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How to find out what your RAM is storing on Android «Android :: Gadget Hacks

Not every app is well designed. With almost 3 million apps in the Play Store and countless more that you can sideload from other sources, there are bound to be a few stinkers. And many of them work horribly with RAM.

Poor memory management by apps hurts everyone. Whether you have a budget phone with 4 GB or less of RAM or a flagship with 8+ GB, when just one app consumes more memory than necessary, the whole system can slow down. Fortunately, most Android devices have a built-in tool that helps with this problem.

Method 1: Find Active Services

If your phone has Android 6.0 or higher, it has a pre-installed RAM manager. Known as Running Services, this menu shows all components of apps running in the background for an extended period of time.

To access this built-in RAM manager, you must first make visible Developer options. Go to & # 39; About Phone & # 39; in Settings and then tap & # 39; Build number & # 39; (Galaxy users should select & # 39; Software Information & # 39; after & # 39; About Phone & # 39; to find & # 39; Build Number & # 39;). You can find Developer options at the very bottom of your Settings menu or under Settings -> System -> Advanced.

Now open Developer Options and select "Run Services". There will be a list of background services and a bar chart showing the current RAM usage by apps. If at least 1/3 of your total RAM is free, you probably don't have a memory problem and the slowdown you're experiencing is slightly different. However, if you are below this threshold, you have found your problem.

Select an app from the worst consumer (which is at the top of the list). Depending on the app, you will see & # 39; Stop & # 39; or & # 39; Settings & # 39 ;. "Stop" simply terminates the service, and tapping "Settings" redirects you to the corresponding "App Info" page in Settings where you can delete the problematic app or force quit.

Method 2: View Memory Usage [19659004] On some Android smartphones, you can find a "Memory" item in Developer Options. Again, you must first enable Developer Options and then open the menu at the very bottom of your list of settings or in Settings -> System -> Advanced. Once inside Developer Options, scroll down and choose "Memory".

Here you can see the current RAM usage of your phone. Select & # 39; Memory Usage & # 39; to see the average usage of apps over the past three hours. You can adjust this time frame by pressing the down arrow next to & # 39; 3 o'clock & # 39; and you can tap on the menu button in the top right corner and & # 39; Sort by maximum usage & # 39; choose if you want. Select an app to see even more memory usage information and use this information to decide if you want to uninstall the problematic app.

Method 3: Using Samsung Device Care

Samsung Galaxy users can access another tool, Device Maintenance. Under Settings -> Device maintenance -> Memory you will find the currently available RAM for your device. Samsung suggests apps that you are not using or that are problematic, and list them here under the "Clean Now" button. However, you don't want to use this button to free up space as this won't fix the problem. Instead, use this information to snooze or uninstall the affected apps.

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