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Use this guide to replace a worn-out battery. If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

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  1. Remove the following ten screws:
    • Remove the following ten screws:

      • Three 14.4 mm Phillips #00 screws

      • Three 3.5 mm Phillips #00 screws

      • Four 3.5 mm shouldered Phillips #00 screws

      • When replacing the small screws, align them perpendicular to the slight curvature of the case (they don't go straight down).

    Does void the warranty?

    jfondeur - Antwoord

    No, it does not void the warranty. More specifically: http://eshop.macsales.com/Search/display...

    oakdragon12 - Antwoord

    How much weight can I save by removing the optical drive?

    gunes314 - Antwoord

    You can save a lot of weight if lets say your installing a solid state drive or putting in a second hard drive but if you know that you use the CD/DVD disc drive a lot then you might just want to leave the drive alone.

    Marshall WahlstromHelgren -

    Also wondering how much weight I'd save by just removing. My drive is broken for ages, but I have not needed it in ages. The HD was already replaced by a cheap SSD (second best thing after upgrading to 8GB), so I'd appreciate losing some weight. I mean, the computer. Although I could lose some too... erm... well, anyway, I guess the lack of the DVD would not interfere with anything, right? Opinions?

    Carlos Duarte do Nascimento - Antwoord

    Apple has meticulously balanced the MacBook's weight from left to right, and removing the optical drive may off-balance the Mac.

    Seji the veggie -

    What so you think that a removing the optical drive which weighs less than a AA battery will unbalance a MBP making it unusable? LOL!

    Unless you use the MBP on a high wire (an even then I have my doubts) you'd never notice the weight difference.

    pmhparis -

    The issue is not one of weight but an issue with the systems cooling and an opening which objects could enter. For a few grams of weight I don’t think its worth it! A better solution would be to swap out the heaver HD for a much lighter SSD, and getting all of the performance benefits of the faster drive as well!

    While you might not think it the optical drive also acts as a stiffener so there is less twist in the case. This is because of the size of the hole for the DVD/CD’s so taking it out weakens the case design.

    Dan -

    I'm thinking you'd probably be OK losing the DVD drive without a problem. Just make sure the optical drive cable is secured or you might hear it rattling in there from time-to-time.

    John Adam Wickliffe - Antwoord

    Hey guys,

    this website is amazing. I read it to guide me on fixing my mac book pro, but on the video, the girl gives a wrong information.. She says that is not possible replace just the keyboard... But I managed to replace only my keyboard. It is boring because I have to remove approximately 70 screws but it is possible. Thanks a lot! You guys helped me save about US$300 thats because in Brazil some technicians would charge me with that amount!

    I posted some pictures on your facebook page..

    renatumb - Antwoord

    Tip: Use one of those weekday pill holders to have a cheep way to store screws you remove and each day of the week can be for different sizes or parts. It has been handy to have (much less expensive than the magnetic mat.

    Robert Wacker - Antwoord

    Great tutorial. I found that using a Phillips #0 in lieu of the #00 worked much better.

    kschmesk - Antwoord

    I tried the PH #00 for the 10 screws that hold the bottom case and it's too big, instead PH #000 works perfectly. Are you sure this screws are #00?

    Alex - Antwoord

    The likely problem with your wifi is not the card but the antenna leads that go into the plastic clutch

    . Ifixit don't have a guide to change this as it it includes the isight camera so the screen has to be disassembled which is fairly hard

    I got round it by using the camera cable from the old set and cutting off the new one

    brian whittle - Antwoord

    Hello MacWorld,

    Just want to say that this site is a great resource for repairing or upgrading your Mac. I had a bad SATA cable in my MacBook Pro and after ordering a new one from the "IFIXIT" site I received the cable within two days, replaced it and was up and running again in no time. Thanks IFIXIT for you help!

    wer 10/5/15

    tayseer999 - Antwoord

    I have found that my MacBook Pro 13 Late 2011 has five shouldered screws and not four. I am not sure exactly where it goes but I have put it in the top left corner of the picture as it is the odd one out.

    GotMac - Antwoord

    Hello, where can I buy the screws I need in case I lose one of them?

    taylornya - Antwoord

    on my device the #00 screwdriver was a bit too small. a #0 was the perfect one

    Maximilian Klotz - Antwoord

    I found with mine that the shouldered and un-shouldered screws were reversed (the three un-shouldered screws going where the orange colour indicates). Also, I found that the front four screws went in at an angle.

    gilded yak - Antwoord

    Are you sure the short screws are different? The set sold here just says “Seven 3 mm Phillips #00 screws.”

