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Pre-req for unplugging the battery without removing it.

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  1. Peel back the sticker covering the battery connector.
    • Peel back the sticker covering the battery connector.

    You only need to remove the tape to the edge of the flap. This is enough to be able to pry the battery connector up.

    Aaron Freidus - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Note that the photo is taken from the hinge side - the other way to the photo in step 3

    Toby Thurston - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I chanced it, didnt disconnect the battery and all is well even after giving the insides a good vacuuming before changing the SSD.

    Dermot O Logical - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    It is just the top layer of tape that you want to lift, you need to seperate it from the bottom layer.

    Kelv - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    You don’t actually need to remove the tape or even peel it off at all. Just pull up the battery connector up with the tape still attached.

    AJ Lorenzo - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    pay attention that the macbook in this picture is presented the “wrong side”: if you accidentally remove the tape covering the trackpad cable and thereby also take the trackpad cable out of the zif-socket, your keyboard and trackpad won’t work anymore. putting the trackpad cable back into the (tiny) socket will fix the issue though.

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  2. Gently lift each side of the battery connector to pry the connector out of its socket on the logic board. Bend the connector back toward the battery, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board. Bend the connector back toward the battery, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board.
    • Gently lift each side of the battery connector to pry the connector out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Bend the connector back toward the battery, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board.

    why is this necessary to remove a hard drive?

    Lawtay - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    @lawrencetaylor On any electronics repair, you need to disconnect all sources of power before you start. It’s a basic safety precaution and also removes the risk of accidentally shorting a connection somewhere (which can potentially kill your MacBook).

    Jeff Suovanen -

    I chanced it, didnt disconnect the battery and all is well even after giving the insides a good vacuuming before changing the SSD.

    Dermot O Logical - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Picture doesn’t match the computer. Hard to tell which connector to disconnect

    James Mitchell - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hi James, are you sure you have the correct guide for your machine? Try using our MacBook Identification tool.

    Sam Goldheart -

    Habe den Akkustecker beim putzen abgemacht um keinen Stromschlag zu kriegen, jetzt wieder eingebaut. Nun habe ich folgendes Problem: Akku wird geladen, aber steigt niemals ueber % und manchmal geht er trotz Anschluss an das Stromnetz einfach aus. Hat da jemand eine Idee?

    paul - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I used the identification tool and can confirm what James is seeing. The picture doesn’t match for this step. There is no piece with visible holes punched in it.

    Joshua McFarland - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    There is an extra piece of plastic on the connector, you might want to peel that off too. It’s not in the pictures.

    Ellie B -

    There is a battery cover with two T5 screws that must be removed before prying on the connector.

    Dennis Newton - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hi Dennis,

    Thanks for bringing this up! I’ll work on verifying this and adjust the guide as needed.

    Arthur Shi -

    My battery connector had another layer of plastic on it that I removed first

    Kelv - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    For an A1398, the screws on the adjacent cover were T6, not T5; one of the tips in the battery kit was suitable.

    J G - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    After separating the battery connector, I took the addd precaution of placing a folded post-it between the connector bank and the socket.

    Matt Fisher - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

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

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So. replacing the battery on this model is quite a lot easier than on previous 15" Retina Macs?

Martin Bergstrom - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Aha, ”battery *connector* replacement". Sorry...

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