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Use this guide to upgrade or replace the solid-state drive in a MacBook Air 13” Early 2015. This MacBook Air uses a proprietary storage drive connector, and is therefore not compatible with common M.2 drives without the use of an adapter.

Before you perform this repair, if at all possible, back up your existing SSD. Then, either familiarize yourself with internet recovery or create a bootable external drive so you’ll be ready to install macOS onto your new drive and migrate your data to the new SSD.

Finally, we strongly recommend installing macOS 10.13 High Sierra (or a later macOS) before replacing the original SSD from your MacBook Air. Most new SSDs require updated storage drivers not found in versions of macOS prior to High Sierra.

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    • Before proceeding, power down your MacBook. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface, top-side down.

    • Use a P5 Pentalobe driver to remove ten screws securing the lower case, of the following lengths:

    • Two 9 mm screws

    • Eight 2.6 mm screws

    Pulling the fan cable out was terrifying but you actually just pull on the cable itself. No way to get any leverage at the connector to dislodge it. Did come out easily but like I said, scared me!

    allison - Ответить

    Draai de schroefjes voorzichtig los en leg ze op een stabiele plek neer en let erop dat de schroefje een verschillende lengte hebben.

    bwgvanderveer - Ответить

    I thought I could replace my 256 Gb SSD with 512? regards

    ola m - Ответить

    Do you have good Test Point Voltages? It appears there are silver colored Test points on the I/O Board. I am working on a water spill and trying to troubleshoot if both the I/O board and the Logic need replaced.

    andrew - Ответить

    It's probably not necessary but may be a little safer to completely discharge the old battery before replacing it.

    Larry Smith - Ответить

    tell a model that was not inferior to the speed of the one in the laptop.

    Thank you

    ilyabuhov - Ответить

    Do i need to order tools separately to replace the battery i just ordered?

    anne uhlir - Ответить

    im looking for a Logic Board for a

    Apple - MacBook Air® - 13.3" Display - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Flash Storage (Latest Model) - Silver Model: MQD32LL/A

    Any help is appreciated.

    Jamie Comstock - Ответить

    P5 pentalobe screwdrivers are too big! The correct size for these screws are p4 pentalobe. P5 pentalobe was just able, with difficulty, to turn some of the screws. If the screws were at all tight, my p5 was unable to get them out, and started to strip the screws. A p4 screwdriver fit better and removed the screws with ease. (I was using high quality Wiha brand screwdrivers.)

    William Skinner - Ответить

    I had same experience (with MacBook Air 13-inch Mid-2012) … had to get P4, which worked swimmingly

    eric -

    Very simple installation. The screwdriver heads were exactly what we’re needed, one head for the outside case screws, the other for the screws holding the battery in place. The computer started right up. Now to see how the battery holds up, but I have a good feeling about this!

    Dennis Eaton - Ответить

    My P5 and the T5 worked perfectly with my early 2015 Air 13”! And it is super fast! Thank you iFixit!

    Pennny Beach - Ответить

    The supplied kit and instructions worked perfectly!

    Nikolay Andreev - Ответить

    Comments that the P5 pentalobe are too large are absolutely spot-on. There is no way the P5 pentalobe bit I have will work with the MacBook Air without destroying the screws. Hard target search for P4 pentalobe bit in progress…..

    joemoog - Ответить

    Bonjour j’aimerais changer mon SSD de 128 Go pour en mettre un de 512 Go. Je ne sais pas ce qu’il faut prendre car il faut qu’il soit compatible avec le macbook air A1466. J’aurais vu un Samsung Evo 970 500 Go mais si je ne me trompe pas, il faut un adaptateur.

    Merci pour votre aide.

    chicco33 - Ответить

    oui, vous aurez besoin d’un adaptateur, pour completez le changement.

    Dan -

    The tool kit should include tweezers for re-inserting the battery connector.

    Andre Clement - Ответить

    P5 pentalobe worked perfectly for me. Instructions were spot-on. Antenna connections were a bit fiddly to refit but got them in ok.

    michaelquinnell - Ответить

    Maybe the problem some are experiencing is that the designations are confusing (blame Apple rather than iFixit). the P2 is also known as PL1. The P5 is also known as PL4. The P6 is also known as PL5. So it is possible to mistake the P6 (PL5) for the P5 (PL4), meaning it (P6-PL5) will be too big, while the P5 (PL4) will be just right. Sort of a 3 Bears explanation, but it is very confusing.