    Jack - Antwoord

    I have the same question. What is the difference between shouldered and not? So hard to see any difference…

    Michael Wilkens -

    I’ll second that. I could never find them being different.

    otetz -

    I have one stripped screw... How opening without drill it?! Any suggestions please?

    rodrigosady - Antwoord

    I also stripped a couple screws. I wasn’t able to open it up without drilling. After drilling the heads and removing the cover it was easy to hacksaw the tip and unscrew with a standard driver.

    Michael Wilkens -

    I used 3 eggcups to hold the screws ;>) They are very fiddly and easy to drop on floor so keep the MacBook away from the edge of the surface you are using to avoid accidentally dropping a screw off the edge of a table, etc.

    Stephen Smith - Antwoord

    A screw does not come out, how can I get it out? Many thanks in advance for your help

    Wilder Torres - Antwoord

    Since you’ll be removing many screws it’s best to plan ahead. I found it especially helpful to have a small plastic tray with about a dozen separate compartments to hold screws. As I removed screws I kept them in one compartment for each item removed. For example: The lower case removal involves the removal of ten screws. I kept them all in the first tray compartment and set the lid aside. Also, I put a post-it note identifying this compartment as “Lower case” and noted that the top right-most screws were the long ones. I continued with this methodology as a removed the next item, and the next, etc. Disassembly notes included for each compartment. This helped SIGNIFICANTLY as I was able to reassemble the Macbook easily by simply going from one compartment to the next (in reverse order). This guide is rated “Difficult” which it really isn’t when you plan ahead in this way. It saves time in the long run.

    airshack - Antwoord

    when putting the macbook pro back together, the middle screw on the right side (if the computer is upside down and you have the hinge furthest away from you) requires a bracket that was not included with my new upper case. i had to remove it from my old case and transfer it over - if you don’t do this, that screw will have nothing to attach to.

    this was one of the many additional parts i needed to transfer from my old case to the new one that aren’t mentioned in this guide…i’m adding comments on each step to try to help others…i wish i had thought to take pictures.

    Matt - Antwoord

    It seems to me the yellow and orange screws are the same

    Luca Giancarli - Antwoord

    If you look closely, the four front screws (with the yellow circles) have a short unthreaded section under the head. The orange keyed screws are threaded all the way up.

    Raymond Ives -

    The screws used on all Retina models, as well as about everything Apple has made since the iPhone 4, uses “PENTALOBULAR” not Phillips screws. These look like a TORX driver, but it has 5 concave sides. I believe the size you want is a P4 or T4. (1.2mm).

    Don Cely - Antwoord

    Two screw types:

    ______________________________

    Shouldered Unshouldered

    xxxxxxx……….xxxxxxx

    ..xxxxx……..….…….x…….

    …..x……..…...……….x…….

    …..x…………....……..x…….

    ______________________________

    El Crashitan - Antwoord

    If you are following this guide to upgrade to a better drive and want to keep your system and data intact I highly recommend first following the guide to Clone an Existing Drive using the recommended free SuperDuper!. That process was a breeze and gives you confidence that the new drive will come up looking exactly the way it did when you started.

    Patrick Langvardt - Antwoord

    My top tip - make sure you buy good quality Phillips screwdrivers and a magnetic holder. Cheap screwdrivers won’t get the screws undone safely. Without a magnetic holder you have no chance of getting the tiny crews in and out safely.

    jeremyyoung - Antwoord

    I did this last weekend, and definitely, a Phillips #000 screwdriver is required (not a Phillips #00!)

    Javier Campos Delgado - Antwoord

  2. Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.
    • Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.

    • Remove the lower case.

    If the black vent window that is attached to the back cover becomes loose what kind of glue should be used to attach it again, thermal paste or super glue?

    Thanks for your help.

    Mikell - Antwoord

    bonjour cette truc ça marche au mac Brook pro Retina ou pas?

    Shi Feng - Antwoord

    Bonjour, alors cela va dépendre du modèle de MacBook Pro Retina concerné. Par exemple, si vous avez un 13 pouces, allez consulter cette page MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Repair et sélectionnez-y votre modèle. Les Retina 15 pouces se trouvent ici MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Repair. Sinon cet outil https://fr.ifixit.com/info/ID-your-Mac (pour l’instant seulement disponible en anglais) vous aide à identifier quel modèle vous avez et vous redirige vers la page de votre appareil, où vous trouverez le tutoriel correspondant à votre Retina. Bonne réparation !

