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The magic of the Magic Trackpad is its ability to physically click - while appearing to not have any moving parts.

The secret to the Magic Trackpad's clicking ability is in those innocuous looking round rubber feet on the bottom. They're not just there to be normal old rubber feet that merely provide grip to keep it from sliding around on your desk. And they're not entirely rubber, either. The rubber you see and feel protruding from the bottom is only a very thin and fragile sheath covering a hard plastic foot.

The feet need to be rigid. When you click the surface by pressing down on it these rubber/plastic feet are the only parts of the trackpad that *don't move*.

This guide will explain how to re-insert one (or both) of the Magic Trackpad's rubber feet


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  1. Magic Trackpad Rubber Replacement/Reinsertion, Rubber Feet: 1 단계, 이미지 1/2 Magic Trackpad Rubber Replacement/Reinsertion, Rubber Feet: 1 단계, 이미지 2/2
    • Unscrew the battery door by turning the screw counter-clockwise with a flat edge screwdriver, coin, plastic opening tool, or fingernail.

  2. Magic Trackpad Rubber Replacement/Reinsertion: 2 단계, 이미지 1/3 Magic Trackpad Rubber Replacement/Reinsertion: 2 단계, 이미지 2/3 Magic Trackpad Rubber Replacement/Reinsertion: 2 단계, 이미지 3/3
    • The rubber buffer consists of two parts: a rigid part made ​​of plastic and the sheath, which is made ​​of rubber.

    • The shape of the foot may not be perfectly spherical, as in the photo. This can occur when a portion of the rubber flap has come out of the notch. When you put it back in, it will become spherical again.

    These rubber feet are nowhere to be bought. If anybody has found them, please please add comment

    Robert Lozano - 답글

    see my pencil eraser solution above if you really want to buy rubber feet you would probably source "isoprene rubber feet 8mm x 3mm" on eBay Closest thing I could find although I never bought them You wold still need to superglue them on as the original feet were custom designed and made for Apple

    Alan Fiermonte -

  3. Magic Trackpad Rubber Replacement/Reinsertion: 3 단계, 이미지 1/3 Magic Trackpad Rubber Replacement/Reinsertion: 3 단계, 이미지 2/3 Magic Trackpad Rubber Replacement/Reinsertion: 3 단계, 이미지 3/3
    • Using a spudger or small flathead screwdriver, gently break the seal between the white plastic backing and the metal top near the missing foot opening.

    • Pry up the corner slightly to allow the foot to be replaced.

    • Place the rubber foot back in place.

    • Squeeze closed the backing and metal top (it will snap into place).

    • Click on trackpad to test.

    • Insert the battery and screw the battery cover closed.

    • A foot may again dislodge, for example when you inadvertently move a sheet of paper under the trackpad. Repeat steps as needed to replace.

    I found that using a mini screwdriver and simply lifting the backing about an inch above the hole on the side you can simply slide the foot back into place without breaking the seal.

    khailadyn - 답글

    or you can lift the backing from inside the hole first with a letter opener, then lift in up from outside. This way there's no damage to the plastic at all!

    timsoyc - 답글

    Thanks for the tip, it worked perfectly!

    simonlarin -

    Easy-peasy! The first method worked perfectly 4 me!

    Peter Biber - 답글

    BTW, tks for your help -- and the pics!

    Peter Biber - 답글

    I snapped both foot clips during closing, but so far this hasn't affected the repair. If clumsy like me, step 4 may be a better option.

    Andrew Maxwell - 답글

    Squeezing closed the backing broke the plastic clip near the rubber foot. Otherwise, this worked fine. Thank you!

    michael.h.bridges - 답글

    The same with me, but is working now.

    Luis Caceres -

    Better from the top to avoid breaking the little clips, but very helpful guide. Worked like a charm.

    Don Flaig - 답글

    the little plastic clip near the rubber foot easily broke when trying to place it back under the metal, but the track pad stays planely closed anyway - and does it’s job again! thanks for the repair help!

    btw, I didn’t remove the plastic cover completely - just lifted the corner just as far as the rubber button would fit back in

    kafdunschofregd - 답글

    Thank you for the tips! Sure beats a trip into the apple store!

