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How do I install RAM in a MacBook Pro?

With extra RAM memory, you can speed up your MacBook. But how do you install extra internal memory on your MacBook Pro? In this article, I'll tell you how to install RAM on your MacBook Pro. It's important that it was made before 2013. The MacBook from 2013 and later, don't allow you to replace the RAM and the warranty is void if you try to do this.

Recap

Girl works behind MacBook Pro on lounge chair.

In this article, we'll discuss how to install RAM in a MacBook from before 2013. The following steps are discussed:

  1. Determine which MacBook model you have.
  2. Prepare.
  3. Remove the bottom.
  4. Remove RAM.
  5. Install RAM.
  6. Replace the bottom.

Which MacBook do I have?

Overview menu on macOS Sierra of the specifications of your MacBook.

In order to walk through this guide, you'll have to know which MacBook you have first. On the page below, you can read how to find this out. Do you have a MacBook made after 2012? Only an expert can replace your RAM memory.

Install memory on a MacBook Pro made between early 2009 and mid 2012.

Step 1: the preparations

MacBook with Mac-specific RAM.

Disconnect the MacBook from its power supply and make sure the battery is as empty as possible. Allow the MacBook Pro 10 minutes to cool down after you turn it off. Meanwhile, place the coarsest towel you have on the table.

Step 2: remove the bottom

Removing the bottom of a Macbook.

Turn your MacBook Pro over and remove the 10 screws that keep the bottom in place. Apple uses different kinds of screws to assemble the bottom, so remember which screw goes where. Once all screws have been removed, lift the aluminum bottom from your MacBook.

Step 3: remove the current memory

Remove memory from MacBook.

Now that you've opened the MacBook, touch any metal surface to discharge electricity. If you're rather safe than sorry, wear an antistatic wrist strap.

The RAM of the MacBook Pro is in the middle of the laptop. Push the levers on the side of the memory slot outwards to detach the RAM module. The memory will rise at an angle. Hold the RAM module by the slots, and make sure not to touch the connector, as this can permanently damage the RAM module.

Step 4: install extra RAM

Install the extra or new RAM.

Make sure the slot on the connector of the RAM module aligns with the cutout in the memory bank. Tilt the RAM module and place it in the slot. Next, firmly but gently push down the RAM module using two fingers. Once the memory is in place, you'll hear a click. Repeat this process to place a module in the upper memory slot. Finally, click the levers back in place in order to fix the memory.

Step 5: screw the bottom plate back on

Screw bottom plate back on.

Take the bottom plate and screw it back on the MacBook.

Install memory on a MacBook Pro made in 2008

Step 1: the preparations

MacBook with Mac-specific RAM.

Disconnect the MacBook from its power supply and allow it 10 minutes to cool down after you turn it off. Meanwhile, place the coarsest towel you have on the table. Place the MacBook on the towel upside down, and remove the battery by pushing the lock upwards.

Step 2: open the memory hatch

Open the memory hatch of the MacBook.

Right over the battery, you can find a hatch that covers the RAM. Unscrew this with a cross-head screwdriver and remove the hatch. Next, touch a metal surface to discharge electricity. If you're rather safe than sorry, use an antistatic wrist band.

Step 3: remove the current memory

Remove the current RAM.

You'll see the RAM right behind the hatch. Push the handles on the side of the memory slot outwards to detach the RAM module. The memory will rise up slightly. Take the memory by the notches and remove it at a 25-degree angle. Do not touch the connector, as this can permanently damage the RAM module.

Step 4: install extra RAM

Install new or extra RAM on the MacBook.

Make sure the slot on the connector of the RAM module aligns with the cutout in the memory bank. Tilt the RAM module and place it in the slot. Next, firmly but gently push down the RAM module using two fingers. Once the memory is in place, you'll hear a click. Finally, click the levers back in place in order to fix the memory. Repeat this process to place a module in the upper memory slot.

Step 5: finish up

Screw bottom plate back on.

Put the memory hatch in place and screw it on. Next, place the battery back until the lock clicks.



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