Use this guide to replace the SSD.

  • Shut down and close your computer. Lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

  • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Two 8 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 2.5 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

  • The special screwdriver needed to remove the 5-point Pentalobe screws can be found here.

When you say:

Remove the following ten screws:

Two 8 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

Eight 2.5 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

Do the 8mm & 2.5mm dimensions refer to the LENGTH of those screws, or the size of the pentalobe? That is, are there other sizes of pentalobe drivers like there are for hex, phillips and torx? When only one dimension is provided, it is usually the socket/driver size, not the screw length, maybe since the length cannot be seen when the screw is installed.

Can I suggest that you clarify your instructions so folks are confident they are only in need of _one_ pentalobe driver?

Nerdily yours,

Larry (whose iPhone 4S can now get through a day without 6 recharges thanks to ;-)

larryleveen - Reply

The 8mm and 2.5mm are the length of the screws. One pentalobe P5 screwdriver suffices for all the screws (P5 is implicitly the size of the pentalobe screw heads).

Michael Welham -

I sourced all the parts from ifixit, plus a magnetic project mat which I found to be very useful for organising the teardown and reassembly.

Allen - Reply

The magnetic mat is


Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.
  • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.

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  • In this step you will disconnect the battery to help avoid shorting out any components during service.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both short sides of the battery connector upward to disconnect it from its socket on the logic board.

  • Bend the battery cable slightly away from the logic board so the connector will not accidentally bend back and make contact with its socket.

When reassembling the connector wire needs to be bent to fit.


  • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.

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  • Lift the free end of the SSD just enough to get a good hold of it.

  • Do not excessively lift the end of the SSD.

  • Pull the drive straight out of its socket and remove it from the logic board.

  • When reinstalling the SSD, be sure it is properly seated before reinstalling its retaining screw.

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

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Is it possible to replace a 128 GB SSD with a 256 GB SSD without any problems?

Roland - Reply

Anyone knows if you can replace the msata ssd or if it is proprietary of apple?

Felipe - Reply

I wonder if someone can help me - I completed the installation and rebooted from a clone of the original drive on an external USB disk. I tried to clone that back onto the new SSD but that failed and now the new SSD does not appear on the desktop and does not appear in Disk Utility. Its not being recognised when I boot up. Do you have any ideas how I can get it to reappear - I assume the format is lost so is there a way to reformat?

brendanorourke - Reply

Can i upgrade my ssd drive from 128 to 1TB ?

mohd.a2017 - Reply

Is this procedure the same as it would be for the Early 2014 11.6" MacBook Air?

luvemshvd - Reply

That guide is technically here but the procedures are functionally identical!

Sam Lionheart -

Who is making these assessments of difficulty here?!? I’ve seen some guides that are incredibly involved and require delicate cable rerouting, unseating very fragile logic board connectors, and take over an hour, rated as “easy”, while things like this, that are only 5 steps (and realistically only 4) and require nothing more than unfastening a few screws and popping two large, readily accessible connectors, and can be done even by executives with tiny hands while simultaneously watching videos on Breitbart in under five minutes, are labeled as “moderate”. There is no way the difficulty of this thing can reasonable be called “moderate” unless the only things that qualify as “easy” are “Opening the Lid of Your Mac to Use”, and “How to Type Capital Letters on the MacBook Keyboard”!

Seriously, if the goal of this site is to promote people performing their own repairs, calling trivial procedures like this “moderately difficult” only serves to scare a significant number of otherwise willing and able users off.

Mark - Reply

Any news on possible 1 GB upgrades? There seems to be one from Transcend, which matches up with my MBA (11”, 6,1) . OWC has been having one for a while, but it seems it has been having some problems, so I’d rather stay away from that.

Jörg Löhken - Reply

oooops, meant to say 1TB :-$

Jörg Löhken -

Hello, what about a screw locked by glue and too much screwed, the T5 screwdriver is faulty and the screw was now damaged.

what kind of solution may i have to dismount the ssd, please …

dominiquemachure - Reply

RE: SSD not showing up. When you go to disk utility, make sure to click view -> view all drives in the upper left hand corner. It should then appear and can be formatted with your bootable USB.

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