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Use this guide to replace a faulty battery in your MacBook Air 13" Early 2015.

Note: If there is a thin plastic film on your replacement battery, do not attempt to remove it. It is glued on and protects the battery pack while it is inside the MacBook.

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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 - 답글

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

    bwgvanderveer - 답글

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

    ola m - 답글

    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 - 답글

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

    Larry Smith - 답글

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

    Thank you

    ilyabuhov - 답글

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

    anne uhlir - 답글

    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 - 답글

    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 - 답글

    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 - 답글

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

    Pennny Beach - 답글

    The supplied kit and instructions worked perfectly!

    Nikolay Andreev - 답글

    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 - 답글

    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 - 답글

    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 - 답글

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

    michaelquinnell - 답글

    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 - 답글

    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 - 답글

    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 - 답글

    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 - 답글

    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 - 답글

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

    Joel Sebastian - 답글

    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 - 답글

    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 - 답글

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

    Billy Wong - 답글

    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 - 답글

  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 - 답글

    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 - 답글

    So this is a legit back cover for MacBook Air?

    ASHANTI SMITH - 답글

    What about disconnecting the battery?

    Luke Grimes - 답글

    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 - 답글

  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 - 답글

    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 - 답글

  3. Remove the following five screws securing the battery to the upper case:
    • Remove the following five screws securing the battery to the upper case:

    • Three 6.9 mm T5 Torx screws

    • Two 3.0 mm T5 Torx screws

    what is that little hole or clip in the middle o battery?

    Edy Surpat - 답글

    There’s both a hole for a screw and a clip to hold the bottom case

    maccentric -

  4. When handling the battery, avoid squeezing or touching the four exposed lithium polymer cells.
    • When handling the battery, avoid squeezing or touching the four exposed lithium polymer cells.

    • Lift the battery from its edge nearest the logic board and remove it from 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. Then, 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.

    Personally I would like a short description on why we have to calibrate a brand new battery for what reason?

    Albert - 답글

    @albertnumber1 You can find a detailed explanation of calibration here. The short(ish) answer is that the battery charge % reading on your device is really just a guess, one that is generated by a mathematical model of what’s going on inside the chemical battery. That model needs data points (like full charge and discharge flags) in order to work correctly. Without calibration, nothing bad will happen, but you may get some unreliable battery % readings.

    Jeff Suovanen -

    1. Glad someone was able to clear up the reason we need to calibrate

    2. During the process, if for some reason, say my cat waltzing all over my desk, disconnects the magsafe for a moment while in the final full charge cycle, what impact would this have?

    joshuafiddler - 답글

    Anyone else get that the apple diagnostic tool still reports a malfunctioning battery after replacement?

    joshuafiddler - 답글

    The replacement battery’s connector didn’t align with the port as easily as the original’s. Instead of pointing straight back from the battery, the cable pointed at a significant angle. In order to connect the new battery, I had to hold it a slight diagonal angle while connecting it, before placing the new battery into the chassis and securing it.

    After replacing the battery, the laptop (MBA early 2015) shut off immediately whenever it was unplugged from the MagSafe connector, despite reporting a full charge. To resolve this, I performed an SMC reset: I re-opened the case, unplugged the battery, held down the power button for 5 seconds with the battery unplugged, then re-connected the battery, re-attached the lid, and pressed the power button again. It immediately booted up as expected on battery power.

    Garrett Guillotte - 답글

    I’ve noticed in the last year the battery life on my MacBook has declined, but I still get a reasonable 3-5 hours depending on what doing. I was wondering what the battery life would be like if I was to replace my battery?

    Tinashe Pelekamoyo - 답글

    I found these two little broken tabs under the battery. Not sure where they came from, but Ididn’t put them back in anywhere.

    https://1drv.ms/u/s!As3YRQaTlkClgcgS6Hhl...

