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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the display in a Late 2020 MacBook Air (M1).

    • Before starting this procedure, you should 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 to disable Auto Boot.

    • If your MacBook is running Big Sur v11.1 or later, disabling Auto Boot may not work. You can proceed normally, but make sure to disconnect the battery as soon as you're inside.

    • Completely power off and unplug your MacBook before you start. Close the display and flip the entire laptop upside-down.

    • Use a P5 driver to remove the following screws:

    • Two 7.9 mm screws

    • Two 7.3 mm screws

    • Six 2.6 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 MacBook.

  1. Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop off the lower case. Remove the lower case. To reinstall the lower case:
    • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop off the lower case.

    • Remove the lower case.

    • To reinstall the lower case:

    • Set it in place and press firmly to engage the two hidden clips underneath. You should feel and hear them snap into place.

  2. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and unlatch the metal locking arm on the battery connector. Make sure the metal arm is completely free of the locking tab before lifting the battery connector. The metal locking arm should easily unlatch. Lift straight up on the metal locking arm to pull the battery connector out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and unlatch the metal locking arm on the battery connector.

    • Make sure the metal arm is completely free of the locking tab before lifting the battery connector. The metal locking arm should easily unlatch.

    • Lift straight up on the metal locking arm to pull the battery connector out of its socket on the logic board.

    • During reassembly, press the battery connector straight down into its socket, making sure it sits flush within the socket.

  3. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the 1.4 mm screw securing the antenna cable cover.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the 1.4 mm screw securing the antenna cable cover.

  4. Remove the antenna cable cover.
    • Remove the antenna cable cover.

  5. Use a pair of tweezers to grip the antenna connector close to its base. Pull straight up to disconnect the cable. Repeat for the second antenna cable.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the antenna connector close to its base.

    • Pull straight up to disconnect the cable.

    • Repeat for the second antenna cable.

  6. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.5 mm screws securing the display cable connector cover.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.5 mm screws securing the display cable connector cover.

  7. Remove the display cable connector cover.
    • Remove the display cable connector cover.

  8. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the display cable connector straight off of the antenna board to disconnect it. To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the display cable connector straight off of the antenna board to disconnect it.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  9. Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the six screws securing the antenna bar:
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the six screws securing the antenna bar:

    • Four 7.4 mm silver screws

    • Two 4.7 mm black screws

  10. Insert the pointed end of a spudger into the gap between the antenna bar and display hinge. Pivot the spudger against the hinge to pry up the end of the antenna bar. Repeat for the other end of the antenna bar.
    • Insert the pointed end of a spudger into the gap between the antenna bar and display hinge.

    • Pivot the spudger against the hinge to pry up the end of the antenna bar.

    • Repeat for the other end of the antenna bar.

  11. Use your fingers to pry the antenna bar straight up and away from the case. The antenna bar is secured with some light adhesive and may require some force to dislodge. Thread the antenna board through the opening in the middle of the antenna bar.
    • Use your fingers to pry the antenna bar straight up and away from the case.

    • The antenna bar is secured with some light adhesive and may require some force to dislodge.

    • Thread the antenna board through the opening in the middle of the antenna bar.

    • Be careful to not put any strain on the antenna bar's ribbon cables.

    • Remove the antenna bar.

  12. Use a T8 Torx driver to remove two 5.0 mm screws from each hinge (four screws total). Each hinge has a third central screw, which you should leave in place for now.
    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove two 5.0 mm screws from each hinge (four screws total).

    • Each hinge has a third central screw, which you should leave in place for now.

  13. With the MacBook still screen-side down, carefully lift the upper case to open the MacBook as far as possible. With the MacBook still screen-side down, carefully lift the upper case to open the MacBook as far as possible.
    • With the MacBook still screen-side down, carefully lift the upper case to open the MacBook as far as possible.

  14. Lift the MacBook up and place it on its side, with the display facing away from you.
    • Lift the MacBook up and place it on its side, with the display facing away from you.

  15. Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the two remaining 5.0 mm screws securing the display, one from each hinge. Once these screws are removed, the display will no longer be connected to the upper case. Hold both halves steady.
    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the two remaining 5.0 mm screws securing the display, one from each hinge.

    • Once these screws are removed, the display will no longer be connected to the upper case. Hold both halves steady.

  16. Carefully begin to close the display until it's at a ~90 degree angle with the upper case. The hinges should pull out of the case slightly as the display is moved towards the case. Keeping the display at a 90 degree angle with the case, move the display away from the case while holding the case still, so that the hinges slide out the bottom of the case.
    • Carefully begin to close the display until it's at a ~90 degree angle with the upper case.

    • The hinges should pull out of the case slightly as the display is moved towards the case.

    • Keeping the display at a 90 degree angle with the case, move the display away from the case while holding the case still, so that the hinges slide out the bottom of the case.

    • Remove the display.

Conclusion

Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

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