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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the trackpad in your MacBook Pro 16" 2021.

For your safety, discharge the battery below 25% before disassembling your MacBook. This reduces the risk of fire if the battery is accidentally damaged during the repair. If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

Some photos in this guide are from a different model and may contain slight visual discrepancies, but they won't affect the guide procedure.

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

    • Use a P5 Pentalobe driver to remove eight screws securing the lower case:

    • Four 9.3 mm screws

    • Four 5 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 device.

  1. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Trackpad Replacement, Unclip the lower case: étape 2, image 1 de 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Trackpad Replacement, Unclip the lower case: étape 2, image 2 de 2
    • Press a suction handle into place near the front edge of the lower case, between the screw holes.

    • Pull up on the suction handle to create a small gap under the lower case.

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    • Insert an opening pick into the gap you just created.

    • Slide the opening pick around the nearest corner and then halfway up the side of the MacBook Pro.

    • This releases the first of the hidden clips securing the lower case. You should feel and hear the clip pop free.

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    • Repeat the previous step on the other side, using an opening pick to to release the second clip.

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    • Pull firmly to slide the lower case towards the front edge of the MacBook (away from the hinge area) to separate the last of the clips securing the lower case.

    • Pull first at one corner, then the other.

    • Pull to the side—not up.

    • This may require a lot of force.

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    • Remove the lower case.

    • To reinstall the lower case:

    • Set it in place and align the sliding clips near the display hinge. Press down and slide the cover toward the hinge. It should stop sliding as the clips engage.

    • When the sliding clips are fully engaged and the lower case looks correctly aligned, press down firmly on the lower case to engage the four hidden clips underneath. You should feel and hear them snap into place.

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    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 2.1 mm-long screws securing the trackpad cable bracket to the logic board.

  7. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Trackpad Replacement, Remove the trackpad cable bracket: étape 8, image 1 de 1
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the trackpad cable bracket.

  8. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Trackpad Replacement, Disconnect the trackpad cable: étape 9, image 1 de 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Trackpad Replacement, Disconnect the trackpad cable: étape 9, image 2 de 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the trackpad cable's press connector secured to the logic board.

    • 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. Don't press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

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    • The trackpad cable is lightly adhered to the frame.

    • Peel the trackpad cable away from the device, making sure to separate the adhesive.

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    • Peel back any tape covering the battery board data cable connector.

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    • Use a spudger to gently pry up the locking flap on the ZIF connector for the battery board data cable.

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    • The battery board data cable is lightly adhered to the logic board.

    • Insert blunt-nosed tweezers between the battery board data cable and the logic board.

    • Slide the tweezers underneath the cable to separate the adhesive.

    • Disconnect the battery board data cable by sliding it out from its socket on the logic board.

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    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to pull the battery board data cable away from the device.

  14. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Trackpad Replacement, Unfasten the battery connector: étape 15, image 1 de 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Trackpad Replacement, Unfasten the battery connector: étape 15, image 2 de 2
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the 3.8 mm pancake screw securing the battery power connector.

  15. MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Trackpad Replacement, Disconnect the battery connector: étape 16, image 1 de 2 MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Trackpad Replacement, Disconnect the battery connector: étape 16, image 2 de 2
    • Use a spudger to lift the battery power connector, disconnecting the battery.

    • Lift the connector high enough to keep it separated from its socket while you work. If it accidentally makes contact, it could damage your MacBook Pro.

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    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the ten 5.7 mm screws securing the trackpad assembly:

    • Adding a little blue threadlocker to the screw threads during reassembly can help prevent the screws from working themselves loose over time.

    • Install the screws loosely at first, and then check the trackpad alignment before tightening them down.

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    • Swing the display open slightly, but keep the MacBook upside-down. The trackpad assembly should separate and lay flat on the display.

    • As you remove the trackpad assembly, be very careful not to lose the nine small metal washers resting on the screw posts. (They will fly off and get lost with very little provocation.)

    • Carefully feed the trackpad's ribbon cable through its slot in the frame.

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    • Remove the trackpad assembly.

    • Make sure that each of the nine washers are present before you reinstall the trackpad.

Conclusion

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

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 you install it.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Answers community for help.

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