    Claire Rapp -

    Merhaba, trackpad değişimi ve ayarlaması için tornavidaya ihtiyacım var, bu konuda yardımcı olabilir misiniz acaba? Ne tür bir tornavidaya ihtiyacım var ve nereden bulabilirim acaba?

    Volkan Ogul - Antwoord

    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.

    Is this step of removing the battery connector required?

    manodh - Antwoord

    yes - as with disassembly of any electronic component you have to remove any power source. You don't want to accidentally turn the Mac on

    khull -

    Sooo the track pad is under the battery...you kind of have to remove it to get to the track pad.

    stiknrudder -

    This step is not really required. Apple does not recommend it.

    Steven Layton - Antwoord

    My Battery does not get recognized after i disconnected it, screw this site!

    Diego Hernandes -

    Did you properly ground yourself to the case before putting the spudger to the connector/logic board? Did you use a spudger or something else that is non conductive...or did you use a flat blade metal screw driver instead and compound your error by not grounding yourself before touching the logic board? All kinds of variables here but the bottom line is iFixit provided you a guide to fix your computer. Lots of others have followed this guide without trouble. Your battery issues are not their fault. They did say this guide was moderate difficulty...maybe it's just a little beyond your skill level. We should all know our limits!

    stiknrudder -

    Rather than be careful of the corners of the connector i would say don't use the spudger anywhere near the corners. While the corner looks like the obvious place to begin to pry it up from, it will break. Levering from the sides as the instructions suggest works well.

    ausmkv - Antwoord

    wonder why apple does not recommend it?!

    Peter - Antwoord

    I would recommend it, one careless short and the whole board is dead......

    John - Antwoord

    simply remove the battery rather than disconnecting the cable

    toiu - Antwoord

    What do you mean by "remove the battery"?

    Anrothan -

    Don't know what the deal is with the battery, but this IS a necessary step to keep from frying the logic Board if you accidentally touch something and short it out. I did this step every time during my troubleshooting and The battery was ALWAYS recognized by the system the next time I turned the MBP on. So be safe and don't fry your logic board in the process...

    fasthans - Antwoord

    Prying the battery connector off does not take much force. I did exactly what the guide suggested (walked it off back and forth) with the spudger without any problems. Just be very gentle, much like with anything inside laptops, they are very fragile and need to be worked with carefully. A+ instructions, battery replacement was a success.

    aekinaka - Antwoord

    Installed/upgraded 4gb RAM to the system maximum 16gb and installed a 500 gb SSD today....DID NOT disconnect the battery cable....no issues at all when I powered back up. Then did a clean install of OSX Yosemite....next I used a time machine backup to put all my stuff back on the new HD. From start to finish it took about 4 hours. Macbook boots up right at 16 seconds now.

    MacProUser - Antwoord

    Easiest to use two spudgers, one on each short end, I found.

    Simon Mundy - Antwoord

    I took off th Airport /Bluetooth connectors but the number J3 connector is broken and so where can i buy J3 connecter for the Airport/bluetooth board

    Zeerachen - Antwoord

    Its a lot easier and safer (corner wise) to pry it using the flat side of the black spudger directly in front of the connector (don't go/use the corners) very easily you will be able to pry it further by inserting the spudger into a better and thicker plastic section of the connector

    Ed Oliver - Antwoord

    DON'T remove the Battery Cable, you risk the battery NOT being recognised when you start the Mac up again, or breaking it!! More to the point, APPLE DOES NOT RECOMMEND THIS, so don't do it! I Installed 2x 8GB ( 16Gb total) of Crucial Mac RAM at 1333Mhz for my Late 2011 MacBook Pro, and it works beautifully, fully recognised and working well. I followed these instructions, but as Apple didnt recommend disconnecting the battery, I skipped this step, and as well as taking less time, nothing was damaged or broken, and everything works perfectly!!! Just make sure that you DISCHARGE ALL STATIC ELECTRICITY FROM YOUR HANDS, by touching a metal surface in the Mac. Apple recommends the edge of the Optical Disk Drive ( Big silver thing ) before touching any parts. Also, Take care removing the RAM out of its packet, DO NOT touch the Gold connectors, and hold the RAM by the edges. Finally, be PATIENT, GENTLE and it should all go perfectly. I managed it first time, with no technical ability, so follow my advice. Good luck!

    Bradley Marks - Antwoord

    Followed the tuto Step by step. Disconnected the battery (quite easily).

    No problem when I lit the Mac on again. Battery's here, date's right.

    nichoferr - Antwoord

    Switch off your Mac and continue without disconnecting the battery. Don't know how it will switch on by itself.

