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I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015). My battery health has deteriorated, and I may replace the battery some time this year. A full charge still gets me about 3-4 hours of use time, and I keep it plugged in most days, so getting a new battery is not an urgent need at the moment.

I think Apple told me that it would cost about $200 for them to replace the battery (battery + labor fee). If I do it myself, I think I can do it for under $100. How difficult is it to change the battery manually assuming no prior experience? Also, how easy is it to screw something up during the process that will make the macbook permanently unusable?

  • The answer for almost every "can I fix it myself" is pretty much always ifixit.com. AThey have walk through guides for most modern Macs with great pics too! – Steve Chambers Mar 27 at 19:13
  • Have a look at this answer: apple.stackexchange.com/q/231911/119271 This will answer pretty much all of your questions – Allan Mar 27 at 21:34
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So it can be done, but the battery is glued in. ifixit do sell a kit to remove this, but it is still a bit tricky.

Be very careful not to puncture the battery!

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