    Norm Hils - 답글

결론

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

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Do I have to allow the battery to completely discharge and then recharge after replacement? One site said that was appropriate way to do it.

Patricia Farrell - 답글

Yes, for best results you should calibrate your battery by draining it completely and then charging it uninterrupted to 100%. Once it hits 100%, leave it plugged in for a couple more hours. Then drain it again until it shuts off automatically (make sure it doesn't go to sleep). After that, charge it up and use it normally.

Jeff Suovanen -

But thats a myth … if I’m not wrong, only nickel battery can be calibrated, the os-systems of theses days take care of it, like with all smartphones nowadays.

Christopher Winker -

@mrgrdn You might be thinking of memory effect. Calibration is still very much a thing and quite important, particularly on a new battery. Here’s some reading if you are curious!

Jeff Suovanen -

Génial pour la livraison et pour ce tuto… j’ai un mac tout neuf ! Et un grand merci pour les bonbons :-)

Gilda BERNARD - 답글

I would appreciate more detailed instructions for re-assembling the laptop. I had two major questions and some minor ones.

Major questions:

1) There is a barcode sticker on my new battery. Is it safe to leave the sticker on the battery, or should I remove it?

This question is important to me because I am under the impression that Lithium batteries are slightly dangerous, yet the sticker was not easily removed when I tried to scratch it off.

2) It was tricky to close the battery attachment tab after placing the new battery in the computer. For the re-assembly of the computer, would it be okay to do step 3, then 5, and then 4?

Minor questions:

1) My laptop is quite dirty inside. What can I use to clean it?

2) Where do I recycle my old battery?

Also, I was missing a screw from my laptop case. I think it would be nice if the installation kit had come with some extra screws.

Thanks so much for your guide! I enjoyed using it!

-Ginny

Virginia Burger - 답글

Hi Virginia,

1. Don’t worry about the little sticker, this little guy could contain the serial number of the battery and be useful for a warranty exchange!

2. This is not the ideal method but if you can just do it that way there is no real problem with that. Just be more than careful when manipuling the battery.

Minor

1. Some air duster & isopropyl alcohol. Always discharge any electricity in the macbook before using air duster and alcohol. And the golden rule, don’t ever take some alcohol on the circuit of the macbook. This could lead to damage if not correctly removed.

2. Apple Store or Bestbuy. You should call your city hall to get better information!

Have a great day!

Xavier Langevin -

Followed this guide to replace my battery! Very easy and simple, just make sure you get a decent set of screwdrivers and not some cheap ones that get rounded after a few uses!

Jason Lee - 답글

AGREED! The kit I got from iFixit was great! I can feel the quality of the tools!

Pennny Beach -

What’s wrong if i remove plastic film

Dome Jantaphat - 답글

Because the film is heavily adhered to the battery, there is a chance you could rip the outer layer of the battery. Since removing the film is unnecessary, it is better to leave it.

Arthur Shi -

Bonjour à tous, et merci pour ce tuto.

Je viens de remplacer la batterie sur mon MacBook et j’ai encore un problème !

J’ai respecté la procédure de charge et de décharge et le Mac se coupe toujours à 6 % d’autonomie de la batterie !!! (au lieu de 0 %)

Avec une deuxième batterie neuve, c’est pareil !

Pouvez-vous m’aider, merci.

Jean-Marc DPRS

dprs - 답글

Hi, my 13” air (early 2014) has no clear plastic tab on the battery connector, is this normal?

Thanks, Richard.

Richard - 답글

Awesomeness…..works PERFECTLY

Kwanza Toney - 답글

I just got a new battery ordered through ifixit. It took 3 workdays to arrive (4 because I could not receive it and it was subsequently delivered to my postal office).

The packaging was crisp with everything in order. I even got some candy for my trouble.

I installed the new battery according to the written guide, it was super clear, I didn’t feel the need for the video guide, but I am grateful that it is there anyway for those that need it or for when I would have hit a rough spot.

