Macbook Pro 13 Retina (Late 2013 - Mid 2014) Battery Replacement

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Difficulty

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Steps

36

Time Required

1.5 hours

Introduction

This guide is for a battery replacement for the MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2013 - Mid 2014).

Tools Required

P5 Pentalobe Screwdriver

T5 Torx Screwdriver

Spudger

Plastic Cards

Aluminum foil

Acetone

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Battery for MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch A1502 Late 2013 - Mid 2014 (Battery Model: A1493)

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Precautions

- The adhesive remover is highly flammable. Please work in a clear, open and well-ventilated area. - The solvent used to dissolve the battery adhesive might be damaging to certain plastics such as the MacBook Pro’s plastic speaker enclosures. Take extra care when applying the solvent.

Step 1
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Remove the 10 screws as shown in the image. - 2 x 2.3mm Pentalobe screws (red) - 8 x 3.0mm Pentalobe screws (yellow)

Step 2
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Wedge your fingers between the upper case and lower case. Gently pull the lower case away from the upper case to remove it. The lower case is connected to the upper case with two plastic clips near its center, if there is significant resistance when opening the case, slide the spudger around the edges to release the plastic clips.

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If there is a plastic covered adhered to the battery contact board, remove the plastic cover first. Use the flat end of the spudger to lift the battery connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board. Once it has been disconnected, bend the battery connector up out of the way to prevent accidental contact during the course of the repair.

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Remove the 2 screws securing the logic board end of the I/O cable bracket as shown in the image. - 2 x 2.1mm T5 Torx screws (red)

Step 5
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Use a pair of tweezers to remove the I/O board cable bracket.

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Use the flat end of the spudger to pop the I/O board connector straight up off its socket on the logic board. Bend the I/O board cable straight up and out of the way. Fold only at the bend in the I/O board end of the cable.

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Carefully tuck the sharp end of the spudger under the right speaker cable near the connector and lift it up out of its socket on the logic board.

Step 8
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Carefully peel the right speaker cable off the upper case.

Step 9
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Remove the 3 screws securing the right speaker to the upper case - 1 x 5.7mm T5 Torx screws (red) - 1 x 6.5mm T5 Torx screws (orange) - 1 x 3.8mm T5 Torx screws (yellow)

Step 10
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Gently lift the right speaker from the cable end and pull it free from the case.

Step 11
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Insert the sharp end of the spudger under the left speaker cable and lift it up out of its socket on the logic board.

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Remove the 3 screws securing the left speaker to the upper case - 1 x 5.7mm T5 Torx screws (red) - 1 x 6.5mm T5 Torx screws (orange) - 1 x 3.8mm T5 Torx screws (yellow)

Step 13
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Lift the corner of the left speaker up and slide it out around the battery to remove it from the upper case.

Step 14
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Remove the single screw securing the battery to the upper case 1 x 3.7mm T5 Torx screws (red) Take note, your specific unit might have 5 screws instead securing the battery’s circuit board to the frame.

Step 15
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Place a sheet of aluminium foil covering the entire display, between the display and the keyboard. The adhesive remover might damage the anti-reflective coating of the display.

Step 16
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The adhesive remover contains acetone, a mild skin and eye irritant. Ensure that you have done the following: - Work in a well-ventilated area. - Wear protective gloves if you are concerned about skin irritation. Apply a few drops of adhesive remover evenly under the edge of the rightmost battery cell. Wait 2-3 minutes for the liquid adhesive remover to penetrate the adhesive under the battery before proceeding. Use more adhesive remover if needed but apply only a few drops at a time to prevent it from seeping into other components.

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Once the adhesive has sufficiently weakened, slide a plastic card between the rightmost battery cell, cutting the adhesive between the battery and the case. If there is significant resistance, you may either apply a few more drops of adhesive remover or gently heat the section again. Throughout this procedure, take extra care not to damage any of the battery cells. A damaged lithium-ion battery may leak dangerous chemicals and/or catch fire. Use only plastic pry tools. Use the plastic card to pry the rightmost battery cell up from the rear case.

Step 18
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Repeat the procedure with the adjacent battery cell: - Weaken the adhesive either by using the adhesive remover - Push a plastic card about an inch between the battery cell and the case, and slowly pry the cell up to separate the adhesive.

Step 19
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Repeat step 16 to 18 on the leftmost 2 battery cells.

Step 20
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To separate the adhesive securing the middle 2 cells, apply a few more drops of adhesive remover to each cell. It may help to elevate one side of your device so that the adhesive remover flows in the correct direction underneath the battery cell. Insert the card about an inch between both of the battery cells and the case, one at a time, separating the adhesive between the cell and the case.

Step 21
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Remove the battery.

Step 22
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Before installing the new battery, remove any remaining adhesive left on the case using an adhesive remover or pulling out each strip of adhesive. Mop up any remaining adhesive remover and let your MacBook Pro dry for a few minutes.

Step 23
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Remove the protective cover to expose the adhesive. Ensure that the adhesive is free from any foreign substances.

Step 24
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Place the new battery into the macbook

Step 25
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Screw in the screw securing the battery to the upper case - 1 x 3.7mm T5 Torx screws

Step 26
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Slide the left speaker back into the case.

Step 27
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Screw back the 3 screws securing the ;eft speaker to the upper case - 1 x 5.7mm T5 Torx screws (red) - 1 x 6.5mm T5 Torx screws (orange) - 1 x 3.8mm T5 Torx screws (yellow)

Step 28
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Reconnect the left speaker cable back into its socket on the logic board.

Step 29
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Gently slide the right speaker back into the case.

Step 30
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Screw in the 3 screws securing the right speaker to the upper case - 1 x 5.7mm T5 Torx screws (red) - 1 x 6.5mm T5 Torx screws (orange) - 1 x 3.8mm T5 Torx screws (yellow)

Step 31
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Place the right speaker cable back along the same path and press down firmly. Carefully reinsert the right speaker cable back into its socket.

Step 32
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Reinsert the I/O board connector back into its socket on the logic board.

Step 33
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Place the I/O board cable bracket back into place. Screw back the 2 screws securing the logic board end of the I/O cable bracket as shown in the image. - 2 x 2.1mm Torx screws (red)

Step 34
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Reconnect the battery connector with a spudger.

Step 35
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Reinsert the lower case and press it down firmly until the two plastic clips near its centre clicks into place.

Step 36
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Screw back the 10 screws as shown in the image. - 2 x 2.3mm Pentalobe screws (red) - 8 x 3.0mm Pentalobe screws (yellow) Remove the aluminium foil protecting the screen.


Troubleshooting

1. Shut down your Mac. 2. On your built-in keyboard, press and hold all of the following keys. Your Mac might turn on. - Control (⌃) on the left side of your keyboard - Option (⌥) on the left side of your keyboard - Shift (⇧) on the left side of your keyboard 3. Keep holding all three keys for 7 seconds, then press and hold the power button as well. If your Mac is on, it will turn off as you hold the keys. 4. Keep holding all four keys for another 7 seconds, then release them. 5. Wait a few seconds, then press the power button to turn on your Mac.

1. Charge your Macbook to 100% 2. Unplug your Macbook and use it normally to drain the battery. 3. Save your work when you see the low battery warning. 4. Keep your Macbook on until it goes to sleep due to a low battery. 5. Charge your laptop uninterrupted to 100%.