This article describes how to remove and install memory modules for your Mac mini.
To minimize the potential for damage to computer components due to electrostatic discharge, wear an antistatic wristband when using the computer’s memory.
Mac mini models have different requirements for installing memory modules (RAM). For more information, select your Mac mini. Learn how to identify your Mac mini.
On Mac mini computers (end of 2014), the memory is integrated into the motherboard and it is impossible to increase its capacity.
2012, 2011, 2010
Removing and installing memory modules on a Mac mini (end of 2012), Mac mini (Mid 2011), or Mac mini (mid 2010) consists of the following steps.
Removing the bottom cover
- Turn off your Mac mini. From the Apple menu (), select Turn Off.
- Unplug the power cord and all other cables from the Mac mini.
- Flip the Mac mini upside down on a soft cloth or towel, and then rotate the bottom cover counterclockwise to unlock it.
Press on the cover to raise its opposite edge, and remove it.
Removing the original memory modules
- Gently push the latches along the edges of the upper memory module so that the free edge comes out of the slot.
Remove the module from the slot.
Installing memory modules
- Gently push the beveled edge of the new memory module towards the lower slot, while holding the opposite edge in a slightly raised position.
- Press on the raised edge until the module clicks into place.
- Repeat the installation operation for the upper memory module.
Installing the bottom cover
Do not plug in the power cord or turn on the Mac mini until the bottom cover is installed. Never use your Mac mini without a bottom cover.
- Replace the bottom cover using the alignment points so that it snaps into the unlocked position.
- Turn the cover clockwise to lock it.
- Reconnect the power cable and any other disconnected cables.
2009 and earlier
To remove or install memory modules in the following Mac mini models, contact an Apple Authorized Service Center.
Make sure your Mac recognizes new modules
To verify that your computer recognizes new memory modules, follow these steps:
- Start the computer.
- When the desktop opens, select “About This Mac” from the Apple () menu.
- Make sure that the indicated memory size matches the installed modules.
If you see the wrong amount of memory or the Mac mini makes three beeps, it might indicate a memory module recognition problem. In this case, turn off the Mac mini, verify that the specifications of the memory modules meet the requirements listed above, and then repeat the previously described procedure to ensure that the modules are installed correctly. If after this you still have problems, remove the memory modules and look at the help documentation provided with them or contact the vendor from whom you purchased them.