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Use this guide to replace a broken trackpad.

  1. Remove the following 10 screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody:
    • Remove the following 10 screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody:

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

    Compare the short screws carefully before reinstalling them. The shouldered screws go in the holes on the front edge.

    David Kilbridge - Replica

    Before I started removing any screws I took a piece of paper and drew the bottom of the laptop and put a piece of double-sided tape in the spot where each screw goes. That way when I took out the screws, I could put them on the tape so I knew exactly which screw went in which spot. I did the same thing for dismantling the inside on another sheet of paper, then a third sheet for the screen after getting the front glass off.

    mastover - Replica

    I use a similar technique: I print out the iFixit manual for the job, and Scotch-tape down the screws/brackets/cables I remove at each step next to the component descriptions. That way, when I'm reassembling, the bits are taped right next to the photo of where they came from.

    adlerpe -

    That's exactly what I do for all my repairs! It's the best way to keep track of all of the parts ' original location and to make sure that you don't miss any parts during reassembly.

    joyitsjennie -

    Great idea and one I use often

    Thomas Overstreet -

    Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing it here.

    Laura Sharkey -

    I used a 00 that fit but the screws were very tight so I used a tiny paintbrush with some wd40 on it and put it around the edges of the screws. Worked like a charm

    valentinedhdh - Replica

  2. Slightly lift the lower case and push it toward the rear of the computer to free the mounting tabs.
    • Slightly lift the lower case and push it toward the rear of the computer to free the mounting tabs.

    In the introduction you should link fixers to this excellent doc: https://www.ifixit.com/Misc/HD_Software_...

    It is really critical, super easy, and free(!) to clone your existing drive onto the new one you will install. I ran into one error, but SuperDuper! support replied immediately on how to fix it...Thanks ifixit and SuperDuper! (I ponied up the $28 for the software anyway, I was so impressed!)

    Mike - Replica

  3. Remove the following tri-point screws securing the battery to the upper case:
    • Remove the following tri-point screws securing the battery to the upper case:

    • One 5.5 mm tri-point screw.

    • One 13.5 mm tri-point screw.

    Mine does not have triwing screws.... They have 5 points but none of my torx stuff works? What is it? I have one of your sets of 20 or so pieces and nothing works.....

    Chris Babcock - Replica

    pentalobe. its an apple specific driver to keep you out. The bottoms of the airs use this as well. You can fid one on eBay

    ryan rochford -

  4. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector up out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

    use two spudgers, one of each side of the connector.

    Sebastien CHAPUIS - Replica

    I was able to use 1 spudger. Just wiggled a little on each of the 3 free sides of the connector, and kept going around until the connector freed up.

    Brian - Replica

  5. The Essential Toolkit

    The most helpful tools in our most compact kit.

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    The Essential Toolkit

    The most helpful tools in our most compact kit.

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  6. Lift the battery out of the upper case.
    • Lift the battery out of the upper case.

    • If you're installing a new battery, you should calibrate it after installation:

    • Charge it to 100%, and then keep charging it for at least 2 more hours. Next, unplug and use it normally to drain the battery. When you see the low battery warning, save your work, and keep your laptop on until it goes to sleep due to low battery. Wait at least 5 hours, then charge your laptop uninterrupted to 100%.

    • If you notice any unusual behavior or problems after installing your new battery, you may need to reset your MacBook's SMC.

    Did everything correctly, but now the battery doesn't charge. Do I have to do something in particular to make it work now that's installed? Thanks

    Olivier - Replica

    I am answering a 2 year old post but this is for those who may have the same or similar issue in the future.

    When I was putting the battery connector back on that it didn't sit flat against the board before I put pressure on the top of the connecter to press it back into its socket. I then took time to examine the battery connector socket and saw it consisted of long thin vertical pins. I deduced that if the battery connector was not aligned correctly to the pins on the motherboard then it may be very easy to bend one or more of the pins in a way that they wouldn't mate up with the opposing female part on the connector. That sure would cause a battery charging issue. If you feel too much resistance when pressing the connector back into the socket then stop and make sure it is all aligned correctly. I know, not easy with the size, the black connector and black socket. A spudger can be used on the battery side of the connector to raise it to a level position prior to applying pressure to the top of it.