    David Wilcox - 답글

    Thank you very much. I was cleaning my trackpad with a soft cloth and alcohol when one of the feet started displaying rubber all around it. I used your instructions and it popped back in where it should be. :-)

    Cal C - 답글

  4. Magic Trackpad Rubber Replacement/Reinsertion: 4 단계, 이미지 1/3 Magic Trackpad Rubber Replacement/Reinsertion: 4 단계, 이미지 2/3 Magic Trackpad Rubber Replacement/Reinsertion: 4 단계, 이미지 3/3
    • If you want to remove the plastic cover completely, it is better to open it starting from the top,

    • Opening from the top will reduce the risk of breaking any of the clips at the bottom.

    • The cover is attached to the trackpad through rubber glue on the plastic grid and four clips on the bottom.

    • Take your time to slowly open the plastic cover from the top side.

    Excellent, thank you! It worked!

    A Luban - 답글

    Totally solved.! Much better solution. Throw away the useless apple feet! Mine fell out at least once a week drove me mad and I almost binned the trackpad even though I liked it. . Find two kitchen door plastic/rubber sticky buffers. They are the right size stick in place and solve the problem. Mine are in a month now no problems. Maybe apple should fit them as standard as they are much better!! enjoy!

    keith wren - 답글

    Tried the corner-only method and it didn’t work… Made the whole thing worse.

    Then, opened up the back completely, and used a tiny drop of super glue to reattach the foot to the backing material. Now it works like new! Thanks!

    I’d also considered replacing the feet with drops of hot-melt glue allowed to dry… But that wasn’t necessary. (this time)

    Gordon Firemark - 답글

    Thank you! It works very well! ^_^

    nikkili6776 - 답글

    121118 - Solved the problem - thanks.

    johnhmi - 답글

    I had a ‘dull’ left click problem whereas the right side clicked just fine.

    So I followed the breakdown here (taking the whole plasctic cover off) & fully unscrewed that single torx screw that sits at the bottom left of the trackpad (as you see it when the cover is off) then simply screwed it back on and seems to have completely resolved the issue with both sides clicking properly now. So thanks for the guide!

    Gez - 답글

    I embarrassed to say that for ages I have had trouble with the trackpad — now on my second one. Never knew about the “magic button” until it literally fell off onto my desk. I thought about taping it back on, then had second thoughts about that solution. Found this site, and realized how important those two buttons were. Who knew? Followed the directions, using a very thin pocket knife edge to open the corner enough to let me slip in the two-part button. Connected. Used it. Fine. Thanks for great explanation and clear pictures. Then I turned the trackpad over to see my handiwork. The button was half out. It looked like the plastic panel was not fitting flush to the metal, maybe due to the corner having been lifted. Patiently repeated the process. Pressed down, still not perfectly flush. Used strong tape on sides to make it flush. Not an elegant solution but so far I have a smooth working trackpad.

    Carol Simons - 답글

    Just tried this fix and now the trackpad won’t even turn on again.

    Tobin Hunt - 답글


    There is a chip glued to the plastic cover, which has now been ripped from the board beneath. I would advise not removing the whole cover, as my trackpad is now useless.

    Tobin Hunt - 답글

    Worked perfectly, thanks for sharing the guide!

    Neil Dewar - 답글

    Beware of removing the whole cover, as Tobin said. I put a thin screwdriver inside the hole as a lever to very slightly lift the cover in the corner, and in then left the entire corner (as the image above) with a sharp knife. Careful though when you put the cover back, you have to push the clips inside with the SD or knife so that they dont break (in my first attempt I broke one just by closing it directly..!)

    Ivan Saubidet - 답글


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where can i buy the plastic feet?????

Lorraine Hughes - 답글

Yes. Where can I buy the rubber feet?

Rick Sciranko -

I bought mine off Ali Express. There’s quite a few stores on there that sell them. Here’s the one I bought from.

James Sanday -

Found this guide confusing. Here's what worked for me:

1. Place the tip of a butter knife inside the hole and gently lift the plastic high enough to place the tip of another butter knife on the side and hold the plastic up.

2. Remove the first butter knife from the hole. Gently raise the plastic with the second butter knife high enough to slide the foot underneath.

3. Use the first butter knife to slide/rotate the foot into place

Jeremy Johnson - 답글

The butter knife technique worked for me! I just cracked open the bottom edge of where my little rubber foot had fallen out. (Somehow the plastic was still in there so I was able to stick the foot back in and it works!)

Frances Darwin -

You don't have to open up the trackpad at all. Simply reinsert the rubber inside the opening and wiggle it in. It's elastic so you have enough leeway to do this fairly easily. Took me 30 seconds and I didn't need any tools or break something.

seidtgeist - 답글

Thanks to Stephan Seidt I FIX IT!!!!

