MacBook Pro Tips

Set up

The first time your MacBook Pro starts up, Setup Assistant walks you through the simple steps needed to begin using your new Mac. If you want to transfer your data from another computer, see Migrate your data for details.

A screen with Setup Assistant open to the Welcome screen.

Be sure to connect to Wi-Fi, turn on Bluetooth® wireless technology, get an Apple ID, then sign in to iCloud. Activate Siri during setup, if you want. If your MacBook Pro has the Touch Bar, you can also set up Touch ID and Apple Pay.

You can do these steps quickly and easily with Setup Assistant—but if you want to do them later, here’s how:

Connect to Wi-Fi. Click the Wi-Fi status icon in the menu bar, then choose a Wi-Fi network and enter the password, if necessary.

Turn Wi-Fi on or off. Click the Wi-Fi status icon in the menu bar, then choose Turn Wi-Fi On or Turn Wi-Fi Off.

Turn Bluetooth on or off. Click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar, then choose Turn Bluetooth On or Turn Bluetooth Off.

Tip: If you don’t see the Wi-Fi status icon or Bluetooth icon in the menu bar, you can add them. For Wi-Fi, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Network. Click Wi-Fi in the list on the left, then select “Show Wi-Fi status in menu bar.” For Bluetooth, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Bluetooth, then select “Show Bluetooth in menu bar.”

Get an Apple ID. Your Apple ID is the account you use for everything you do with Apple—including using the App Store, the iTunes Store, iCloud, iMessage, and more. Your Apple ID consists of an email address and a password. You need only one Apple ID to use any Apple service, on any device—whether it’s your computer, iOS device, or Apple Watch. It’s best to have your own Apple ID and not share it—create separate Apple IDs for each family member.

If you don’t already have an Apple ID, you can create one (it’s free). Go to the Apple ID account website.

Important: If you forget your Apple ID password, you don’t need to create a new Apple ID. Just click the Forgot link in the login window to retrieve your password.

Set up iCloud on your MacBook Pro. With iCloud, you can store all of your content—documents, movies, music, photos, and more—in the cloud, and access it anywhere you go.

To set up iCloud, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud. In the window that appears, enter your Apple ID and password. Then select the features you want to use. For more about iCloud, see Access your content anywhere with iCloud.

Important: Be sure to use the same Apple ID for iCloud on all your devices.

Set up Siri. You can enable Siri on your MacBook Pro when prompted during setup. To learn how to turn on Siri later and for information about using Siri on your Mac, see Siri.

Set up Touch ID. If your MacBook Pro has the Touch Bar and Touch ID, you can add a fingerprint to Touch ID during setup. To set up Touch ID later or to add additional fingerprints, click the System Preferences icon  in the Dock, or choose Apple menu > System Preferences. Then click Touch ID. To add a fingerprint, click the add icon and follow the onscreen instructions. You can add up to three fingerprints per user account (you can add up to five fingerprints total to your MacBook Pro).

The Touch ID preferences window with options for adding a fingerprint and using Touch ID to unlock your Mac, use Apple Pay, and buy from the iTunes, App Store, and iBooks Store.

You can also set options for how you want to use Touch ID on your MacBook Pro: to unlock your Mac instead of entering your password, to use Apple Pay (see Apple Pay), or to purchase items on the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store.

Tip: If two or more users use the same MacBook Pro, each one can add a fingerprint to Touch ID to quickly unlock, authenticate, and log in to the MacBook Pro. Your MacBook Pro can store a total of five fingerprints.

For more information about Touch ID, see the Apple Support article Use Touch ID on your MacBook Pro.

Set up Apple Pay. If you have a MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar, you can set up Apple Pay for one user account on your MacBook Pro during setup. Other users can still pay with Apple Pay, but they must complete the purchase using their iPhone or Apple Watch that’s been set up for Apple Pay (see Apple Pay for more details). Follow the onscreen prompts to add and verify your card. If you already use a card for iTunes purchases, you might be prompted to verify this card first.

To set up Apple Pay or add additional cards later, click the System Preferences icon  in the Dock, or choose Apple menu > System Preferences. Then click Wallet & Apple Pay and follow the onscreen prompts to set up Apple Pay.

Note: The card issuer determines whether your card is eligible to use with Apple Pay, and may ask you to provide additional information to complete the verification process. Many credit and debit cards can be used with Apple Pay. For information about Apple Pay availability and current credit card issuers, see the Apple Support article Apple Pay Participating Banks.

The desktop

The first thing you see on your MacBook Pro is the desktop, where you can quickly open apps, search for anything on your MacBook Pro and the web, organize your files, and more.

A MacBook Pro screen calling out the Apple menu, desktop, Help menu, Finder window, menu bar, Wi-Fi status icon, Ask Siri icon, Finder icon, System Preferences icon, and the Dock.

Tip: Can’t find the pointer? To magnify it temporarily, move your finger rapidly back and forth on the trackpad. Or if you’re using a mouse, slide it back and forth quickly.