    Joseph King -

    I too encountered the same problem. After resetting the SMC (http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201295), it resolved the problem.

    2CentsNoneTheRicher - Replica

    I put the battery in ok, then placed it on charge and tried to start it. It didn't like this at all, letting out evenly spaced unfamiliar beeps. I felt sure i had done something terrible. I held down the start button and turned it off. Half an hour later I turned it back on, upon which it sprung back to life, much to my relief. The battery needed to be charged before starting it seems.

    Guy Wishart - Replica

    Hallo,

    ich habe die Batterie wie beschrieben getauscht und kalibriert. Ich komme jedoch nicht über eine Akkulaufzeit von 2 Std hinaus. Womit hängt das zusammen?

    timo.staab - Replica

    Hi Timo. Please write in English as this is an English-speaking site. That way you will significantly increase the probability of eliciting a response.

    (Servus Timo. Dies ist eine enlischsprachige Website, daher ist es wünschenswert und höflich Nachrichten und Fragen auf Englisch zu stellen. Du erhöhst dadurch ausserdem die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass dir jemand antwortet.)

    A 2 hour battery runtime is indeed a bit on the low end of what you can expect from a new battery; of course, this will depend on the load and apps that you are running in the background. When you installed the new battery, did you go through the full calibration charge/discharge cycle as described? What is the full charge capacity of your new battery (About this Mac → System Report → Hardware → Power → Charge Information → Full Charge Capacity).

    Maurits Evers -

  7. Use the flat end of a spudger to carefully pry the trackpad connector up from its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to carefully pry the trackpad connector up from its socket on the logic board.

  8. Open your MacBook Pro and set it on a table as shown.
    • Open your MacBook Pro and set it on a table as shown.

  9. While holding the edge of the trackpad closest to the logic board with one hand, remove the four 1.2 mm Phillips screws highlighted in red.
    • While holding the edge of the trackpad closest to the logic board with one hand, remove the four 1.2 mm Phillips screws highlighted in red.

    I ordered some tools from iFixit for replacement of the trackpad but the Phillips #00 Screwdriver named above is still too big for the (tiny) screws of the trackpad. Shouldn't that be a Philips #000?

    sleutelman - Replica

    I have a macbook pro 15 inch unibody from 2010-2011, do you think it would work to use that trackpad as an replacement for my 13 inch 2012-2013

    Filip - Replica

    A word of caution if you are replacing your trackpad due to a bulging battery. This guide assumes that the original mounting tabs are not damaged and it does not look like the iFixit trackpad replacement kit comes with new tabs. My MBP had a bulging battery, which pushed up on the bottom of my trackpad, deforming one of these tabs. Now that I have removed the battery, the trackpad still works, but it is not flush with the case and the physical clicks are not as responsive as I would like. Does iFixit sell just the replacement tabs?

    Matt Marchese - Replica

    Same here luckily the trackpad still works but the taps have deformed. Anyone find a place to pick up just those tabs? Edit: found them MacBook Pro Unibody (Mid 2009-Mid 2012) Trackpad Mounting Screws

    iAndrewC -

    Be careful with this step. The very tiny screws are very hard to remove with a #00 screwdriver. I tried with mine and I mashed the srews heads, it was then very very hard to remove it. Better to use a #000 screwdriver. If the heads are mashed like me, I suggest you use a 0.1 flat screwdriver, it worked well in my case.

    Jonathan - Replica

    I couldn't even begin to use the #000 as the edges were not deep or narrow enough for the condition of the screws from factory install. The .1 flat screwdriver worked like a charm though and didn't mess up the screws further at all. I was getting nervous that I'd need to get another screwdriver beyond what's in the iFixit toolkit, but this worked as a better solution.

    Thom Merrick -

    I used the J000 head from the iFixit kit and it fit pretty snug, and the screws came out very cleanly

    andrew - Replica

  10. If necessary, carefully dislodge the edge of the trackpad closest to the keyboard from its recess in the upper case by pushing it away from the brackets attached to the upper case. Carefully push the trackpad connector and cable down through the slot cut into the upper case. It may be necessary to use a spudger to help get the trackpad connector past the edge of the logic board.
    • If necessary, carefully dislodge the edge of the trackpad closest to the keyboard from its recess in the upper case by pushing it away from the brackets attached to the upper case.