Marco Carboni -

I first tried this too,but it didn't seem to work. Inspired by this message, I tried again and with some finesse it seems to be fixed without opening anything.

Dmitry Minkovsky -

I tried this too first, but it didn't go all the way in and the button was stuck pressed, so I had to pry it open and sneak the rubber from behind.

luisgpr -


This trick is by far the best process to replace the rubber stamps which always get flew from their holes.


I use a toothpick. Use the finger from one hand to hold it in place. prod the rubber into the hold with the toothpick and roll the toothpick towards the outside. You will likely have to poke the rubber a bit. Be careful not to tear the rubber. IT may not function perfectly at first, but will eventually work its way back to normal.

jonathan - 답글

Just reinserting the feet is only a temporary fix. The feet were originally attached to the bottom plate with adhesive. The adhesive dries up and allows the feet to detach.

To reattach the feet, I use Loctite Stick'n Seal Ultra adhesive.

Follow the guide to remove the bottom plate, then peel off the residual adhesive around the foot holes, and clean the area using a cotton swab and alcohol. Clean the feet also.

Apply adhesive to both surfaces using a cotton swab. Be careful to avoid getting adhesive where it doesn't belong. Just a thin coat on both surfaces is all that is needed. Then reinsert the feet, and use a fresh dry cotton swab to gently press them against the bottom plate. Set the plate aside on a raised surface, letting the area with the feet hang over the edge. The glue is dry enough to reassemble after about 1/2 hour, but full cure takes 24 hours.

Jeff Cook - 답글

Thanks, I do believe the foot needs to be glued for the long term.

19Johansen44 -

The toothpick method seems to work well.

The trackpad wasnt clicking, i took the rubber point out (the rubber and plastic part with it) cleaned it a bit and but it back with the tootpick.

Took me five minutes and seems to work.

Be carefull: the point of the tootpick was breaking during the action, you dont want parts of the toothpick to remain between the parts.

Robert - 답글

Does anyone know where you can buy replace feet at?

Shayne Zundel - 답글

I too am after the feet! One seems to have gone missing... any ideas?

Gavin Hudson -

THE COMMON PENCIL ERASER SOLUTION: Rubber feet specification is approx 2.5mm high x 8mm wide So I used two 2.5mm thick slices of WHITE pencil eraser (these are a little less than 8mm wide, but oh well, so they don't fit the hole exactly flush) and just superglued them to the metal showing thru the back cover hole It worked perfectly and left the trackpad even on the desk (Slicing technique: I used really sharp Exacto knife (make sure you are slicing flat, not at an angle --- i.e. when you are slicing using a very slight sawing motion, do not push down too hard on the knife or the slice comes off a bit angled due to the flexibility of the rubber eraser). If I lose one, I'll just cut and glue another one Cost = 0 if you have this stuff around the house Time = 5 minutes, not including hunting down the stuff I needed

Alan Fiermonte - 답글

This is great. Worked like a charm. Not noticeable at all and clicks like the original. Thanks!

brettswanson -

I'm looking for the feet too! Apple doesn't sell them. And nobody else does either apparently!

Bri Cab - 답글

Good reference material for making repairs. I had a tear in one of the rubber feet. I used a carpet knife to slide under the white plastic back and gently pry to break the bond of the rubber cement. Once the back was off, I was able to extract and repair the rubber membrane using krazy glue. It worked rather well despite being very fiddly work. I used an illuminated magnifier on a desk arm to help me get the krazy glue in just the tear in the membrane. Once done, it popped in nicely. I also used an Exacto knife and the magnifier to gently scrape off the rubber cement from the plastic grid. Then I put strips of double sided scotch tape on the white back over the area where the plastic grid would touch. re-assembling it was as easy as inserting the tabs and applying gentle pressure. Works fine now.

