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Have your MacBook Pro feet seen better days? Use this guide to give your Late 2013 MacBook Pro a fresh set of feet.

  1. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement, Lower Case: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following P5 pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro:

    • Eight 3.1 mm

    • Two 2.3 mm

    The number of screws listed here is wrong on my model. I had four of the smaller size.

    anonymous 1286 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Just to add to my comment above (I can't edit it because it's anonymous), my MacBook Pro is a mid-2015 15in model 2.8GHz (A1398; EMC2881). For the bottom case it uses six 3.1mm screws, and four 2.3mm screws at the clutch/hinge side of the MacBook Pro. I tried using a 3.1mm screw at the clutch/hinge end, as described in the main article, and they don't fit. It has to be four 2.3mm screws.

    anonymous 1286 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The instructions below have you basically taking ALL of the guts out of case. I’ve been doing my own apple repairs since before ifixit was a thing and this one is a handful. My battery was swelling and I wanted to remove it before it burst or bent the case so I took it out without having a replacement and it occurs to me that aside from using the solvent (liquid) to remove the adhesive, you could probably do this only taking the trackpad ribbon out. I have mine reassembled now and will research the best battery to buy but I think installation will take about 5 minutes. See if you can slip a plastic gift card under the battery and wag/saw the adhesive out without the solvent before you go through all of this. It might work. Note, don’t bend or put too much stress on the battery and certainly don’t puncture it…

    br1ansk - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Battery Recall for 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina mid-2015. Check Apple’s site for recalls, and put in your serial number. They replaced my swelling battery for free, regardless of warranty.

    Steve -

    As we are only replacing the battery, you can safely skip steps 6-26 and 28-48, no need to disassemble the computer to pull out the battery. Use nail polisher remover I was able to pull a super bloated battery out, without disassembling my MacBook.

    John Sikking -

    I’m having a problem trying to get the screws off. I have a set of pentalobe screwdriver set. I found one screwdriver that fits perfectly on one set of screws, but I am unable to unscrew it. I tried using some force pushing the screwdriver into the screw, but nothing happens. Any suggestions?

    henry_k_wong - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    All the screws on mine are the same length for some reason.

    ccfman2004 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I would recommend the first step is: Run the battery down to ZERO before doing any next step. This reduces risk to you, people nearby, to the MBP and greatly reduces the risk of fire. Step 2 should be: Double-check that the battery is at zero.

    I like others listed below and on YouTube, disagree with these full tear down 70+ steps being the only focus. I get that I have to be careful not to get the acetone solvent near the speakers. I skipped 25+ steps by: tilting the MBP away from the speakers and using very little acetone solvent. More pressure with the plastic cards and only a few drops of solvent. While giving the full set of instructions is fine it should be very clear that you can (at the user’s own risk) do this.

    Kenneth Schleede - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    As above—I consider full disassembly to be far riskier to fragile cables and connectors than the risk for solvent spillage. I did steps 1-5 and 46-74. No issues. I HIGHLY recommend the iFixit magnetic Project Mat. It’s a white marker board surface gridded into squares and invaluable for labeling part sizes/steps in disassembly.

    philtrit - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    As above too. I benefitted from the advice. From step 51 onwards, I found a easier way using tip from China battery seller. Use a 2” width plastic scraper/plastic paint scraper to poke under the battery. Use moderate strength to poke and avoid rough handling of the battery so as not to puncture it. There is no need to pry the battery to avoid stressing it, just use a firm poking action under the battery and the double sided tape adhesive will yield. After 5 min of such poking, the entire battery pack can be removed without the hassle of pouring the adhesive remover from step 51 onwards. Get a scraper with a stronger handle so that it is more comfortable to poke.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32889670...

    Emma Pn - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Heads up as you go…we (husband/wife team) had a notebook that when screws/covers were removed, we marked the step # and actually taped the screws into the notebook noted by the step number. This was very helpful on reassembly and we knew we would be using the exact screw into the original screw hole.

    Ann Brainard - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    After replacing the batteries myself, I wouldn’t even consider doing it again. Not that it’s difficult to do—that’s not the issue. The issue is aftermarket batteries. I’ve been using notebooks for well over 30 years, and never had satisfaction with aftermarket batteries.

