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Introduction

Upgrade the RAM in your Mid 2012 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody.

  1. Remove the following ten screws:
    • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Three 14.4 mm Phillips #00 screws

    • Three 3.5 mm Phillips #00 screws

    • Four 3.5 mm shouldered Phillips #00 screws

    • When replacing the small screws, align them perpendicular to the slight curvature of the case (they don't go straight down).

  2. Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent. Remove the lower case.
    • Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.

    • Remove the lower case.

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  4. Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board. It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.
    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.

  5. Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.
    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

  6. Pull the two RAM retaining arms away from the center of the RAM chip. The RAM chip should "pop" up slightly from its socket.
    • Pull the two RAM retaining arms away from the center of the RAM chip.

    • The RAM chip should "pop" up slightly from its socket.

  7. Pull the RAM stick out of its socket.
    • Pull the RAM stick out of its socket.

    • Repeat this process to remove the second RAM chip.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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My mid-2012 2.5 i5 works perfectly with 16 Gb of 1600Mhz DDR3.

nix - Reply

Just replaced my 4GB with 16GB of PNY from Best Buy. AWESOME difference in performance!!

Michael Chandler -

Could you please specify the memory chip that you bought? I need more details in order to get the right one, thanks!

Lin -

Any memory kit that is either validated by Apple or that has the proper channel configuration (9-9-9-24) is okay to use. If you are looking for pure performance RAM, a kit of Corsair Vengeance RAM is okay to use (again, check the channel configuration), but most people will benefit from a kit of Corsair Mac Memory or the kit that iFixit provides in the volume of your choice.

Seji the veggie -

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