The Glass Trackpads introduced with the unibody Macbook’s in 2008 were, and still are a huge hit! In fact, I can’t stand non-Apple trackpads now. Whenever I use a computer without one, it’s a nightmare. Of course though, not all products are perfect; Although the trackpads are wonderful, a small number of trackpads sometimes lose their ability to register every click (typically you’ll have to click them harder than usual for the click to register). Most of the time when this becomes a problem, it’s after your AppleCare expires, so I’m here to help save the day by showing you how you would fix your broken MacBook trackpad.
Note: We are not responsible for any damage you may cause to your computer.
- Macbook (Late 2008 only)
- Macbook Pro 13″ (All Models)
- Macbook Pro 15″ (Late 2008-Current)
- Macbook Pro 17″ (Late 2008-Current)
How to: fix your broken Macbook Trackpad
Warning: This will void your Apple warranty
If you have a removable battery, take it out and skip to step 4.
Step 1: Unscrew the 10 screws with the #00 Philips screwdriver and remove the backplate (keep note that the 3 screws on the top-left are longer than the rest).
Step 2: Unscrew the two screws holding the battery down with the Tri-Wing Screwdriver.
Step 3: Unplug and remove the battery (can be difficult, but be careful not to rip the plug).
Step 4: Here you should see the bottom of the trackpad, on the trackpad you’ll notice a screw (circled below). All you need to do is SLIGHTLY tighten/loosen the screw (1/8th of a full rotation).
Step 5: Put your computer back together (reverse above directions) and test the trackpad, you may need to open the computer back up a few times to fix your broken MacBook trackpad, remember to only adjust the trackpad slightly at a time, the slightest rotation makes a HUGE difference.
If you have any additional questions, read the FAQ, if it isn’t there then feel free to ask in the comment section below 🙂
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Will this void my warranty?
Will this work on the Macbook Air?
No, the broken MacBook trackpad on your Macbook Air requires a different fix. If you’re interested in seeing how to fix a broken Macbook Trackpad included with the air, let me know!
This didn’t fix my broken Macbook trackpad, what should I do?
You will probably have to replace the broken MacBook trackpad (in rare cases the upper case), if you’re confident with technology, than you can buy a replacement trackpad (here) and replace your broken trackpad by following these instructions. If you aren’t that confident with opening up technology, than you can take it to the Apple store and they’ll replace it for a fee.
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