Touch Bar Tips

The Touch Bar on MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016) and MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) replaces the function keys at the top of your keyboard and gives you quick access to commands on your Mac. It changes automatically based on what you’re doing and apps that you’re using.

If you need access to function keys (F1–F12), hold down the Function (fn) key at the bottom-left of your keyboard. Touch Bar changes to show the function keys for you to select, and then it returns to its previous state when you release the Function key.

For some apps, you can make the function keys display permanently in Touch Bar:

  1. In System Preferences, choose Keyboard.
  2. Click Shortcuts.
  3. From the left sidebar, select Function Keys.
  4. Click the “+” symbol, then navigate to the app and select it.

Now when you open or switch to this app, Touch Bar always displays the function keys.

     

You can also use an on-screen keyboard to access function keys:

  1. From System Preferences, select Keyboard.
  2. Check “Show Keyboard, Emoji and symbol viewers in menu bar”.
  3. Choose the viewer icon  in the menu bar, then choose Show Keyboard Viewer.

An on-screen keyboard appears with function keys that you can click.

Find system controls and settings in the Control Strip

When you start up your MacBook Pro, the Control Strip on the right side of the Touch Bar shows a few familiar buttons like volume, mute, and display brightness, as well as Siri. The Escape (Esc) button appears on the left side of the Touch Bar.

System controls: Tap  in the Control Strip and it expands, showing system controls like brightness, Exposé, Launchpad, and media playback:

Make your adjustments, then tap . The Control Strip returns to its smaller version on the right side of the Touch Bar, with Esc showing on the left side. You can always tap  to expand the Control Strip and see all the system controls.

Function buttons: To use the F1–F12 function buttons in the Touch Bar, hold the Function (fn) key at the bottom left of your keyboard. The function keys appear:

Learn more about using function keys on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

As you use your Mac, the Touch Bar changes automatically based on what you’re doing to show relevant tools that you already know how to use. Read on for examples of what the Touch Bar can do in your favorite apps, and learn how to customize the Touch Bar to make it your own.

Use Touch Bar controls in apps

Many of the built-in apps on your Mac have Touch Bar controls that make common actions even easier. And your favorite third-party apps can take advantage of Touch Bar as well.

Here’s a look at what Touch Bar can do in some popular Mac apps. Explore your other favorite apps to see what Touch Bar offers.

Finder

Navigate and view: In Finder, tap the arrows in the Touch Bar to move back and forth among items, and tap  to view items in Quick Look.

View and sort: Tap  to see options for viewing and sorting your files and folders.

Share: Tap  to see options for sharing your files.

Tag: Tap  to see tags you can apply to items.

Safari

Visit your favorites: In Safari, tap a favorite website in Touch Bar to open it.

Navigate and search: Click the right or left arrow button to go backward or forward. Tap the search field to begin a search, or tap  to open a new tab.

Mail

Perform common tasks: You can use the Touch Bar in Mail for composing, replying, archiving, marking as junk, and flagging messages.

Use predictive input: In Mail and other apps where you compose text, the Touch Bar predicts as you type. Tap a word or emoji to insert it.

Format your text: As you type a message, select some text and the Touch Bar shows you formatting options like bold, italic, and lists.

Say it with emoji: In apps like Mail and Messages, you can choose emoji instead of words for a fun way to make your point. Tap  to see the emoji you use most, and then tap an emoji to insert it.

Photos

Speed through your library: In Photos, the Touch Bar speeds your search for just the right photo as you slide your finger across the thumbnails. You can tap  to mark a selected photo as a favorite or tap  rotate it.

Edit your photos: After you select a photo, tap  to see editing options (crop, filters, adjust, retouch, and red-eye). You can edit your photo using controls that appear on the Touch Bar.

Maps

Find yourself: In Maps, tap  in the Touch Bar to find your location. Tap the search field to type where you want to go.

See what’s nearby: The Touch Bar shows buttons with categories of nearby locations, like restaurants, hotels, and gas stations.

Get there: When you select a location to visit, you see options for getting directions, calling the business, or viewing its website.

Notes

Take a note: In Notes, tap  in the Touch Bar to create a new note. Tap  to add a checklist item.

Format your text: Tap  to show buttons for aligning text and applying bold, italic, or underscore styles.

Apply styles: Tap  to apply paragraph styles like numbered lists, bulleted lists, or headings.

Calendar

See your day: In Calendar, tap the Today button to see today’s events, or slide across the Touch Bar to select the month—past or future.

Edit your events: Select an event in your calendar, then tap to get the event details, edit the time or place, and add or delete invitees.

FaceTime

Control your calls: In FaceTime, you can make and answer calls, get caller info, and send a message or email when you can’t talk—all from the Touch Bar.

Customize your Touch Bar

In many apps, like Finder, Mail, and Safari, you can customize the Touch Bar.

Choose View > Customize Touch Bar. The customization window appears on your display, allowing you to choose your favorite items:

When you’re customizing the Touch Bar, its buttons jiggle, and you see the Done button on the left side.

Use your cursor to drag items that you want down into the Touch Bar. You can also drag items left and right within the Touch Bar to rearrange them, or drag them up and out of the Touch Bar to remove them.