Gary Gauthier - 답글

No need to pry it open. I used one of those flat plastic toothpick / dental floss thingies to gently tuck the rubber ring through the white plastic backing. Worked in seconds.

bMan French - 답글

+1 for the dental floss/toothpick method by bMan French. I didn’t manage to get the pads all the way back in, but even partially inserted, the click is back and I’m thrilled.

shiri_dori -

I've just tried the 'common eraser solution' suggested by Alan and... it works! 5 stars.

handsonhat - 답글

Anyone know where I can buy replacement feet? I searched ebay and the ones there don't look the same and can't seem to find them anywhere. any suggestions? Thanks

Dave MacDonald - 답글

Alan, theTHE COMMON PENCIL ERASER SOLUTION is genius! Works great and just saved me dropping $80 for a new track pad. Thank you!!!

indigoblue218 - 답글

Orig post- fantastic solution - great pics and narrative. thank you for posting !!

bobbaima - 답글

Thank you for posting these fine pictures. I was able to repair mine by starting from the battery end. You need a small screw driver to get started.

The other end, with the pads, have tabs that are recessed in the metal. They'll break if you start there. I know! The whole white piece is glued in various place underneath.

So have some gorilla glue handy.


Fernando - 답글

After replacing these many, many times, I hope the two-sided "scotch" tape I placed at each bottom corner between the pad and the plastic back will hold and keep this from happening again. Since this seems to be a common problem, I find it frustrating that Apple doesn't provide a better replacement solution other than "that will be $129 for a new track pad, thank you very much" Cha ching!

Edward Arroyo - 답글

No, the two sided "scotch" tape did not work inside each bottom corner to keep the feet from working their ways out again. I have now tried small amounts of mixed Gorilla epoxy just at the corner points between the metal pad and the plastic back to try to make sure the re-inserted feet stay in place, while trying to be careful not to let the glue spread over to where the feet are. Will wait 24 hours for this to dry with clamps holding it together and see if this keeps the feet from working their way out again.

Edward Arroyo - 답글

Mmm...I simply don't want to risk damaging the track pad tabs...Going to try the dental floss stick as it won't damage the rubber. Meanwhile, .I cut a square of transparent sheet plastic from a tomato carton ,folded it in half and cut a semi circle from the fold ,lay the feet upright over the holes and used sticky tape to hold them in...fiddly but haven't damaged anything...and the buttons work(until the sticky tape stops being sticky...

derek - 답글

Thanks for this, worked perfectly for me, cheers.

Philip Blair - 답글

Really useful and easy to follow. Thanks.

Ken Brewster - 답글

I used a think rubber strip cut to just fit inside the round area and then stacked until i found the right depth the properly click and then used a piece of gray duct tape to hold down, worked well.

ralph - 답글

I cracked the glass, must have wedged it too hard.

David Farlow - 답글

WHERE TO BUY: Just search on ebay for “Magic Trackpad Touchpad A1339 Bottom Rubber Feet Foot”, you'll find some vendors from China.

Timon - 답글

SAFE METHOD: This method doesn't require to pry open the white plastic cover, to get the replacement feet in.

Prerequisites: toothpick / patience

1. Lay the trackpad on its back so you can see the rubber feet hole. We'll leverage the fact, that when you click the trackpad, the gap inside the hole becomes a touch wider.

2. The rubber foot has a small solid piece of plastic in the middle. Put the rubber feet above the center of the hole.

3. Make sure you get the click noise when you apply a bit of pressure in the center of the replacement foot. This widens the gap between the plastic cover and the metal.

4. Use one finger to keep the pressure on the rubber foot center, so that the gap stays widened the whole time.

5.Use the toothpick with your other hand to carefully push the ends of the thin rubber underneath the white plastic cover. The rubber should almost slide underneath it by itself with a little bit of pushing from the toothpick. This might take several tries and patience, but it's a risk free method!

Timon - 답글

This worked well enough for me. I have some minor scratches on the bottom of the trackpad now, but the little rubber foot is securely back in place.


Danny Walker - 답글

Muy agradecido por la ayuda. Muchas gracias.

Julio Cesar Garcia Lemus - 답글

The method described worked really well. I second those who suggest a butter knife might have been easier (and neater), but I used a miniatuure flathead screwdriver and it only took a minute or so. I first tried to do it with out reopening it without any success–way too fiddly. Screwdriver/butterknife technique is way easier in my opinion.

Ross Tunney - 답글

I needed to replace the small long rubber feet on the battery compartment. Found a replacement set for all four on AliExpress. You need to carefully pry off the small feet and clean the corresponding aluminium groove with medical benzine or 90% isopropanol. Then just remove the protection layer on the adhesive tape and insert the new feet. Done.

Joerg Daehn - 답글

Awesome! Thank you!

mclay2003 - 답글

If you lose the little feet altogether the trackpad is still useable—change these settings in System Preferences and you’ll be able to tap lightly on the trackpad instead of pressing down to click.

