Introduction

The upper case assembly includes the keyboard. Use this guide to replace the entire case/keyboard assembly as a single unit.

To avoid logic board damage, when your MacBook repair is complete but before powering it on, connect it to low-voltage power using a 5-Watt iPhone charger and a USB-C to USB-A cable. These accessories are not included with your MacBook, so make sure you have them ready before you begin.

    • Before proceeding, unplug and power down your MacBook. Close the display and flip it upside-down.

      • 2015 models only: To avoid logic board damage, when your MacBook repair is complete but before powering it on, connect it to low-voltage power using a 5-Watt iPhone charger and a USB-C to USB-A cable.

    • 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

    • Note the orientation of the screws as you remove them—they need to be reinstalled at a slight angle.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your device.

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  1. Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case, starting from the rear of the MacBook between the hinges.
    • 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 an opening pick or other ESD-safe pry tool down the side edges of the lower case to pop the two hidden retaining clips free.

      • During reassembly, to re-engage the clips, press firmly near both side edges of the lower case (near where the pick is inserted in the third image) until you hear the clips snap into place.

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    • While holding the lower case in place, carefully flip the MacBook over so the Apple logo faces up.

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    • Lift the upper case and display together from the front edge and raise it to about a 45˚ angle.

    • It may be helpful to prop the MacBook open in this position for the next step.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to press and hold the small gold 'battery disconnect' button.

      • If the power LED is lit up, continue holding the button until the LED goes dark, and then release. This may take up to 10 seconds.

      • If the LED does not light, release the button after 5-10 seconds. Press and hold it again for 5-10 seconds, and release. Finally, press and hold it a third time for 5-10 seconds, and release.

    • This step ensures the MacBook is fully powered down and safe to work on.

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    • Close the MacBook and carefully flip it upside-down.

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    • Lifting from the front edge, 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.

    Before the IPD flex cable can be removed the battery disconnect button has be held down for up to 10 seconds. If the LED near the battery connector is switched on it shows that there is power going through the logic board from the battery, once the button is pressed and this light goes off the machine is safe to be worked on.

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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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    • Carefully turn the MacBook over, so that the lower case lays flat.

    • Raise the upper case/display assembly to about a 90° angle, and prop it up against something sturdy so you don't have to hold it.

      • Add a piece of tape near the track pad to secure the upper case and prevent accidental movement.

    • It's possible to open the MacBook all the way and lay both sides down flat, but this may damage the flex cables and is not recommended.

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

      • 2015 models have a silver grounding clip with two foam pads directly under this screw, which may come loose. Be sure to reinstall it during reassembly.

    the moment you opening macbook case and before any tinkering with connections, you MUST press little yellow button on logicboard, located on the right from battery connector - this will disable all power to the board. You can check by looking at the small led on left side of the battery connector - if there is very faint light, it means that power is still there. After pressing button light should go off. Removing screw is not necessary at all, and like I said - you MUST disable power before any touching to connections etc.

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    • As an added precaution, you may physically 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:

      • 1.1 mm Tri-point Y00 screw

      • 3.5 mm T5 Torx screw

    On the 2016 model the tri-point Y00 is actually a Phillips screw, so need of that special tool.

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    The 2015 model has the Phillips—PH000

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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.

    • To reconnect this cable, first line up the metal bracket over the screw holes, then press down on the middle of the bracket. Make sure it's aligned correctly, or you may damage the connector.

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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.

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

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    • 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.

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    • 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 it doesn't separate easily, heat the cable and/or the case directly beneath it with a hair dryer or iOpener to soften the adhesive, and try again.

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

    • Immediately close the retaining flap.

      • The flap must remain closed when the cable is reinserted during reassembly. Carefully line up the cable with the gold contacts facing down, and gently slide it into the connector. Take care not to crimp or damage the cable. When fully inserted, the indentations on the sides should not be visible.

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    • 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.

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

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    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.

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    • 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.

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    • Remove the audio jack board.

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    • 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.

    very difficult to remove, even with heat. Can be purchased on eBay for ~ $10

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    • Remove the dual microphone assembly.

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    • 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.

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

    On the 2016 model the USB-C is actually one whole part and can be removed once the display is removed, unfortuanatelly.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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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.

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

    There is a small metal part that falls off once the display cable screws are removed and you try to separate the display from the top cover. Just make sure you put it back correctly.

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

    this was a 00 philips on my 1.1ghz 2015 gold macbook.

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    • 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.

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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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    • 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.

      • 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.

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

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    • The upper case remains.

    Great guide!!! Thank you!!! It is not very difficult to replace the keyboard / top cover. However, for some reason the computer didn’t immediately started, I had to reset and connect to power supply and then it started and works fine.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. To avoid logic board damage, when your MacBook repair is complete but before powering it on, connect it to low-voltage power using a 5-Watt iPhone charger and a USB-C to USB-A cable.

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please where do i have to put the mushrooms screws? 923-01012

Antonio gaeta - Reply

If you look closely at this image in Step 36 you can see them pretty clearly.

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