How To Add Ram to a Laptop

Chris Campbell13 Feb 2022

RAM is an essential component of every laptop. While the amount of RAM that comes with your laptop is enough for the first several years, most will demand extra computing capability later on. There are a variety of reasons for this, including regular OS upgrades and programs that requires more RAM. Whether your older laptop is becoming slow or your newer device seems to bog down when you have too many tabs open, increasing RAM may be the solution. If your laptop does not have enough memory space, it will begin shifting data to your HDD or SSD, which significantly makes your computer processing much slower. While not all current laptops allow you to access the RAM, most do allow you to increase your memory.

How Much Ram Can I Add to My Laptop?

Whether you chose a less expensive model for your new laptop and just upgrade the RAM to achieve high performance, or your older laptop has become sluggish and you need to extend its memory, updating your RAM is a reasonable solution. You just need to find out whether you've reached the full capacity, or there's still room to increase your memory.


It is simple to determine the RAM capacity of your laptop:

  • Press the Win + PAUSE keys simultaneously.
  • Then, press Ctrl + Shift + ESC to enter the taskbar and check your RAM limitations. This displays RAM information like the number of slots, the type of RAM (DDR3 or DDR4), and the available memory.


The simplest approach to find out about Mac's RAM is to go to "About This Mac:"

  • Navigate to the Apple menu and select "About this Mac."
  • To get System Information, tap the "More Info" option.
  • Search under the "Memory" tab for information on your RAM, such as maximum capacity, the type, etc.

How To Add More Ram to a Laptop

Is your laptop taking too long to respond? In most cases, there is no need to buy a brand new laptop; instead, a RAM upgrade is the simplest and most efficient approach to improve the performance of your laptop. Upgrading RAM in a laptop requires no technical knowledge and only a screwdriver.

Adding memory to your laptop is a quick process that will boost your laptop's speed and performance:

  • Clear the area you'll be working in and ensure that it's static-free. Discard any plastics or papers to do this.
  • Turn off your laptop. Since your files and data reside on your storage drive rather than your memory, upgrading RAM does not affect them.
  • Disconnect the power source.
  • Take out the battery. You do not need to do this if your laptop does not have a removable battery.
  • For 5 seconds, hold down the power button. This dissipates any remaining power in the system. There's no need to hold down the power button if your battery isn't detachable.
  • Open the case. Take images with your phone to show where wires or screws are joined, making it easier to reassemble later.
  • Touch an unpainted metal surface to ground yourself. This is an additional safety that prevents static harm to your memory and components during the install process.
  • Discard existing memory modules should be removed. To release the module, slide the side clips away. Then remove the RAM modules from the slots.
  • Install your memory. Match the notches on the module with the ridge inside the slot while holding the modules along the edges, then apply even pressure and tightly press the module in. Typically, 30 lbs of pressure are required to fully attach the module.
  • Reinsert the battery and close the laptop case.

Your memory has been successfully installed! Turn on your laptop and experience a more responsive computer that is now better suited to running memory-intensive  applications.

How To Add External Ram to Laptop

Since the power source and RAM interface are located on the motherboard, there are no external means to install RAM. You could expand the memory by using a USB flash drive as a ReadyBoost. When your internal memory is insufficient, this can be useful.

RAM's purpose is to provide data to the CPU as rapidly as feasible. To gain the most benefit, the RAM should be physically close to the processor. To add RAM externally, you'll need a connector, and it won't be any quicker than your SSD.

RAM is unique among electronics in that it is fussy regarding ports and power supplies. For example, a USB port offers varied power supply between different ports, allowing you to distribute power supply across numerous connected devices. Since RAM is unstable, a faulty supply will hurt the operation and, ultimately, your processor's requirement for critical data.

ReadyBoost won't help you if you have more RAM than you require. When you add extra RAM, your performance improves more than when you utilize ReadyBoost. If your laptop's RAM runs out, it's best to upgrade your internal RAM.

How To Add Ram to an HP Laptop

In an HP laptop, there are usually two RAM slots, one is empty which you can install an additional RAM on the empty slot to upgrade your memory, or simply remove the taken slot with a much higher RAM:

  • Take out the laptop battery first.
  • Remove the DVD writer.
  • Open all screws at the back of the laptop, including hidden ones.
  • Remove the back cover from the bottom base.
  • With the laptop now open, insert your extra RAM in the empty slot, or take out and replace the old one.
  • Push the RAM in by pressing it. The clips will fit automatically when you do this.
  • Put your laptop cover back, then reinsert the DVD writer and battery.

How To Add Ram to a Dell Laptop

Your Dell laptop came with enough RAM to complete basic activities when you first purchased it but when you install additional apps or try to perform more, you may discover that it is insufficient. Fortunately, all Inspiron models may be readily upgraded with additional RAM modules:

  • Shut off your laptop.
  • Take out the battery.
  • Locate the access panel on the bottom front of your laptop, opposite the battery.
  • Remove the screws keeping the access panel in place and carefully pull it away. You'll see a lot of inside components, including the RAM in the center.
  • Loosen the clips that keep the RAM in place on each side to remove it. Insert and clamp the new RAM.
  • Put the access panel back in place and reinsert the battery.

Although most modern laptops come with enough RAM, even the finest laptops will gain from an upgraded memory. With more RAM, your laptop will be able to manage numerous tasks at once much more smoothly, resulting in higher performance from your laptop.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Thanks for reading! I'm Chris, an avid tech fanatic that enjoys keeping up with the latest laptop models. Hopefully my tips & tricks can help you out!

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