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Use this guide to replace a broken display assembly.

  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).

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

    gunes314 - Ответить

    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 -

    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 - Ответить

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

    taylornya - Ответить

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

    rodrigosady - Ответить

    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 -

    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 - Ответить

    A good Phillips 00 is your friend here. Also, when reinserting the screws, gently start anticlockwise and you wil feel a click at the start of the thread. This tells you you’re in the right place and less likely to cross-thread through force in the wrong place.

    Iain Boyd - Ответить

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

    • Remove the lower case.

  3. 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.
    • 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 - Ответить

    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 -

    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 - Ответить

    Be patient on disconnecting this one. It worked for me step by step, little by little.

    Phil Wagner - Ответить

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

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

    Stephen Smith - Ответить

    That's a good tip

    Anrothan -

    Great tip, I did that too

    Ahmed Mahran -

    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 - Ответить

    On my MacBook Pro, the connector seems to be an integral part of the battery.

    Jerry South - Ответить

  5. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

    N.B! Thank you very much all you here on iFixit! Some IMPORTANT notes. Be very careful BEFORE prying the connectors up and down. They are very fragile and the picture could actually be seen as showing a bending loading in their weakest direction, AROUND its slender axis. The connector is slender and inserted on the logic board, so the gentle "walking" up and down should be done ALONG their slender direction and WITHOUT touching the adjacent connectors. If bending is done around its axis the soldering comes apart and the cable is done and gone. Just happened. These flat cables are one of the weakest design spots in my experience. They are a major time, money and geist consuming reason for malfunction like Wi-Fi connection problems, HDD, SSD not found internally but externally from USB issues et al being found on different forums. Thanks again and again.

    Greg - Ответить

  6. Carefully pull the camera cable out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Carefully pull the camera cable out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board. Pulling it upward may damage the logic board or the cable itself.

    Be extremely careful on step 6 with late 2011 model unibody macbooks! The cable is connected very tightly to the board and has a great chance of ripping if you just pull the cable.

    Tim Rauls - Ответить

    My cable is broken, have the part number or code to buy?

    VÍCTOR RIFFO - Ответить

  7. Carefully move the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable out of the way as you peel the camera cable off the adhesive securing it to the subwoofer and the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket. De-route the camera cable out from under the retaining finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.
    • Carefully move the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable out of the way as you peel the camera cable off the adhesive securing it to the subwoofer and the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

    • De-route the camera cable out from under the retaining finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

    Take a few phone close-ups of this corner of your system prior to disassembly. Extra photos really help during reassembly.

    airshack - Ответить

  8. Use the tip of a spudger to pry the antenna connector closest to the logic board up from its socket on the AirPort/Bluetooth board. De-route the antenna cable from under the finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the antenna connector closest to the logic board up from its socket on the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

    • De-route the antenna cable from under the finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

  9. Using the method described in the last step, disconnect the remaining three antenna connectors. De-route their cables from the slots cut in the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.
    • Using the method described in the last step, disconnect the remaining three antenna connectors.

    • De-route their cables from the slots cut in the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

    I found re-attaching these antennae connectors the trickiest bit by far as they appear very delicate and seating them correctly was fiddly. In the end lighting them from the side with a small torch helped to check their position before gently pushing them down. The first one made a clicking sound as it connected, the other two went on silently. MBP wifi working perfectly now. I’m fairly sure that was at least £100 of labour had I taken it in for repair so thanks ifixit for saving me money and for the warm glow of accomplishment!

    Andrew - Ответить

    Actually, on my repair attempt, one antenna cable broke (on the image the bottom right one in the red square), I’m not sure whether it broke already before or was morbid somehow. Fact is. suddenly I had this cable in my fingers, and was sure I completely broke the macbook and need to find a new display now.

    But as it turned out: the Mac is still fully working, including WIFI, BT, Camera etc. So apart from my huge relief, I want to address that these cables may break easily at their connection with the display. And that one antenna might be not mandatory for WIFI to work.

    huedrant - Ответить

  10. Remove the following five screws:
    • Remove the following five screws:

    • Two 10.3 mm Phillips screws

    • Two 3.1 mm Phillips screws

    • One 5 mm Phillips screw

  11. Pull the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly and the Subwoofer upward near the center of the side of the optical drive until they clear each other.
    • Pull the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly and the Subwoofer upward near the center of the side of the optical drive until they clear each other.

