To date, in Google Play we can find several applications that free the RAM of your device. But it may be that releasing the RAM does not make much sense. Let’s deny some urban legend and give you a good practice to use your RAM.

What is RAM?

RAM (Random Access Memory) is the random access memory, something like an immediate memory. It is a memory in which all the instructions of the system and the applications are loaded so that the processor, GPU, etc. are executed. It can be read and written to any position in memory without having to follow a queue to access the information. Because of this, the information we ask the device (applications, files, photo, etc …) is done faster. Basically it is where we have loaded our operating system and the applications we are using (also those in the background)

Is it good to constantly empty RAM?

Android automatically manages the use of RAM. The system fills the RAM with the applications we are using. If we open another application when memory is full and there is no space, the system itself will close the application that takes more time without being used to make space for the new one, the user does not have to worry.

If we constantly release the RAM we will also have to reload the applications we use. This is an expense in resources and also energy shortening the life of our battery.

Having full RAM is not a bad thing, what’s more, in Unix / Linux systems the philosophy in this respect is: “empty RAM is wasted RAM”.

Releasing RAM is wasting it

Applications that are loaded into RAM are released almost immediately. Applications that we launch for the first time since we turned on the device need much more time to load. Therefore having an application that constantly eliminates applications in the background or empty the RAM completely manually and constantly, will not help to have more autonomy and will also slow down the launch of applications.

Free RAM: When We Have To Do It

It is usually not good to completely empty the RAM. Releasing the RAM by removing applications that are in the background is good only in very specific situations:

  • When an application has failed or is not working well.
  • When the application in the background is consuming a lot of battery.
  • When the smartphone does not work fluently, you can close a heavy application that we do not use often.

Close multitasking apps

When necessary you can simply close any multitasking application. Go to the multitasking button on your smartphone (a square or a few bars depending on the model) and you’ll see that all recently used apps are there, swipe your finger up and down to select an application and move your title sideways to close it.

From Android 6.0 Marshmallow you can see how much memory each application consumes. In Settings> Memory> Memory used by applications. So you can see which application you should disable or, if necessary uninstall.

Disable preinstalled applications

There are many applications that come preinstalled to which we do not matter. Even when you do not use an app continuously day after day, you could start a task in the background by taking up RAM and wasting your battery without your knowledge.Because preinstalled apps can not be uninstalled, you can simply disable them. To do this from ‘applications’ select the one you do not want and select “disable” the application will not run in the background or receive updates.

Are you one of those who constantly close applications in the background? Tell us about your experience!

Author: Sandeep Shinde