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Replacing a MacBook or MacBook Pro battery

Step-by-step photos showing how to replace a MacBook Pro's battery. This was done in about 5 minutes on a kitchen table.
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Topic: Laptops
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Getting the patient ready

Here's the patient, a mid-2012 13-inch A1278 MacBook Pro, along with the replacement battery and tools needed courtesy of iFixit.

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Right tools for the job

Here's a great thing about buying a "Fix Kit" from iFixit -- you get all the tools you need (screwdriver, screwdriver bits, and spudger) you need to tackle the job. Don't attempt to do this with cheapo tools because you'll just cause mayhem.

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Tiny screws are tiny

This is why you need precision tools for the job!

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And we're in!

This MacBook has seen a tough life, but despite multiple drops, copious cat hair, and evidence of tea ingress, it still works.

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Popping off the connector

Start off by popping off the connector from the motherboard. The spudger makes lifting the connector off easy.

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More tiny screws!

Here the mounting points on the battery have broken off, but I need to get the screws out to do the job. Here's the first screw...

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Keep on trucking

... and here's the second mounting screw.

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Refitting the battery is the reverse of removing

Pop in the battery, fit the connector... 

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More tiny screws!

...refitting one screw...

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Nearly done!

...and the other!

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Stitching up the patient!

Pop the cover back on (this one was a bit banged up so needed some gentle persuasion to get it in place), do up the screws, and the job is done!

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