Introduction

Front bezel damaged beyond repair? Use this guide to replace it.

Image 1/1: Loosen the two Phillips screws securing the access door to your iMac.
  • Before you work on the computer, unplug the computer and press the power button for 20-30 seconds to drain the stored energy in the power supply.

  • Loosen the two Phillips screws securing the access door to your iMac.

  • These screws are captive in the access door.

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  • Remove the access door from your iMac.

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  • Remove the three T8 Torx screws securing the front bezel to the rear panel.

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Image 1/2: Use your thumbs to press both RAM arms in past the front bezel for enough clearance to lift it off the rear case. Image 2/2: Use your thumbs to press both RAM arms in past the front bezel for enough clearance to lift it off the rear case.
  • Orient the iMac face-up, on its backside.

  • Use your thumbs to press both RAM arms in past the front bezel for enough clearance to lift it off the rear case.

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  • While holding the RAM arms in with your thumbs, lift the lower edge of the front bezel enough to clear the rear case.

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Image 1/3: Insert a plastic card up into the corner of the air vent slot at the top of the rear case. Image 2/3: Push the card toward the top of the iMac to release the front bezel latch. Image 3/3: Pull the front bezel away from the rear case.
  • Re-orient your iMac so it sits upright on the stand.

  • Insert a plastic card up into the corner of the air vent slot at the top of the rear case.

  • Push the card toward the top of the iMac to release the front bezel latch.

  • Pull the front bezel away from the rear case.

  • Repeat this process for the other side of the front bezel.

  • It may be necessary to apply several layers of duct tape to the top of the access card to aid in releasing the latches.

  • If the bezel refuses to release, try pressing the lower edge back onto the rear case and repeat this opening process.

Using a strongish magnet will grab and release the latches.

darkstar448 - Reply

Quote from darkstar448:

Using a strongish magnet will grab and release the latches.

Are you sure it's safe to do this? How close is the hard drive, won't magnets interfere with it?

Sarah - Reply

It's almost certainly fine. Modern hard drives are very resistant to magnetic fields.

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Image 1/1: Lift the front bezel from its lower edge and rotate it away from the rest of your iMac, minding the RAM arms that may get caught.
  • Lay your iMac stand-side down on a table.

  • Lift the front bezel from its lower edge and rotate it away from the rest of your iMac, minding the RAM arms that may get caught.

  • Lay the front bezel above the rest of the iMac.

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  • If necessary, remove the piece of kapton tape wrapped around the microphone and camera cables.

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  • Disconnect both the camera and microphone cables.

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Image 1/1: If necessary, peel back the tape covering the camera board.
  • Lay the bezel front side down on a table.

  • If necessary, peel back the tape covering the camera board.

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  • Remove the two T6 Torx screws securing the camera board to the front bezel.

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  • Lift the camera board out from the front bezel.

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  • Use a spudger to pry the microphone off the adhesive holding it to the front bezel.

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  • Front bezel remains.

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Conclusion

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

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