Tap Done in the Touch Bar or click Done on the screen when you finish.

To customize the Control Strip, select View > Customize Touch Bar in any app that supports customization, then touch the Control Strip region of the Touch Bar to switch to Control Strip customization. You can also customize the Control Strip in the Keyboard section of System Preferences.

Explore and experiment

Most apps include shortcuts, tools, and controls in the Touch Bar for the tasks that you want to do. Tap around to see what you can accomplish quickly and easily.

It’s often easier to tap the Touch Bar than to click or select items onscreen. For example, open Calculator and do quick calculations with the number keys and the functions on the Touch Bar—without moving your cursor, clicking, and typing.

Keep using the Touch Bar to find the best ways to do what you want, and explore your favorite third-party apps as they add a new dimension with Touch Bar features.

Use accessibility options with Touch Bar

The accessibility features that help you use your Mac can also help you use the Touch Bar. Hold the Command key while you press Touch ID (power button) three times to toggle VoiceOver, which reads aloud Touch Bar commands.

Use VoiceOver with Touch Bar

VoiceOver tells you what’s on your screen, and walks you through actions like selecting a menu option or activating a button using your keyboard or trackpad. It can also tell you what’s on your Touch Bar.

To turn VoiceOver on or off, hold the Command key and triple-press the Touch ID button, which is on the right side of Touch Bar at the top of your keyboard:

 

After you turn on VoiceOver, you can use these gestures with Touch Bar:

  • Move one finger over the Touch Bar to change the Touch Bar focus and have VoiceOver announce the element under your finger.
  • Swipe left or right with one finger to move the Touch Bar focus to the previous or next Touch Bar element.
  • Double-tap anywhere on the Touch Bar to activate the element under the Touch Bar focus.
  • Split-tap (touch an item with one finger, then tap the Touch Bar with another) to activate the element under the first finger you use.
  • Double-tap and hold to enter direct touch mode for the element under the Touch Bar focus. This allows you to adjust sliders.

Use Touch Bar Zoom

If you use the Zoom feature on your Mac, you can also turn on Touch Bar Zoom.

Select Apple menu () > System Preferences. Then click on Accessibility, select Zoom, and turn on Enable Touch Bar Zoom.

Here’s what you can do after you turn on Touch Bar Zoom:

  • Touch and drag with one finger on the Touch Bar to see a zoomed view of the Touch Bar on your display.
  • Change the magnification level by holding down the Command key and use a two-finger pinch gesture.
  • While panning with one finger, quickly tap with a second finger to synthesize a tap where your first finger is. Hold the second finger down and move both fingers together to synthesize a tap down and drag where your first finger is.
  • Hold your finger still in one location to enter direct-touch mode, which allows you to interact directly with the control under your finger.

Use Switch Control with Touch Bar

You can use Switch Control to display Touch Bar on your MacBook Pro screen. This lets you access Touch Bar elements with standard pointer controls.

First, turn on Switch Control:

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Accessibility, then click Switch Control.
  2. Click General, then select Enable Switch Control. The Switch Control Home Panel appears on your desktop.

Next, toggle Touch Bar:

  1. In the Switch Control Home Panel, click System.
  2. Click Toggle Touch Bar to show or hide Touch Bar.

Learn more about using pointer controls.

Use Accessibility Options to turn on other features

macOS features an Accessibility Options window that lets you quickly turn on or off common accessibility features like Zoom, VoiceOver, Sticky Keys, and more. To bring up this window on your MacBook Pro, triple-press the Touch ID button.

MacBook Pro: Find the serial number

In OS X

On most computers with OS X, you can find the serial number in the About This Mac window.

Note: A limited number of MacBook Pro computers shipped with a different serial number on the computer label than the one that appears in the About This Mac window. If the About This Mac window says that the computer’s serial number is something like 23456VJ0LL, follow the instructions in the next section to check the serial number in the battery bay—if the two differ, use the serial number in the battery bay instead of the one in About This Mac. MacBook Pro computers of model MA463LL/A with serial numbers W8612xxxxxx may be affected.

On the surface of the computer

Depending on your model of computer, you can find the serial number either on the back of the case or inside the battery bay.

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)
  • Macbook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)
You can find the serial number on the bottom case of the computer after the copyright information.

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53GHz, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (17-Inch, Early 2009)
The serial number for these models is laser etched on the back of the computer, just below the agency approval icons.

Back of computer showing serial number location

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008)
Turn off the computer and open the computer’s battery bay. For instructions, refer to How to remove or install the battery.

The serial number and Ethernet ID (also called a MAC address) are located on the front wall of the battery bay, as shown in the image below.

Front wall of the battery bay with serial number location

  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4/2.2GHz)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch 2.4GHz)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Core 2 Duo)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Core 2 Duo)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Glossy)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch)
  • MacBook Pro (Original)
Turn off the computer and open the computer’s battery bay. For detailed steps, refer to How to remove or install the battery.

The serial number and Ethernet ID (also called a MAC address) are located on the bottom of the computer, underneath the battery in the battery bay, as shown in the image below.

