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Replacing the upper case requires removal of nearly every component. The upper case includes the keyboard, power button, trackpad, and battery indicator.

  1. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement, Lower Case: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Three 13.5 mm (14.1 mm) Phillips screws.

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • When removing these screws, note how they come out at a slight angle. They must be reinstalled the same way.

  2. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.

    • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

  3. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement, Battery Connector: step 3, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement, Battery Connector: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • For certain repairs (e.g. hard drive), disconnecting the battery connector is not necessary but is recommended as it prevents any accidental shorting of electronics on the motherboard. If you do not disconnect the battery connector, please be careful as parts of the motherboard might be electrified.

    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket.

  4. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

  5. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement, Left Fan: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following three screws securing the left fan to the logic board:

    • Two 3.5 mm T6 Torx screws.

    • One 4.2 mm T6 Torx screw.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the left fan connector from the logic board.

    • It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector.

    • The fan socket and the fan connector can be seen in the second and third pictures. Be careful not to break the plastic fan socket off the logic board as you use your spudger to lift the fan connector straight up and out of its socket.

    • The layout of the logic board shown in the second picture may look slightly different than your machine but the fan socket is the same.

  7. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the left fan out of the upper case.

  8. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement, Logic Board: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the right fan connector out of its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector.

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    • Remove the three 3.4 mm (3.1 mm) T6 Torx screws securing the right fan to the logic board.

    • Lift the right fan out of its opening in the logic board.

  10. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the camera cable out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Don't lift upward on the camera cable as you disconnect it. Pulling upward on the cable may damage both the cable and the logic board. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth connector up from its socket on the logic board.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the optical drive connector out of its socket on the logic board.

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    • Disconnect the hard drive/IR sensor cable from its socket on the logic board by lifting up from beneath its connector.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the subwoofer/right speaker connector out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Pry up from beneath the wires.

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    • Remove the two 1.5 mm ( 1.2 mm ) Phillips screws securing the keyboard/trackpad cable cover to the logic board.

    • Lift the cover off the logic board and set it aside.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the trackpad connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

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    • Use your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF socket.

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

    • Use the tip of a spudger to pull the keyboard ribbon cable out of its socket.

  18. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery indicator connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

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    • Grab the plastic pull tab secured to the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer.

    • Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Do not lift up on the display data cable, as its socket is very fragile. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard backlight ribbon cable ZIF socket.

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

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

  21. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following nine screws:

    • Seven 3.4 mm ( 3.1 mm) T6 Torx screws on the logic board

    • Two 8 mm T6 Torx screws on the DC-In board

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    • Carefully lift the logic board assembly from its left side and work it out of the upper case, minding the optical drive cable and the I/O ports that may get caught during removal.

    • If necessary, use the flat end of a spudger to separate the microphone from the upper case.

    • Pull the I/O port side of the logic board away from the side of the upper case and remove the logic board assembly.

  23. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement, Upper Case: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 7.5 mm ( 7.2 mm )Tri-point screws securing the battery to the upper case.

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    • Carefully peel the battery warning label off the upper case between the battery and the optical drive to reveal an additional Tri-point screw.

    • Remove the last 7.5 mm ( 7.2 mm ) Tri-point screw securing the battery to the upper case.

    • Do not remove the label from the battery.

  25. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement: step 25, image 1 of 1
    • Use the attached plastic pull tab to remove the battery from the upper case.

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    • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.

    • These screws are captive in the hard drive bracket.

    • Remove the hard drive bracket from the upper case.

  27. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 1
    • Using its attached pull tab, lift the hard drive out of the upper case.

    • Don't try to completely remove it yet, as it is still connected to the hard drive cable.

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    • Pull the hard drive connector out of its socket on the hard drive.

    • Pull on the connector, not the cable itself.

    • Remove the hard drive and set it aside.

  29. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following four screws securing the hard drive/IR sensor cable to the upper case:

    • Two 2.5 mm ( 2.9 mm ) Phillips screws

    • Two 10 mm ( 9.6 mm ) Phillips screws

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    • Carefully peel the IR sensor cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

    • Pull the hard drive bracket/IR sensor housing away from the side of the upper case.

    • Remove the hard drive/IR sensor cable from the upper case.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the four antenna connectors up from their sockets on the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

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    • De-route all four antenna cables from their channels in the AirPort/Bluetooth housing.

    • De-route the camera cable from its channel in the AirPort/Bluetooth housing.

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    • Remove the following two screws:

    • One 8.6 mm ( 8.4 mm ) Phillips screw

    • One 3.9 mm Phillips screw

    • Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly from the upper case, minding any cables that may get caught.

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    • Remove the three 3.5 mm ( 3.3 mm ) T6 Torx screws securing the optical drive to the upper case.

    • Lift the optical drive near its connector and pull it away from the upper case to remove it from the computer.