    • Carefully push the trackpad connector and cable down through the slot cut into the upper case.

    • It may be necessary to use a spudger to help get the trackpad connector past the edge of the logic board.

    • Once the cable has been completely pulled through its slot in the upper case, pull the trackpad away from the outer edge of the upper case and remove it from the machine.

  11. If you are installing a replacement trackpad that didn't come with the attached flex cable, you'll need to use the cable from your old trackpad.
    • If you are installing a replacement trackpad that didn't come with the attached flex cable, you'll need to use the cable from your old trackpad.

    • To remove the flex cable from the old trackpad, first flip open the latch on the ZIF connector, opposite the cable. Then, apply a little heat from a hair dryer or iOpener to soften the adhesive securing the cable to the trackpad, and carefully peel off and remove the cable.

    • When installing your new trackpad, routing the cable through the upper case and past the logic board may be difficult. It is helpful to use the tip of a spudger to guide the connector past the logic board while pushing the cable through its slot in the upper case with your other hand.

    This article seems to be about REPLACING a trackpad. Why does the summary claim that no parts are needed?

    Sam Pittman - Replica

    If your replacement trackpad comes with the cable separated and loose, the connection to the trackpad needs to have a tab pressed down which keeps the connection snug. It won't work without it. It's a tab on the trackpad part of the connection. Tab might be the wrong word; the connection has to be in all the way, then clamp it closed with the tab... oops! LOL

    Mark - Replica

  12. Next, reinstall the four 1.2 mm Phillips screws along the inner edge of the trackpad. Tighten the screws all the way, then back them out about 1/4 turn.
    • Next, reinstall the four 1.2 mm Phillips screws along the inner edge of the trackpad.

    • Tighten the screws all the way, then back them out about 1/4 turn.

    • Check the alignment of the trackpad on the keyboard side of the upper case. Once you have centered the trackpad in the upper case, tighten the four Phillips screws all the way.

    trackpad still doesn't click. I've tried two separate parts.. but what makes it pop back up after depressing the pad? It just lays there. I've taken it apart four times to adjust the tork screw... nothing. HELP!

    Gail - Replica

    two options here :

    _adjust the screw which control the deepness of the click

    or

    _the back panel put pressure on the battery which prevent the movement of the trackpad

    Sebastien CHAPUIS -

    My trackpad was driving me up the wall, bouncing all over the place. Ifixit Trackpad comes with extra screws, hinge and adjuster. You won't believe how tiny these screws are! If one falls in the carpet-it's GONE! Bless you Ifixit! To center when re-installing adjust by sliding a thin piece of paper (scotch tape?), under bottom of trackpad, let Trackpad rest on it's own weight and then tighten one top and bottom screw a little bit, and eyeball it, just the tiniest crack of daylight on each side. I strongly suggest the highest quality magnetic screwdriver you can find. The little torx screw disc is an adjuster. If too tight, trackpad won't 'click.' On a Mac, click is not really essential as long as tap and slide are working right. Needs a small amount of clearance. When properly installed you can 'feel' the click if it's right. Probably won't need to mess with it at all. Now my trackpad works like it should, I am a happy camper!

    ovenwally - Replica

    I replaced the trackpad with a new one: the arrow moves but was not possible to click. I putted back the old trackpad and it works with. The solution: the eleventh picture shown a gray Torx type screw to the left of the connector where there is the recess in the back of the mouse. This screw is used to increase or decrease the depth of clicks. in my case it was too screwed and it was as if I held continually pressed the truckpad: therefore, it was enough to loosen it. At this point I ask myself since in the old truckpad I had problems with the physical click, I probably would have been enough to adjust the screw.

    caronte88 - Replica

    Vielen Dank, dies hat mir sehr beholfen :-)

    Frederik Häger -

    ifitit is once again amazing. My trackpad just stopped working on my four year old machine. Bought a new trackpad from iFitit, followed the guide and now I have a functional laptop again. One thing to note. 1.2mm is small very, very small. The screws for the trackpad *will* get lost if they fall of the table. Make sure that doesn't happen.