  12. Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly, minding the fragile antenna contact near the corner of the upper case.
    • Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly, minding the fragile antenna contact near the corner of the upper case.

  13. Remove two of the three 6 mm T8 Torx screws securing the right side of the display to the upper case.
    • Remove two of the three 6 mm T8 Torx screws securing the right side of the display to the upper case.

    • We purposely have you leave one screw attaching the display to the upper case to aid in future steps.

  14. Grab the plastic pull tab secured to the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer. Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket on the logic board. Do not lift up on the display data cable, as its socket is very fragile. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.
    • Grab the plastic pull tab secured to the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer.

    • Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Do not lift up on the display data cable, as its socket is very fragile. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.

    This was the hardest part for me. It took me a bit to figure out what parts were the socket and which was the cable and where were they going to separate. What I did was gently twist the pull tab on the cable in a clockwise direction. This allowed me to see a small separation between the socket and cable. At that point I knew what side of the pull tab I had to use a little pressure on, to continue to wiggle the cable free.

    Eric Olson - Ответить

    Eric Olson’s comment helped me a lot. I couldn’t figure out how to go about it until I read his comment. Thanks

    oladim - Ответить

  15. Remove the following two screws: One 8.6 mm Phillips screw
    • Remove the following two screws:

    • One 8.6 mm Phillips screw

    • One 5.5 mm Phillips screw

    • Remove the display data cable retainer from the upper case.

    When putting the display case back together, I found it MUCH easier to reinsert the display cable before screwing back in the data cable retainer. It did require me angling my screwdriver to get the rightmost screw in, but it was not too difficult. It certainly made it much easier to reinsert the display cable since I had more freedom to maneuver it back into position. Hope this help others. God Bless!

    eSavior - Ответить

  16. Remove the piece of foam tape covering the display screws near the MagSafe DC-In board.
    • Remove the piece of foam tape covering the display screws near the MagSafe DC-In board.

  17. Remove two of the three 6 mm T8 Torx screws securing the left side of the display to the upper case.
    • Remove two of the three 6 mm T8 Torx screws securing the left side of the display to the upper case.

    • We purposely have you leave one screw attaching the display to the upper case to aid in future steps.

  18. Open your MacBook Pro so the display is perpendicular to the upper case.
    • Open your MacBook Pro so the display is perpendicular to the upper case.

    • Place your opened MacBook Pro on a table as pictured.

    • While holding the display and upper case together with your left hand, remove the remaining T8 Torx screw from the lower display bracket.

  19. Be sure to hold the display and upper case together with your left hand. Failure to do so may cause the freed display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging each component.
    • Be sure to hold the display and upper case together with your left hand. Failure to do so may cause the freed display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging each component.

    • Remove the last remaining T8 Torx screw securing the display to the upper case.

  20. Grab the upper case with your right hand and rotate it slightly toward the top of the display so the upper display bracket clears the edge of the upper case. Rotate the display slightly away from the upper case. Lift the display up and away from the upper case, minding any brackets or cables that may get caught.
    • Grab the upper case with your right hand and rotate it slightly toward the top of the display so the upper display bracket clears the edge of the upper case.

    • Rotate the display slightly away from the upper case.

    • Lift the display up and away from the upper case, minding any brackets or cables that may get caught.

    I used this guide to tighten the hinges; screen was all wobbly because the four screws that hold the screen in place had worked themselves loose. Surprised that getting at the screws required the full removal of the display. One thing that's helpful in putting it all together is in regard to adjusting the position of the hinges; with the screws loose, there is a lot of play in the hinges, and if you just torque them down, the lid won't fit right. I snugged up the screws then put the display back in place on the body & inserted one screw into each side, then loosened the hinge screws to align the screen. That has to happen before replacing the black plastic cover over the bottom edge of the display.