    Modern lithium batteries are an amazing technological feat, but a dangerous one. So even putting aside that I’ve never found any aftermarket batteries with quality anywhere near original, I learned “cheap” aftermarket lithium batteries are downright dangerous.

    After doing research into what’s involved with manufacturing lithium batteries, I know there are so many corners to cut, you’ll end up with junk regardless of what you pay.

    A week after replacing my batteries with those from iFixit, they showed clear signs of failure. Thank goodness iFixit refunded my money.

    After having Apple replace my batteries, everything is back to like-new. For my $199, I got not only excellent batteries, but a new keyboard and trackpad as well. That’s it’s done!!!

    AnnoniMoose - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I found an Apple Support link that said MBP battery replacement was $199, but the 2 Apple Stores near my house would not provide any appointments. Instead, I scheduled an appointment with and “Apple Authorized Service Provider” & that repair center quoted about $750 to replace the battery.

    I refused, went home, & opened a chat with Apple Support.

    After a lengthy & painful chat session where the Apple tech didn’t want to provide a battery replacement quote (he feared other issues with the MBPr), he finally gave me an Apple price of just under $650 to replace the battery.

    Did you go into an Apple store, or mail it in? I’m struggling to reconcile a price of $199 to get a battery + keyboard + trackpad against what I was just quoted 2 weeks ago. The new track pad & keyboard might have been due to repair tech error. i.e. they trashed those repairing your batter & had to toss them in.

    Bartt.Shelton@gmail.com - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  2. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.

    If you buy the entire kit, make sure you use the opening tool! I cut both of my index fingers trying to slide it off.

    Catherine Nath - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Additionally, this is an “opportunity” to clean the cooling fans - and any other obvious dust magnets - with a can of compressed air. On the laptop I worked on, the cooling fans had sufficient dust to not “spin” freely - showing signs of “drag”. After blasting each cooling fan with compressed air (including from the exhaust vent side, as hitting the fins alone wasn’t adequate), they both spin freely now. No obvious signs of battery swelling on mine, but lack of adequate airflow could have been a factor with original battery aging/failure.

    Zathras - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Good opportunity to give a good clean out. Air duster and small clean paint brush on plastic surfaces to clean up essential vents and fans. You can load fan monitor and control software to see what your your system is doing and how it improves with a clean up.

    Robin Razzell - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  3. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • The lower case has two plastic pegs (red) that fit into plastic clips in the upper case (orange).

    • During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the case to its two plastic clips.

    pretty hard to put it back, so I just remove the clips on the upper case....

    jamiegan835 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The trick to putting it back on is to guide your fingers to the same level as the clips, and then when you put the case down move your hand from the left side of the case to the right side of the case; applying pressure when you reach the area where the clips are.

    Aaron Freidus - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Impossible to put those peds into the upper case clips! It just does not hold there, it fits but just does the ‘click’ sound and goes back. Is it possible to buy those clips as spare part? Thank you for help.

    Lopez Loku - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Same for me. It just never clips, regardless of the precision and the amount of force I apply.

    Vadym Borodin - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I also think I stripped the screws holding the clips in place. Does anyone know what screw characteristics should I look for as a replacement?

    Vadym Borodin - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  4. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement, Feet: step 4, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement, Feet: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Peel away any stickers from the backside of the rear case covering the feet you have chosen to replace.

    • Any stickers you remove will most likely be unsalvageable for re-use. That's okay! Your MacBook does not need them to function.

    If you take an exact knife or similar and trace out a section around the feet, you can leave the rest of the sticker in tact. I found it easier to remove a small section of the sticker as it was fairly well adhered.

    Stephen Chan - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    @Stephan Chan - Your suggestion was perfect. Cutting away the small section of sticker where the feet go is definitely the way to do it.

    seattlehudson -

    I agree with you @gusto5 (Stephen Chan) - cutting out a small circle in the sticker with a craft knife is much easier. Just to be on the safe side, since it did expose a little of the aluminum of the case, after I’d stuck the replacement foot and held it in place for 30 seconds, I put a small piece of Scotch tape over the hole I’d cut in the sticker on the back.

