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MacBook Pro: How to remove or install the battery

Learn how to correctly remove or install a battery in your MacBook Pro.

This article applies to any model of MacBook Pro with a battery you can remove on your own, in both 15-inch and 17-inch configurations.

Note: For issues with MacBook Pro models that have built-in (non-removable) batteries, you should work with an Authorized Apple Service provider or an Apple Retail Store.  If you plan to visit an Apple Retail store, make a reservation at the Genius Bar using http://www.apple.com/retail/geniusbar/.

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008):

Removing the battery

  1. Shut down the computer (or put it to sleep). Disconnect any cords connected to the computer.
  2. Turn the computer over.
  3. Lift the locking lever.
  4. Lift off access door.
  5. Pull the battery tab to remove the battery.

 

Installing the battery

  1. Gently insert the beveled edge of the battery into the battery bay.
  2. While holding the battery tab, lower the battery into the bay and push down gently to ensure the battery connector is seated well.
  3. Lift the locking lever.
  4. Align the corners and tabs of the access door with the MacBook Pro bottom case.
  5. Gently press down the access door until it is flush with the bottom case.
  6. Lower the locking lever.

Keep in mind that when the new battery is inserted, you will need to press the power button to start up the computer. If you put the computer to sleep in step 1, it will show a progress bar during startup as it wakes from deep sleep.

MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2008), MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008), and earlier:

Removing the battery

  1. Shut down the computer (or put it to sleep). Disconnect any cords connected to the computer.
  2. Turn the computer over.
  3. Locate the battery release latches on each side of the battery.
  4. Slide both latches up. The battery should pop up slightly.
  5. Lift the battery out.

Installing the battery

  1. Place the bottom edge of the battery into the battery compartment at an angle, as shown below.
  2. Gently press the top edge of the battery down until the battery latch locks into place.

Keep in mind that once the new battery is inserted, you will need to press the power button to start up the computer. If you put the computer to sleep in step 1, it will show a progress bar during startup as it wakes from deep sleep.

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