Replacing the battery on a MacBook Unibody is an easy task.



  1. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Battery Replacement, Access Door: step 1, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Battery Replacement, Access Door: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • With the case closed, place the Unibody top-side down on a flat surface.

    • Depress the grooved side of the access door release latch enough to grab the free end. Lift the release latch until it is vertical.

    The A1286 has no Access Door.!!

    I actually can see no sign of the battery!...

    aguib - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


    The A1286 has no Access Door.!!

    I actually can see no sign of the battery!...

    I assume you have the newer model, with the built-in battery. It's still removable with tools, but these are the wrong instructions for that model.

    lgc90 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    when will there be a guide for the other unibody macbook pro. that does not have an access door?

    irishking - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Is there a manual to show, how disasembly the display, i mean, after step 5, to check the display between lcd and aluminiun back case?


    Max - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    On other guides you state the height of the HD that can be supported, e.g. MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Model A1211 Hard Drive Replacement , I have read ( but have not confirmed ) that the uni-body MacBook Pro can be fitted with the 750GB and 1TB 12mm drive from Western Digital.

    Can you confirm this?

    Many thanks in advance.

    ahothabeth - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    crwdns2888375:0SHerwood Ballcrwdne2888375:0

    My display and aluminum casing has separated.

    I don't know if it just snaps back together or does it need to be glued.

    I dropped mine on the carpeted stairs and the display still works.

    I'm hoping I can just snap it back together and that no plastic pieces or teeth of the snapping

    portion have been broken........

    SHerwood Ball - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    When you say "left fan" is this "left when looking at the logic board after turning the computer over and looking it up opening it up" or "left when sitting at the computer keyboard and typing on it"?

    thvv - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    We always use left and right in reference to the computer when you're using it.

    Andrew Optimus Goldheart -

    Directions were great and the worn dc in board was replaced. The hardest part of the procedure is disconnecting the data display cable. A better description of step 21 is to slide the connector parallel to the circuit board towards the outside corner. Reconnecting correctly took several tries.

    I used the tip of the spudger to nudge the corners a little at a time to seat the connector.

    The ribbon connector for the keyboard has to be inserted all the way before seating the retaining cap. It took me three tries . First try power button did not work second try numbers keys did not work.

    Thanks for the directions ...could not have done it with out them!!!

    landryd - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hola. Poseo un MacBook Pro Late 2008 y debo cambiarle las cornetas. Me sirve unas cornetas de un MBP Late 2011?

    jegonzalez80 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Please read the instructions about removing the bluetooth cable - you CAN work around it, and NOT take off the plug.

    kenneth krabat - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  2. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Battery Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.

  3. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Battery Replacement, Battery: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Be sure the access door release latch is vertical before proceeding.

    • Grab the translucent plastic tab and pull the battery up and out of the Unibody.

    • If the latch is depressed it will lock the battery in place.

    Do I need to wait for the battery to charge completely before using the computer (while plugged in)?

    Kaila Potts - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    No. You do not need to charge it completely before removing it.

    Titus (#1579) - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


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


Walter Galan

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I recently replaced my battery for the macbook pro late 2008 model number A1281, I have a weared problem with that - System shuts down while connected to power when it is Turned On.

I tried NVRAM reset also but no luck, Any help on this would be appreciable.



Kamalarajan - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Have just received the A1281 replacement battery. However it does not charge. The magsafe light is on green but the battery is not charging. When I put in my old battery the magsafe goes to amber and it starts to charge. Any ideas?

domburton - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I just bought a new battery to replace A1281, and I have the same issue as you : the battery is not charging, power charger light is green.

I've tried to reset SMC, but it didn't solve anything.

Rodac -



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