Question about RAM

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Dec 23, 2013 1:14:26 PM via Website

My phone has 2gb of ram only 1.7gb usable where did the 300 mb ram go?,also something is using up my RAM (even with all my apps closed!) what is the cause of this?

Jan 1, 2014 3:04:21 PM via App

Too much free ram is pointless, to be fair. The 300mb will be the android system which won't show up on any memory management app as it's required for the phone to work, plus you also have cached ram for recent apps alongside ram used by running apps. If you force your phone to free up too much ram then it will be constantly closing/reopening apps which shows down the system and causes battery drain. Any phone with 1gb ram or over should run smoothly enough with about 400mb free unless you're playing some really intensive games.

Sinkster

Jan 13, 2014 8:47:37 PM via Website

Get an app like CleanMaster Cleaner to get a one-touch button to free up RAM. I usually run it together with Advanced Task Killer (ATK). Your apps will start to eat up RAM quickly unless you shut them off when they're not in use. CleanMaster and ATK together tend to keep things lean, and CleanMaster even has a visual depiction of how much RAM you have free (in its home screen widget). You can even set both of these apps up to run automatically when you turn your screen off.

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Jan 16, 2014 10:07:39 PM via App

Joel W.
Get an app like CleanMaster Cleaner to get a one-touch button to free up RAM. I usually run it together with Advanced Task Killer (ATK). Your apps will start to eat up RAM quickly unless you shut them off when they're not in use. CleanMaster and ATK together tend to keep things lean, and CleanMaster even has a visual depiction of how much RAM you have free (in its home screen widget). You can even set both of these apps up to run automatically when you turn your screen off.
this is awkward seeing an admin suggest an app killer,those apps are pointless to be honest

Jan 16, 2014 11:16:51 PM via Website

Respectfully, I disagree. I've had 8+ Android devices now and have had lag problems on all of them if I don't use a task killer to refresh my free memory regularly. I set them to run whenever I turn the screen on, and they actually keep my devices running quite smoothly. Granted, you could freeze or completely deactivate apps with root, but I've generally found that that can be more trouble than it's worth.

Just for the sake of discussion, though, why do you find these apps useless, and what would you recommend as an alternative?

--Joel

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Jan 16, 2014 11:57:31 PM via App

task killers can be effective, but since ICS android memory management has improved hugely. I always found the best option to be a script from ZepellinRox, a dev on xda, that altered the oom settings so that certain apps would remain cached and therefore not use a much ram. On my earlier phones (xperia x10 256mb ram, xperia arc 512mb ram) it was highly effective, but on the one x it wasn't.

Sinkster

Jan 17, 2014 1:46:48 AM via App

my statement was incomplete,pointless on phones with 1gb+ RAM on 512 and below yeah,task killers can be effective,but will only partially improve the usability, since majority of force closed apps tend to restart back again,I've had 20+ android devices both budget and flagship,on phones with 512mb RAM and lower i used to prevent apps from starting by themselves by adjusting permissions in app settings(no root) and as sinkster mentioned,starting from ICS,the task management hugely improved making most of task killers obsolete

Jan 17, 2014 10:31:41 PM via Website

Ah, I see what you mean about phones with more RAM. I agree, I've noticed that task killers are ineffective against apps that start themselves up (it's like trying to put a 2 year-old to bed). I've had a couple of budget phones that I had to use workarounds for because they had very little RAM, but I can understand why you'd say task killers don't work.

Glad to hear your perspective.

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Mar 28, 2014 12:36:25 PM via Website

Having 300MB of RAM slashed from the total 2GB of RAM in your phone is completely normal dude. It's for the entire system of your phone in order to operate all the Android OS and features. With 1.7GB of RAM, it's more than enough for your phone to operate seamlessly without any hiccup whatsoever. In fact, you're really in luck there as i only have 700MB of RAM in my phone, although it still runs fluidly even for gaming.