Model A 1 2 8 0 Li-ion, 10.8V $@Wh rechargeable" printed on the battery.

The battery never held a charge, even though it says condition "normal" on both System Profiler and coconut Battery app and has but 141 cycles to date.

It comes off full charge showing say 2:38 hrs of battery life, which is bad enough, but is down to 1:35 in about 20 minutes, I've never let it go to see how long it will last, i just carry the charger around to use it plugged in

Is this battery compatible with my MacBook A1278 or do I have the wrong battery installed?

Howard - Reply

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