How to Replace Butterfly key on Macbook Pro
Are your keys sticky or not clicky enough? You can remove the keys to clean dirt from under them or just replace the keys if they are looking worn.
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🚥 Repair Difficulty: Easy
⏰ Time to complete: (Always exaggerate the time since this will likely be the first time someone has completed the repair)
🛠 The tools and parts that you will need for this repair:
- A new key (If you are replacing it. eBay is a great source for the keys)
- Nylon Spudger Tool (For unlocking ribbon connectors and doing other tasks that require a non conductive tool)
1. Removing the Keys
Start by inserting your spudger in the gap on the top side of the key you want to remove.
Slide your spudger under one corner of the key while holding the bottom of the key in place. Pry upwards until you hear/feel a click and the corner releases.
Slide your spudger to the other corner of the key and gently pry it up until it releases. Its good to keep your finger on the bottom of the key when releasing this corner as well.
Grab the top of the key and gently wiggle it back and forth to get one corner of the bottom part of the key out of your MacBook. Once the first corner comes out, the second corner should easily slide out.
2. Removing the Button Contact
Slip your thin flat head screwdriver underneath the rubber gasket and behind the black top part of the contact.
Gently lift up, one side of the contact patch while being careful to not rip the clear rubber gasket.
Place your finger on the contact to keep it from flying away, then pry up the other side of the contact.
3. Removing the Mechanism
Use your spudger to reach under the clear gasket and pull out the white mechanism from underneath. Start by lifting up one side of the gasket, then move to the top while holding the gasket away from the plastic mechanism.
The plastic mechanism is only held in by the clear gasket. Once the top is out of the gasket, continue to slide the spudger around while simultaneously lifting the mechanism out of the gasket.
Be very careful to not break any of the "teeth" off of the gasket. If some are missing, you may need to purchase a new mechanism.
4. Reinstalling the Mechanism and Contact
To reinstall the mechanism, use your spudger to lift the clear gasket and slide a corner of the mechanism underneath the gasket. Work your way around the mechanism, gently holding back the gasket and pulling it over the top of the mechanism until the gasket sits entirely over the top of the mechanism.
Slide the contact under the clear gasket, carefully working it in with your spudger.
Center the mechanism and contact until they don't easily move. It helps to use your spudger or flat head to carefully position them.
Once they are centered, apply gentle pressure to the button contact and mechanism. You should feel them clip into place. Apply pressure in the center first, then in each corner.
5. Reinstall the Key
Put the bottom of the key into the deck and let it lay flat. Make sure that the two pins on bottom of the key are in their sockets. Then, apply pressure in both of the top corners until you hear the key snap into place.
6. Get back to enjoying your gear 🤓