How to manage RAM Memory problem on Android

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Let’s take a look at how to manage RAM on Android.

1. If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

The first point to make about managing memory on Android is that unless you’ve got an old or budget phone, you won’t need to do it at all.

Most mid-range to flagship devices from the last couple of years will have at least 4GB of RAM. A flagship from 2019, like the OnePlus 7 Pro or Galaxy Note 10 Plus, could have as much as 12GB. You never need to manage the memory on these devices.

2. How Much RAM Do You Need?

So you don’t need to manage your memory if your phone has got enough of it. But how much RAM is enough?

To an extent, it depends on how you use your phone. If you’re mostly doing light browsing and using social media, you can get away with a lot less than if you’re constantly playing PUBG or Call of Duty.

3. Find Out Which Apps Are Using Your RAM

The key to managing your memory is to first figure out how it’s being used, and which of your apps are hogging the most of it. You can do this with the Memory tool that was introduced in Android 6 Marshmallow.

Where you find it depends on what version of Android you’ve got:

  • On Android 6 Marshmallow and 7 Nougat, go to Settings > Memory.
  • From Android 8 Oreo onwards, the Memory section is inside the Developer options. To see this, first go to Settings > About phone, then tap Build number seven times to make the Developer options appear. Then go to Settings > Advanced > Developer options > Memory.

By Andy Betts

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