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Use this guide to replace the display on a 2018 MacBook Air.

  1. Before starting this procedure, you should disable your Mac's Auto Boot feature. Auto Boot powers on your Mac when you open the lid, and may be accidentally triggered during disassembly. Use this guide to disable Auto Boot.
    • Before starting this procedure, you should disable your Mac's Auto Boot feature. Auto Boot powers on your Mac when you open the lid, and may be accidentally triggered during disassembly. Use this guide to disable Auto Boot.

    • If your MacBook is running Big Sur v11.1 or later, disabling Auto Boot may not work. You can proceed normally, but make sure to disconnect the battery as soon as you're inside.

    • Completely power off and unplug your MacBook Air before you start. Close the display and flip the entire laptop upside-down.

    • Use a P5 driver to remove the following screws:

    • Two 7.9 mm screws

    • Two 7.1 mm screws

    • Six 2.6 mm screws

    If the first thing you do is disconnect the battery, is it really an issue if you don’t (or can’t) disable auto-boot?

    maccentric - Antwoord

  2. Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.
    • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.

    • Remove the lower case.

  3. Peel back the tape covering the battery connector enough to reveal the connector underneath.
    • Peel back the tape covering the battery connector enough to reveal the connector underneath.

  4. Use a spudger to slide the battery connector parallel to the logic board and out of its socket on the logic board. Use a spudger to slide the battery connector parallel to the logic board and out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use a spudger to slide the battery connector parallel to the logic board and out of its socket on the logic board.

    Before the battery can be fully disconnected, the battery disconnect button needs to be held down. There is a gold button just above the battery socket, along with a small LED much like the 12” machines. Once this has been held down and the LED has switched off it is safe to remove the battery.

    Aaron Dalziel - Antwoord

    This seems like an important step?

    maccentric -

  5. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.4 mm screws securing the antenna cable bracket. Remove the antenna cable bracket.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.4 mm screws securing the antenna cable bracket.

    • Remove the antenna cable bracket.

  6. Insert the point of a spudger under one of the antenna cables close to the connector. Pry straight up to disconnect the cable. Repeat for the other antenna cable.
    • Insert the point of a spudger under one of the antenna cables close to the connector.

    • Pry straight up to disconnect the cable.

    • Repeat for the other antenna cable.

  7. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.5 mm screws securing the display cable connector bracket. Remove the display cable connector bracket.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.5 mm screws securing the display cable connector bracket.

    • Remove the display cable connector bracket.

  8. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the display cable connector. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the display cable connector.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the display cable connector.

  9. Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the following screws:
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the following screws:

    • Four 7.4 mm screws

    • Two 4.5 mm screws

  10. Lift the antenna bar straight up and out of the case. Take care not to snag the antenna bar on any cables or connectors. You may encounter resistance from the clips in the middle of the antenna bar holding it in the case. You may pull hard without damaging anything as long as you pull straight up, perpendicular to the case. Remove the antenna bar.
    • Lift the antenna bar straight up and out of the case. Take care not to snag the antenna bar on any cables or connectors.

    • You may encounter resistance from the clips in the middle of the antenna bar holding it in the case. You may pull hard without damaging anything as long as you pull straight up, perpendicular to the case.

    • Remove the antenna bar.

    Tip: keep the six big lid anchor screws in place until after you remove the antenna bar. You may have to use your plastics spudger to wedge underneath the vents and get leverage off the underside of the lid along the hinge area. I also had to remove the Logicboard so I could get the plastic spudger underneath the antenna bar and lift it up. It felt like it was going to break. Did not want to have to remove the logic board, but seemed that was the only way I could get underneath and pry the antenna out.

    Chris Leeds - Antwoord

  11. Use a T9 Torx driver to remove the six 4.9 mm screws securing the display hinges to the upper case. Use a T9 Torx driver to remove the six 4.9 mm screws securing the display hinges to the upper case.
    • Use a T9 Torx driver to remove the six 4.9 mm screws securing the display hinges to the upper case.

    This was a T8 Torx driver for me

    jasonsedlaczek - Antwoord

    It’s easier to leave 1 on each side in place open the MacBook fully and the remove them. This will help not damaging the bottom screen rim

    Kevin Duterne - Antwoord

    Torx T8 for me too on a MacBook Air 2020

    Paul Scott - Antwoord

  12. With the MacBook still screen-side down, carefully lift the upper case to open the MacBook as far as possible. With the MacBook still screen-side down, carefully lift the upper case to open the MacBook as far as possible.
    • With the MacBook still screen-side down, carefully lift the upper case to open the MacBook as far as possible.

  13. Lift the MacBook and carefully rotate the display to a 90 degree angle with the upper case. The hinges should not move in relation to the display, and should rotate out of the case slightly. Keeping the display at a 90 degree angle with the case, move the display straight down while holding the case still, so that the hinges slide out the bottom of the case.
    • Lift the MacBook and carefully rotate the display to a 90 degree angle with the upper case.

    • The hinges should not move in relation to the display, and should rotate out of the case slightly.

    • Keeping the display at a 90 degree angle with the case, move the display straight down while holding the case still, so that the hinges slide out the bottom of the case.

    Can i skip antenna screw and battery to reallign the screen lid ? My screen lid is misalligned with the body about half milimeters

    can.cakmak - Antwoord

    Yes. You can loosen the screen lid screws to re-align the top lid.

    Arthur Shi -

Conclusie

Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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So…….. Which one of those flexes is the camera flex? It seems you skipped over a lot of the connectors in your guide.

Aksel Barnes - Antwoord

I would like to know this as well same issue with Camera not detected as other comments.

David Thomas -

Y’all need to give bonus points for putting it all back together again. Those T3 screws in steps 5 and 7 are awful hard to get back into place while holding the brackets in place. Not to mention the replacement display I purchased (from a third party) didn’t have the other two brackets in place, so I had to move those over from the original display as well.

The high res images in this guide are very helpful, and the guide is very well written and straightforward. Thanks.

larwood - Antwoord

I have replaced the complete screen on my macbook air and followed these repair instructions to the letter, but for some reason the camera is not detected, I have double checked the connectors but still no camera detected when opening any app s like facetime, photo booth etc.

colin - Antwoord

Thank you. Very clear guide. The antenna bar removal IS a tense moment and and I’d suggest everyone carefully look at all three photos in this stage just to facilitate the display logic board falling through the gap. With this guide, this is at the low end of ‘moderate difficulty’.

Richard Leach - Antwoord

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