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Update your MacBook Pro with a new set of feet.

  1. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Feet Replacement, Remove the lower case screws: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following 10 screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody:

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

    Compare the short screws carefully before reinstalling them. The shouldered screws go in the holes on the front edge.

    David Kilbridge - Yanıt

    Before I started removing any screws I took a piece of paper and drew the bottom of the laptop and put a piece of double-sided tape in the spot where each screw goes. That way when I took out the screws, I could put them on the tape so I knew exactly which screw went in which spot. I did the same thing for dismantling the inside on another sheet of paper, then a third sheet for the screen after getting the front glass off.

    mastover - Yanıt

    I use a similar technique: I print out the iFixit manual for the job, and Scotch-tape down the screws/brackets/cables I remove at each step next to the component descriptions. That way, when I'm reassembling, the bits are taped right next to the photo of where they came from.

    adlerpe -

    That's exactly what I do for all my repairs! It's the best way to keep track of all of the parts ' original location and to make sure that you don't miss any parts during reassembly.

    joyitsjennie -

    Great idea and one I use often

    Thomas Overstreet -

    Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing it here.

    Laura Sharkey -

    I used a 00 that fit but the screws were very tight so I used a tiny paintbrush with some wd40 on it and put it around the edges of the screws. Worked like a charm

    valentinedhdh - Yanıt

    I use a magnetic mat and place the screws in order on that :)

    Cary B - Yanıt

  2. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Feet Replacement, Lift the lower case away: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Slightly lift the lower case and push it toward the rear of the computer to free the mounting tabs.

    In the introduction you should link fixers to this excellent doc:

    It is really critical, super easy, and free(!) to clone your existing drive onto the new one you will install. I ran into one error, but SuperDuper! support replied immediately on how to fix it...Thanks ifixit and SuperDuper! (I ponied up the $28 for the software anyway, I was so impressed!)

    Mike - Yanıt

    Long story short: I drank the AppleKoolAid back in 1984 and have always left the guts of my machines up to Apple - until recently when I needed to swap the SATAs from my original MacDaddy (2009 13" MBPro that I killed in 2018 - coffee + blackout = OOOOPS) into a pristine 2009 MBPro from a Goodwill in North Carolina through eBay. I need the files from iCal and MacMail that can't be opened in my newer machines.

    Well . . . I ain't never done nuttin' like that, before!

    Enter Luke Miani on YouTube. He raves about you guys! So, I watched everything I could, read your site, bought the right tools and at the ripe old age of 72, I sat down, this morning and did the work. Now my original MacDaddy lives in MacDaddy2.0.

    Am I allowed to cry?

    Seriously, I can't thank you enough for your bitchen site and killer tools. I wish I'd'a been turned on to this shizzle 30+ years ago.


    kath myers - Yanıt


    That was a brilliant read.

    Yes, I came across ifixit a few years ago. Totally helped me out on several occasions.

    Glad your Mac repair journey worked out.


    Cary B -

  3. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Feet Replacement, Feet: step 3, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Feet Replacement, Feet: step 3, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Feet Replacement, Feet: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Remove any broken or damaged feet.

    • Remove any pieces from the old foot that may have broken off in the foot hole.

    • Use tweezers to peel up and remove the old adhesive tape from the foot pad.

  4. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Feet Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Scrub the foot pad with adhesive remover to remove any remaining adhesive.

    On my mid-2009 unibody MacBook Pro, there were thin, circular, black cloth pieces inside the case, covering the holes where the feet came through. I had to remove this tape, in order to push the feet through.

    Edward Horner - Yanıt

  5. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Feet Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Wipe the foot pad with an alcohol prep pad to remove any residue left by the cleaner.

  6. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Feet Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Peel a replacement foot from the plastic backing.

  7. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Feet Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Feet Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Feet Replacement: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Align the new foot inside the foot pad.

    • Make sure the alignment nub on the foot is lined up with the small hole near the perimeter of the pad.

    • Lay the foot down while keeping it properly aligned.

    • Check for proper alignment from the inside of the lower case. Use tweezers to slide the alignment nub so it lines up with the hole.

  8. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Feet Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Press the new foot down firmly with your finger and maintain pressure for 30 seconds to set the pressure sensitive adhesive. Support the other side of the cover while you press the foot down.

    • Repeat the last six steps for any broken or damaged feet.

    Support the rear feet from inside with your other hand before pressing down on new foot. Failure to do so may damage the plastic air grille inside the rear of the lower case. See the photos in step 3 above.

    hterlecki - Yanıt

    My A1278 hasn't got holes in the backplate?

    The feet just seem to be stuck on with adhesive.

    Do I still have to unscrew the back?



    Rob Haygarth - Yanıt

    Hi Rob,

    If the backplate doesn’t have the holes, you can still use the feet by just glueing them on. You would not have to open the backplate.

    Arthur Shi -

    I have been told that if you are using adhesive, you should follow these steps and remove the bottom.

    This way, adhesive doesn’t get inside the machine.

    Larry D Turner - Yanıt

    Hi Larry,

    That is definitely true, if you are adding liquid adhesives. The feet we sell come with adhesive pre-installed on the feet. All you have to do is peel and stick!

    Arthur Shi -


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Just wondering if melting the original pads from inside the case with a flame would help to fix them in place for a little longer.

vlada - Yanıt

I’d be a little wary of doing something like that. I don’t think it would help the pads stay in place very much, but it might make it really hard to clean the case when you do want to replace the pads. If you want to make the original pads last a little longer you can try pulling them off, cleaning off the old adhesive, and applying some new tape or glue.

Adam O'Camb -

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