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Have your MacBook Pro feet seen better days? Use this guide to give your Late 2013 MacBook Pro a fresh set of feet.

  1. Remove the following P5 pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro:
    • Remove the following P5 pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro:

    • Eight 3.1 mm

    • Two 2.3 mm

    The number of screws listed here is wrong on my model. I had four of the smaller size.

    anonymous 1286 - Responder

    Just to add to my comment above (I can't edit it because it's anonymous), my MacBook Pro is a mid-2015 15in model 2.8GHz (A1398; EMC2881). For the bottom case it uses six 3.1mm screws, and four 2.3mm screws at the clutch/hinge side of the MacBook Pro. I tried using a 3.1mm screw at the clutch/hinge end, as described in the main article, and they don't fit. It has to be four 2.3mm screws.

    anonymous 1286 - Responder

    WAIT!.. STOP.

    iFixit has had a slew of defective batteries that they will require you take out and return (after gluing them in). Search on: "Battery percentage suddenly drops" here on this site. This process is 50 steps to get the new battery in, and another 50 to put all the parts back. For $199, Apple will do the whole repair, warranty it, and also replace the trackpad and the keyboard (because it's easier for THEM to do).

    Ifixit WILL NOT stand behind defective batteries unless you spend another 4-6 hours swapping in a new one. NOT. WORTH. IT. See posts here (Battery percentage suddenly drops from ~60% to 7%) on frustrated customer’s multiple attempts and class-action lawsuits.

    MFMauceri - Responder

    Thank you for this info, you’ve probably saved a lot of time, and hassle (myself included, if I end up going through with this repair).

    Andrew Poindexter -

    The instructions below have you basically taking ALL of the guts out of case. I’ve been doing my own apple repairs since before ifixit was a thing and this one is a handful. My battery was swelling and I wanted to remove it before it burst or bent the case so I took it out without having a replacement and it occurs to me that aside from using the solvent (liquid) to remove the adhesive, you could probably do this only taking the trackpad ribbon out. I have mine reassembled now and will research the best battery to buy but I think installation will take about 5 minutes. See if you can slip a plastic gift card under the battery and wag/saw the adhesive out without the solvent before you go through all of this. It might work. Note, don’t bend or put too much stress on the battery and certainly don’t puncture it…

    br1ansk - Responder

    I’m having a problem trying to get the screws off. I have a set of pentalobe screwdriver set. I found one screwdriver that fits perfectly on one set of screws, but I am unable to unscrew it. I tried using some force pushing the screwdriver into the screw, but nothing happens. Any suggestions?

    henry_k_wong - Responder

    All the screws on mine are the same length for some reason.

    ccfman2004 - Responder

    I would recommend the first step is: Run the battery down to ZERO before doing any next step. This reduces risk to you, people nearby, to the MBP and greatly reduces the risk of fire. Step 2 should be: Double-check that the battery is at zero.

    I like others listed below and on YouTube, disagree with these full tear down 70+ steps being the only focus. I get that I have to be careful not to get the acetone solvent near the speakers. I skipped 25+ steps by: tilting the MBP away from the speakers and using very little acetone solvent. More pressure with the plastic cards and only a few drops of solvent. While giving the full set of instructions is fine it should be very clear that you can (at the user’s own risk) do this.

    Kenneth Schleede - Responder

  2. Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro. Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.
    • Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.

    If you buy the entire kit, make sure you use the opening tool! I cut both of my index fingers trying to slide it off.

    Catherine Nath - Responder

  3. The lower case has two plastic pegs (red) that fit into plastic clips in the upper case (orange). During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the case to its two plastic clips. During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the case to its two plastic clips.
    • The lower case has two plastic pegs (red) that fit into plastic clips in the upper case (orange).

    • During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the case to its two plastic clips.

    pretty hard to put it back, so I just remove the clips on the upper case....

    jamiegan835 - Responder

    The trick to putting it back on is to guide your fingers to the same level as the clips, and then when you put the case down move your hand from the left side of the case to the right side of the case; applying pressure when you reach the area where the clips are.

    Aaron Freidus - Responder

    You don't have to take so many steps.

    santa1234 - Responder

    I have magnets- is this the wrong guide?

    Benjamin Jones - Responder

  4. Peel away any stickers from the backside of the rear case covering the feet you have chosen to replace. Any stickers you remove will most likely be unsalvageable for re-use. That's okay! Your MacBook does not need them to function.
    • Peel away any stickers from the backside of the rear case covering the feet you have chosen to replace.

    • Any stickers you remove will most likely be unsalvageable for re-use. That's okay! Your MacBook does not need them to function.

