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.

Wiggle the ribbon straight back until it disconnects

macman2 - Reply

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.

Ex-Genius here... at this point all power from the logic board can be removed by using a slugger and holding down the small LED button to the left of the battery connector. This means you won't need to disconnect the battery in order to complete any repairs.

Jamie H - Reply

Good to know! How long do you need to hold it down for? Also, I'm not familiar with a slugger—did you mean to say spudger, or is it something different?

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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

On my 2015 1.1Ghz machine, this was not a Y00 screw. Mine was a 000 Phillips head.

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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.

  • During reassembly, orient the ribbon cable so that the side with the white stripe faces you, as shown.

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

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

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It's possible the metal retaining flap on the display cable connector may flip open, remaining stuck to the tape. If so, use the flat end of a spudger to hold down the retaining flap while peeling the tape away with the tweezers.
  • It's possible the metal retaining flap on the display cable connector may flip open, remaining stuck to the tape.

    • If so, use the flat end of a spudger to hold down the retaining flap while peeling the tape away with the tweezers.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to flip open the retaining flap on the display cable connector.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip open the retaining flap on the display cable connector.

  • Try to keep it clear of the tape, or it may re-adhere and make cable removal difficult.

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  • Carefully slide the flat end of a spudger underneath the display cable to separate the adhesive holding it to the lower case.

    • Take care not to damage the cable. If the adhesive is very strong, heat the case directly beneath the cable with an iOpener to soften the adhesive, and then try again.

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Disconnect the display cable by gently pulling it straight out of its connector.
  • Disconnect the display cable by gently pulling it straight out of its connector.

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Separate the upper case assembly from the lower case assembly.
  • Separate the upper case assembly from the lower case assembly.

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Use a spudger to flip open the ZIF connector retaining flap for the dual microphone assembly ribbon cable. Use a spudger to flip open the ZIF connector retaining flap for the dual microphone assembly ribbon cable.
  • Use a spudger to flip open the ZIF connector retaining flap for the dual microphone assembly ribbon cable.

Does unplugging the "dual microphone assembly ribbon cable" affect anything other than the microphones? The headphone jack is separate, for example, right?

wizfish mcfrabblegabben - Reply

Right. We haven't tested it, but unplugging that cable shouldn't affect anything other than the microphones. You can see the microphone assembly in this guide.

Jeff Suovanen -

Use tweezers to pull the  microphone assembly ribbon cable free of its connector. Use tweezers to pull the  microphone assembly ribbon cable free of its connector.
  • Use tweezers to pull the microphone assembly ribbon cable free of its connector.

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Remove the two 3.2 mm T5 Torx screws securing the audio jack board to the case.
  • Remove the two 3.2 mm T5 Torx screws securing the audio jack board to the case.

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Remove the audio jack board.
  • Remove the audio jack board.

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Prepare an iOpener and apply heat to the upper case directly behind the microphone assembly.
  • Prepare an iOpener and apply heat to the upper case directly behind the microphone assembly.

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Use a fine-tip probe or pick to gently peel the dual microphone assembly away from the case. Use a fine-tip probe or pick to gently peel the dual microphone assembly away from the case. Use a fine-tip probe or pick to gently peel the dual microphone assembly away from the case.
  • Use a fine-tip probe or pick to gently peel the dual microphone assembly away from the case.

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Remove the dual microphone assembly.
  • Remove the dual microphone assembly.

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Remove the two 3.3 mm T5 Torx screws securing the display cable assembly.
  • Remove the two 3.3 mm T5 Torx screws securing the display cable assembly.

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Remove the single 4.3 mm Phillips #00 screw securing the USB-C port ribbon cable.
  • Remove the single 4.3 mm Phillips #00 screw securing the USB-C port ribbon cable.

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Unfold the USB-C port ribbon cable until it lays flat, allowing access to the bracket beneath. Unfold the USB-C port ribbon cable until it lays flat, allowing access to the bracket beneath. Unfold the USB-C port ribbon cable until it lays flat, allowing access to the bracket beneath.
  • Unfold the USB-C port ribbon cable until it lays flat, allowing access to the bracket beneath.

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Lift and remove the metal bracket securing the USB-C port ribbon cable connector.
  • Lift and remove the metal bracket securing the USB-C port ribbon cable connector.

  • During reassembly, be sure the metal tab on the USB-C connector board slides through the slit on the metal bracket.

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Use a spudger to disconnect the USB-C port ribbon cable by prying the connector straight up. Pry from the side nearest the back edge of the MacBook. Remove the ribbon cable.
  • Use a spudger to disconnect the USB-C port ribbon cable by prying the connector straight up.

    • Pry from the side nearest the back edge of the MacBook.

  • Remove the ribbon cable.

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Fully open the display.
  • Fully open the display.

  • Set the MacBook down on its right edge with the display facing away from you, as shown.

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Remove the four 4.8 mm T9 Torx screws securing the display hinges. Remove the four 4.8 mm T9 Torx screws securing the display hinges.
  • Remove the four 4.8 mm T9 Torx screws securing the display hinges.

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Holding the display assembly with one hand and the upper case with the other, push them together slightly to move the hinges out of their recesses in the the upper case. There are only a few millimeters of play between the hinges and the case, so you won't need to push far. Push the upper case forward while pulling back gently on the display.
  • Holding the display assembly with one hand and the upper case with the other, push them together slightly to move the hinges out of their recesses in the the upper case.

    • There are only a few millimeters of play between the hinges and the case, so you won't need to push far.

  • Push the upper case forward while pulling back gently on the display.

  • Once the two display hinges have cleared the upper case, remove the display and set it aside.

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Remove the single 2.9 mm T4 Torx screw securing the USB-C port to the upper case.
  • Remove the single 2.9 mm T4 Torx screw securing the USB-C port to the upper case.

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Slide the USB-C port out of its recess in the upper case, and remove the USB-C port. Slide the USB-C port out of its recess in the upper case, and remove the USB-C port. Slide the USB-C port out of its recess in the upper case, and remove the USB-C port.
  • Slide the USB-C port out of its recess in the upper case, and remove the USB-C port.

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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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Remove the trackpad assembly.
  • 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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Use a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF connector. Use a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF connector.
  • Use a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF connector.

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Gently peel the keyboard ribbon cable up from the case, and remove the cable. Gently peel the keyboard ribbon cable up from the case, and remove the cable. Gently peel the keyboard ribbon cable up from the case, and remove the cable.
  • Gently peel the keyboard ribbon cable up from the case, and remove the cable.

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The upper case remains.
  • The upper case remains.

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Conclusion

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

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