Spotlight: RAM Manager for Android makes the most of your device's memory

Spotlight: RAM Manager for Android makes the most of your device's memory
Is Android RAM management giving you trouble? That's a classic complain among the robot user army. And although modern day devices with gobs of RAM memory have largely eliminated the need to struggle, not everyone is yet privileged to a device with 2, 3 or more gigabytes of the stuff. In these cases, third party memory managers such as RAM Manager right here can make for a welcome performance improvement. Common problems tackled by the app include "out of memory" issues, slow swapping between applications, and sluggish performance in general.

To ease users in, RAM Manager comes with a bunch of pre-defined profiles that execute specific actions. The list of profiles includes self-explaining items such as Balance, More free memory, More multitasking, Hard Gaming, Hard Multitasking, and Default. Each changes the RAM management's priorities according to the task at hand - fast switching between apps, letting demanding games make the most of your RAM memory, or simply keeping the memory clear (without disrupting general use too much).

Using profiles aside, one can also implement custom settings, use clean memory and cache buttons for instant RAM optimization, adjust the VM Heap size, or get memory information visualised with graphs.

RAM Manager comes in Free and Pro ($4.99) versions. The free version has most of the ground covered, but it's ad-supported and not updated as frequently.

Developer: Juwe11Download: Android (Free / Pro)
Category: ToolsPrice: Free / $3.99



1. BobLawblaw unregistered

Someone here can correct me if I'm wrong but don't these types of apps do more harm than good, especially to battery life?

2. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

I agree with you. If I am not wrong PA had put up an article some time back emphasizing on that very point.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Generally speaking, android with ICS and above does not need a memory manager to manually kill apps. Most user use them anyway for the Good feeling for plunging apps from memory which Android would eventually pre-load them back into the memory again. Its work like Windows prefetch. Better focus on other things such as Apps data and battery usage.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Manually killing apps can be handy on phones/tablets with 1GB of ram Especially for web browsing (my main complaint about my iPad Mini 2)

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Generally, yeah. But this is a root-access app, which appears to tweak how Android manages RAM, complete with profiles you can set depending on your device's specs and your needs. Much more powerful than simple task killers.

11. Shocky unregistered

I've seen it mentioned a lot but I've never seen any evidence to back it up.

3. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Now a days I am using the Galaxy s5 and almost all the time my device shows 80% RAM used. I am barely using any apps and I have force closed a lot of them, still I cant get my device to free more RAM. And due to that often apps close on their own or when I am running them in the background, and later resuming them they load all over again. This is hurting my data plan as well. Very annoying how bad Samsung has designed touchwiz!

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Non used ram is wasted ram Leaving apps in ram saves memory since the won't need to restart when you want to use it again

12. Shocky unregistered

Saves memory? how so? evidence to back that up ? Not saying your wrong, but nobody ever posts results that confirm this. It's like an urban myth. :p

13. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

That is something managed by Linux at the kernel level.. Caching actually prevents app reloads and improves system performance.

14. Shocky unregistered

Reloading an app from memory is faster, yes. But otherwise what is the harm in freeing up the memory by using these applications? I have many apps set to close after 10 minutes, simply because if left alone they drain the battery and keep the radio active. Why would you want that?

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

*battery Sorry, here's what I meant to write Leaving apps in ram saves *battery* since your phone won't need to reload the app when you want to use it again More here

18. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

First, that has little or nothing to do with touchwiz, that's just how Android works. Second, it's nothing to worry about, just let your ram be 80% full. Third, I don't see how it possibly affect your data plan. It is not downloading from anywhere to your ram.

7. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

What is the best ram and junk cleaner apps, please advise. I am using Clean master from Cheetah Mobile.

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Clean Master is pretty good, as long as you turn off all the crap that likes to run in the background and irritate you with notifications. Just remember that freeing up all your ram by killing tasks you may frequently use does more harm (not physical - it just slows your phone down and drains more battery) than good, so it's best that you white-list apps that you may use frequently (and thus don't want removed from memory), like Facebook, Words With Friends, messaging apps, the dialer, etc.

10. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

I'm against this ram managers/boosters/task killers non sense. I rather force stop apps that I don't use manually and have full control on my phone.. It's already enough the bloatware TouchWiz brought with the carrier on my Note 4. Either way, just do things manually and you keep your phone closer to you than letting some random app doing it for you.

16. Shocky unregistered

That's great if you can remember to force close app every time your done with them, why not have an app do it for you ? It's easier.

17. harvardale

Posts: 51; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Greenify is the only app I'll use for killing apps. You make a list of apps you don't want to run in the background and you can kill them all by manually tapping on an icon. I don't trust these types of apps to automatically manage my RAM for me.

19. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

And this is yet another reason why I use Windows Phone, I don't have to worry about apps taking up my ram in the background and so my phone never lags or slows down like android devices.

20. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Ram is to be USED. Since a few versions back, android does a much better job of managing ram.

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