Underneath the battery, in the battery bay


On the original product packaging

If you still have the original packaging for your MacBook Pro, you can find the serial number on the barcode label that is affixed to the packaging.

On the original receipt (or invoice)

Some retailers may include the serial number of your MacBook Pro on the receipt.

 

MacBook Pro Models

Identify your MacBook Pro by serial number

On most computers with Mac OS X, you can find the serial number in the About This Mac window. Otherwise, see MacBook Pro: How to find the serial number to learn where to find the serial number on the surface of your computer. When you have the serial number from your computer, there are multiple way to determine your product model.

Option 1: Type the serial number into the Check Your Service and Support Coverage page. The resulting screen will show your model, as below.

Option 2: Type the serial number into the Tech Specs page. The resulting screen will show your model, as below:

Identify your MacBook Pro by model identifier, model number, or configuration

When you have one of these numbers, match your numbers to the tables below to identify your MacBook Pro model.

Model identifier

Find your model identifier in System Profiler:

  1. Choose About This Mac from the Apple () menu in the upper-left corner of your screen.
  2. Click More Info.
  3. Find the model identifier listed in the Hardware Overview under the Hardware section.

Model number or configuration details

If you still have the box or receipt from your MacBook Pro, you can find the marketing model number or configuration details.

For the model number, the two characters before the slash (/) vary by country, but the part number will be the same worldwide. In the table below, “xx” represents these two variable characters. The configuration is listed as screen size/processor speed/RAM size/hard drive size/optical drive type.

MacBook Pro models

MacBook Pro 13-inch

Model Model Identifier Model Number Configuration
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) MacBookPro11,1 MGX72xx/A

MGX82xx/A

MGX92xx/A

13.3”/2.6 i5/8GB/128-Flash

13.3”/2.6 i5/8GB/256-Flash

13.3”/2.8 i5/8GB/512-Flash

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) MacBookPro11,1 ME864xx/A

ME865xx/A

ME866xx/A

13.3″/2.4 i5/4GB/128-Flash

13.3″/2.4 i5/8GB/256-Flash

13.3″/2.6 i5/8GB/512-Flash

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013) MacBookPro10,2 MD212xx/A

ME662xx/A

13.3″/2.5 i5/8GB/128-Flash

13.3″/2.6 i5/8GB/256-Flash

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012) MacBookPro10,2 MD212

MD213

13.3″/2.5 i5/8GB/128-Flash

13.3/2.5 i5/8GB/256-Flash

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) MacBookPro9,2 MD101xx/A

MD102xx/A

13.3″/2.5 i5/2x2GB/500-5400

13.3″/2.9 i7/2x2GB/750-5400

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011) MacBookPro8,1 MD314xx/A

MD313xx/A

13.3″/2.8 i7/2x2GB/750-5400

13.3″/2.4 i5/2x2GB/500-5400

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) MacBookPro8,1 MC724xx/A 13.3″/2.7 i7/2x2GB/500-5400
MC700xx/A 13.3″/2.3 i5/2x2GB/320-5400
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) MacBookPro7,1 MC375xx/A 13.3″/2.66/2x2GB/320-5400
MC374xx/A 13.3″/2.4/2x2GB/250-5400
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009) MacBookPro5,5 MB991xx/A 13.3″/2.53/2X2GB/250-5400
MB990xx/A 13.3″/2.53/2X1GB/160-5400

 

MacBook Pro 15-inch

Model Model Identifier Model number Configuration
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014) MacBook Pro11,2

MacBook Pro11,3

MGXA2xx/A

MGXC2xx/A

15.4”/2.2 Quad-core i7/16GB/256-Flash

15.4”/2.5 Quad-core i7/16GB/512-Flash

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013) MacBook Pro11,2

MacBook Pro11,3

ME293xx/A

ME294xx/A

15.4″/2.0 Quad-core i7/8GB/256-Flash

15.4″/2.3 Quad-core i7/16GB/512-Flash

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013) MacBookPro10,1 ME664xx/A

ME665xx/A

15.4″/2.4 Quad-core i7/8GB/256-Flash

15.4″/2.7 Quad-core i7/16GB/512-Flash

MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) MacBookPro10,1 MC975xx/A

MC976xx/A

15.4″/2.3 Quad-core i7/8GB/256-Flash

15.4″/2.6 Quad-core i7/8GB/512-Flash

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012) MacBookPro9,1 MD103xx/A

MD104xx/A

15.4″/2.3 Quad-core i7/2x2GB/500-5400

15.4″/2.6 Quad-core i7/2x4GB/750-5400

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011) MacBookPro8,2 MD322xx/A

