Do Not Use Keyboard Covers Or Camera Covers With Your MacBook

Those thin keyboard covers you can get for your MacBook may look like a good idea, but they can break your MacBook. Also avoid camera covers and screen protectors.

Comments: 12 Responses to “Do Not Use Keyboard Covers Or Camera Covers With Your MacBook”

    Roy Pembroke
    1 week ago

    I have used keyboard covers for years with no adverse effect. There have been benefits in keeping dust and other domestic rubbish out of the keys. I remember seeing a man’s distress when a cup of coffee was spilled over his laptop keyboard!

    Sheldon
    1 week ago

    Thanks bunches for the great information. I will take your advice as always. I was thinking of the purchase of a new MacBook Air

    Joel
    1 week ago

    Gary, as always, excellent video.

    On a previous MacBook, I used a silicon keyboard cover. I never removed it and, as a result, I ended up with key marks on the screen from the silicon that I could not remove.

    On my current MacBook, I use a similar silicon keyboard cover because I do not like getting oil from my hands on the keys. With this MacBook I do remove the keyboard cover every time I close the MacBook and purchased a sleeve with a pocket to the keyboard cover, works great!

    Thx

    indy
    1 week ago

    roy p, you are correct. and, as a very long term participant of MacMost I give Gary a window to alter his unusually biased headline. Then I'm gone. 'Do Not' is pathetic.

    1 week ago

    indy: Sorry, I think "Do Not" is appropriate. It is my advice. You don't need to take it. If you wish to use one still, then my further advice is to be sure to remove it 100% of the time, no less, that you close your MacBook.

    Art Busbey
    1 week ago

    Excellent advice. I have been telling people the same thing for years, especially once the units got to be so thin.

    zadiemay
    6 days ago

    Gary, Thank you for this info. I have used keyboard covers for a long time, but usually I don't close my Mac book. I will now be careful! On your camera covers.... you state the only time your camera is active the green light is on... While I agree with some of that, on my iPhone the light does NOT come on when it is verifying who I am to unlock so there are times when those lights are NOT on. Until there is a way to physically verify a camera is not recording, I will not trust.

    Peter
    6 days ago

    Excellent, as always! I have removed my keyboard cover today. I could see the pressure image on the screen!

    Jane
    6 days ago

    Hi Gary, thanks for this. All good useful information. How do you recommend removing a camera cover without damaging the screen?

    6 days ago

    zadiemay: First, this is about the MacBook, not the iPhone. Also, when your iPhone is using FaceID to verify you, it is not using the camera. It is using the infrared camera instead. Also, if you do not trust your Apple hardware, then why are you using it for anything at all?

    6 days ago

    Jane: No sure what you mean. Have you stuck a camera cover on your MacBook? I suppose it would depend on how it is stuck there. I can't really recommend any specific way as: 1. I have never made the mistake of using a camera cover, so I have no experience, and 2. It probably depends on the cover and how it is attached.

    MoodyRiver
    6 days ago

    Great advice, Gary. I've never used any kind of "cover" on any of the MacBooks I've owned...just not worth it. P.S. I do have to say though that Apple's insane obsession with "thinness" has caused more problems than it's solved.

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