    Thomas Lewis - Ответить

    To add to this. In searching for the P5 screwdriver to buy in UK, as far as I can tell, it is also known as

    Pentalobe 1.2(mm)

    also

    P4 = 0.8

    P6 = 1.5

    Just unscrewed the back case of MacBook Air 13” mid 2011, with no problems using Pentalobe 1.2

    nijafe -

    I have not replaced a display on the A1369 but have done many A1466 which is a newer 13” model. They seem really similar and its not clear why one needs to remove the logic board to remove the display. The antenna cables on the A1466 dont have to rest under the logic board but can be tucked in the hinge crevice. Cant this same thing be done with the A1369?

    Sean Love - Ответить

    Did mine today - but new battery wasnt charging. Went back in and noticed the battery connector cable was not quite 100% “seated. It was sticking out by less than a millimetre! - you need to give it quite a firm push in to get it seated properly. Otherwise - all ok .

    John Brennand - Ответить

    Just installed on a MacBookAir6,2 (13-inch, Early 2014).

    Was very easy.

    New iFixit battery looks great so far:

    Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 4922 -> 7333

    Jonathan Cross - Ответить

    can you tell me which size of screwdrivers you’ve used to crack it up, please? I have the same model and size,

    hawk_lpc -

    Screw P5 Pentalobe 1.2

    Mario Verlent - Ответить

    Install went flawlessly. Only challange was reattaching blue tooth antennas. Those sockets are so tiny.

    Joel Sebastian - Ответить

    Installation was a little challenging at first because the instructions on this site did not perfectly match my model (late 2013 to early 2015).

    Found this video on YouTube which described the procedure perfectly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lue6lVWh...

    Also the Ifixit kit I received was well put together with everything I needed and more. The calibration went perfectly and I am very pleased. Will buy again!!

    Donald Niamath - Ответить

    Gently pulled out connector of old battery, then pressed and held the power switch for 1 minute. Unscrewed and removed the old battery. Pressed and held power switch for 1 minute again. I know from previous work that this helps drain charge from spontaneous recharging as the dielectric recovers. Gently “fine tuned” leads from new battery to connector till connector stuck out at right angle to the edge of battery. Held the battery by the edges and let the connector slide into the socket. Set the battery down and put the screws in all the way. Then checked that the connector was completely seated before tightening the screws. The laptop come on immediately and showed 98% charge and registered normal (checked in “About this Mac”. Very happy to this point. Now for calibration.

    Amir Zaidi - Ответить

    Thank you very much for the guilde. My MBA2011 had reborn !

    Billy Wong - Ответить

    Allow for electrostatics, otherwise you may cook components on the logicboard /motherboard (like I did with one of these!)

    See great advice: Electrostatic Discharge

    Fletcher Cole - Ответить

    … und wenn du eines von diesen wirklich kleinen Schräubchen vermisst: bevor du den Boden aufkehrst oder mit einem starken Magneten absuchst, schau mal am seitlichen (magnetischen) Ladekabelanschluss nach … ?

    ... and if you miss one of these really small screws: before you sweep the floor or search it with a strong magnet, take a look at the (magnetic) charging cable connection on the side … ?

    Blatt - Ответить

  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.

    There is a nub on the inside of the case which is attached to the battery. When you try to pull it open, it appears to be attached to the plastic casing of the battery, which sometimes splits. I gently unhooked the nub from the battery before removing the case fully. This seems to happen if the battery has suffered some drop damage (plastic parts broken around screws and parts of plastic frame split). Just an FYI in case your lower case doesn't pull away easily.

    Jeannie Crowley - Ответить

    To add - the slim 1cm tab “nub” is on the centre of the back cover & fits into a hole in the battery frame. I ran my fingers around the whole of the cover to eventually here it click out.

    nijafe -

    When closing this back up make sure that the antenna cable is tucked away neatly

    Gabriel - Ответить

    So this is a legit back cover for MacBook Air?

    ASHANTI SMITH - Ответить

    What about disconnecting the battery?

    Luke Grimes - Ответить

    I bought the part and tools from iFixit and followed the directions. The mechanical part went smoothly - maybe 10 minutes to disassemble/replace/reassemble.

    Getting Catalina (the current MacOS) to install was not working until I used Cmd-Opt-R (as noted in the OWC paper sheet that came in the box) which brought up the proper installer - I believe from a pre-prepared bootable SD card but it’s hard to say. From there the install succeeded taking ~1.5 hours.