MD318xx/A

15.4″/2.4 Quad-core i7/2x2GB/750-5400

15.4″/2.2 Quad-core i7/2x2GB/500-5400

MacBook Pro (15-Inch, Early 2011) MacBookPro8,2 MC723xx/A 15.4″/2.2 Quad-core i7/2x2GB/750-5400
MC721xx/A 15.4″/2.0 Quad-core i7/2x2GB/500-5400
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) MacBookPro6,2 MC373xx/A 15.4″/2.66 i7/2x2GB/500-5400/GLSY
MC372xx/A 15.4″/2.53 i5/2x2GB/500-5400/GLSY
MC371xx/A 15.4″/2.4 i5/2x2GB/500-5400/GLSY
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009) MacBookPro5,3 MB985xx/A
15.4″/2.66/2X2GB/320-5400/GLSY
MB986xx/A 15.4″/2.8/2X2GB/500-5400/GLSY
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53GHz, Mid 2009) MacBookPro5,3 MC118xx/A 15.4″/2.53/2X2GB/250-5400/GLSY
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008) MacBookPro5,1 MB470xx/A 15.4″/D2.4G/2G/250/SD-DL
MB471xx/A 15.4″/D2.53G/4G/320/SD-DL
MC026xx/A 15.4″/D2.66G/4G/320/SD-DL
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008) MacBookPro4,1 MB134xx/A 15.4″/D2.5G/2G/250/SD-DL
MB133xx/A 15.4″/D2.4G/2G/200/SD-DL
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4/2.2 GHz) MacBookPro3,1 MA895xx/A 15.4″/D2.2G/2GB/120/SD-DL
MA896xx/A 15.4″/D2.4G/2GB/160/SD-DL
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Core 2 Duo) MacBookPro2,2 MA609xx/A 15.4″/D2.16G/1G/120/SD-DL
MA610xx/A 15.4″/D2.33G/2G/120/SD-DL
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Glossy) MacBookPro1,1 MA601xx/A 15.4″/D2.16G/1G/100/Super
MA600xx/A 15.4″/D2.0G/512/80/Super
MacBook Pro MacBookPro1,1 MA463xx/A 15.4″/D1.83G/512/80/Super
MA464xx/A 15.4″/D2.0G/1G/100/Super

 

MacBook Pro (17-inch)

Model Model Identifier Model number Configuration
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011) MacBookPro8,3 MD311xx/A 17″/2.4 Quad-core i7/2x2GB/750-5400
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011) MacBookPro8,3 MC725xx/A 17″/2.2 Quad-core i7/2x2GB/750-5400
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010) MacBookPro6,1 MC024xx/A 17″/2.53 i5/2x2GB/500-5400/GLSY
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009) MacBookPro5,2 MC226xx/A 17″/2.8/2x2GB/500-5400/GLSY
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009) MacBookPro5,2 MB604xx/A 17″/D2.66G/2x2G/320/SD-DL
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008) MacBookPro5,1 MB766xx/A 17″/D2.5G/4G/320/SD-DL
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008) MacBookPro4,1 MB166xx/A 17″/D2.5G/2x1G/250/SD-DL
MacBook Pro (17-inch, 2.4 GHz, Late 2007) MacBookPro3,1 MA897xx/A 17″/D2.4G/2GB/160/SD-DL
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Core 2 Duo) MacBookPro2,1 MA611xx/A 17″/D2.33G/2G/160/SD-DL
MacBook Pro (17-inch) MacBookPro1,2 MA092xx/A 17″/D2.16G/1G/120/SD-DL

 

MacBook Pro: Remove or install memory

Once you’re sure which model you have, find it in the list below to go to the instructions for that model.

Note: Apple notebooks not listed in this table have non-removable memory.

Applicable Models

The instructions provided below are for the following MacBook Pro (13-inch) models:

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)

Memory specifications

Use the tables below to confirm the memory you’re installing is compatible with your MacBook Pro.

MacBook Pro (13-inch, mid 2012)
Number of memory slots 2
Base memory 4 GB
Maximum memory 8 GB
Memory card specifications – Double Data Rate Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (DDR3) format
– 67.6mm x 30mm (1.18 inch)
– 2 GB or 4 GB
– 204-pin
– PC3-12800 DDR3 1600 MHz type RAM
Additional notes For best performance, fill both memory slots, installing an equal memory module in each slot.

 

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011) and MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)
Number of memory slots 2
Base memory 4 GB
Maximum memory 8 GB
Memory card specifications – Double Data Rate Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (DDR3) format
– 67.6mm x 30mm (1.18 inch)
– 2 GB or 4 GB
– 204-pin
– PC3-10600 DDR3 1333 MHz type RAM
Additional notes For best performance, fill both memory slots, installing an equal memory module in each slot.

 

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) and MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
Number of memory slots 2
Base memory 4 GB
Maximum memory 8 GB
Memory card specifications – Double Data Rate Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (DDR3) format
-30mm (1.18 inch)
– 2 GB or 4 GB
– 204-pin
– PC3-8500 DDR3 1066 MHz type RAM
Additional notes For best performance, fill both memory slots, installing an equal memory module in each slot.

Removing or installing memory

Warning: The internal components of your MacBook Pro can be warm. If you have been using your MacBook Pro, wait ten minutes after shutting down the computer to let the internal components cool before continuing.

