MacBook LCD Screen Compatibility
To determine the original model of a screen use the EEE code. Look for this code under the 2D barcode on LVDS or right beside it.
An EEE code is a model number for the screen. Some model numbers are officially interchangable, some are not. Some work or work partially regardless.
2010-2017 Airs have compatible LCDs 11 and 13 inch can be swapped for testing purposes.
2013-2017 Airs are fully compatible.
2010-2011 11" Airs have a shorter WiFi cable. 2012 is usable on 2010-2012.
2018-2020 13" Airs are fully compatible. (A1932-A2179) Correction: 2018 Macbook Air ALS is NOT compatible with 2019-2020 screen. This will cause keyboard backlight malfunction and boot/wakeup issues.
2021 MacBook Air M1 is NOT compatible with models above.
Macbook Air EEE codes:
|MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017)||DN4R, DR2J, DYF4, F443, F444|
- 2009-2010 screen assemblies are fully compatible.
- 2009-2012 LCDs are compatible but the wifi and camera connector is different for 2009-2010 than for 2011-2012, so they can only be used interchangeably for display purposes exclusively.
- 2011-2012 screen assemblies are fully compatible, but the LVDS connector is slightly different and needs to be modified or replaced. See below.
- Late 2008 - Early 2009 screen assemblies are fully compatible, but only with each other. They have a different LCD that is not compatible with the later models.
- Mid-2009 - 2012 LCDs are compatible but the wifi and camera connector is different for 2009 than for 2010-2012, so 2009 assemblies can only be used interchangeably for display purposes exclusively.
- 2010-2012 display assemblies are fully compatible, but the LVDS connector is slightly different for the 2012 units and so it would need to be modified or replaced if you're using a 2010 or 2011 screen assembly with a 2012 logic board, or vice versa. See below. Also, the 2010 screen assemblies only have two wifi antenna lugs built in and the camera cable is shorter than what is ideal for connecting to a 2011 or 2012 logic board so you may have to get creative with your routing or trim down the subwoofer assembly plastic to make room for the cable to cut a corner. If you expose the internal acoustic chamber on the subwoofer assembly, it can be resealed easily with hot glue.
To use a 2010-2011 LCD with a 2012 logic board, you'll need to either replace the LVDS connector on the logic board with one compatible with the 2010-2011 era screen, or modify the display connector by trimming some plastic off of the edges.
Below are examples of a 2011 15in screen assembly being modified to work with a 2012 logic board:
TWO FINAL NOTES:
- BE SURE TO CHECK FOR SHORTS AFTER YOU'VE INSERTED THE MODIFIED PLUG INTO THE SOCKET! You don't want your backlight voltage shunted straight to ground!
- You will likely need to remove the little clip that secures the plug into the socket as part of this mod. Two dots of hot glue behind the plug will work perfectly to secure the plug in place, and hot glue can be removed cleanly from whatever surface it's bonded to with isopropyl alcohol.
MacBook Pro Retina
All Retina screen cable with hinge are compatible.
A1425 2012L 13" Retina could be tested with 13" or 15" 2013E Display. Unfortunately, 2013/13" Display has different Camera connector.
For testing 13 and 15 inch screens of the same generation are compatible
2012-E2013 are fully compatible
L2013-2014 are fully compatible
2015 is unique
Macbook Pro Retina EEE codes:
|MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)||FD46, FF0H, FF0J, FF0K, FF14, FFJ4, FGFY, FGG0, FY1C, FY1F, FY1G, FY1H|
|MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2015)||FW3D, FW3F, FW3G, FW3H, G1FQ, G1FR, G1FT, G1FV|
|MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)||FD4N, FF0N, FF0P, FF0Q, FF20, FFG2, FFJ5, FFJ6, FY94, FY95, FY96, FY97|
|MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)||FWKN, FWKP, FWKQ, FWKR, GCQ0, GCQ1, GCQ2, GCQ3|
2015-2017 are all compatible, with the exception of the sleep sensor. The 2015 has a single magnet for the sleep sensor while the 2016-2017 has two. Sleep and wake functionality could have issues but is untested.
Macbook Retina EEE codes:
|MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, 2015)||FNQ5, FNQ6, FW19, FW1C, GP5H, GP5J|
|MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, 2016)||GP5H,GP5J,GP5K,GP5L|
|MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, 2017)||GP5H, GP5J|
MacBook Pro USB C
2016-2017 TB and Fn key MacBook Pro screens are fully compatible.
2018-2019 TB MacBook Pro screens are fully compatible.
2017 Screen will work on 2018 model but it will glitch during boot + no truetone. Might be used for testing / data recovery purpose.
2020 A2289 / 820-01987 screen can be tested with A1708 (2016/17) logic board. Confirmed that screen brightness functions and ALS works, but camera is not recognized
2020 Intel A2251 / A2289 Screen Assemblies are fully compatible with 2018 A1989 and 2019 A2159 by several reports. Blown 5V Camera Line on LVDS Cable and 5V Camera Coil on the 2018 A1989 logic board was most-likely caused by 2016/2017 A1706/A1708 Screen Assembly.
2020 A2338 / 820-02020 LCD is wired differently and will not work on intel boards.
Macbook Pro USB C EEE codes:
|MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, 2017, 2TBT)||GJTF, GJTG, H19V, H19W, HG9J, HG9K, HG9L, HG9M, HKFD, HLG7, J6N2, J6N3, KVG1, KVG2|
|MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, 2016, 2TBT)||GJTF, GJTG, H19V, H19W, H9T5, H9T6, HG9J, HG9K, HG9L, HG9M, J6N2, J6N3|
|MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, 2017, 4TBT)||GJTF, GJTG, H19V, H19W, HG9J, HG9K, HG9L, HG9M, HKFD, HLG7, J6N2, J6N3, KVG1, KVG2|
|MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, 2016, 4TBT)||GJTF, GJTG, H19V, H19W, HG9J, HG9K, HG9L, HG9M, HKFD, HLG7, J6N2, J6N3, KVG1, KVG2|
2009-2011 MacBook Pro 13" LVDS/iDP connectors are compatible. They will work with a 2012 display but need to be forced
L2008-2011 MacBook Pro 15" and 17" LVDS/iDP connectors are compatible. They will work with a 2012 display but need to be forced
The following use the same connector (can be purchased here):
2010-2017 MacBook Airs, both 11" and 13"
2012-2015 MacBook Pro, both 13" and 15" including the non Retina models