Introduction

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

Before proceeding, power down your MacBook. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface, top-side down.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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Rotate the MacBook 180° and gently flip open the lower case from the front.
  • 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. Use tweezers to peel back the tape covering the trackpad cable ZIF connector.
  • 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. Use a spudger to carefully flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad cable ZIF connector.
  • 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. Disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable from the trackpad by pulling it gently through its slot in the frame.
  • Disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable from the trackpad by pulling it gently through its slot in the frame.

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Carefully turn the MacBook over, so that the lower case lays flat.
  • 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.
  • 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. Disconnect the battery by inserting a battery isolation pick between the logic board and the battery connector.
  • Disconnect the battery by inserting a battery isolation pick between the logic board and the battery connector.

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Remove the two screws securing the USB-C port cable bracket:
  • 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. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the USB-C port cable bracket by prying it straight up from the logic board.
  • 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. Use a spudger to flip open the retaining flap on the audio jack board cable ZIF connector.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the tape covering the keyboard ribbon cable connector on the trackpad.
  • 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. Using a spudger, flip open the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF connector.
  • 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. Gently pull the keyboard ribbon cable out of its slot in the frame.
  • Gently pull the keyboard ribbon cable out of its slot in the frame.

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Remove the five 2.5 mm T4 Torx screws securing the trackpad to the case.
  • 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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Hinge open the display just slightly to free the trackpad assembly from the upper case, and remove the trackpad assembly.
  • 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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