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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
  • Harrison
    01/11/2018 at 9:39 am

    How do you reflash the BIOS? Is there a replacement chip to put on or do you have to manually reflash the SPI chip with a modified BIOS?

  • Maneesh
    11/03/2017 at 1:15 pm

    Where can i get the memory chip, how can i change the bios. I am living in south india. i am using macbook air mid 2011, 13″.

  • Alanse
    10/06/2017 at 10:34 pm

    Hello

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

    Can you explain the details of the item?

  • Peter
    08/11/2017 at 11:23 pm

    Which is the maximum ram upgradable? Is this process compatible with 11 and 13 inches? Any issues depending Model? Thanks.

  • Jason
    07/22/2017 at 11:11 am

    Hi, I have a late 2010 model with 4g ram MacBook Air (A1369). Is it possible to upgrade to either 8g or 16g?

  • ThemH
    06/13/2017 at 4:34 am

    Is this possible on a 2GB model, and where does one source the ram chips from?

    • REWA
      06/20/2017 at 6:21 pm

      Which model?

      • ThemH
        07/03/2017 at 10:06 pm

        MacBook Air (11-inch, Late 2010)
        Memory 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3

  • Brijesh
    06/09/2017 at 2:28 pm

    Hi I am from India. I have a Macbook air with 4GB RAM, I would like to upgrade it to 8GB. Can you tell me how I can get it done here? Is there any Rewa outlet or service center that can help me with thi?

    • REWA
      06/20/2017 at 6:26 pm

      So sorry that we do not offer MacBook upgrading service at present.

  • 05/24/2017 at 6:40 pm

    may I know where to het the ram replacement for upgrading 8gib… is there online can be bought?

  • Miller
    05/10/2017 at 6:09 pm

    Very nice I would like to do this.

    But how do I Change BIOS and Restore? Can you please explain the steps?

    “The RAM of MacBook is bound with BIOS, so we need to change the BIOS and restore”

  • 04/19/2017 at 10:02 pm

    Looks too complex. Apple are experts in making things complex.

    • rewaadmin
      04/21/2017 at 5:49 pm

      Exactly.

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