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How To Upgrade RAM On MacBook Air?

How To Upgrade RAM On MacBook Air

Do you spend more and more time waiting for the response of your MacBook? As long as laptop exists, “running too slow” seems to be an everlasting topic for the users. MacBook, as one of the mainstream laptops, has also encountered this issue.

If you are a regular Macbook user and just browse some websites, you may feel satisfied with 4GB or even 2GB of RAM installed. If you are a power user who always processes with large software like video editing, image editing etc., or you are a crazy gamer who is roaring “Glory To The Sin’Dorei!”, you may consider upgrading as much RAM as you can. This is a common problem for common people with MacBook in this information explosion era – not to mention people who have an old-fashioned MacBook with one foot in the grave. Compared with a new purchase,  MacBook air ram upgrade solution could be a nice choice to boost your Mac’s speed since it is more cost-effective.

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However, for some MacBooks launched in recent years, their RAM chips were designed to be soldered on the logic board. That’s why there were many How-To geeks offering tutorials of upgrading or replacing SSD, but almost no one involving MacBook air memory upgrade solution. Don’t be discouraged if you are reading this right now. REWA never lets you down and always has a Chip Level Motherboard Repair Service For iPhone & iPad for you. So, how to add ram to MacBook Pro or MacBook Air? Is it same with iPhone memory upgrade? Check iPhone 6s memory upgrade from 16G to 128G.

Here are detailed steps for upgrade MacBook Air ram process – a quick and inexpensive way to improve your MacBook’s performance. Just 8 steps to let your MacBook Air run faster.

1. Memory Checking
Check the memory. It displays 4GB.

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2. MacBook Disassembling
Remove the Mackbook Lower Case, then detach the MackBook Battery and IO board flex. After that, detach the MackBook Fan, heat sink and WiFi antenna lightly. After the flex cables being disconnected, detach the motherboard. Remove the SSD, wireless network module, QR code and barcode on the logic board.

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3. RAM Chips Removing
Heat up the sealing adhesive around the RAM chips with hot air gun, then remove all the sealing adhesive. Apply some BGA paste flux around the RAM chip and blow it with a hot air gun to take it down. Remove the rest three chips in the same way.

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4. Cleaning
After the bonding pads being flatted by tin added soldering iron, clean the bonding pads with alcohol applied anti-static wiper.

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5. RAM chips soldering
Blow the bonding pads with a hot air gun and apply some BGA paste flux to it, then align the RAM chip to the bonding pad by tweezers. Blow and solder it with a hot air gun. The rest three chips can be processed in the same way.

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6. Resistance Removing and Replacing
Remove the 10K resistance R2051. Detach a 100K resistance from a broken motherboard and solder it to the R1636. Test both ends of the resistance with a multimeter to check if there is a short circuit or missing solder.

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7. Change BIOS and Restore
The RAM of MacBook is bound with BIOS, so we need to change the BIOS and restore.

8. Installing and Testing
After installing, power up the Mac and check your “About this Mac” to make sure the memory is upgraded and recognized.

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Tips:
1. Size and brand of RAM chips cannot be mixed.
2. The excessive temperature will damage the RAM chips and logic board.

Here is a tutorial video for MacBook air ram upgrade, explaining and demonstrating the detailed operations of how to replace the RAM chips soldered on the logic board.

If you have any questions and demands, please leave us a message at below or ask a question on ASK Forums. We will try to answer your question in time.

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29 Comments
  • slauhk
    06/13/2018 at 11:42 pm

    Great work,
    I have a Macbook Air 2014 early i5 4G Ram) and wish to upgrade the Ram, How much for the service and what is the maximum RAM can upgrade?

  • Vinay
    04/08/2018 at 1:50 am

    could you post a link to buy this 8GB ram chips?

    • REWA
      04/13/2018 at 6:14 pm

      We are so sorry that we do not offer this product at present.

      • ballerandco
        01/22/2019 at 12:41 pm

        What brand or OEM makes a compatible RAM modules?
        Are these memory chips from newer MBAs?
        Just curious how much they cost on the open market.

  • Frankie
    03/22/2018 at 3:26 pm

    Hi, I was looking at the link that was provided (REWA E-Catalogue) and could not find the spart part for the RAM (model A1369) do you sell the rams at your e-store?

    • REWA
      04/13/2018 at 6:22 pm

      We are so sorry that we do not offer this product at present.

  • core2idiot
    03/20/2018 at 9:07 pm

    I’m looking at doing this to a MBA Mid 2011 11.6 with 2GB but the stage labeled “Change BIOS and Restore” is rather vague. Does this mean I need to break out the chip clip and reprogram the SMC/EFI? or does it just mean I just need to reset the EFI and reinstall macOS?

  • Valentina
    03/15/2018 at 11:22 pm

    Hi, thanks for this great video. I cannot see where exactly is R1636 location, could you post a closer picture of that? Which resistance should I buy exactly? (I don’t have a spare motherboard…).
    Many thanks!!

  • Anonymous
    02/22/2018 at 9:41 pm

    Where does one source the ram chips from?

    model:MacBook Air 2014 13-inch
    original ram chip:Elpida F8132A1MC

  • Milo
    02/15/2018 at 6:41 am

    Where so i get the right ram Chips and the bios? Do i have to flash the efi.

    • REWA
      04/24/2018 at 5:58 pm

      We are so sorry that we do not offer RAM chips at present.

  • Shubhank kushwaha
    02/12/2018 at 4:28 pm

    Hii i am from India.. I have macbook air 2017 MQD32HN/A A1466 with 8 GB of ram i want to expand it up to 16 GB. Is it possible to do so… If possible then can you please tell me how much cost it ll take?

    • REWA
      04/24/2018 at 6:02 pm

      We are so sorry that we do not offer individual service at present.

  • ian
    02/06/2018 at 7:11 pm

    where can i buy the 8 gb ram chip

  • Dylan Nguyen
    01/24/2018 at 11:14 am

    Hey where can i buy the Ram Chips? What is the limit of RAM in the MacBook Air 2014?

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