Step 1: Remove the bottom case

  1. Shut down your MacBook Pro. Disconnect the power adapter, Ethernet cable, USB cables, security lock, and any other cables connected to the MacBook Pro to prevent damaging the computer.
  2. Turn over your MacBook Pro and remove the ten (10) screws that secure the bottom case. Because the screws are different lengths, note the screw lengths and locations so you can replace the screws correctly. Put them aside in a safe place. Lift off the case and place it to the side.
  3. Touch a metal surface inside the computer to discharge any static electricity from your body.

Step 2: Remove existing memory (if present)

  1. Push the levers on the sides of the memory module in an outward direction to release the module from the memory card slot. The memory pops up at an angle. Before removing it, make sure you find the half-circle notches. If you don’t, try pressing the levers outward again.
  2. Hold the memory module by its notches and remove it from the slot.
  3. Remove the other memory module.
    Important: Hold the memory modules by their edges, and do not touch the gold connectors.

Step 3: Install memory

  1. Align the notch on the gold edge of the module with the notch in the lower memory slot.
  2. Tilt the card and push the memory into the slot.
  3. Use two fingers with firm, even pressure to push down on the memory module. There should be a click when you insert the memory correctly.
  4. Repeat this procedure to install an additional memory module in the top slot. Press down on the module to make sure it is level.

    Note: Make sure you install the memory according to this illustration, with the gold contacts inserted almost completely into the connector.

Step 4: Replace the bottom case

Replace the bottom case. Replace and tighten the ten screws you removed earlier, making sure to put the different length screws in their proper locations.

Applicable Models

The instructions provided below are for the following MacBook Pro 15-inch models:

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53GHz Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009)

Memory specifications

Please use the tables below to confirm the memory being installed is compatible with your MacBook Pro.

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)
Number of memory slots 2
Base memory 4 GB
Maximum memory 8 GB
Memory card specifications – Double Data Rate Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (DDR3) format
– 30mm (1.18 inch)
– 2 GB or 4 GB
– 204-pin
– PC3-12800 DDR3 1600 MHz type RAM
Additional notes For best performance, fill both memory slots, installing an equal memory module in each slot.

 

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011) and MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
Number of memory slots 2
Base memory 4 GB
Maximum memory 8 GB
Memory card specifications – Double Data Rate Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (DDR3) format
– 30mm (1.18 inch)
– 2 GB or 4 GB
– 204-pin
– PC3-10600 DDR3 1333 MHz type RAM
Additional notes For best performance, fill both memory slots, installing an equal memory module in each slot.

 

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010), MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53GHz Mid 2009), MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009)
Number of memory slots 2
Base memory 4 GB
Maximum memory 8 GB
Memory card specifications – Double Data Rate Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (DDR3) format
– 30mm (1.18 inch)
– 2 GB or 4 GB
– 204-pin
– PC3-8500 DDR3 1066 MHz type RAM
Additional notes For best performance, fill both memory slots, installing an equal memory module in each slot.

Removing or installing memory

Warning: The internal components of your MacBook Pro can be warm. If you have been using your MacBook Pro, wait ten minutes after shutting down the computer to let the internal components cool before continuing.

Step 1: Remove the bottom case

  1. Shut down your MacBook Pro. Disconnect the power adapter, Ethernet cable, USB cables, security lock, and any other cables connected to the MacBook Pro to prevent damaging the computer.
  2. Turn over your MacBook Pro and remove the ten (10) screws that secure the bottom case. Because the screws are different lengths, note the screw lengths and locations so you can replace the screws correctly. Put them aside in a safe place. Lift off the case and place it to the side.

  3. Touch a metal surface inside the computer to discharge any static electricity from your body.

Step 2: Remove existing memory (if present)

  1. Push the levers on the sides of the memory module in an outward direction to release the module from the memory card slot. The memory pops up at an angle. Before removing it, make sure you find the half-circle notches. If you don’t, try pressing the levers outward again.
  2. Hold the memory module by its notches and remove it from the slot.
  3. Remove the other memory module.

    Important: Hold the memory modules by their edges, and do not touch the gold connectors.

Step 3: Install memory

  1. Align the notch on the gold edge of the module with the notch in the lower memory slot.
  2. Tilt the card and push the memory into the slot.
  3. Use two fingers with firm, even pressure to push down on the memory module. There should be a click when you insert the memory correctly.
  4. Repeat this procedure to install an additional memory module in the top slot. Press down on the module to make sure it is level.

    Note: Make sure you install the memory according to this illustration, with the gold contacts inserted almost completely into the connector.

Step 4: Replace the bottom case

Replace and tighten the ten screws you removed earlier, making sure to put the different length screws in their proper locations.

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Applicable model

The instructions provided below are for the following MacBook Pro 15-inch models:

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008)

Memory specifications

Please use the table below to confirm the memory being installed is compatible with your MacBook Pro.

MacBook Pro (15-inch, late 2008)
Number of memory slots 2
Base memory 2 GB
Maximum memory 4 GB
Memory card specifications – Double Data Rate Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (DDR3) format
– 30mm (1.18 inch)
– 1 GB or 2 GB
– 204-pin
– PC3-8500 DDR3 1066 MHz type RAM
Additional notes For best performance, fill both memory slots and install an identical memory module in each slot.