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    • Remove the following six screws securing the subwoofer and right speaker to the upper case:

    • Two 3.2 mm ( 3.0 mm ) Phillips screws.

    • Two 12.3 mm Phillips screws.

    • One 2.5 mm Phillips screw.

    • One 8.3 mm ( 8.1 mm ) Phillips screw.

    • Lift the subwoofer and right speaker assembly out of the upper case.

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    • Remove the 8.6 mm Phillips screw securing the antenna/camera cable retainer to the top left portion of the upper case.

    • Remove the antenna/camera cable retainer from the upper case.

    • Check your new part: The antenna cable and plate attached to the upper case may need to be transferred. Take care peeling the metal plate off, an adhesive is used to hold it in place.

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    • Remove the 8.6 mm ( 7.0 mm ) Phillips screw securing the display data cable retainer to the top right portion of the upper case.

    • Remove the display data cable retainer from the upper case.

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    • Remove two of the three 6 mm T6 Torx screws securing the right side of the display to the upper case.

    • We purposely have you leave one screw attaching the display to the upper case to aid in future steps.

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    • Remove two of the three 6 mm T6 Torx screws securing the left side of the display to the upper case.

    • We purposely have you leave one screw attaching the display to the upper case to aid in future steps.

  40. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement: step 40, image 1 of 1
    • Open your MacBook Pro so the display is perpendicular to the upper case.

    • Place your opened MacBook Pro on a table as pictured.

    • While holding the display and upper case together with your left hand, remove the remaining T6 Torx screw from the upper display bracket.

  41. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement: step 41, image 1 of 1
    • Be sure to hold the display and upper case together with your left hand. Failure to do so may cause the freed display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging each component.

    • Remove the last remaining T6 Torx screw securing the display to the upper case.

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    • Grab the upper case with your right hand and rotate it slightly toward the top of the display so the upper display bracket clears the edge of the upper case.

    • Rotate the display slightly away from the upper case.

    • Lift the display up and away from the upper case, minding any brackets or cables that may get caught.

  43. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement: step 43, image 1 of 1
    • Before proceeding, check if your replacement upper case comes with the battery level indicator installed. If not, you'll need to transfer the battery level indicator to your new upper case.

    • If your replacement includes the battery level indicator, stop here.

    • Remove three 2.0 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the battery level indicator to the upper case.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger to gently pry up the edge of the metal shield covering the battery level indicator cable.

    • The metal shield is lightly adhered to the upper case and shouldn't require a lot of force.

    • This metal shield may need to be transferred to your new part.

    • Be careful not to damage the battery level indicator cable while prying.

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    • Remove the battery level indicator.

    • The battery level indicator cable is lightly adhered to the upper case—use a combination of the flat end of your spudger and gentle peeling to remove it.

    • Be careful not to snag the battery level indicator cable on the metal shield.

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    • Remove the battery level indicator button.

    • Note the orientation for installing in your replacement upper case—the larger, shiny side faces out.

    • Depending on your replacement upper case, you may also need to transfer your trackpad now. Follow this guide to remove and transfer your trackpad.

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

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If your doing this just to replace the keyboard. the keyboard can be replaced after this last step. I found one for $16 on ebay. the only challenge is removing the backlighting which is taped down and then unscrewing about 50 tiny screws to remove the keyboard. the above process takes about an hour and then another hour to just replace the keyboard.

ifixit5 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I completed this replacement successfully, with one glitch and two leftover items. The glitch: I failed to insert the keyboard ribbon cable at first. The leftover items: A multilayer soft pad, silvered, about 3x1 ¾-(7.5x4.5 cm) and a piece of foam in a quarter-round shape, 7/16”(1.2 cm) long, ⅛"(3-4mm) ,on a side, with a fine metal mesh on the long sides. I don’t recall in which step I removed either part. I’m hoping neither is critical, but I’ll replace either as best I can if I’m wrong. I have a photo of the two parts but I don’t see how to add it to the post.

bobball - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Took me a little over 4 hours, but seems successful. Most of the middle row on my keyboard had stopped working, I was having to use an external. The new case works fine. The hardest part was definitely the logic board removal, but just be patient and methodical and use the spudger to loosen the adhesive that binds the microphone to the upper case. I also encountered two screws that stripped when unscrewing, and had to use some creativity to release those parts. 48 hours after replacement, everything is working, and the new keyboard is definitely an improvement. Time-consuming and stressful but so much cheaper than authorized repair.

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I did this because shift control option on the left side of the keyboard stopped working. Now they are working, but all the keys Q - I aren’t working, the CAPS key works most of the time and there’s no backlight keys anymore. Now what?

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I have a 2012 MBP on which the keyboard is starting to fail, the delete key being the most awkward. I also have a 2011 MBP on which the logic board failed in it’s usual way. Rather than go thru all these steps can I simply install the 2012 logic board in the 2011 case and have a working machine?

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