    davidgthornton - Ответить

    My Macbook Pro developed a severe wobble in the display so I took it in to the Genius bar to see what could be done. They told me that fixing it would involve replacing the whole display because the problem is due to a piece of plastic inside breaking off. I suspected it just needed to have the hinge screws tightened so I brought my laptop home and gave it a go using this guide. Well, it turns out I was right! The Torx screws joining the hinges to the the display had come loose at both sides. To fix this, I got the hinges lined up straight on the display and tightened them down. To attatch the hinges to the body, I tightened one screw on each side half way and closed the display to line it up with the body. I then proceeded then to tighten all of the Torx screws on the body. Thank you for the great guide, Philip! I love this site!

    gilded yak - Ответить

    Might be a dumb question but can I swap screens from a broken MacBook Pro to the my working one (both same model)

    Manny 3s - Ответить

    Yes, you can

    maccentric -

    When separating the display, be crazy careful with those tiny WiFi antenna wires you undid in step 9. One of mine came apart with almost no force whatsoever. If you do break one, reroute them when reassembling so that ports J0 and J2 on the Airport card have good connections. That’ll retain your laptop’s ability to connect to 5GHz WiFi if you’re unable to replace the entire antenna assembly.

    Taylor Rhodes - Ответить

Заключение

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

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Just wanted to say thanks for the website, and easy to follow instructions! I just successfully replaced my girlfriends Macbook Pro screen today:)

Glenn - Ответить

This display assembly will fit into an 13 in - Early 2011 macbook pro?

Kike Sr - Ответить

No the connector in the logic board/video cable is slightly different.

Sean Istre -

I have a mid 2012 13" Macbook pro. This is a non retina computer but would it be possible to change it to a Retina Display using this guide and would my Mac recognize the new screen?

(I have plenty of memory and the graphic card can definitely handle it too)

Thanks

[deleted] - Ответить

I doubt it would work, But be my guest to try it. (and post a guide on how to do it)

Edward Stallard -

Did you ever try swapping for a retina? Very Curious!

Netguard Monitor -

yes 

Albert Einstien -

Is the macbook pro 13" 2011 display 661-5868 compatible with macbook pro 12" 2012 661-6594. Can I use a 2011 display on my mbp 2012? They look the same. Thank you

anro - Ответить

Does this include the aluminum backing, not just the LCD?

Robert Coogan - Ответить

Yeah! I did it. I had to use two different guides todo thelcd screen.but my MacBook is clear and no giant black crack. The mid 2012 "glass". Is plastic...just saying.

cris99502 - Ответить

Can you give us a link to the two other guides?

Lukas Speck -

Do you think a higher resolution screen from a newer Mac would be compatible with the Mid 2012 MBP?

Also, the plastic part that the screen rotates on has some bad cracks, is there a replacement guide for that?

Anrothan - Ответить

Hi Albert,

Can you please, finish your toughts? Have you any success with changing the low-res display with retina or hi-res? Talking about mac book pro 13" mid2012.

I would appreciate very much if you post where you find the display and which one!

vs ivanovic -

Your link doesn't work anymore. What was it about? Did you manage to install a higher resolution display on this model?

David -

After doing this, my battery is not available anymore.

I have tried SMC reset to have it back, but it didn't work.

Idk what should I do.

Also, my MacBook is considerably slow now.

Amirsalar - Ответить

My replacement display for this fix came with the display in a closed folded position, any suggestions for rotating the display clutches on the newly purchased screen so that I can manage to work it into place?

Matthew McCormack - Ответить

Stick a screwdriver through the holes in the mounting brackets to give you enough leverage to twist them when the screen is removed.

WarfelWorks Studios - Ответить

Does anybody know the model number of the display? I am trying to drive one as an external display.

WarfelWorks Studios - Ответить

Can the Display Glass be changed? I have a mid 2012 unibody MacBook Pro with broken Glass, the display is OK.

Ralph Lewis - Ответить

I have the same issue, wondering if this is a possibility.

Alex Robinson -

Technically the screen should work: both are driven via LVDS connector that look identical, both use the intel 4000 graphics chip.

However, the hinges screw position are in different positions. So, unless someone finds a way to fit the mid-2012 hinges onto the late-2012 screen assembly, then the next step would be to manually dismantle the screens and graft the late-2012 matrix inside the mid-2012 enclosure. Great to try if you have a few hundred bucks to burn.

cubytus - Ответить

Hi, thanks for the awesome tutorial. Is it possible to replace a mid 2012 13’’ Macbook pro screen with the screen of a 2010 13’’ Macbook pro?

