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Clearing the memory of portable devices on Android

portable devices on Android

The Android operating system was developed by programmers from Google Inc based on linux. The final product turned out to be more modern, with greater functionality, multitasking and a beautiful graphical interface.

Therefore, for its stable operation, users need to constantly optimize its work with storage devices, in particular, with RAM or as it is also called, RAM.

This question is very relevant, because to perform various tasks and ensure the operability of applications, modern smartphones and tablet computers running the Android operating system need a large amount of RAM. In the process of work, RAM is filled with various applications and it must be cleaned. We will tell you how to free up the RAM of mobile devices in this article.

RAM Specifications

Before proceeding to the consideration of the technical characteristics of RAM, it is necessary to mention that nowadays there are only two types of memory: RAM or RAM and permanent - ROM. For example, each of us who bought a new smartphone saw a sticker with technical characteristics on the package, which indicated: the amount of RAM is 1024 MB, and the built-in one is 4096 MB. In this case, the first number corresponds to the amount of RAM in memory, and the second number corresponds to the ROM.

The speed of RAM is very high, however, it is able to store information only if the power supply is connected. If the device is turned off or rebooted, all content disappears permanently. The amount of RAM affects the number of processes that a mobile device is able to perform at the same time. Therefore, when buying a smartphone, you need to pay great attention to the amount of RAM installed in the device, since the speed of the smartphone or tablet PC depends on it.

How do I know how much free memory I have?

To find out how many free megabytes are available in RAM at the moment, you need to go to the phone settings, then go to the "Applications" item and open the "Working" tab. In the window that opens, information will be available on the full amount of RAM, as well as on the number of megabytes occupied by running applications at the moment, and on the available free space.

In addition, to date, a large number of various utilities are available on Google Play that allow you to get information about RAM memory, as well as clean it up. Some of the most popular programs are Clean Master and Antutu Benchmark, however, you can use any other that is most suitable for you.

How do I see the characteristics of RAM?

When buying a new mobile phone or Internet tablet, it is very important to look at the characteristics of RAM. This is especially true for the products of cheap manufacturers, since many companies indicate on the box and in the firmware of the phone the amount of RAM that does not correspond to reality. For example, many models in which 1 Gb of RAM is declared, in fact, a module of only 256 MB is installed. As a result, after buying a device, the user is faced with a catastrophic shortage of RAM, manifested in constant failures in the operation of the operating system, frequent hangs and slow operation of the device.

To protect yourself from such cases, when buying a new mobile phone, you need to install several service utilities that provide information about the hardware, and by the method of alternately testing the device, hope that at least one of the programs will be able to determine the real amount of RAM.

Nuances of use

If the portable device will be used in high multitasking mode, then in this case a large amount of RAM is needed. Otherwise, the Android operating system will periodically display a system message indicating that the RAM is full. The latest versions of Android support the automatic closure of inactive applications not used by the user, however, this slows down the speed of the device.

For example, most users daily use various utilities to communicate over the Internet. One of the most popular is the Viber application, which needs 30 MB of RAM to work. In addition to the messenger, dozens of programs that occupy their space in RAM can be launched simultaneously. If a large amount of RAM is installed in the device, then in this case no problems arise, however, its lack significantly reduces the work of Android.

How to clean RAM from unnecessary applications?

Any modern mobile phone and tablet computer running the Android operating system has the ability to manually close working applications through the service integrated into the OS. In this case, the user goes to the appropriate settings and forces the closure selectively, leaving the necessary applications running.

In order to proceed to the manual cleaning of the device's RAM, you need to go to the phone settings, then go to the application menu, where we select the "Application Management" tab, after which a list of all working applications appears in front of us. Some apps run in the background. that is, they consume a resource of RAM, but do not appear in the list of running utilities.

Such applications include system programs that the operating system needs to work correctly, as well as many other programs installed directly from Google Play. Programmers have implemented this principle of work in order to speed up the launch of applications, however, this approach is not quite appropriate on mobile devices, with a small amount of RAM.

However, there is a way out of this situation: any running application, with the exception of system applications, can be closed. To do this, click on any open utility displayed in the list, and click on the "Stop" button. It is worth noting that to forcibly stop running programs, the user does not need to have administrator rights, without which most third-party utilities cannot work. However, after the device restarts, all applications will be launched again.

An alternative to basic settings

In addition to manual closure, integrated into Android, you can free RAM from everything unnecessary with the help of special programs. For example, the utility "Autostart" has more functionality, compared to the basic settings. In the menu of the program there are various sections, the management of which is carried out independently of others.

Special attention should be paid to the menu section "After Boot Boot". By going to it, you can access the startup of the operating system, which displays all the applications that are loaded automatically when android starts, and in the process of their work are in RAM. In this section, you can remove all unnecessary or little-used applications from startup.

Cleaning software

One of the most popular programs for cleaning RAM on devices running Android OS is the free utility Clean Master, which can be downloaded on Google Play. After starting the program, you need to start the "Acceleration" of the system, after which Clean Master scans the device and displays all unnecessary information.


So our article has come to an end. Finally, it should be noted that when closing running applications, you need to be very careful, because when forced to stop system programs, the Android operating system may experience failures. Therefore, in order to avoid all sorts of "glitches", it is recommended to close only those applications that were installed on a smartphone or tablet with your own hands. And remember that the best way to deal with a lack of RAM is to buy a new device with more memory.