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Use this guide to replace a cracked or broken display.

    • Shut down and close your computer. Lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

    • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Two 8 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 2.5 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    • The special screwdriver needed to remove the 5-point Pentalobe screws can be found here.

  1. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.

  2. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement, Battery: step 3, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement, Battery: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • In this step you will disconnect the battery to help avoid shorting out any components during service.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both short sides of the battery connector upward to disconnect it from its socket on the logic board.

    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from the logic board so the connector will not accidentally contact its socket.

  3. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement, Solid-State Drive: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.

  4. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to help lift the free end of the SSD just enough to grab it with your other hand.

    • Do not lift the end of the SSD excessively.

    • Pull the drive straight out of its socket and remove it from the logic board.

    • When reinstalling the SSD, be sure it is properly seated before reinstalling its retaining screw.

  5. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement, I/O Board Cable: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the I/O board cable up from its socket on the I/O board.

  6. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Peel the I/O board cable up from the adhesive securing it to the fan.

  7. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the I/O board connector up and out of its socket on the logic board

    • Be sure to lift straight up on the connector as you disconnect it from its socket. The socket is very deep on the logic board and prying it from side to side may damage the logic board

    • Remove the I/O board cable.

  8. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement, Fan: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Use the tip of a spudger to carefully flip up the retaining flap on the fan cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  9. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following three screws securing the fan to the upper case:

    • Two 5.2 mm T5 Torx screws

    • One 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw

  10. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the fan out of the upper case and carefully pull the fan ribbon cable out of its socket as you remove it from the Air.

  11. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement, Battery: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following five screws securing the battery to the upper case:

    • Two 5.2 mm T5 Torx screws

    • One 6 mm T5 Torx screw

    • Two 2.6 mm T5 Torx screws

  12. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Do not touch or squeeze the six lithium polymer cells when handling the battery.

    • Lift the battery from its edge nearest the logic board and remove it from the upper case.

  13. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement, Logic Board: step 14, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement, Logic Board: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to free the adhesive loop securing the I/O board power cable to the upper case.

    • Disconnect the I/O board by pulling the power cable away from its socket on the logic board.

    • Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board toward the front edge of the Air.

  14. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard backlight ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the keyboard backlight ribbon cable out of its socket.

  15. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the trackpad ribbon cable straight out of its socket toward the front edge of the Air.

  16. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Use the tip of a spudger to de-route the right speaker cable from the slot cut into the logic board.

  17. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right speaker cable connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Pry up from beneath the cables.

  18. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 19, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 19, image 3 of 3
    • Gently push the tip of a spudger under the black plastic flap stuck to the display data cable lock to make the lock pop upward and away from the socket.

    • Remove the small rubber gasket from the corner of the upper case near the display data cable.

  19. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • While holding the lock away from the socket, gently pull the display data cable out of its socket.

    • Do not pull upward on the display data cable as you disconnect it, as its socket may break off the logic board.

  20. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both antenna cable connectors up and off their sockets on the AirPort/Bluetooth card.

  21. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 1
    • Gently de-route the antenna cables from the slot cut into the logic board.

  22. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three 3.6 mm T5 Torx screws securing the logic board to the upper case.

  23. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 1
    • Gently lift the logic board assembly out of the upper case, minding the fragile heat sink and any cables that may get caught.

  24. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement, Display Assembly: step 25, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the small rubber gasket from the corner of the upper case nearest the I/O board.

  25. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 26, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to carefully flip up the retaining flap on the microphone cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the microphone ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

  26. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • De-route the left speaker cable from the notch cut into the I/O board.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the left speaker cable connector up and out of its socket on the I/O board.

    • Pry up from beneath the wires.

  27. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the camera cable parallel to the face of the I/O board toward the rear edge of the Air to disconnect it from its socket.

    • Do not lift upward on this cable as you disconnect it, as its socket may break off the logic board.

  28. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw securing the I/O board to the upper case.

  29. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 30, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully lift the I/O board from its edge nearest the logic board and remove it from the upper case.

  30. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 31, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 31, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • Peel up the six cable loops securing the antenna cables to the upper case.

    • Gently pull the cable loops slightly out of the channel cut into the upper case one at a time.

    • Use your spudger to open up the plastic loops as you de-route the antenna cables through them.

    • Repeat this for all of the retaining loops.

  31. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 32, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 32, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the inner 4.9 mm T8 Torx screw securing each display hinge to the upper case (two screws total).

  32. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 33, image 1 of 1
    • Open the display until it is perpendicular to the upper case and place it on a table as shown.

    • While holding the Air steady, remove the remaining 4.9 mm T8 Torx screw from the lower display bracket.

  33. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 34, image 1 of 1
    • Before removing the last display screw, be sure to hold the display and upper case steady with your other hand. Failure to do so may allow the components to fall onto the table, causing potentially expensive damage.

    • Remove the last 4.9 mm T8 Torx screw securing the display to the upper case.

  34. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 35, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement: step 35, image 2 of 2
    • Push the upper case slightly toward the display assembly, then rotate it away from the front of the display assembly.

    • Once the two display hinges have cleared the upper case, remove the display and set it aside.

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

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Amazing guide, finished in under 3 hours for less than $300!

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Step 21, be careful when de-routing the wifi cables. Ensure they are Well away from the logic board when you remove it. The connectors appear to be little more than pushed onto the aerial wires and they can become EASILY separated from the cables if not fully pulled AWAY.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Pete B - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Yep! I was warned but managed to pull one off anyway!Why are they so impossible to put back on? I bought a replacement cable and swapped them over. Getting that bezel off was a little stressful.

But thanks A Goldberg for the guide. Invaluable.

Andy Hannen -

Hello Andrew, congratulations for the amazing guide! Wonderful job!

I need help trying to understand what's happening with a similar model which turns on only when he wants :)

I disassembled all of it and found nothing wrong, although it still shows the same behaviour. When it turns on (rarely), it works pretty fine, but randomly reboots sometimes. I suspect that there's something wrong with the switch key inside the display part, with some faulty electrical contact. I was trying to remove the black plastic bar below the "MacBook Air" label, but it seems to break if I force it.

My questions are: How can I remove this black bar without breaking it? Is it possible instead to remove first one of the display hinges to remove the black bar by sliding it to the side? Is there any way at all to make sure that the problem is not with the switch key inside it? Unfortunatelly I don't have a spare display to test it :(

I know it can be difficult to solve, but I appreciate any help if you have!

Thanks in advance!

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So, I found this mac in an e-waste pile, and the display is broken. Handling 10.7 drivers, and I want to get the screen back... Although Macs are all about pretty (and I like pretty, too), if I'm not looking for pretty, and I can just put the screen on top of the broken one, can't I just unplug the data cable for the LCD, plug the new one back in and then do everything I need to do? Two screens isn't *half* as bad as one. I'm just asking to sum it up, remove data cable to screen one, attach it to another working screen, and bam? No? Yes? Plz, I really want to know. Alternatively, someone please write a guide on how to remotely make a monitor mirror a screen? That would be great! And thanks to the people that understood my subtle joke.

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