Thanks!

Believe Kpogo - Ответить

My girlfriend just bought a 2012 macbook pro and the little plastic on the bottom seems to pop out of place slightly and it’s a little annoying does anyone know a fix for this seems simple but i don’t wanna touch the computer till i’m sure

William Marrero - Ответить

If you’re referring to the plastic bezel on the bottom of the display, the bezel is attached to the display assembly so if it is loose you’ll likely need to pop the display off the main chassis and reseat the bezel. You may be able to reseat the bezel without doing this but it will be a lot easier to fix it if you take the display out. Just follow the guide on replacing the display and then once you have the display removed you have better access to the bezel and can then lock it in better. If you need help reseating it just look online for info on reinstalling the bezel on the display.

Alexander Young -

Just wanted to say thanks! Bought a display assembly from you kind folks and had my mac up in running in less than an hour!

Taylor Cyle - Ответить

Works Perfectly Thanks Andrew! Your Awesome, and to all the guys at fix it you guys rock

Sylvain Guerinet - Ответить

An easy-to-follow, pretty much stress-free repair guide! With the step-by-step breakdown, I can pause for lunch if I want to, then get back to my repair at the correct step. Thank you SO much, AOG❣️

CarolAnne LeVert - Ответить

The screens from MacBook Pro 13 mid 2012 and 2011 are COMPATIBLE 100%, I already did replacement - you need to open up just a little bit the females’s connector by the sides - 0.01mm (or something). I put 2011 screen on 2012 logic board. Write me for fotos, if interested.

Hristo Karakerezov - Ответить

I’m curious. I am having a “double image” issue on my 2012 MacBook Pro 13” (unibody). Would replacing the display solve this issue?

Double image: There is an exact copy of whatever is on the screen appearing just below the “real” image. A ghost, or shadow image if you will. When I connect an external monitor to the laptop no double image is seen upon the external monitor, but still is prevalent on the MacBook screen.

iannai29 - Ответить

I would probably first check to make sure the cable that’s connecting your Macbook display to the main board is seated properly before exploring the expensive display replacement. You may be just looking at a faulty connection between the board and the display. Worst case scenario, the connector itself on the main board is damaged in some way resulting in the bad connection. Which would be an expensive replacement. If the cable on the display itself is damaged, you’ll need a whole new display. But determining any of this is going to require testing on your part. I’d also consider the possibility the display panel itself is damaged as well.

Richard Young -

I took my screen off my macbook to tighten the hinges because it became loose. After I reassembled and turned on the machine, the screen no longer works. One mistake I made during disassembly was not disconnecting the power cable and I accidentally hit the power button while working on the machine. I don’t know if that has anything to do with it.

ralph - Ответить

hello guys, i have an issue with my wifi on my mac mid 2012 just losing connections. Even if i try and connect again, it will not even let me try to connect. I turned it in to have it serviced but they couldnt find out were the issue came from. I think it comes from the neck or hinges of my mac. At curtain angles, after a longer period of time, it will lose the wifi. But i adjusted the screen a bit, and then i didnt lose it anymore. It might be a coincidence but i dont think it is..has anyone been across this issue before? PS i have changed out my wifi/bluetooth card

Cadre YH - Ответить

Hi

I have a MacBook Pro 13-Inch "Core i5" 2.5 Mid-2012 Specs.

Recently I changed my default HDD to the SDD and also replaced one of the default 2GB rams with an 8GB ram. (now the system totally have 10GB )

after turning up the laptop I saw some light which known as “stage light”.

Also, I tried to reconnect the LVDS cable, which is located between the fan and the edged of the body, however, “stage lights” are still there

ali - Ответить

Gracias, realíce el cambio de la batería y me quedo increíble, gracias

Raul farias - Ответить

anywhere suggestions where to buy replacement screen (model A1278) in EU?

Rasmus Nygaard - Ответить

Hi, There. My mid. 2012 MB Pro’s screen is broken and i have that one of an 2011. Is it possible to replace it with the older one? Also same thing witht the DVD drive? In the isntructions everything looks exacly the same.

Help is much appreciated, Thanks!

Canoob - Ответить

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