6 tips to help if your smartphone has little RAM

Do you have an old Android phone or want to play the latest mobile games? If so, then from time to time you may encounter crowded RAM, as your phone does not have time to keep up with technology.

But what should be done first and in which case? Let's figure out how to properly manage RAM on Android.


Do not repair what is not broken

The first thing to say about memory management on Android is that if your phone is not old or too budget, you do not have to do anything!

Most flagships and mid-range devices released over the past couple of years will have at least 4 GB of RAM. The flagship of 2019, such as, for example, OnePlus 7 Pro or Galaxy Note 10 Plus, can have up to 12 GB . You never have to even think about memory management on these devices.

For the most part, Android is very efficient when it comes to memory processing. If you check and find that all (or most) of the available RAM is used, do not worry - this is how it works. Android tries to keep applications in memory for as long as possible so that they launch immediately the next time.

If you ever need to free up additional memory, the system will quietly close some applications that you have not used in the background.

There is an old adage: free RAM is wasted RAM. This definitely applies to Android.

How much RAM do you need?

You do not need to manage your memory if there is enough of it in the phone. But how much RAM is really enough ?!

To a certain extent, it depends on how you use your phone. If you mainly browse web pages and social networks , then you need much less than if you constantly played PUBG or Call of Duty.

As for the flagships of 2019, Google decided that 6 GB is enough for the Pixel 4, while Samsung chose 8 GB for the Galaxy S10. We believe that 4 GB is still enough for everyone but the most demanding users, and even 3 GB is good for easier use.

Android and Google Play services will use up to 1.5 GB of RAM on their own, and they work constantly. In a game like PUBG, more than 1 GB will be used, and even if several browser tabs are open at the same time, the system will work fine.

Find out which applications use RAM

The most important condition for managing RAM is to find out how memory is used and which applications occupy most of it. You can do this with the memory tool that was introduced back in Android 6 Marshmallow.

The location of this menu item depends on the version of Android:

  • On Android 6 Marshmallow and 7 Nougat, go to Settings> Memory.
  • Starting with Android 8 Oreo, the “Memory” section is located in the developer’s settings. Therefore, first go to Settings> About Phone, and then click on Build Number seven times to display the developer’s options. Then go to Settings> Advanced> Developer Options> Memory.

After these steps, you can see the average memory usage over the past three hours and the whole day. Click on “Memory used by applications” to get a complete picture of which applications use RAM most often. This will help identify programs that require the most RAM, and possibly replace them with more efficient alternatives.

Do not use Task Killer or RAM Booster

It has long been known that the “task killer” has a bad effect on the Android system. Nevertheless, in the Play Store you can still find a fairly large number of applications of this type. So it’s worth repeating: the killer of processes will not make the phone faster. Also, RAM accelerators or any other applications that promise performance improvements will not do this.

As we have already said, Android already efficiently processes applications and memory, so forcibly closing applications will interfere with this process. It will also slow down the launch of applications the next time you need them, and lead to a waste of battery power.

Even worse, some programs are designed to run in the background. Completing them with a task killer often simply leads to them opening again. It also spends more resources. If you need to close the utility for any reason, do it manually. Click the "Recent Applications" button at the bottom of the screen or swipe up from the bottom if you are using new Android gestures. When a list of recent programs appears, close everything that you no longer need by swiping to the side.

How to use less RAM

When you work with a phone that lacks RAM, you can improve performance by trying to limit the amount of memory used.

This is not always easy. Applications such as Facebook and Snapchat are notorious sources of device resource consumption, but you have no alternative if you use these types of services. But there are other steps you can take:

  • Reduce the number of home screens and don't use live wallpapers or too many widgets that are constantly updated.
  • Remove applications that are no longer needed.
  • To disable preinstalled software that you don’t use, go to Settings> Applications and Notifications> View All Applications, find the program, and click Disable.
  • Install all software updates as they become available - both for applications and for the Android system.
  • Find alternative apps that use less memory.

Install "light" versions of applications

When Google Go launched Android Go for low-cost phones, the company also released a series of lightweight versions of Android Go applications as an alternative to its most popular programs. You don’t need a Go phone to use them - they will work on any Android device and use much less RAM.

Among the most common options are:

After installing them, you can turn off the full-sized alternative using the method mentioned above. Normally, you cannot completely remove these embedded applications. Do not think that you need to stick with official Google apps. Often you can easily find faster and smaller alternatives to many of your favorite programs.

For example, Chrome is pretty demanding on RAM, but you can easily replace it with something like a Kiwi browser. The program is based on the same Chromium rendering engine, so web pages look the same. It just uses less memory.

Now you know how to manage the phone’s RAM, what should be avoided and how to use your device as efficiently as possible. But lack of RAM is not the only hardware problem that can affect your smartphone. Fortunately, we can help with these problems, because on our site you can find many articles on various topics!