    If you take an exact knife or similar and trace out a section around the feet, you can leave the rest of the sticker in tact. I found it easier to remove a small section of the sticker as it was fairly well adhered.

    Stephen Chan - Responder

    @Stephan Chan - Your suggestion was perfect. Cutting away the small section of sticker where the feet go is definitely the way to do it.

    seattlehudson -

    I agree with you @gusto5 (Stephen Chan) - cutting out a small circle in the sticker with a craft knife is much easier. Just to be on the safe side, since it did expose a little of the aluminum of the case, after I’d stuck the replacement foot and held it in place for 30 seconds, I put a small piece of Scotch tape over the hole I’d cut in the sticker on the back.

    Owen Edwards - Responder

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  6. Remove any broken or damaged feet. If the foot you are replacing is still intact, you can use your tweezers  push it out from the inside.
    • Remove any broken or damaged feet.

    • If the foot you are replacing is still intact, you can use your tweezers push it out from the inside.

    • If the old foot is difficult to remove, use a hair dryer or a heat gun to apply some heat to the area and loosen the adhesive.

    There are large black stickers in the way of removing this little piece on my A1502 Early 2015 MBP. How do we proceed from here?

    Jason Protzman - Responder

    Hey Jason! You can remove those stickers entirely, or just peel them back enough to remove the foot and then cut away the peeled part of the sticker.

    Taylor Dixon -

    Is the larger feet shown in picture 1 of this section for the MacBook Pro. I am assuming the second picture refers to the Retina MacBook Pro?

    Khushal Varsani - Responder

    All the pictures and text in this guide refer to the Retina MacBook Pro! The The Unibody MacBook Pro has its own feet replacement guide.

    Taylor Dixon -

    I think what Khushal meant was that picture 1 doesn’t represent the lower case foot hole of the Retina model, the hole left after the removal of the foot is too big. While the 2nd picture seems indeed accurate.

    fbianchife -

  7. Scrub the foot cavity with adhesive remover to remove any remaining adhesive.
    • Scrub the foot cavity with adhesive remover to remove any remaining adhesive.

    The adhesive is on both sides of a clear plastic sheet that sits in the foot cavity. It is easily missed but appears shiny when holding the case up to light after removing the rubber foot. If you look at the image in Step 9 below you can also see the sheet on the case side of the rubber foot (note this is not the same thing as the plastic sheet that the feet are attached to, this one is very thin and has adhesive on both sides). I applied adhesive remover twice and let it sit for a few minutes to dissolve the adhesive under the pad, then scrubbed with a bit of pressure to get that clear sheet removed from the foot cavity, but am glad I did.

    James - Responder

    For me, the adhesive remover was not strong enough, but I was able to apply acetone nail polish remover to remove the remaining adhesive before wiping it down with alcohol.

    Joseph Wilk - Responder

    Thank you so much, James, for mentioning the clear adhesive! I would’ve completely missed it had I not seen your comment!!

    Tina Nakai - Responder

  8. Wipe the foot cavity with an isopropyl alcohol prep pad to remove any cleaner residue and prep the area for the adhesive on the new foot.
    • Wipe the foot cavity with an isopropyl alcohol prep pad to remove any cleaner residue and prep the area for the adhesive on the new foot.

  9. Peel a replacement foot from the plastic backing.
    • Peel a replacement foot from the plastic backing.

    • The adhesive is fairly strong—make sure that you are peeling the foot up, not tearing the plastic backing.

  10. Align the new foot inside the cavity. Make sure the alignment nub on the foot is lined up with the small hole near the perimeter of the pad. Lay the foot down while keeping it properly aligned.
    • Align the new foot inside the cavity.

    • Make sure the alignment nub on the foot is lined up with the small hole near the perimeter of the pad.

    • Lay the foot down while keeping it properly aligned.

    • Check for proper alignment from the inside of the case. The alignment nub should be slightly visible through the alignment hole.

  11. Press the new foot into place firmly with your finger, then apply pressure by pinching the foot from either side of the case with your finger and your thumb. Maintain pressure for 30 seconds to set the pressure-sensitive adhesive.
    • Press the new foot into place firmly with your finger, then apply pressure by pinching the foot from either side of the case with your finger and your thumb.

    • Maintain pressure for 30 seconds to set the pressure-sensitive adhesive.

    • Repeat the last seven steps for any remaining broken or worn feet.

Conclusão

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

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Just finished doing the feet replacement (using the iFixit replacement parts) on a late-2013 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro and it was just a perfect result. Thank you for this great guide.

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