    Beware that (a) the install requires a working internet connection for verification and updates, and (b) the system must have been running at least macOs 10.13 (High Sierra) before the install in order to have an EFI BIOS that recognizes the SSD.

    Lance Berc - Ответить

  2. To ensure that everything is de-energized and won't turn on while you're working, it is recommended that you disconnect the battery. Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it parallel to the board toward the front edge of the Air.
    • To ensure that everything is de-energized and won't turn on while you're working, it is recommended that you disconnect the battery.

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

    • Do not lift upward on the connector as you disconnect it or you risk damage to the connector socket.

    after disconnect the battery, press and hold 5*10 seconds the powerbutton on your keyboard to unload the capacitors

    Marcel - Ответить

    how does a person put the battery connector back in?- that is the only thing i’m afraid of touching after putting new fan in.

    a smith - Ответить

    I found it was possible to put the battery connector back in as the last step, however having gone through that and found it to be a little challenging, I would actually recommend attaching the battery connector before screwing back in the bracket. That way you’ll put a lot less stress on the connector cable.

    Kevin Epstein -

    When you are plugging the connector back in, make sure to give it some extra pressure to make sure it is all the way in. It may look like it’s in but needs to be pushed harder!

    Connor Dougherty - Ответить

  3. Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.
    • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.

    I'm using a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the SSD retaining screw but it's simply not working, the screwdriver seems slightly too big and I even tried plyers to grab the ends of the screw and turn it but that didn't budge. Are the screws super tight or something? I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong

    smokey9112filmz2 - Ответить

    I would also like to know that, i have the same problem tried using a standard T5 Torx and the Pentalobe P5 screwdriver, but the both dont work/fit

    facebookvincent -

    I opened mine with a T-6.

    airshack - Ответить

    I ended up using the T5 with a rubber band in between. I wish I would have done this earlier. I stripped a little bit of the screw. You live you learn.

    Senh Mo Chuang - Ответить

    After reassembly, press and hold cmd-opt-R immediately after hitting power button

    bob.lombardi - Ответить

  4. Gently lift the end of the SSD about half an inch and pull it straight out of its socket on the logic board. Don't lift the SSD more than half an inch—doing so may damage the SSD or its socket on the logic board.
    • Gently lift the end of the SSD about half an inch and pull it straight out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Don't lift the SSD more than half an inch—doing so may damage the SSD or its socket on the logic board.

    • When reinstalling the SSD, be sure it is properly seated before reinstalling its retaining screw.

    Am I able to upgrade my Macbook Air early 2015 from 128Mb SSD to the SSD Samsung 960 (EVO or Pro) 1TB or 2TB?

    If so, do a need special adapters?

    Ruben Dominguez - Ответить

    Is there an adaptor cable or external housing that allows me to transfer the information on my SSD to my other laptop that has a SATA drive?

    Redwood Man - Ответить

    There are several available at Other World Computing.

    NerdsLimited -

    OWC 480 GB ssd says, early 2015 MacBook Pro needs thermal pad. what kin of pad is needed before SSD can be replaced.

    rasi_tip - Ответить

    Can you recommend an adapter to use a regular m.2 ssd?

    zepa - Ответить

    I really don’t recommend using M.2 SSD’s!

    As someone who services Mac’s I tend to see the failures and I’l warn you I see a lot of these M.2 drives with adapter with problems. As one of the first diagnostic processes I pop in my custom Apple Samsung SSD to see if the system works with it. If it does I recommend the power to replace the SSD.

    Dan -

    If I’m ordering a 1TB ssd what exactly should I be asking for ?

    i looked up a replacement for my 2015 Air and the ssd they sent had the slot in the wrong place. Will I need an adapter?

    why did they suggest it would be compatible (it’s an m2)?

    Colin Gray - Ответить

    Seems cheap isn’t good

    Colin Gray - Ответить

    Is the same procedure suitable for a macbook 13” early 2014?

    RvS

    robert van spronsen - Ответить

    Hey robert, the procedure is exactly the same for the 2014 MBA! You can check out our MacBook Air 2014 SSD replacement guide to check for yourself.

    Taylor Dixon -

    Shouldn’t you disconnect the battery before removing the old SSD? Guide lacks instructions for this so not sure if necessary/ recommended. I recall HDD upgrade guide for my old MBP 2010 included disconnecting the battery, surely same for MBA?

