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

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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

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posted on 21 Jul 2015, 02:38 13

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?

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 02:50 9

2. VJo003 (Posts: 360; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 03:30 2

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 6763; Member since: 29 Mar 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.

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 04:07 1

6. vincelongman (Posts: 5127; Member since: 10 Feb 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)

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 04:39 2

8. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 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.

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 05:21

11. Shocky (unregistered)

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

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 03:13

3. timukh (Posts: 295; Member since: 04 Feb 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!

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 04:04

5. vincelongman (Posts: 5127; Member since: 10 Feb 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

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 05:25

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

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 05:37 3

13. Sidewinder (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)

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

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 06:13

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?

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 06:32

15. vincelongman (Posts: 5127; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


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

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 08:55

18. Kary1 (Posts: 300; Member since: 26 Jun 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.

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 04:39

7. fonelover (Posts: 251; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)

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

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 04:43

9. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 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.

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 04:49 2

10. TheGunnyPT (Posts: 252; Member since: 12 Feb 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.

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 06:33

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.

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 06:49 1

17. harvardale (Posts: 51; Member since: 22 Jul 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.

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 09:34

19. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1079; Member since: 17 Mar 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.

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 19:30

20. p51d007 (Posts: 393; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)

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

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