Skip to main content

Introduction

For an easy power boost, replace the RAM—the only upgrade that doesn't require cutting the adhesive behind the display.

  1. While holding the display steady, use the flat end of a spudger to press in on the RAM door release button, located just above the power port. You may have to press fairly hard—keep at it until the bottom of the door pops out about 0.25" from the rear of the iMac.
    • While holding the display steady, use the flat end of a spudger to press in on the RAM door release button, located just above the power port.

    • You may have to press fairly hard—keep at it until the bottom of the door pops out about 0.25" from the rear of the iMac.

  2. Pull the RAM access door off the back of the iMac. Pull the RAM access door off the back of the iMac. Pull the RAM access door off the back of the iMac.
    • Pull the RAM access door off the back of the iMac.

  3. MacBook Battery Fix Kits

    Starting at $69.99

    Buy Now

    MacBook Battery Fix Kits

    Starting at $69.99

    Buy Now
  4. The RAM tray is locked into its upright position with two grey tabs. Use your thumbs or index fingers to unlock the tray by pushing the tabs outward, away from the RAM. Pull the tabs out and down, swinging the RAM tray down to a near-horizontal position.
    • The RAM tray is locked into its upright position with two grey tabs.

    • Use your thumbs or index fingers to unlock the tray by pushing the tabs outward, away from the RAM.

    • Pull the tabs out and down, swinging the RAM tray down to a near-horizontal position.

  5. Remove a stick of RAM by grabbing it with two hands and pulling straight out of the RAM tray. RAM modules are keyed so that they can only be installed in the proper orientation. Note where the shorter section of contacts is when removing, and reinstalling, your RAM. To install a new module, insert the module into the desired slot in the tray and press it firmly in place. Push the tray back up until it locks in place.
    • Remove a stick of RAM by grabbing it with two hands and pulling straight out of the RAM tray.

    • RAM modules are keyed so that they can only be installed in the proper orientation. Note where the shorter section of contacts is when removing, and reinstalling, your RAM.

    • To install a new module, insert the module into the desired slot in the tray and press it firmly in place. Push the tray back up until it locks in place.

    • Re-insert the RAM access door back into its place.

Conclusion

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

42 other people completed this guide.

Andrew Optimus Goldheart

Member since: 10/17/2009

417,658 Reputation

411 Guides authored

Team

iFixit Member of iFixit

Community

98 Members

8,977 Guides authored

One Comment

If you have two original RAM sticks, they're installed in alternating slots, so there's no need to move anything around to install two more - just use the empty slots.

matt - Reply

Add Comment

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 12

Past 7 Days: 61

Past 30 Days: 261

All Time: 33,469