    Jerry - Replica

    I was having trackpad issue on my 2010 machine, did the replacement from ifixit which arrived broken (bummer) but they replaced it no problems. It worked great for just under a year but now I'm having the same issues again of poor finger tacking, jumping, and lack of sensitivity. I've tried cleaning the whole unit, rebooting in safe mode, refreshing code, and anything else the web has provided. I'm starting to wonder if it's something else on my machine or if the trackpads just don't hold up well enough. Overall I'm super frustrated to have a newer pad crap out this early.

    eastern117 - Replica

    I don't have a magnetic head driver so I had a terrible time trying to get the screws in. I found getting the screw on the table Phillips side up, I pushed my finger tip into the head til it stuck and placed the screw into the thread that way. The screw stayed in long enough for me to tighten with the driver ! Oh, what a relief! I only lost one screw; thank god for replacement screws! Order your trackpad with screws! They fall and get lost easy! Now I'm happy! :)

    Mark - Replica

    Next time rub the tip of the screwdriver against a magnet about 10-20 times in the SAME direction (A fridge magnet works)

    Karan Kakkar -

    For some reason the black material under the tabs were enough to stop the track pad from being able to click. I removed that material and now have a track pad that clicks.

    blrmisc - Replica

    I installed the trackpad, but it was not behaving correctly. Took it apart again and reinstalled, using the 2 new foils that go under the trackpad keeper screws (my old ones were kind of mangled, probably from all the force I had to use on the old trackpad). I also made extra sure the trackpad was precisely lined up this time. Voila! A nice, sensitive new trackpad.

    Thanks, iFixit!

    Felix - Replica

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    Volkan Ogul - Replica

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    Volkan Bingöl - Replica

    I’m having issues with the trackpad following the movement of my fingers accurately. It clicks and functions but it behaves the same way an old mouse would with dust in it. Jumps erratically and doesn’t always track every input. No where close to the function or accuracy it used to provide. Any tips?

    Andy Emery - Replica

    I have exactly the same behaviour with my new trackpad. After the first try I took it out again, use two new of the metal trackpad keeper, put everything together again and controlled everything very precisely. But the cursor is still jumping or not responding by small movements of the finger(s), also a tap for clicking (activated in System Preferences) isn‘t working most of the time: if I tap for click 15 times, it will do a click maybe once. Very frustrating! Is this a malfunction of the new trackpad?

    Wolfgang Glathe -

    Thank’s Ifixit, my trackpad click was not working consistently, I had to click many times for the click to be registered. The new one fixed the problem. This is the reason I bought it from you, even if the price is a bit stiff, as support for a well done job.

    For those who might be interested, I suspect the click contact was deteriorated during my recent voyage in France, where I plugged my Mac on the 220 vac through straight 120/220 adapter. As I was seated, with my bare feet on the ground, I often felt a soft tingle on my fingers as I ran them on the palm rest of the Mac. It is shortly after a little while of that that my trackpad click started to misbehave. This is highly speculative, but I see no other reason for this failure to happen, unless this click contact coincidentally happened to reach the end of its life… my Mac is 5 years old.

    Once again thank you for those repair guides.

    jrb.

    Jean Roch Blais - Replica

    The depth of click adjustment screw is on the centre of the side of the trackpad that faces you in normal use. I has a Torx head that adjusts how much it protrudes from the top side of the trackpad recess. I am still having trouble getting positive clicks but you may well need to adjust this post that contacts the trackpad on the side closest to you and in the middle of that front edge.

    Peter Newman - Replica

    I took too long to at the link to my previous post. Screw adjuster here https://imgur.com/a/CAMIpJw

    Peter Newman - Replica

    I found it difficult to adjust the trackpad’s position so that it had just the same amount of space on every side to move freely when being clicked.

    What worked for me was putting all four screws in - but a little loose as suggested - and then putting the button case back on (without screws) for protection. Turn the laptop in normal position, open it, adjust the trackpad, fix its position with one large strap of of easy to remove tape - approximately 15 x 4-5 cm e.g. masking tape.

    This will hold the trackpad in position while turning the MacBook Pro around and tightening the screws.

