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MacBook DIY Screen Repair Guide

MacBooks have become iconic devices. They are some of the most advanced laptops that you can buy at the moment. What makes a MacBook so great is the fact that it offers a great combination of power and portability. MacBooks have a sleek body and are really lightweight. But their thin form factor does not mean that they lack power. MacBooks packs some pretty powerful hardware. This, combined with their highly optimized OS results in smooth and enjoyable computational power.

Now, MacBooks are great and everything, but they are not perfect. Just like any other laptop out there, a MacBook is susceptible to damage. If you aren’t careful with it, you can end up damaging your MacBook rather easily. And once that happens, you’re in for a very bad time. A damaged MacBook can cost you quite a bit to repair.

This is due to the fact that its spare parts do not come cheap. Along with expensive spare parts, MacBook technicians will charge you a pretty sum for their services. Remember, one should always seek out professional technicians for repair work. MacBooks are expensive and you definitely don’t want them in untrained hands. Break Fix Now has a number of well-trained technicians for Apple products.


Repairing your MacBook will certainly cost you less than replacing it. If you’re a DIY kind of person, then you can further reduce the cost of your laptop’s repairs. Now, you definitely should not buy cheaper spare parts to cut back on repair costs. However, you can try and repair your MacBook by yourself. This way, you won’t have to pay for the services of a technician.

Let’s go through a step-by-step guide on how to repair your MacBook’s broken screen.

Repairing Your MacBook’s Screen

The screen is the most fragile part of any laptop. Now, the difficulty of a screen repair varies from laptop to laptop. Some laptops make screen repairs a breeze while others will make you sweat with frustration. Sadly, the MacBook falls in the latter category.

Step 1 – Identifying Your Laptop’s Model

Identifying the exact model of your MacBook is important. It helps you figure out exactly what spare part you need to order for your laptop. Now, MacBooks have a variety of models. Most of these models differ from one another due to incremental upgrades made in the device over the years.

Your best bet on identifying your MacBook’s exact model is to either dig into your system’s hardware details or use an online tool. You can find online device identification tools that will definitely make this process easier for you.

Step 2 – Diagnosing The Problem

Diagnosing a damaged screen can be trickier than you think. A MacBook’s screen has a glass screen on top of the actual display module. You need to figure out the extent of damage that has been dealt on your screen. Sometimes, your glass screen may be damaged but your display module is left intact.

If your screen is cracked but working correctly, then you only need to worry about your glass screen. But if your display has random black spots or its output is flickering, you need to have the display module replaced.

If you have trouble trying to diagnose the extent of damage, we would recommend that you take your laptop to a professional repair center. We would also recommend that you refrain from trying to replace your entire screen unless you’re very confident about your skills.

Step 3 – Prepare Your Workspace

In order to open your MacBook and replace its screen, you will need a variety of tools:

  • A heat gun or hairdryer.
  • A suction cup.
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth.
  • An assortment of screwdrivers (only if you have to dismantle your laptop)

Find a flat surface on which you can place your laptop with its screen’s back resting on the surface.

Step 4 – Removing The Old Screen

Take your heat gun or hairdryer and begin heating the edges of your screen. This will soften the adhesive holding the glass screen in place. If your glass screen is heavily cracked, cover it with a layer of packing tape before you begin removing it.

Once you’ve heated all the edges of the screen (they should be hot to touch), place a suction cup on one end. Once the cup is securely in place, use it to pull the broken screen away from the laptop.

Step 5 – Installing The New Screen

Now take the replacement screen and make sure its inner side is free of dust and smudges. Remove the strips covering the screen’s adhesive and use your heat gun/hairdryer to heat the adhesive.

Carefully place the new screen on your laptop and set it in place. Once it’s in the right position, gently press the edges of the screen to make the adhesive stick into place.

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