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Introduction

This guide will help you replace the RAM.

  1. Loosen the three Phillips screws securing the access door to the bottom edge of your iMac. These screws will remain captive in the access door.
    • Loosen the three Phillips screws securing the access door to the bottom edge of your iMac.

    • These screws will remain captive in the access door.

    • Remove the access door from your iMac.

    • During reassembly, fasten the access door loosely and align it with the pocket cut into the outer case of the iMac before fully tightening the screws.

  2. Use your fingers or the tip of a spudger to slide the black plastic RAM tray pull tab out of the RAM slot.
    • Use your fingers or the tip of a spudger to slide the black plastic RAM tray pull tab out of the RAM slot.

  3. Pull the black plastic tab away from the iMac to eject the RAM chip from its socket. The RAM modules are firmly seated and may require a fair amount of force to remove.
    • Pull the black plastic tab away from the iMac to eject the RAM chip from its socket.

    • The RAM modules are firmly seated and may require a fair amount of force to remove.

    • Use your fingers to slide the RAM chip out of its socket.

    • If necessary, repeat this process for the other RAM module(s).

Conclusion

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

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Phillip Takahashi

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My iMac 21.5-inch Mid 2011 has EMC 2428, but still directions turned out to be the same.

I replaced the memory in my MacBook Pro, and used the old cards (2x2GB) to fill out the 2 empty slots that apple left empty, doubled the memory of 2 machines for the price of one ^_^

Mabel Xu - Reply

So confused. I have an end 2429 and I ordered some memory hut its says notebook memory, do these machines use the same type of ram?

Kosta Kritikos -

Thanks ifixit team, I did it. It is really piece of cake! Thanks again!

prelude0214 - Reply

What's the real max capacity for the RAM?

Angel Pimienta - Reply

16 Gb (4 x 4 Gb) DDR3 1333 MHz

Aleksei Marinichev -

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