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Use this guide to remove or replace the Mac mini’s large circular antenna plate. This plate covers the bottom of the Mac mini and must be removed in order to service other internal components.

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  1. Mac mini Late 2018 Antenna Plate Replacement, Bottom Cover: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Power off and unplug your Mac mini before you begin.

    • Use an opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac mini.

  2. Mac mini Late 2018 Antenna Plate Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Late 2018 Antenna Plate Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Lift and remove the bottom cover.

    • To reinstall the cover:

    • Align it carefully so that the words "Mac mini" can be read when the ports are facing you.

    • Then, press down on the cover to snap its three hidden clips into place.

    • Remove six TR6 Torx security screws securing the antenna plate, of the following lengths:

    • Three 4.1 mm shoulder screws

    • Three 1.8 mm screws

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your Mac.

  3. Mac mini Late 2018 Antenna Plate Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Late 2018 Antenna Plate Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Do not completely remove the antenna plate; it is still connected to the Mac mini by an antenna cable.

    • With the Mac mini's ports facing you, carefully lift the antenna plate and slide it about an inch to the right.

  4. Mac mini Late 2018 Antenna Plate Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Late 2018 Antenna Plate Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T6 Torx driver to remove the 2.8 mm screw securing the antenna cable to the Mac mini's logic board.

  5. Mac mini Late 2018 Antenna Plate Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 3 Mac mini Late 2018 Antenna Plate Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 3 Mac mini Late 2018 Antenna Plate Replacement: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • The antenna cable connector and socket are fragile.

    • Use the point of a spudger or fine tweezers to gently pry the antenna cable connector straight up off its socket on the logic board.

    • To reconnect the cable, use tweezers to position it carefully over its socket on the logic board, and then press it straight down until it snaps into place.

    • If you need more slack in the cable, you can temporarily pry it from the clips securing it to the antenna plate.

  6. Mac mini Late 2018 Antenna Plate Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the antenna plate from the Mac mini.

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Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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Wow, I have no problem doing this, but I walked my parents through a RAM upgrade on their 2014 Mac Mini when all you to do is remove the bottom cover and pull the modules out. I’ve already told them to skip this model. Great guide, I have the board in front of me and waiting for Amazon to deliver the new RAM today. Thanks!

willg - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

“a RAM upgrade on their 2014 Mac Mini” should be “a RAM upgrade on their 2012 Mac Mini”

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What’s the antenna cable for? My WiFi works without connecting it

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Me too.It just works without plate. Not sure whether it’s assistant antenna for further and reliable signal… or just fake parts to check whether users tried to tear down and give Apple chance to reject customer service…you know it’s quite fragile part.

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Broke the female connector in the process of replacing the ram. It detached from the board. It's there a way to fix it? Wifi signal is still working but not as strong. Everything else working. Thanks

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