    Mfernandez - Antwoord

    This comment made me think that disconnecting the battery was no point at all, because really - how would the computer be able to switch on by it self. So... I had my mac flipped around and was fiddling with the last part of the guide when I all of a sudden hear the start up sound! Don't know how and why it did. I turned it around with it guts open and guts hanging out. Screen was on. I forced it to shut down by keeping the power button down. Turned it back and first thing removed the battery cord.

    Luckily the computer started up just like normal. But hearing that sound was just too scary.

    BTW I had been cautious to de static myself multiple times.

    wassberg -

    Definitely do this step. It's an easy disconnect anyway and also easy to reconnect later.

    Stephen Smith - Antwoord

    I removed the battery cable for the repair. When I plugged in the MagSafe adapter after the repair, the Mac turned on automatically without pressing the power button and I was a bit worried, but after a restart everything worked fine again. I did have to reset date and time in Preferences. The battery was recognized OK.

    Raymond Rinaldi - Antwoord

    Okey, I skipped this battery disconnection part. Did not do anything like this before in my life, changing the cable was super easy!

    Marijke de Vries - Antwoord

    The official Apple guide to replacing the RAM says nothing about disconnecting the battery but it does recommend touching metal inside to discharge static. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201165

    B T - Antwoord

    I always do this when working on MacBooks (over ten years) and it never caused an issue. Don’t worry about this step as removal of the battery connector is simple. This particular connector is pretty much goof-proof as it won’t break. I’m fairly aggressive and just pop it off whenever I’m working on the Macbook Pro.

    airshack - Antwoord

    Hello!

    Do I really need to use a spudger tool? Can’t I just use like two plectrums for guitar? xD

    Myzcio - Antwoord

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    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

    What are the changes of it broke when i bend it?, after i disconect it does not work anymore

    Diego Hernandes - Antwoord

    The guide worked perfectly, as it has in the past (our family has three Mid-2012 Macbook Pros that have been separately upgraded with RAM and SSD).

    The PH00 screwdriver fit perfectly.

    One note on getting the screws to seat easily and thread perfectly...always turn them gently a couple turns to the left (CCW or Anti-Clockwise) until you hear a small click. That's where the threads will grab. Works with any screw, but when threads are fine, this will help ensure that the screw is at the correct angle and will grab and seat perfectly.

    Great guides. Thanks!

    timgunkel - Antwoord

    Got RAM in but only one slot is working and now I can't remove! The RAM won't pop up like before and tabs don't seem to do anything. Please advise.

    Sal Ergrapes - Antwoord

    I put some tape between the connector and socket while working on the drive.

    Stephen Smith - Antwoord

    That's a good tip

    Anrothan -

    Followed the advice and right as I was installing the replacement fan , the socket broke right off the motherboard.

    Ian Thal - Antwoord

    One other note: The screw heads fit flush with the curvature of the case -- which means that they aren't exactly horizontal. In other words, they aren't perpendicular to the table that the computer is resting on. Don't try to force them straight in vertically, because you'll risk cross-threading them. (nearly ruined one screw hole myself!)

    lelandjordon - Antwoord

    does the battery connection need to be removed? I only ask as other videos etc have not shown this step.

    Darren Rose - Antwoord

    • Remove the following two screws:

      • One 5.6 mm Tri-point screw

      • One 13 mm Tri-point screw

    Tri-wings are quite sensitive to which size driver to use. I found Pro'sKit brand size 0 seems to fit these very well.

    James - Antwoord

    can i just take out my dead battery without replacing it,

    and solely run my mbp on power supply to save weight and money?

    Tosh - Antwoord

    I assume that REPLACING a new battery is the same steps but in reverse? Nothing special we need to look out for?

    Also, please add some comments about watching out for STATIC ELECTRICITY. Other videos and websites make it seem frighteningly dangerous and recommend other tools to prevent static electricity discharge. If you could address this issue, I would greatly appreciate it.

    erictwo - Antwoord

    Are the screws tri-wing or tri-point? There is a difference, but ifixit uses the terms as if they're interchangable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_screw_drives#Tri-point

    rodmanc - Antwoord

    These screws do absolutely NOT have the TRI-WING® recess. I find, the LHSTIX 3ULR MicroStix size 3ULR-0 driver fits perfectly.

    unsubstantiated - Antwoord

    My battery (original to my late 2011 MBP) straight up does not have screws.

    nlgauvreau - Antwoord

    • Carefully peel the battery warning label off the upper case between the battery and the optical drive.

    • Do not remove the label from the battery.

