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How to free up RAM on mobile devices (and when to do it)?

Currently on the market we can get mobile devices with different sizes of RAM, the most commercialized would be 1gb (the minimum), 2gb, 4, 6 and 8gb, and even higher capacity. As you may know, 1gb and 2gb RAM devices are the ones with the fastest performance problems, and therefore they must free RAM memory.

Although you may already know, freeing up RAM memory is something that both Android and iOS do by default and you should generally not worry about this. However, there are cases where it is necessary to do so.

That’s why, in this article, we will teach you the easiest ways to free RAM memory and when we should do it. We want to advance you that most of these methods do not include the use of external applications, in fact, it is something we do not recommend since it generates an opposite effect, and we will explain you why.

Is it necessary to free up RAM memory?

Is it necessary to do this? In most situations, the answer is no. Today’s mobile devices have a built-in feature to automatically eliminate RAM consumption. Closing an application to free up RAM memory is something that is only effective in specific cases and generally we will not notice much change. However, when an application has stopped working properly or when something fails in memory management, freeing RAM memory is essential.

It is likely that you have some application to free up RAM memory installed, as apps from these categories were very popular. However, these applications do nothing but waste our battery and negatively affect the consumption of internal memory and RAM. The functions that these applications do can be done manually.

Although it may sound strange, having a somewhat used RAM is not bad, as it was designed to run smoothly near its limits. Which means that, if we don’t use the potential of our RAM, we will be wasting it. Your device will normally not present performance problems, unless you have your memory really full, something that, as we already mentioned, the system takes care of.

Releasing RAM memory implies forcing the closing of the applications, and we have to take into account that by doing this it will take time when we open them again, which will also consume the battery power. That’s why you should consider this process well.

Force Close Apps

Closing background applications is a basic but important step in freeing up RAM on our device. As we already mentioned, Android and iOS takes care of this most of the time by automatically suspending applications when it needs RAM, but you can do it on your own.

To do this in iOS, just slide up and it will show us a list of apps in use, then we will have to slide up those applications that we want to close.

It’s just as simple on Android, we only have to tap on the square that is in the button control and it will show a list of all applications that we are using, slide to the right or left those that we do not want open. To get to this list using gesture control usually just slide up.

Despite this, Android also gives us the option to close the applications: Through the settings of our device, we go to our list of applications, and tap on the one we want to close. A small menu of application details will be displayed, where we will press “Force Stop”.

Choose which applications start automatically

When our device is turned on, there is a list of applications that start automatically. Sadly, in iOS there is no way to manipulate this, however, Android allows us to do it. This can save us the consumption of our RAM a little bit.

For Android, we will usually have to go to our device’s configuration, and once there, we will have to look for the “Auto Start” option where we will be shown a list of these applications. We’ll proceed to disable those we don’t want to start automatically.

There are secure applications with this function that we can download, apps like Autostart or Startup Manager. And remember, don’t disable those applications that the operating system requires to work.

Disable the animations

Deactivating the phone’s animations is something that can be very useful since they consume a lot of our device’s memory. To do this, it is necessary to use the developer options.

Let’s go to our phone’s settings, then go to “Advanced” and search for the option of animations or animations and we will only have to disable it. If you disable the animations the RAM memory consumption will decrease considerably, but you probably won’t get a very noticeable change.

Disable default applications

There are applications that come by default that you probably never use, but they run in the background anyway. If what you are looking for is more free RAM memory, maybe one of the best things you can do is to disable them, since the device will not allow us to delete them.

For this, go to your phone settings, being there, go to the application list where you will choose any application that has come with the device. When we have decided, we tap on “Disable” and this way, the application will not run in the background anymore, which means more free RAM.

Turning the device off and on again

Last but not least, reboot the device. If you are using Android, simply press and hold the power button and then select the option. If you are using iOS, you will have to hold down the power button and the volume down button at the same time for the power off option to appear. In both cases, we will turn the phone back on.

You may be asking yourself “Why” and the reason is simple. When we reboot the mobile device, we will also reboot the applications that start with it, and other apps will not consume RAM memory until we open them.

If you reboot your mobile device due to a system malfunction, it will most likely be fixed, although it will cost us some of our battery.

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