Introduction

Use this guide to replace the trackpad assembly in your Retina MacBook 2015. This assembly includes the trackpad and the Haptic Engine.

Image 1/1: Remove the following eight screws securing the lower case:
  • Before proceeding, power down your MacBook. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface, top-side down.

  • Remove the following eight screws securing the lower case:

    • Two 1.8 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • Four 2.9 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • Two 6.1 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

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Image 1/2: Lift the lower case only slightly to avoid damaging the cables that connect the lower case to the upper case. Image 2/2: Keeping a firm grip, lift steadily until the lower case separates slightly from the upper case.
  • Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case, starting from the rear of the MacBook between the hinges.

  • Lift the lower case only slightly to avoid damaging the cables that connect the lower case to the upper case.

    • Keeping a firm grip, lift steadily until the lower case separates slightly from the upper case.

    • You may experience a lot of resistance when lifting the lower case. If necessary, slide a plastic opening tool down the side edges of the lower case to pop the two hidden retaining clips free.

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Image 1/1: Open the lower case to an angle of about 45°.
  • Rotate the MacBook 180° and gently flip open the lower case from the front.

  • Open the lower case to an angle of about 45°.

  • Take care not to damage the ribbon cables that still attach the lower case to the MacBook.

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  • Use tweezers to peel back the tape covering the trackpad cable ZIF connector.

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  • Use a spudger to carefully flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad cable ZIF connector.

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  • Disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable from the trackpad by pulling it gently through its slot in the frame.

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Image 1/1: Raise the upper case/display assembly to about a 90-100° angle, or use something to prop it up so you don't have to hold it.
  • Carefully turn the MacBook over, so that the lower case lays flat.

  • Raise the upper case/display assembly to about a 90-100° angle, or use something to prop it up so you don't have to hold it.

  • It's possible to open the MacBook all the way and lay both sides down flat, but this may put undue strain on the remaining connecting cables.

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

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  • Disconnect the battery by inserting a battery isolation pick between the logic board and the battery connector.

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Image 1/1: 1.1 mm Tri-point Y00 screw
  • Remove the two screws securing the USB-C port cable bracket:

    • 1.1 mm Tri-point Y00 screw

    • 3.5 mm T5 Torx screw

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the USB-C port cable bracket by prying it straight up from the logic board.

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  • Use a spudger to flip open the retaining flap on the audio jack board cable ZIF connector.

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  • Disconnect the audio jack board ribbon cable by pulling it straight back out of the ZIF connector.

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  • Open the MacBook the rest of the way and lay the two halves down flat, being careful of the ribbon cables that still connect them.

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  • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the tape covering the keyboard ribbon cable connector on the trackpad.

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  • Using a spudger, flip open the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF connector.

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  • Gently pull the keyboard ribbon cable out of its slot in the frame.

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Image 1/1: Depending on which bit set you use, a T3 driver may fit better. Try both sizes, and use the largest driver that fits fully into the screw head.
  • Remove the five 2.5 mm T4 Torx screws securing the trackpad to the case.

    • Depending on which bit set you use, a T3 driver may fit better. Try both sizes, and use the largest driver that fits fully into the screw head.

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Image 1/1: Metal brackets on each side of the trackpad may fall away during removal. Be sure to position them as shown in the photo during reassembly.
  • Hinge open the display just slightly to free the trackpad assembly from the upper case, and remove the trackpad assembly.

    • Metal brackets on each side of the trackpad may fall away during removal. Be sure to position them as shown in the photo during reassembly.

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Conclusion

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

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