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This applies to all 13" and 15" models of the Macbook Pro 2016 and possibly 2017 (untested). Information has been adapted and expanded on from @thebookyard's excellent answer to a similar question: Does anyone know how to properly remove and replace spacebar.

Read the guide before attempting!


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  1. MacBook Pro 2016 Space Bar Removal, Read the guide!: stap 1, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • Before you start, READ THE WHOLE GUIDE FIRST. This is fiddly and you especially need to see the bottom of the key before you start (steps 8 and 9). If you aren't careful you will damage your spacebar, and spares are currently difficult or impossible to obtain due to the laptop's newness.

  2. MacBook Pro 2016 Space Bar Removal, Preparation: stap 2, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • Turn off your MacBook Pro and clean around the space bar using a cotton bud and isopropyl alcohol. This will help to prevent excess dirt from falling under the space bar, which will your problems.

  3. MacBook Pro 2016 Space Bar Removal, Background information: stap 3, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • The spacebar on the 2016 MacBook Pro has 3 layers: the top black layer (the keycap), an intermediate white plastic layer (the scissor clip) and the bottom layer (the base of the keyboard). We are going to work our way between the keycap and the scissor clip, as this way the keycap can be removed, cleaned and replaced without damage.

  4. MacBook Pro 2016 Space Bar Removal, Removing the key: stap 4, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • Slide a thin guitar pick or card (not a credit card, most are too thick) vertically down the right edge of the key.

  5. MacBook Pro 2016 Space Bar Removal, Removing the key: stap 5, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • Push the pick right and down from its top. This should pull the edge of the keycap up. Make sure not to push the pick to the left (inwards, under the key) yet. If you push the pick left too early, it will end up under the scissor clip.

  6. MacBook Pro 2016 Space Bar Removal, Removing the key: stap 6, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • Once the pick is horizontal, push it in towards the centre of the key. You should feel some resistance. Twist the pick and the first clip should pop free. This does not require much force.

    This procedure will definitely break the bottom clip. It should be picked along the top of the spacebar and gently wiggle the bottom part and slide it to the top, just like the opening procedure for other small keys.

    Fadhli Dzil Ikram - Antwoord

    • Working from the top of the key now, repeat the process for the other 3 clips along the key. When you have done this, the key will be hinged at the bottom and free at the top. You should be able to rotate the key so it is almost vertical, and lift it out with no resistance.

  7. MacBook Pro 2016 Space Bar Removal, Clean under the key: stap 8, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • Using a cotton bud and some isopropyl alcohol, clean under the key. Remove any crumbs with a pair of fine tweezers.

    • Yes, I know my laptop is on. Do as I say, not as I do!

    Was mache ich denn, wenn die weiße Schiene an der herausgenommenen Tastatur hängt und nicht auf dem Tastenfeld verblieben ist? Bekomme die weiße Schiene nicht fixiert und dadurch auch nicht mehr die Taste. LG

    Katha - Antwoord

    Hej Katha, vielleicht hilft dir diese Anleitung weiter. Scroll da ein wenig nach unten, da scheint erklärt zu werden, wie du die Schiene (im besten Fall) wieder montieren kannst.

    Fabian Neidhardt -

  8. MacBook Pro 2016 Space Bar Removal, Replace the key: stap 9, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • Note the different types of clip on the key. The ones on the right in the photo should go into the trackpad side of the keyboard, where they sit in small holes. Put the bottom side of the key in, ensuring it sits in the holes.

    • You can see from the shape of the clips on the right why you have to take the key off from the top side. If you try from the bottom, you'll break the clip like I did on the bottom right in the photo.

    • Don't worry too much about broken clips. My space bar still works well despite 3/8 of the clips having been broken in the making of this guide. Hopefully you'll be more successful with the proper knowledge beforehand.

    The 2 clips in the lower side of the photo are broken from being removed. The pick was shoved in too hard and damaged them more than likely.

    This may prove helpful. It takes a gentle touch, not shoving the pick in through the side.

    Jon Ridley - Antwoord

    • Finally, press along the top side of the key to reconnect the four clips. The key is now replaced.


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Richard Coleman

Lid sinds: 23-01-18

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This does not belong on teardowns, it belongs in repairs.

lolman9999 lols & more - Antwoord

I agree too.

Jose Silva -

Will this work for other keys on the keyboard? My “A” key has something stuck underneath it.

Ken Powers - Antwoord

I’d use one of the many video guides on YouTube for that. The normal keys are easier than the space bar, but it’s basically the same; there are two clips at the top of the key that you can undo with a pick and two hooks at the bottom that allow you to remove the key once the clips are out.

Richard Coleman -

I have a special problem with the keys. Some keys are significantly brighter than others in my 2017 MBP. I suppose that the keycap has the diffusor layer what can cause this phenomenon. Am I right? Because in this case the replacement will solve this problem…

Gabor - Antwoord

What if I removed the butterfly level as well? Can I just glue the upper part with 2 small drops of glue? Where would be the best place? Was it glued before because it doesn’t pop in again.

Marco - Antwoord

The 2 clips in the lower side of the photo are broken from being removed. The pick was shoved in too hard and damaged them more than likely.

This may prove helpful. It takes a gentle touch, not shoving the pick in through the side.

This applies for all butterfly clip types. So 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro ranges, and 12” MacBook ranges from 2015-2016

Jon Ridley - Antwoord

Thanks Jon. Extremely helpful. In your excellent blogpost you mention glueing the dome mount. Mine has become loose and wonder what type of glue you recommend?

paulm -

Has anyone done the euro (Germany) Macbook Pro 2016 return key? Its the 180° turned L shaped one.

I have done several of other keys, however I am somewhat afraid of doing the return key. I dont know on which side the c shaped hooks are and on which side the L shaped hooks. If I start on the wrong side, I am likely going to break the key.

Does anyone have a picture of the underside of that key?

farisx - Antwoord

I was told at an apple store by their senior genius bar tech that the keys were designed to be removed with double sided adhesive on the top of the key attached to something for leverage, then you can lift the clips off, which makes sense. I have not had a chance to try it yet but it makes sense.

Hawesg Garrett - Antwoord

Thanks for posting this, the space bar can be a bear to disassemble.

Monty - Antwoord

Muchas gracias por tu articulo me ayudo millones , lo pude solucionar :)

Bingo Pagos - Antwoord

I did the same that you explain but the clip or the butterfly mechanism came off the keyboard base, also the transparent plastics that make it hold on the base. Is there a silver replacement for these translucent plastics?

Alejo Almeida - Antwoord

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