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If your trackpad is faulty or needs to be removed for easier access to the battery, follow this guide.

For your safety, discharge your MacBook Pro's battery before you begin this procedure. A charged lithium-ion battery can create a dangerous and uncontrollable fire if accidentally punctured.

  1. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Disable Auto Boot: step 1, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Disable Auto Boot: step 1, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Disable Auto Boot: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Before starting this procedure, you must disable your Mac's Auto Boot feature. Auto Boot powers on your Mac when you open the lid, and may be accidentally triggered during disassembly. Use this guide or follow the abbreviated instructions below to disable Auto Boot. This command may not work on all Macs.

    • Power on your Mac and launch Terminal.

    • Copy and paste the following command (or type it exactly) into Terminal:

    • sudo nvram AutoBoot=%00

    • Press [return]. If prompted, enter your administrator password and press [return] again. Note: Your return key may also be labeled ⏎ or "enter."

    • You can now safely power down your Mac and open the bottom case, without it accidentally powering on.

    • When your repair is complete and your Mac is successfully reassembled, re-enable Auto Boot with the following command:

    • sudo nvram AutoBoot=%03

    • Before proceeding, unplug and power down your MacBook. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface, top-side down.

    • Use a P5 Pentalobe driver to remove the six screws securing the lower case:

    • Two 6.2 mm screws

    • Four 3.4 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 device.

  2. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Open a gap using a suction cup: step 3, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Open a gap using a suction cup: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Apply a suction handle to the lower case near the front-center area of the MacBook Pro.

    • Lift the suction handle to create a slight gap between the lower case and the chassis.

  3. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Separate the clips: step 4, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Separate the clips: step 4, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Separate the clips: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Insert one corner of an opening pick into the space between the lower case and the chassis.

    • Slide the opening pick around the nearest corner and halfway up the side of the case.

    • This releases the first of the hidden clips securing the lower case to the chassis. You should feel and hear the clip pop free.

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    • Repeat the previous step on the opposite side, sliding your opening pick under the lower case and up the side to pop the second clip free.

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    • Insert your opening pick once again under the front edge of the lower case, near one of the two centermost screw holes.

    • Give the pick a firm twist to pop free the third clip securing the lower case to the chassis.

    • Repeat this procedure near the other of the two centermost screw holes, popping the fourth clip free.

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    • Pull the lower case firmly towards the front of the MacBook (away from the hinge area) to separate the last of the clips securing the lower case.

    • Pull first at one corner, then the other.

    • Pull to the side—not up.

    • This can require a lot of force.

  7. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 8, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 8, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the lower case.

    • To reinstall the lower case:

    • Set it in place and align the sliding clips near the display hinge. Press down and slide the cover toward the hinge. It should stop sliding as the clips engage.

    • When the sliding clips are fully engaged and the lower case looks correctly aligned, press down firmly on the lower case to engage the four hidden clips underneath. You should feel and hear them snap into place.

  8. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Uncover the battery connector: step 9, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Uncover the battery connector: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully peel up the large piece of tape covering the battery connector, on the edge of the logic board nearest the battery.

    • Remove the tape.

  9. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Gently peel back the small piece of tape covering the battery board data cable connector.

    • The tape is integrated into the ribbon cable and will not detach completely. Simply peel it back enough to access the connector.

  10. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the small black locking tab securing the cable in its connector.

  11. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the battery board data cable by sliding it out from its socket.

    • Slide parallel to the logic board, in the direction of the cable.

  12. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Fold the battery board data cable to the side and out of the way.

  13. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the 3.7 mm pancake screw securing the battery power connector.

  14. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 15, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to gently lift the battery power connector, disconnecting the battery.

    • Lift the connector high enough so that it stays separated from its socket. If it accidentally makes contact during the course of your repair, it could damage your MacBook Pro.

  15. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the trackpad connector screws: step 16, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the trackpad connector screws: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.8 mm screws securing the trackpad cable connector bracket.

  16. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the trackpad cable connector bracket with a pair of tweezers.

  17. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Disconnect the trackpad: step 18, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Disconnect the trackpad: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable by gently prying its connector straight up from the logic board.

  18. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Heat the trackpad cable: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • Prepare an iOpener and lay it on top of the trackpad ribbon cable for about a minute, in order to soften the adhesive securing the trackpad ribbon cable to the top of the battery.

    • If you don't have an iOpener, use a hair dryer to warm up the cable instead. The cable should be warm, but not too hot to touch. Be careful not to overheat the battery.

  19. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Peel up the trackpad cable: step 20, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Peel up the trackpad cable: step 20, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Peel up the trackpad cable: step 20, image 3 of 3
    • Carefully peel the trackpad ribbon cable up off the battery, and push it out of the way.

    • Do not fold or tear the cable.

  20. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the trackpad screws: step 21, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the trackpad screws: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the ten screws securing the trackpad assembly:

    • Two 4.3 mm screws

    • Eight 5.8 mm screws

  21. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Swing the display open slightly to access the trackpad.

    • Carefully thread the trackpad ribbon cable out through the hole in the MacBook Pro's frame.

  22. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the trackpad: step 23, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the trackpad: step 23, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the trackpad: step 23, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the trackpad assembly.

    • Be sure not to lose the six small washers (two circular and four rectangular) resting on the underside of the trackpad.

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

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Great guide. Thanks for posting. One thing it assumes however, is that the replacement trackpad you’re using came with a data cable (i.e. there is no Step 23 regarding removing the data cable from the old trackpad and re-using it). I’m not sure if it’s always been this way, but the replacement trackpads iFixit sells now for this laptop do not come with a data cable. I had to re-use the data cable from the old trackpad. It wasn’t too difficult to pull the cable up and out of the connector on the old trackpad, and there is no locking tab or anything to flip up to remove it. But it was hard to get the cable back into the connector on the new trackpad with the left over adhesive and the angle of the connector. I was able to get it connected after a few careful attempts, and the trackpad works after re-assembly. Maybe in the past, the replacement trackpads iFixit sold came with a new data cable attached, but it’s worth noting that they currently do not, and you have to supply one.

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there is no locking tab or anything to flip up to remove it

Actually, the grey bar is a locking tab-the cable might work if you just pull it/shove it in, but do yourself a favor and flip it up with a spudger like other locking tabs. I tried shoving it but neither the touchpad or keyboard worked when i did that

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