Removing or installing memory

Warning: The internal components of your MacBook Pro can be warm. If you have been using your MacBook Pro, wait ten minutes after shutting down the computer to let the internal components cool before continuing.

Step 1: Remove the access door

  1. Shut down your MacBook Pro. Disconnect the power adapter, Ethernet cable, security lock, and any other cords connected to the MacBook Pro to prevent damaging the computer.
  2. Turn over your MacBook Pro and locate the latch. Push down to release the latch and remove the access door that covers the battery and hard drive.
  3. The latch must be in its released, open position to remove the access door.

Step 2: Remove the battery

With the latch still in its open position, gently pull up on the tab to remove the battery.

Step 3: Remove the bottom case

  1. Remove the eight screws that secure the bottom case of your MacBook Pro, and then remove the bottom case.
    Important: Because the screws are different lengths, note the screw lengths and locations so you can replace the screws correctly. Put them aside in a safe place.
  2. Touch a metal surface inside the computer to discharge any static electricity from your body.

Step 4: Remove existing memory (if present)

  1. Push out the ejection levers on the sides of the memory module to release the module from the memory card slot. The memory pops up at an angle. Before removing it, make sure you find the half-circle notches. If you don’t, try pressing the ejection levers again.
  2. Hold the memory module by the notches and remove it from the slot.
  3. Remove the other memory module.
    Important: Hold the memory modules by their edges; do not touch the gold connectors.

Step 5: Install memory

  1. Align the notch on the gold edge of the module with the notch in the lower memory slot.
  2. Tilt the card and push the memory into the slot.
  3. Use two fingers with firm, even pressure to push down on the memory module. There should be a click when you insert the memory correctly.
  4. Repeat, if necessary, to install an additional memory module in the top slot. Press down on the module to make sure it is level.
    Note: Make sure you install the memory according to the illustration below, with the gold contacts inserted almost completely into the connector.

Step 6: Replace the bottom case

Replace the bottom case. Replace and tighten the eight screws.

Step 7: Replace the battery

To replace the battery, make sure the latch is in its open position. Hold the battery at an angle and slide the lipped edge of the battery below the brackets on the outside edge of the battery bay. Gently press the battery down.

Step 8: Replace the access door

With the latch in the open position replace the access door, making sure it is level with the bottom case of your MacBook Pro, and press the latch into the closed position.

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Applicable models

The instructions provided below are for the following MacBook Pro 17-inch models:

  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)

Memory specifications

Use the tables below to confirm the memory being installed is compatible with your MacBook Pro.

MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011) and MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)
Number of memory slots 2
Base memory 4 GB
Maximum memory 8 GB
Memory card specifications – Double Data Rate Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (DDR3) format
– 67.6mm x 30mm (1.18 inch)
– 2 GB or 4 GB
– 204-pin
– PC3-10600 DDR3 1333 MHz type RAM
Additional notes You can add two 4 GB memory modules for a maximum of 8 GB of memory. For best performance, fill both memory slots and install an identical memory module in each slot.

 

MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010), MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009), and MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)
Number of memory slots 2
Base memory 4 GB
Maximum memory 8 GB
Memory card specifications – Double Data Rate Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (DDR3) format
– 30mm (1.18 inch)
– 2 GB or 4 GB
– 204-pin
– PC3-8500 DDR3 1066 MHz type RAM
Additional notes You can add two 4 GB memory modules for a maximum of 8 GB of memory. For best performance, fill both memory slots and install an identical memory module in each slot.

Removing or installing memory

Warning: The internal components of your MacBook Pro can be warm. If you have been using your MacBook Pro, wait ten minutes after shutting down the computer to let the internal components cool before continuing.

Step 1: Remove the bottom case

  1. Shut down your MacBook Pro. Disconnect the power adapter, Ethernet cable, USB cables, security lock, and any other cables connected to the MacBook Pro to prevent damaging the computer.
  2. Turn over your MacBook Pro and remove the ten (10) screws that secure the bottom case. Because the screws are different lengths, note the screw lengths and locations so you can replace the screws correctly. Put them aside in a safe place. Lift off the case and place it to the side.
  3. Touch a metal surface inside the computer to discharge any static electricity from your body.

Step 2: Remove existing memory (if present)

  1. Push the levers on the sides of the memory module in an outward direction to release the module from the memory card slot. The memory pops up at an angle. Before removing it, make sure you find the half-circle notches. If you can’t find the notches, try pressing the levers outward again.
  2. Hold the memory module by its notches and remove it from the slot.
  3. Remove the other memory module.
    Important: Hold the memory modules by their edges; do not touch the gold connectors.

Step 3: Install memory

  1. Align the notch on the gold edge of the module with the notch in the lower memory slot.
  2. Tilt the card and push the memory into the slot.
  3. Use two fingers with firm, even pressure to push down on the memory module. There should be a click when you insert the memory correctly.
  4. Repeat this procedure to install an additional memory module in the top slot. Press down on the module to make sure it is level.
    Note: Make sure your memory is installed according to the illustration below, with the gold contacts inserted almost completely into the connector.

