There are times when your computer might be in need of repair. This can be due to any number of different reasons and no one is ever happy when things break – whether it be an unintentional accident or due to some sort of malfunction. Any machine has the potential to fail and your MacBook Pro is no exception. Some small repairs can be fixed up in a matter of minutes while other issues might take longer and cost quite a bit of money.
One MacBook Pro repair that may seem complicated but is actually pretty doable on your own, is a screen replacement. This type of repair may sound intimidating but once you know the correct steps to complete the job, it’s actually pretty doable. If your computer has a broken screen due to an accident or any other reason, here is a look at how to replace the screen on your MacBook Pro.
Why Replace MacBook Pro Screen
If your lucky, you may never have to replace the screen on your MacBook Pro. Under normal circumstances, these screens are really quite durable and long-lasting and are meant to withstand a bit of wear and tear over the life of your computer. Accidents and heavy use do happen, unfortunately, and this can lead to your screen becoming damaged to an extent that it would be in need of repair.
The cause of most screen breaks is an accident. This could be something like dropping your computer off of a table or desk or even accidentally hitting the screen with some sort of blunt object. Instances like these typically lead to a crack or multiple cracks in the glass that make up the screen. Sometimes a small crack is not a problem but if left unfixed, it can continue to get worse, similar to a windshield on a car.
Screens can also become blemished and scratched from steady use. Damage to the screen resulting from this type of daily wear and tear will build up over time and eventually cause your screen to look cloudy or scratched in appearance both when you are using it and when you look at the screen while the computer is powered down or in sleep mode. This type of damage is not as obvious as a crack, but it still can lead to the need for a screen replacement after a while.
How to Replace MacBook Pro Screen
If you’re like me, any small damage or crack on your computer screen is not acceptable. I always want to get things fixed up and near perfect when they break. Whether you have a small crack in your screen, a couple of large ones that make it almost impossible to see, or the screen is just scratched and blemished from a few years of steady use, a replacement screen is an easy option to make your laptop seem new once again.
Screen Replacement Under Warranty
If your MacBook Pro is still under warranty by Apple or any other provider, you will want to take the computer into them to get the screen replaced. If you attempt to complete the screen replacement on your own, you could risk voiding this warranty which is definitely an unwanted option in case anything more major happens during the warranty period.
The Apple Care Program that is an option when you purchase your MacBook Pro. This program costs some money upfront but comes in really useful in case of an accident to your screen or any other part of your computer. If your screen becomes damaged you can take it into the Apple Store and have them fix it up quickly and correctly without having to worry about it yourself.
If you did not purchase your MacBook from Apple there still might be warranty programs in place from the provider. Be sure to call the business or location where you purchased your MacBook to see if they can offer the fix under any sort of warranty or if they have suggestions. They might not, but it is always good to check in before undertaking the repair yourself.
Replacing MacBook Pro Screen – Do It Yourself
Replacing your MacBook Pro screen may seem like a difficult repair that should only be done by professionals. In reality, it is not that complicated of a process and you should be able to accomplish the task on your own with the right instruction and a few common tools. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of trying to fix your screen, take it to a professional, but if you want to try it yourself, follow the steps below.
1. Setup Your Area for Repair
You’ll want to get everything in order before diving into this project so be sure to set up an area to work that is free of any obstructions, get all of your tools and materials in order, and clean the area of anything and everything that might be a source of dust or dirt.
The materials you need for this repair are: Your MacBook Pro, the replacement screen, a hairdryer, screen cleaning cloth, and a suction cup.
2. Heat Along the Edges of Broken Screen
Turn on the hairdryer and heat along the edges of the broken computer screen. Keep the dryer pretty close to the screen and this will loosen the adhesive holding it on.
3. Remove Old Screen with Suction Cup
After you have heated the screen, attach the suction cup to the screen by pressing it firmly to the glass. Lift up slowly and firmly and your screen should come off of the computer.
4. Clean MacBook Pro Screen Surface and New Screen
Using the cleaning cloth, buff, and polish both the display surface underneath the old screen and the new screen to be installed. Make sure to clean up any fingerprints and blemishes so your new screen looks new when installed.
5. Install New Screen
Begin by removing the adhesive strips that surround the edge of the new screen. Heat these strips slightly with the hairdryer. Then, put the new screen in place and make sure it is correctly aligned. Press the edges of the screen with the cleaning cloth to better attach the adhesive.
6. Final Steps
Once the new screen is correctly in place, remove the plastic covering protecting the screen. Give the edges another round of heat from the hairdryer. Use the cloth the again press around the edges firmly. Your new screen is now installed!
Replacing a screen on your MacBook Pro is a repair that can be done by yourself pretty easily but should be done by a professional if your computer is under warranty or if you are uncomfortable completing the repair yourself. Look here for tools and further instructions that will give you all of the instructions you need to complete the job yourself.
Have you ever broken your MacBook Pro Screen? How did you fix it?