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Lenovo ThinkPad T480 RAM Replacement

What you need

  1. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 RAM Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 1 of 2 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 RAM Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Disable the battery, power down, and unplug your device before you begin.

    • Flip the laptop over so the bottom of the device is showing.

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    • Using your fingers, slide the lock on each side of the battery to the unlocked position.

    • Remove the battery from the slot.

  3. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 RAM Replacement, Back Cover: step 3, image 1 of 2 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 RAM Replacement, Back Cover: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, loosen the six captive screws.

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    • Insert the blue plastic opening tool into the space between the lower case and the chassis.

    • Slide the opening tool around the perimeter of the case to release the clips holding the case and the chassis together.

    • If it feels like the battery well portion of the back cover isn't loose, these clips may be holding the cover to the laptop. Use your opening tool to pry the clips loose and try removing the cover again.

    • Remove the back case.

  5. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 RAM Replacement, Internal Battery: step 5, image 1 of 2 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 RAM Replacement, Internal Battery: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the two 4.6 mm screws securing the internal battery to the frame.

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    • Use the spudger to slide the battery socket connector parallel to the motherboard and out of its socket on the motherboard.

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    • Using the black nylon spudger, wedge the battery up from the case and lift it out.

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    • Pull the black plastic sheet back to reveal the RAM stick.

    • Using your fingers, pull the metal arms (located on both sides of the RAM stick) slightly away from it .

    • The RAM will pop up by a few millimeters.

    • Remove it at an angle and not straight up so you don't damage the socket.

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    • Slide the RAM stick out from the memory module slot.

    • Repeat for the RAM stick located below. This computer did not have RAM in the slot below however.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

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Nice one Sarah! Straightforward install of additional RAM following these instructions - one thing I noted is that I don't have an internal battery, it's just a placeholder, so I left it out, thanks again ;)

Raj - Reply

Hi @raj61669 I know your comment is over a year old but thank you for the feedback! I'm glad the guide was helpful : )

Sarah Westberg -

Great guide! Just update T480 from original 8GB to 32GB!

One thing to point out is that on my T480, after loosening all of the screws there was an area of the back cover the was in the middle, in the rear next to the battery compartment that required an uncomfortable amount of pull to ultimately disconnect and remove the back cover from the chassis of the T480... So be careful but forceful! Thanks! :-)

MyFixIt - Reply

Hi @myfixit63593 Sorry it took me so long to reply. Thanks for your feedback and the tip! This is an important warning for other fixers : )

Sarah Westberg -

Kann ich den RAM auch mit mehr MHZ ersetzen? Ich habe eine Lenovo Thinkpad mit aktuell 2x 8GB 800MHZ. Von einem anderem Laptop habe ich 2x8GB mit 3200MHZ ausgebaut. Was passiert, wenn ich diesen in den Thinkpad einbaue,, weil vorher nur 800MHZ drin waren?

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