Use this guide to replace a dead battery.

Note: If there is a thin plastic film on your replacement battery, do not attempt to remove it. It is glued on and protects the battery pack while it is inside the MacBook.

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    • Before proceeding, close your computer and lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

    • Remove the following ten screws:

      • Two 9 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

      • Eight 2.6 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    • The special screwdriver needed to remove the eight 5-point Pentalobe screws can be found here.

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  1. 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 and set it aside.

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    • Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the Air to disconnect the battery from the logic board.

    • Do not lift upward on the connector as you disconnect it.

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    • Remove the following five screws securing the battery to the upper case:

      • Three 6.3 mm T5 Torx screws

      • Two 2.4 mm T5 Torx screws

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    • When handling the battery, avoid squeezing or touching the four exposed lithium polymer cells.

    • Lift the battery from its edge nearest the logic board and remove it from the upper case.

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

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I received the batter for my late 2010 in good order. The instructions were easy to follow and the replacement went well. The two tools mentioned are a must - the P5 pentalobe and T5 torx.

My disappointment is that the battery from iFixit is, in fact, not new. No, it has not been used and shows 6700 mAh design capacity. However, Coconut Battery reports the manufacture date of the battery as 12-14-2011 or 1134 days. Also, I am getting 4-6 hours when I expected 5-7. What is the shelf life of an unused battery?

Perhaps iFixit may wish to change the battery description from "Brand New" to "Never Used" and put the manufacture date.


fwunder - Antwoord

Great post and thanks for this tips.

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lalit - Antwoord

Just arrived the battery.

Replaced in 5 minutes.


My Mac is up, running and charging the new battery.

Thank you


vgusv - Antwoord

My battery arrived today and I was able to install it in about 30 minutes (I have not done this before). My Mac is up and running and the battery has charged up and is in use.

Thanks for all the help.

SG 03/22/2017

Saadia Greenberg - Antwoord

I followed this instructions. Everything is fine except that I cannot fully insert the pull tab back into the battery connector. How hard do you have to push ? Does it have to make a click ?

Julien Salort - Antwoord

Hello Julien,

It will not click, but it will need about the same amount of force to push it in as the amount needed to pull it out. This being said, you should check the battery connector for any debris, and look at all the pins to make sure nothing is broken. Let us know if you succeed!


Scott Havard -

Worked great! I used an egg carton for the screws, an ifixit 52 piece toolkit — which I love! — and the battery switch was painless and worked immediately. Many thanks! The sixteen year old girl can get back to her tweeting now. Thank God.



airira - Antwoord

All went smoothly! A little bit more explanantion about re-inserting the power connector would have been nice. . . . . . .

Saved my 2011 MacAir.


Paul Harris - Antwoord

If you don’t already have these tiny screwdrivers, you might want to also buy the P-5 Pentalobe screwdriver and the little plastic tool (“Spudger”) from IFIXIT. My local hardware store did not have the P-5, so it was a good thing I had ordered it. And the little plastic spudger was helpful in pushing the new battery connector plug into the jack on the board. Getting the T-5 Torx, too, could be handy just to avoid a trip to the hardware store. The price on IFIXIT was not significantly more than I paid at the local Ace hardware.

Jason D - Antwoord

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