Step 4: Replace the bottom case

Replace the bottom case. Replace and tighten the ten screws you removed earlier, making sure to put the different length screws in their proper locations.

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Applicable models

The instructions provided below are for the following MacBook Pro 15-inch and 17-inch models:

  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008) and earlier
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008) and earlier

Memory specifications

Please use the tables below to confirm the memory being installed is compatible with your MacBook Pro.

MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008) and earlier and MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008) and earlier
Number of memory slots 2
Base memory 512 MB (configure to order)
Maximum memory Refer to the table below
Memory card specifications – Double Data Rate Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (DDR3) format
– 30mm (1.18 inch)
– 200-pin
– PC2-5300 DDR2 667 MHz Type RAM

Refer to this table for the maximum amount of memory that can be recognized by these notebook computers:

2 GB MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro (17-inch), MacBook Pro (15-inch, Glossy)
3 GB MacBook Pro (15-inch and 17-inch Core 2 Duo)
Note: These models will support only 3 GB total memory. If you want to maximize the amount of SDRAM in your computer, install a 2 GB SO-DIMM in one slot and a 1GB SO-DIMM in the other.
4 GB MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.4/2.2 GHz), MacBook Pro (17-inch 2.4 GHz), MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2008), MacBook Pro (17-inch Late 2008)

Removing or installing memory

You will need to remove the battery before installing additional memory and reinstall the battery after installing the memory. The following procedure includes all the necessary instructions for both parts of the process.

Warning: The internal components of your MacBook Pro can be warm. If you have been using your MacBook Pro, wait ten minutes after shutting down the computer to let the internal components cool before continuing.

Step 1: Remove the battery

  1. Shut down your MacBook Pro. Disconnect the power adapter, Ethernet cable, and any other cords connected to the MacBook Pro to prevent damaging the computer.
  2. Turn the computer over.
  3. Locate the battery release latches on each side of the battery.
  4. Slide both latches up. The battery should pop up slightly.
  5. Lift the battery out.

Step 2: Remove the memory door

  1. Using a Phillips size 00 screwdriver, unscrew the memory door and remove it from the battery bay of your computer. Depending on the model of your MacBook Pro, you may have three or four screws.

  2. Touch a metal surface inside the computer to discharge any static electricity from your body.

Step 3: Remove existing memory (if present)

If you need to remove a memory card—for example if you are replacing it or if you need to get past the memory in the top slot to access the bottom slot—you can remove the card by spreading the tabs on each side of the card away from the notches in the memory card. The card should pop up slightly. Lift the memory card to about a 25-degree angle and then gently slide the card out of the memory slot.
Important: Hold the memory modules by their edges; do not touch the gold connectors.

Step 4: Install memory

  1. Insert the new memory card at a 25-degree angle. Line up the notch in the card with the small tab in the memory slot and slide the card into the slot until the gold edge is almost invisible. Firmly press the memory card into the memory slot. You might feel some resistance.
  2. Gently spread the small tabs in the memory slot away from the notches and push the memory card down until the two tabs on either side of the card lock into place.
  3. Insert any additional memory into the second slot.
    Note: Make sure you install the memory according to the illustration below, with the gold contacts inserted almost completely into the connector.

Step 5: Replace the memory door

Replace the memory door, and make sure the door is lying flat before you screw it back into place.

Step 6: To insert the battery

  1. Place the bottom edge of the battery into the battery compartment at an angle, as shown below.
  2. Gently press the top edge of the battery down until the battery latch locks into place.

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Checking that your computer recognizes the new memory

After installing additional memory, you should confirm that the computer recognizes the new memory. To check the computer’s memory:

  1. Start up your computer.
  2. When you see the Mac OS X desktop, choose the Apple () menu from the upper-left menu bar, then choose About This Mac.

The total memory includes the amount of memory that originally came with the computer plus the new memory you added, or if all the memory has been replaced, the new total for that memory. For detailed information about the amount of memory installed in your computer, open System Profiler by choosing Apple () and then About This Mac. Then, click More Info and then Memory from the Hardware section that appears in System Profiler.

If your computer doesn’t recognize the memory or doesn’t start up correctly, confirm that the memory you installed is compatible with your MacBook Pro and that it is installed correctly by reseating the memory.

 

Locating Thunderbolt and display adapters

Thunderbolt or display accessories may be packaged in your new computer’s document folder. This is the case if your computer is listed below and you ordered it from the Apple Online Store:

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch and 15-inch, Early 2013)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch and 13-inch, Mid 2012)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch and 13-inch, Mid 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch and 15-inch, Late 2013)

To locate the Thunderbolt or display adapters:

  1. The document folder is located underneath the computer. Written on the front of the box is “Designed by Apple in California.” Use the pull tab to fully remove the folder from the plastic tray.
  2. Open the folder. It includes the QuickStart Guide for your computer and other regulatory documentation.
  3. Look below these documents to find your Thunderbolt or display adapters. If you ordered more than one Thunderbolt or display adapter, they will be located side by side inside the custom shaped document folder.

Additional Information

These are the Thunderbolt and display adapters that will ship inside the document folder: