Ram For A Macbook Pro

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Is your Mac slowing down? Do you spend more and more time waiting for applications to do what you want? If so, there is a very good chance that you have high memory usage and need a Mac RAM upgrade. RAM stands for Random Access Memory. This memory is temporary and used by the CPU to hold information that processes actively use on your system. Your Mac slows down when it experiences high memory usage, in other words, when the running applications demand more RAM than your Mac can provide. The more RAM available, the better your Mac is able to execute the tasks that are being thrown at it.

The obvious solution would be to increase Mac RAM, but before I show you how to do that, let’s make sure that your lack of RAM is actually the cause of your Mac slowdown. If you ended up reading this article, you probably suspect you need Mac RAM upgrade. But how to check if you have enough RAM? Mac technicians say 8GB is enough for your everyday tasks. Intensive processes, though, like video editing, require more RAM. If you're considering MacBook RAM upgrade, first let me show you how to check RAM usage on Mac. Open Spotlight Search (Command-Space). Type in Activity Monitor. In Activity Monitor, select the Memory tab on the top of the window. Memory Pressure is the graph you need to study. If there is mostly green, your system RAM is currently fine. If there is a lot of yellow, the jury is still out.

Steps

Mac mini RAM upgrade

  1. Select the app and click the "X" button to close it.
    8GB works well for everyday needs like email and web surfing. If you’re a student using a MacBook for homework, or you occasionally flip through websites or email while you’re hanging out on the couch, 8GB is more than enough RAM. You’re not doing a lot of memory-intensive work on your computer, so why pay for extra RAM you don’t need?[2][3]
    • Another alternative is to use a third-party tool to optimize your RAM usage. I highly recommend CleanMyMac X, which has a Maintenance module that helps free up RAM and speed up your Mac.
    • CleanMyMac X is notarized by Apple and has a free version.Here's how to free up RAM with the help of this tool:. Download CleanMyMac X for free here. Install and launch the app. Go to Maintenance — here, select Free Up RAM and Run Maintenance Scripts,.
  2. When your Mac or a particular app hangs up, this feature will temporarily flush memory, helping your Mac to unfreeze.
    The sweet spot for most MacBook users is 16GB. If you want your computer to feel silky smooth while you browse the web and you don’t mind waiting a second or two for complex programs to load, you’ll be very happy with 16GB of RAM. For most folks, 16GB is more than enough to meet your needs.[5]
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  3. The first step is to check if your Mac has slots for new RAM.
    You might want 32GB if you’re a full-time artist, architect, or designer. This much memory is unnecessary for most people, but if you’re spending hours of time running complex programs or do lots of multitasking, it's worth considering. [6][7] You might might need 32GB of RAM if:
    • Let’s look under the hood and see what your memory situation is like.
    • Click the Apple icon. Select “About this Mac”. Click System Report. The System Information window will launch. Select Memory in the left column. You will see the exact details of your RAM modules or sticks on the right.
    • As you see in the screenshot above, my MacBook Pro doesn't have space for the new RAM.
    • You navigated to your Mac memory information and discovered whether you had space for new memory.
    • Now it's only a matter of choosing your new RAM, and I recommend starting with MacSales.
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  4. Does your Mac need more RAM?

    1. Adding your new RAM into your Mac is not as hard as it sounds.
      This is definitely an upgrade that you can perform yourself, as long as you have a screwdriver on hand. The only tricky thing is to know exactly where the RAM is, and that it varies between types of Macs. Below are handy tutorials to install new memory on your specific type of Mac. If you own MacBook Pro and want to upgrade RAM on this machine, you should know that only a few models have slots for additional RAM. 13-inch models from 2009 to 2012. 15-inch models from 2008 to 2012. 17-inch models from 2008 to 2011. MacBook RAM upgrade is possible with:. MacBooks from 2008 to 2011. Wear an antistatic wrist strap to avoid damaging computer components due to static discharge when removing and installing RAM.
    2. The RAM is to the left or right of the center.
      Pull apart the latches on each side of it, and the RAM will pop up. Slide the RAM out. Try to hold the memory module by its edges and avoid touching the gold connectors. Slide the new RAM into the slot and push it down till it clicks into place. Put the large backplate back on and screw it into place. Screw the smaller backplate back into place. Turn your MacBook on and go to About This Mac to confirm the new RAM installed. You can install new RAM on almost any iMac. To find out if you can upgrade RAM on your particular iMac model, check this list on the Apple Support website.
    3. You’ll find a diagram on the bottom of the door that shows the memory cage levers and the correct orientation of the RAM modules.
      Push the two levers on the right and left sides outward — this should release the memory cage. Once you release the memory, pull the levers up. You can now remove each module —take a photo of the location of the notch on the bottom of the modules: the notch must be placed correctly when reinstalled. Install new memory by placing it into the slot until it clicks. After installing new memory, push the levers back into the housing until you hear the clicking sound. Install the memory compartment door and put your iMac into the upright position. Re-connect everything, turn your iMac back on and go to About This Mac to confirm new RAM has been installed.
      Lift the housing and remove it.