    Jörn von Spreckelsen - Replica

    I’m having the clicking problem as well. May I suggest adding the TORX screwdriver in the list of tools necessary to install and the adjustment tip added to the directions? Will try again when I have the correct screwdriver. Everything else went well, but I had to remove it and go back to old trackpad for now, which bounces and jumps allover the place and drives me bonkers. thank you!

    Also, which size TORX screwdriver should I buy? There are multiples available! Thank you

    Ropples - Replica

    Thank you! Great instructions—a Mid-2012 MacBook lives another day.

    Sue Livingston - Replica

    I am having a different issues. After installing the new trackpad and cable on a Mid 2010 MacBook Pro it just stays stuck in the left hand corner. I can click the trackpad and it opens the menu, but the cursor won’t move.

    Any suggestions?

    shawngodsey - Replica

Conclusione

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

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It went very well for me. The pram was reset when I rebooted -- the clock needed to be reset and the wifi passwords were forgotten. But the trackpad works great! Thank you!

Marshall - Replica

Bought a new trackpad, installed it, fiddled with centering it, loosened the click adjuster screw and it would hardly click if I pressed real hard, just like the old trackpad. Problem solved by putting two 1/32" thick sticky pads under battery where the battery sits on the macbook frame near the lower bottom edge. The battery was new and not swollen but is was still too thick. Didn't need the new trackpad but now I have a spare.

Arne - Replica

The removal and installation went exactly as described, and the new trackpad worked correctly the first time. The toughest part - truly, not all that difficult - was manipulating the four screws that hold the trackpad in place. I don't think I've seen such small threaded fasteners since I went to a watch museum!

dbrick - Replica

is it possible that if i screw the bolts too tight, it can result in the track pad not responding? I install a brand new one after the battery was swollen and cracked the original track pad but the new one isn't working either.

Sabian Toussaint - Replica

Is there any way that I can only get the ribbon cable for the trackpad?

Adrian Lara - Replica

Would a swollen battery cause the track pad to seemingly pop out of the top of my 2010 MBP? Right side of trackpad is lifted the worst, top is slightly raised. The four corners and left side are seemingly flush with the rest of the computer. Trackpad works fine, other than no click...still has perfect movement.

Jessica Fulcher - Replica

That is indeed a common symptom of a swollen battery, you can pop the rear case off of your laptop and peek at the battery, and even take it out for a moment, if it looks swollen, you should probably replace it.

Sam Goldheart -

Thanks so much for the suggestion Sam! Checking it out today.

Jessica Fulcher -

Great breakdown of replacing trackpad. Mine stopped clicking. At first thought it was my battery, but when I opened my laptop, I realized my battery was not swollen. Decid d to replace the track pad to see if it was faulty. Followed your instructions and got it done in 10 minutes and my trackpad working perfectly. No issue at all with the install. Glad I chose to do it instead of giving it to Apple for a week and playing so much money that really only cost me the price of the replacement. Thank you so much.

thirddyfrk - Replica

worked perfectly!! thanks!

keithk900 - Replica

worked! instructions great. iFixit parts were great. love this site. you definitely need correct screwdrivers they will give you years of repairs.

speedy4979 - Replica

Though it eventually worked, I will say that this is definitely the fiddliest, most precise repair I’ve made to my MacBook Pro. I’ve upgraded the RAM, replaced the hard drive, hard drive cable, battery, and feet. In retrospect, I might just take it in for this repair next time. There’s more to it than shown in this tutorial, including the necessity for very precise alignment, and the trackpad click adjustment screw.

Felix - Replica

Absolutely fantastic instructions! Would have done in 10mins top if it wasn’t for a rounded Y screw on the battery from a previous ‘‘professional’’ refurb. Deffo use this guide again. Used the iFix essential tool kit and was fabulous. These will last years!

brendan-luesley - Replica

Just installed a new trackpad, mine isn’t working though? I have replaced the cable as well. Any suggestions. I’ve read something about alignment and screw tightness? Would that cause the trackpad to be unresponsive?

any advice would be appreciated!

abc100785 - Replica

Good repair guide, nevertheless, if you’re swapping your trackpad because you lost the ability to click, consider first that your battery may be aging and expansing its volume which no longer allows the “click travel” correctly. And therefore the trackpad is not the issue but the battery is.

Sebastien CHAPUIS - Replica

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