    What is the reasoning behind not removing the label from the (old) battery?

    tom - Antwoord

    Probably to help you remove it? Not sure, but I used it along with the clear tab to pull the battery out. Worked pretty good.

    aitorrecalde -

    • Use the attached plastic pull tab to remove the battery from the upper case.

    Hey there !

    i replaced my old battery with the one I purchased from ifixit following the guidance. Niw I have the problem, that my macbookpro 13” late 2011 doesn’t boot anymore and the led of my plug just blinks orange rapidly. What happened. Can anybody think of smth, or have had similar experiences?

    Mak - Antwoord

    My replacement battery came with a clear protective film that should be removed before installation. Be sure not to overlook the film on the bottom of the battery as it covers only a portion of that side and might be easy to overlook.

    Do not over-tighten the bolts holding the battery in place. One of the tabs on the original battery was broken, presumably due to over-tightening.

    Patrick Langvardt - Antwoord

    Is it possible to use the trackpad from MacBook Unibody Model A1278 in this macbook pro?

    Ralf Justinger - Antwoord

    After a replacement battery installation in this MacBook Pro 13” (A1278) is there anything else that needs to be done? (other than charge it and start using it?) Like resetting the SMC controller? ?

    Dennis Rome - Antwoord

    Following these instructions the replacement of the battery was easy, worked smoothly and fine. But be careful: every word written the instruction is important and has to be respected in detail. After that, when plugging the magsafe, the computer booted automatically and now runs without any problem.

    Michael Meissl - Antwoord

Conclusie

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

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Phillip Takahashi

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Hi!

After I changed the battery my Mac says "Check battery". Should I be worried?

leffe149 - Antwoord

as the label said, "Warning, do not remove the battery", is that any risks if I disobey it?

Athaariq Ardiansyah Ramadhani - Antwoord

To remove the batteri the guide say to use a 13 mm Tri-wing for one of the screws. That cant pissibly be right

Monika - Antwoord

Actually Monika, the guide says that a Tri-wing is needed for two of the screws, which it is. My new battery came with a tool for that but I'd already discovered that it's easy to remove these two screws with a fine straight (non-Philip's head) driver.

Thanks Phillip Takahashi (and your five co-authors). That was a straight forward and clear guide.

mouldfield - Antwoord

Hello

I changed the battery and it keeps telling me that there is replacement needed

Also the indicator said the battery is 150% charged.

Is that normal and how do i remove the status that said the battery isn't ok and change it in to an ok status?

Please help

hangbuikbelg - Antwoord

My MacBook Pro recently had its logic board replaced because my MCP wasn't working when I got it back it worked fine for about a day then this X appeared where the battery percentage is supposed to be. If you unplug it from the mag safe adapter it completely dies so I thought I guess my batter is dying and ordered a new one got it installed and it's still doing the same thing?! Can anyone help me out? Thanks, Drea

Andrea Rodriguez - Antwoord

Many thanks to Phillip and the other contributors who put this guide together. My late 2011 MacBook Battery was headed downhill fast. Having used IFixit before, I headed back to the site and found the parts and help that I needed. My new battery arrived two days after placing the order and I went to work. Everything went smooth as silk(again thanks to some IFixit tools, etc.)and I was up and running in no time. Thanks for this great site and for encouraging do-it-yourself repairs with great guides. Hooray to all who like to fix things and boo to manufacturer who design products that make this difficult. Cheers and keep up the great work. Lowell Allen, May 26.

lowellallen2433 - Antwoord

After installing a new ifixit battery it said it had 17% life. Within 5 minutes after rebooting the battery life was cut in half; is this normal?

Andres - Antwoord

Thanks a lot, was great help and needed this greatly for one of my macbook.

Best regards from,

http://www.handymandream.com/

Handyman Dream - Antwoord

Hey there !

i replaced my old battery with the one I purchased from ifixit following the guidance. Niw I have the problem, that my macbookpro 13” late 2011 doesn’t boot anymore and the led of my plug just blinks orange rapidly. What happened. Can anybody think of smth, or have had similar experiences?

Mak - Antwoord

Hi there ! I would like to know if anybody bought this kind of battery recently and if it is a quality one. I red a lot about replacement battery and it looks like quality is a important variable but anybody seem to say the same thing. Some say that only Nupower batteries are quality and can be trusted, any advices ?

Thanks in advance for giving me a bit of your time !

Quentin Goestchel - Antwoord

Hello there I change the original battery of my macbookpro for a new ifixit late2011 one amd the laptop is not working at all without cable and after a night long of charging the new battery level are still at 0% so I replaced the new ifixit for the old back at work,

GINO Verg - Antwoord

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