    Owen Edwards - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Received a quicker delivery of the feet replacement kit. Followed the suggestion and was quicker and boots (feet) flashed fit on bottom case.

    Albert Evangelista - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    If, like mine, all your feet have sheared off, you may be able to pry the center bit of plastic left in the lid at each foot out with tweezers. Obviously don't go digging deep or forcing things, but if you are lucky like I was then you don't need to remove all the screws and the lid. My new feet went in well and seem really well stuck. Make sure you clean the surface of the aluminium extremely well.

    I didn't find any need to cut the plastic backing. I found that each foot easily came off the backing and I grabbed it with the tweezers.

    I put a pencil mark on the lid showing the position of the little "key" nub and made a mark on the foot too, showing its position. This allowed me to align the "key" nub with it's hole easily.

    frostyfriday - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  5. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Remove any broken or damaged feet.

    • If the foot you are replacing is still intact, you can use your tweezers push it out from the inside.

    • If the old foot is difficult to remove, use a hair dryer or a heat gun to apply some heat to the area and loosen the adhesive.

    There are large black stickers in the way of removing this little piece on my A1502 Early 2015 MBP. How do we proceed from here?

    Jason Protzman - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hey Jason! You can remove those stickers entirely, or just peel them back enough to remove the foot and then cut away the peeled part of the sticker.

    Taylor Dixon -

    Is the larger feet shown in picture 1 of this section for the MacBook Pro. I am assuming the second picture refers to the Retina MacBook Pro?

    Khushal Varsani - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    All the pictures and text in this guide refer to the Retina MacBook Pro! The The Unibody MacBook Pro has its own feet replacement guide.

    Taylor Dixon -

    I think what Khushal meant was that picture 1 doesn’t represent the lower case foot hole of the Retina model, the hole left after the removal of the foot is too big. While the 2nd picture seems indeed accurate.

    fbianchife -

  6. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Scrub the foot cavity with adhesive remover to remove any remaining adhesive.

    The adhesive is on both sides of a clear plastic sheet that sits in the foot cavity. It is easily missed but appears shiny when holding the case up to light after removing the rubber foot. If you look at the image in Step 9 below you can also see the sheet on the case side of the rubber foot (note this is not the same thing as the plastic sheet that the feet are attached to, this one is very thin and has adhesive on both sides). I applied adhesive remover twice and let it sit for a few minutes to dissolve the adhesive under the pad, then scrubbed with a bit of pressure to get that clear sheet removed from the foot cavity, but am glad I did.

    James - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    For me, the adhesive remover was not strong enough, but I was able to apply acetone nail polish remover to remove the remaining adhesive before wiping it down with alcohol.

    Joseph Wilk - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Thank you so much, James, for mentioning the clear adhesive! I would’ve completely missed it had I not seen your comment!!

    Tina Nakai - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    My adhesive remover didn't work, but what did work was gently scraping with a knife. This is for the clear adhesive mentioned by James.

    olive long - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  7. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Wipe the foot cavity with an isopropyl alcohol prep pad to remove any cleaner residue and prep the area for the adhesive on the new foot.

  8. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Peel a replacement foot from the plastic backing.

    • The adhesive is fairly strong—make sure that you are peeling the foot up, not tearing the plastic backing.

  9. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Align the new foot inside the cavity.

    • Make sure the alignment nub on the foot is lined up with the small hole near the perimeter of the pad.

    • You may want to use a pencil to lightly mark where the alignment nub is located. Be careful not to scratch the lower case with your pencil.

    • Lay the foot down while keeping it properly aligned.

    • Check for proper alignment from the inside of the case. The alignment nub should be slightly visible through the alignment hole.

    Matching the alignment nub with the small hole is easier if you align the point of the tweezers with the nub. The tweezer tip then acts as a reference point for matching the nub with its hole.

    Paul Jacobson - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  10. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Feet Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Press the new foot into place firmly with your finger, then apply pressure by pinching the foot from either side of the case with your finger and your thumb.

    • Maintain pressure for 30 seconds to set the pressure-sensitive adhesive.

    • Repeat the last seven steps for any remaining broken or worn feet.

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

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Just finished doing the feet replacement (using the iFixit replacement parts) on a late-2013 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro and it was just a perfect result. Thank you for this great guide.

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