    David Shanahan - Ответить

    Yes, always disconnect the battery first before removing other components.

    (Edit: I only skimmed, looking for chat about adapters and such. It’s there.. Step 3. At least, it is now. Maybe it was added after your comment) :)

    Ashlar -

    I’ve got Macbook Air 2012, which has been upgraded with Samsung 860 Evo M.2, I am looking to buy a MacBook Air 2017 and swap its’ original SSD to one which currently sits in my Air 2012. Is MacBook Air 2017 compatible with Samsung 860 Evo M.2?

    Rob Fox - Ответить

    My mid-2013 Air has crashed to the point of being unrecoverable - I get the folder with a question mark upon startup and there is no disk to recover from when I finally get to disk utility. After a couple phone calls with Apple, they determined they couldn’t do anything. I’m wondering if I can remove my SSD from the laptop, if I can use an adapter cable to make the files accessible via a cable (preferably to USB C) on my new MacBook Air mid-2020. I appreciate the help, thank you.

    Jack Tynan - Ответить

    is there any software updates that need to be done to configure this to work properly or is it a plug and play type of thing?

    Martita Sharlow - Ответить

Заключение

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Answers community for help.

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Great... Now tell me where I can get an SSD for this machine.

Dave - Ответить

yes) and prompt and appropriate model that was not inferior in speed built.

Thank!

ilyabuhov -

Dave, I am sure these are M.2 SSD. I am not sure what apple uses but at least you have somewhere you can start for research

klacorum -

That’s indeed an M.2 SSD but you’ll need an adapter as the one that came with the Macbook uses a proprietary connector.

Farie Indriawan -

Is there a way to upgrade it ? I cant find a bigger SSD which can be installed on this model.

Any update is welcome.

Max - Ответить

OWC has SSDs for specifically for MacBook Air. You can get them here: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ssd/owc/m...

I upgraded my MacBook Pro Retina with an OWC SSD and it worked a treat. I went for a kit that included an external chassis for the drive I swapped out. It makes an incredibly fast and portable external drive.

NOTE: Changing the drive voids the warranty, but if you swap your existing mac drive back in when it goes for repair everything is fine. I know because I have also had to have my Pro serviced.

Thurstan Hethorn - Ответить

which ssd model should i use for macbook air 13" early 2015?

abhijeet - Ответить

the maximum memory for ssd ?

Florinel Daniel - Ответить

Does this upgrade apply to this MacBook= MMGF2LL/A?

Kid Frost - Ответить

Since there is a not much of a difference between the MacBook Air Mid 2017 and this one, would it be possible to move my 128 GB SSD from my old MacBook Pro 2015 into the MacBook Air 2017 same way ? Konsidering keeping the data how would i handle the os configuration differences ? Thanks in advance.

David Conrad - Ответить

If I want to take an SSD from a damaged macbook air (SSD is not damaged) and put it into a model with a smaller capacity SSD will it turn on and work from the SSD I put in? I am wondering if there are additional steps to get one macbook air to boot from a hard drive from another.

Michael Hutchinson - Ответить

As of June 2017, OSX High Sierra has added nvme support for booting. I can confirm that the samsung 960 evo works with a m.2 adpater in my macbook air 2015. This gave me a 250 GB ssd that runs roughly 1300MB/s write and 1300MB/s read for about $150 usd.

sleep - Ответить

what adapter?

onwar33 -

I have an adata sx6000 m.s 2280 pcie and adaptor for my macbook air early 2015. The macbook does not at all recognize the drive. its as if its not installed. i tried the drive on a pc and know it works.

Adam Gordon -

What Is the largest SSd upgrade you do on a MacBook Air 13.3 mid 2015

Dale Harding - Ответить

OWC offers a 1TB kit

Geir Leirvik -

you can also go up to 2 tb

Leon Bernhammer -

Additional info: you can use normal m2 ssds in your macbook using an Adapter. You can find Infos with campatible ssd types on this site: https://macandegg.de/upkeep/macbook-air-...

sorry for this Website being German but you can see that e.g. for a macbook 7,2 you can use nvme ssds with Adapter. There are also examples for ssds to use but u dont Need exactly the ones linked there, also some ssds similar to those will work just as fine. have fun

Leon Bernhammer - Ответить

Hi, i have one mac air mid 2011 upgrade 64 gb to 256 gb and now buy macbook air mid2017 ssd 128 , what is the best way to re-use ssd 256 GB transcend on the new macbook air mid 2017?

