Your MacBook Pro’s LCD degrades over time. Usually it will just become dimmer, but it may also develop vertical lines, or white or dark spots, In some rare instances, half the display becomes completely non-functional. Alternatively, it could be that you’ve accidentally destroyed your screen – whether by dropping the MacBook Pro or by dropping something onto it.

If your display is in need of replacement, this guide will show you how to replace the LCD panel rather than the whole display assembly – saving you tons of money. Visit iFixit’s MacBook Pro Repair page ( for more in-depth repair guides.

1. Remove the RAM shield You’ll need: a #00 Phillips screwdriver, T6 Torx driver, a spudger, and a set of iPod opening tools. Unplug the computer and turn it upside down; slide both battery switches toward the rear and take the battery out. Undo the Phillips screws holding the RAM shield, remove it and set it aside.

2. Remove battery compartment screws You’ll be removing many screws in the forthcoming steps. All the screws look similar to one another, but won’t fit into the wrong hole, so you need to stay organised: tape each to a piece of paper and label it. Unscrew the first two from the battery compartment and tape and label them.