Now I finally have a laptop again instead of a really limited desktop. So far, it’s working perfectly.

One note: I suggest putting the calibration for a replaced battery in this guide, as I had to read it in the comments. There is difference between the calibration for a newly replaced battery (you have to drain it to zero % before fully charging it to 100% in one go and then letting it drain to zero % again) as opposed to an old battery that you want to recalibrate.

Cheers!

Jani Pestana - 답글

Anyone still get an error code after replacing with an iFixit battery?

joshuafiddler - 답글

Well done. Clear, concise. Made the battery replacement easy and stress free!

ronc2 - 답글

Hello,

Thank you for doing these informational tutorials.

I am wondering, how to test if the battery is still good. My concern is if I do replace the battery and realize the issue wasnt the battery afterall.

Thanks,

Rhys

Rhys Horner - 답글

Does the early 2017 MBA use same battery as 2015 ones ?

Kenadan - 답글

Question, if I do have the thin plastic film on it do I just ignore it and continue the process or do I not continue?

Chernoye - 답글

Hi Chernoye,

You can try to gently peel the plastic film. If it comes off relatively easy, you can remove it. Otherwise, leave it on.

Arthur Shi -

@jeffsu Thanks! It’s still confusing, when there are lots of recommendation to charge your battery at 15~20% and stop charging it at around 80~90% to make sure to have a good battery health … to get those electrode moving but under 15% or over 90"% there will be more voltage, higher tension on the battery. So to to drain the battery and fully charge it would rather harm it. For me it makes more sense when there is a memory effect.

Christopher Winker - 답글

It’s true, the battery chemistry is happiest when it’s partially charged (typically in the 40-80% range depending on who you ask). A full calibration probably does cause a minor hit to battery capacity, but it’s fine as long as you don’t do it too often. Once every month or two is fine for most people. The goal is just to make sure it’s working and reading accurately. At the end of the day batteries are still consumables, and nothing you can do will make them last forever! Feel free to use it as designed and not worry too much :)

Jeff Suovanen -

I did this over the winter break, and it was so easy. Thank you!

Michael Oghia - 답글

Great directions, as usual! Thank you!

Lester Callif - 답글

I recently swapped my original battery for one I bought through iFixit. No problems, the whole process went very smoothly, and I calibrated the new battery. But now, about a month later, the new battery condition is showing up as “Poor. Replace now.” Did I just get a bad battery? Has anyone else had this problem? Kind of disappointing since the batteries aren’t super cheap.

Morgan - 답글

This went very smoothly on my 2016 Macbook Air (model MacBookAir7,2). The new battery from iFixit Canada worked right away. There was a card with the battery explaining the calibration process slightly differently than what Step 5 says: according to it, I should first run the new battery down below 10%, then fully charge, then fully discharge again.

Duncan Murdoch - 답글

So easy, even a middle-aged lawyer can do it! Thank you!

Pat - 답글

Thank you! I did it!!! So proud. :) Instructions were awesome.

Maura O’Reilly - 답글

So I read the instructions and missed the note about the plastic film. As it peeled off quite easily, it felt more like a packaging protector than something critical - and I just didn’t think it was right to leave plastic film inside that hot enclosure. I peeled it off and everything seems OK. Hope it’s not necessary to open and replace it (I put it on the old battery, which I have not yet taken to the hazmat dump). Also, I emailed support and the person who responded said the cover should come off - so you might want to get that straight - or put something in the packaging that mentions the plastic. It really seemed to me to be shipping protection like I’ve seen on other items.

Jonathan Goldman - 답글

What happens if I accidental touched the battery a little bit when trying to remove it?

Rachel Wiggins - 답글

Nothing if you gentle handle with care. You can easily bend it. You kinda have to force it, if something should happen. It‘s safe and easy to replace the battery, just look at the guide … so don‘t worry, take your time.

Christopher Winker -

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