Primary Click: Go to System Preferences > Track Pad > Point & Click. Place a checkmark next to “Tap to click”.

Secondary click: Go to System Preferences > Track Pad > Point & Click. place a checkmark next to “Secondary click” and make sure that “Click or tap with two fingers” is selected in the dropdown just below it. (Either use two fingers to click or hold down the control key on your keyboard while tapping the trackpad with one finger).

Drag: Go to System Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad > Trackpad Options. Place a checkmark next to “Enable Dragging” and select “three finger drag” from the dropdown. Now you can use three fingers to drag and object without having to press down on the corner of the trackpad.

salientgreen - 답글

Fantastic! The guide works! I stuck the little screwdriver through the hole where the rubber foot came out of and broke the seal from inside. This trackpad has been wasting away in my closet for 3 years and now I can use it again! Thank you

Janak Joshi - 답글

I’m not at all handy but stumbled upon what I think is a simple solution. Take nothing apart. Just stuff the thin skirt of the foot into the hole with the rounded bend of a paper clip and then spread the apron in a circular fashion until it sits properly. Simple.

kaprock - 답글

I was able to pry open and put the foot back in. However, can’t snap it closed. advice?


mlr193 - 답글

Great pictures. I wound up using a thin knife for separation on the side, then the screwdriver to massage the foot into position.

(How the foot escaped from the Magic TrackPad and made its way to the floor remains a mystery)

Luke Oliver - 답글

I was helpful, but when I replaced the cover just from 1 edge I brok the small clip. I think it is advisable to remove the full plastic cover from the top, in order not to break the clips or the rubber foot. Thank you!

Juan Badia - 답글

Think you. Worked perfectly..I used a very small flat head screwdriver..

Gary Hitchcock - 답글

I suggest, after replacing the foot, to cover it with some tape. It will be invisible since it’s under the trackpad, but will prevent another accidental removl. The plastic tooth to snap close the cover is really fragile I don’t know if it’s going to survive another opening.

Pippo Gregoretti - 답글

I’ve used the original trackpad at work for years and didn’t know the small feet could fall. Until one day the one I use at home stopped registering the left click. Then I’ve noticed the rubber foot on that side was not there anymore. So I’ve found this page, followed steps 1 to 3 and it fixed the issue. Thank you so much! Much appreciated! :)

Carlos Lins - 답글

The warning “⚠️Opening from the top will reduce the risk of breaking any of the clips at the bottom.”

should be on top of this guide just for safety reasons to prevent accident damage of the clips. Great guide other than that.

robtad - 답글

The plastic has click in nubs on it that fit into the metal top. I used a pocket knife to open it up and a small flat blade screwdriver to squeeze it open a bit. As long as you’re gentle and don’t pry it more than necessary, it opens and goes back together easily. I can’t imagine how the foot snuck out, but it was nice to get it back in without a hassle.

Bruce McNair - 답글

After putting it back in you may find that it comes out if you slide the track pad across a table. In order to avoid this reoccurrence, I taped a piece of construction paper to the bottom edge of the track pad with scotch tape over both “rubber feet”. This allow the track pad to slide freely across the table and not pull back out.

Timboro Boogie - 답글

Have been trying to maneuver it back in through the hole. Thanks for this. Simple.

Jeff Nield - 답글

Thank you for the tutorial. only one of my rubber feet came out so I didn't remove the entire plastic cover, only the corner and I’m back in business. Thank you again, from a long-time supporter!

Vasco Browne - 답글

Thanks for this guide ! Does anybody know where to find a rubber foot ? The one on sell on Aliexpress is insanely expensive.

errefocin - 답글

I’m glad I read the comments before going too far. I first tried pushing it back in with a small flat screwdriver bit, then a pentalobe screwdriver. Eventually I got it all in through the hole using the pointy end of a small padlock key. I didn’t have to remove the plastic cover, which I had begun to try, and when having difficulty (couldn’t even get my fingernails to get in underneath the plastic cover), I read the comments.

IanG - 답글

I was able to replace the feet but they just fell out again. Simple solution buy 8mm round stick on cabinet cushions. Works great!

$3.99 on Amazon for 100 of them.


Cool PNW dude - 답글

Thank you, thank you, thank you! The butterknife technique worked perfectly! I first tried to feed the silicon skirt back into the hole while turning the rubber foot, hoping it would feed in all the way around, but no luck.

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