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Introduzione

Use this guide to remove or replace the USB-C board in an Early 2020 MacBook Air.

    • 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

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your MacBook.

  1. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement, Remove the lower case: passo 2, immagine 1 di 3 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement, Remove the lower case: passo 2, immagine 2 di 3 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement, Remove the lower case: passo 2, immagine 3 di 3
    • 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.

    • To reinstall the lower case:

    • Set it in place and press firmly to engage the two hidden clips underneath. You should feel and hear them snap into place.

    When reassembling, the “snaps” are in the middle of the laptop (from top to bottom), and just to the left and right of center. I assumed it was near the hinge so it took a bit for me to hear the snaps.

    Laurie McCall - Replica

    Laurie, the two clips are outlined in the third photo of step two. Hope this helps—happy fixing!

    Carsten Frauenheim -

    What tool kit should I use for this?

    Lucas Lee - Replica

  2. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 3, immagine 1 di 1
    • Peel back the tape covering the battery connector enough to reveal the connector underneath.

    This image is incorrect correct for the A2179 EMC 3302 model, also doesn’t match the next image in this guide

    Steven Friar - Replica

    There is other guide for the model you reffer to, I was using that one until i realize it was different, this is the one you are looking for: MacBook Air 13" Retina Late 2020 Repair

    Marco Rojas -

  3. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement: passo 4, immagine 1 di 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement: passo 4, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use a spudger to slide the battery connector parallel to the logic board and out of its socket on the logic board.

  4. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement, Remove the USB-C board: passo 5, immagine 1 di 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement, Remove the USB-C board: passo 5, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.4 mm screws securing the USB-C connector cover.

    • Remove the USB-C connector cover.

  5. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement: passo 6, immagine 1 di 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement: passo 6, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the USB-C cable connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  6. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement: passo 7, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use a T4 Torx driver to remove the two 2.9 mm screws securing the USB-C board.

  7. MacBook Air 13" Early 2020 USB-C Board Replacement: passo 8, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the USB-C board.

Conclusione

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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3 Commenti

Great guide and easy repair! My MacBook Air thought it was perpetually plugged in and would only charge from one of the USB C ports, this repair fixed it! I had a little scare when rebooting after the the fix, I either wasn’t pressing the power/touch ID button long enough or resetting the SMC (left shift, control, option, and power buttons) and holding the buttons until it booted worked. Not sure which did it.

Tyler - Replica

Thanks a lot, the repair guide was perfect ! It really took me 5mn.

My usb-c connector got corroded after I accidentally pulled some water on my computer. As by Tyler’s comment, my MBA was only working from one single port anymore and showed to be perpetually connected and in charge. I got the spare chip from AliExpress for 10€. Apple would have charged me for 400€…

Lastly, when booting for the 1st time after doing the repair, pressing the power button didn’t work and my MBA stayed off. I had to plug it to the charger and it then booted seamlessly.

Thanks again !

Faabio - Replica

Wish i could change out my USB port on my 2014 MacAir to USB-C

Shaun M. - Replica

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