Introduction

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

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.

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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.

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

Great tutorial ! great step !

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Conclusion

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

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8 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

I installed the battery and I didn't work instead I've had it overheat and charge to full and then die within minutes. I'm disappointed. Is there something I missed because I followed the instructions and bought the correct battery. I'd like to know because I have bought parts for my laptop before from this site and followed the instructions and the results were great.

fosuahdonkor - Reply

I install the new battery and after 6 cycles the capacity decrease to 66% I don't understand why could you help me ?

Didier Cugy - Reply

Hello Didier, please turn directly to eustore@ifixit.com, they'll be happy to help!

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