I can remove ssd of mac old and install on new mac air without problens?

Gledson Oliveira - Ответить

Do i have to use the same ssd?

Withawin - Ответить

Can i use this SSD model on mac air 2017?

SSD ADATA XPG GAMMIX S10 512GB PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280

and how do i know which SSDs are compatible with my mac air 2017?

iraj - Ответить

Is the default ssd installed on this mac sata or nvme?

John Lorrenz Cruz - Ответить

do i need to prep the new SSD? or do I just swap them out?

Jim Kochem - Ответить

Just did mine, create a mojave bootable usb drive and swap them. No other work needed

Dan -

thats great!

I need to transfer the data to Mobile drive 1TB (because my Mac won’t work any more, it needs the logic board to be changed).. so my question is:

which adaptor do i need to read the data off the Macbook Air 13 (early 2014) ?

thanks in advance

Mahmoud Abdelsayed - Ответить

is it compatible with "MacBookAir7,2" 2017?

tomalemoch - Ответить

Hi, I have this 2015 model which won’t turn on. Is there an USB external ssd card reader on the market so I can recover the data on my ssd card, once it is removed?

rick - Ответить

Yep, there sure is! Right here.

Jeff Suovanen -

Do I need make some boot to instal the Mac OS in the new ssd?

Alexandre Suzuki - Ответить

If you are using a Apple blade SSD you don’t. Some 3rd party drives may need it.

Dan -

Can I use SSD from older Macbook Air Early 2015 on my Macbook Air 2017? Is there any compatibility or performance issues?

Gaurav - Ответить

Yes! Apple used the same interface (SSD) across both.

Here’s a great reference The Ultimate Guide to Apple’s Proprietary SSDs

Dan -

Before my 2015 mba crashed I had El Capitan running. Are there replacement SSDs that would be compatible?

Zeke - Ответить

Reference the guide just above

Dan -

Is this the same process I can use on my Macbook Air 2017 13”?

LEZLI WHITE - Ответить

Dear ifixit-Team,

thank you very much! Everything went fine. New SSD from OWC is working well. This is the first Mac (MacBook Air 2015) I have opened and repaired - and it is still running :-)

Next project may be a battery replacement on an iPhone 6s…

Oliver - Ответить

Thank you very much for the guide! I have one question: I installed a Sabrent Rocket Q 2TB NVMe. All works well, but I’d like to put a thermal pad on. I’m thinking a pad that connects the SSD to the lower case. (I’m thinking SSD->pad->copper->pad->aluminum case.

My question is: what is that black stuff on the inside of the lower case? Is it thermal padding? Should I remove it and then put a thermal pad there?

lachmann - Ответить

Is not needed! SSD’s don’t produce enough heat.

Dan -

Thanks for the answer. NVMe SSDs do get quite hot. The usually come with a thermal pad and are installed with heat sinks. And I can feel the heat coming off it when there is a lot of disk activity.

But I just want to know what the black stuff is…

lachmann -

Not that simple! The amount of data being moved is the factor of how much heat your SSD will produce.

Even still the SSD has internal sensors which will dial back the throughput if needed. Unlike HDD’s which when they get hot can distort the patters, SSD’s don’t have such limiting factors.

I have a 2013 MacPro which came with a heat sink on its original SSD as at the time the SSD technology was still new and Apple wanted to be safe. With newer generations of Apple blade SSD’s Apple realized a heat sink was not required. Just look at the current MacPro MacPro SSD Here Apple only has a metal EMI shield around the chips no heat sink!

The key is having enough air flow getting to the drive, a heat sink needs a way to off load the heat, Your idea doesn’t really improve things.

BTW: I run my system very hard when I’m working on ultra-large images and my 4TB internal SSD gets warm it is not getting to the point of melting ;-}

I doubt your MacBook Air is able to sustain the level of performance my MacPro is able to run at, Maybe you should look at getting a bigger SSD as a drive which is running hot tends to be fighting its self trying to move data on the drive around for wear leveling. I’ve seen that often! As the drive is too full.

Dan -

Thanks. I’m mainly worried about SSD lifetime. But what you say makes sense. I’ll try without a thermal pad for now.

lachmann -

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