    iMac RAM upgrade

    1. Remove the modules.
      Place your new RAM module into the slot and gently push until it clicks. Avoid touching the gold collectors. Reinsert the RAM modules cover and gently push until they click. Turn the top latch right to lock it. Reconnect all the peripherals and go to About This Mac to check if new RAM has been installed. Adding a new memory in Mac mini is simple, but not every model allows you to do that. It is possible to install RAM on Mac mini models from 2010 to 2012, but Mac minis from 2014 have a memory that can't be upgraded. Mac mini models from 2018 don't have user-installable RAM, and Mac minis M1 have their RAM integrated into the Apple chip. So, here's how to upgrade memory on Mac mini 2010-2012:. Shut down your Mac mini. Let it cool down and disconnect all cables. Place your Mac mini upside down on a soft cloth and rotate the bottom case counterclockwise. Gently press on the case to let the opposite side pop up. Then, remove it. Spread the clips of the memory module and let it pop up. Remove the module. Repeat the same for the bottom module. Place new memory slots into the slots. Replace the bottom case and rotate it clockwise until it's locked.

      Can you upgrade RAM on MacBook Pro?

      1. In this guide, I showed you how to identify high memory usage on your Mac. I also outlined the steps to determine what RAM your Mac has installed, whether it can be upgraded, how to purchase new memory for your Mac, and finally, how to install your new RAM into your Mac.

      How to free up RAM on Mac without purchasing it

      1. If you’re on 8GB and don't use complex programs, probably not.[18] If you’re exporting video, animating, or making music, the difference between 16GB of RAM and 8GB of RAM is astronomical.[19] If you’re just browsing the web, doing homework, or answering emails, you probably won’t even notice a difference between 8GB and 16GB.[20]
        • If you’re on 4GB of RAM, it’s probably time to get a new computer. It's been quite a few years since Macbooks were packaged with 4GB of RAM. You could upgrade the RAM, but your computer only has a year or two of life left in it anyway.
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      2. Mac is still slow after RAM upgrade?

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          Your computer won't boot up and will show an error message instead. Your computer may also stop working mid-session and display a blue screen.
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          It depends on your motherboard! Every motherboard has a limit, so you have to contact the motherboard or computer manufacturer. They'll tell you the maximum amount of RAM allotted for that particular device.
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      Mac Pro memory upgrade

      • Some MacBook Pro CPUs have built-in RAM, known as eDRAM. You cannot upgrade this type of RAM, but there’s no real reason you’d need to do this anyway.[21]
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      • Web browsing tabs are notorious for eating up RAM usage (especially Firefox, Chrome, and Safari). If your computer lags and you’re one of those people who keep dozens of web tabs open all the time, try closing a few of them. Your computer will be much faster if you minimize the number of open browser tabs.[22]
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      • Windows PCs with 32GB or 64GB of RAM are much more common than Apple computers with that much RAM. That’s because these PCs are built for gaming most of the time. You can’t game on an Apple computer, so you rarely see that much RAM on a MacBook.[23]
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      Check if you have slots for more RAM

      1. ↑Spike Baron. Network Engineer & Desktop Support. Expert Interview. 9 January 2019.
      2. ↑https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-much-ram-do-you-need/
      3. ↑Spike Baron. Network Engineer & Desktop Support. Expert Interview. 9 January 2019.
      4. ↑https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-much-ram-do-you-need/
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      7. ↑Spike Baron. Network Engineer & Desktop Support. Expert Interview. 9 January 2019.
      8. ↑Spike Baron. Network Engineer & Desktop Support. Expert Interview. 9 January 2019.
      9. ↑https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-much-ram-do-you-need/
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      2. ↑https://macpaw.com/how-to/speed-up-mac
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      4. ↑https://youtu.be/axZBbgfEZf0?t=54
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      8. ↑https://www.theguardian.com/technology/askjack/2018/jun/21/what-is-the-best-laptop-drive-for-students
      9. ↑Spike Baron. Network Engineer & Desktop Support. Expert Interview. 9 January 2019.
      10. ↑https://youtu.be/PP1_4wek4nI?t=1022
      11. ↑https://mashtips.com/8gb-or-16gb-ram-for-macbook-pro/
      12. ↑https://support.apple.com/kb/SP818?locale=en_US
      13. ↑https://www.pcmag.com/picks/chrome-edge-firefox-opera-or-safari-which-browser-is-best
      14. ↑https://www.pcgamer.com/intel-optane-memory-everything-you-need-to-know/

      How to upgrade RAM on Mac

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      This article was co-authored by Spike Baron and by wikiHow staff writer, Eric McClure. Spike Baron is the Owner of Spike's Computer Repair based in Los Angeles, California. With over 25 years of working experience in the tech industry, Spike specializes in PC and Mac computer repair, used computer sales, virus removal, data recovery, and hardware and software upgrades. He has his CompTIA A+ certification for computer service technicians and is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert. This article has been viewed 7,353 times.
      Updated: December 23, 2021
      Categories: Computers and Electronics | Computer Hardware
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