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How to increase the RAM on your phone

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How to increase the RAM on your phone: After the latest software updates, your smartphone seems to feel the weight of the years more than it should. It’s all very slow and you strongly suspect that RAM can’t handle the weight of all the running apps anymore. Considering that at the moment you cannot afford the purchase of a new phone, you would therefore like some advice on how to act and, if possible, on how to increase the amount of RAM present in the device.

I’m sorry to tell you so coldly but, unfortunately, it is not possible to do what you think: smartphones, unlike many computers, do not offer the possibility to increase the amount of RAM present inside them. The only thing you can do is “free” memory from particularly “heavy” apps and processes, but even this activity – you should know – doesn’t lead to who knows how many improvements. If your smartphone is outdated and / or has a low-end hardware compartment, you can’t work miracles. In any case, you could feel a slight improvement by freeing up your memory, so trying doesn’t hurt.

That said, you are ready to find out how to increase the RAM on your phone? Very good! Make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to concentrate on reading the next lines and, more importantly, try to follow my directions step-by-step. I wish you happy reading and I wish you a big good luck for everything!

Preliminary information

Before going into the heart of this article and seeing, in detail, how to increase the RAM on your phone, allow me to provide you with some information that will surely be useful for you to proceed with awareness in the management of the RAM of your smartphone.

First of all, I want to reiterate what has already been said at the beginning of the post: it is not possible to physically increase the amount of RAM present on the smartphone. What you can do, however, is to free some of it to make the device use experience more fluid.

The operations that you find described in the next chapters, therefore, must be performed only in case of real need: in normal conditions, in fact, the operating system should be able to manage the RAM in an optimal way, so you will have to worry about freeing up a little memory only in the event that you encounter some “lag” or slowdown of significant incidence.

Another important thing to know is that, to free up the RAM, it is not necessary to use apps for memory optimization, but it is sufficient to use the functions included “as standard” in the operating system: close the most “heavy” apps, restart the system and so on.

In fact, the apps for system optimization, paradoxically, often end up occupying huge resources and negatively affect the autonomy and performance of the device. In some cases, then, they send nagging notifications, propose invasive advertisements and can even hide malware: better stay away from it, in short!

How do you increase the RAM of your android phone

Close Android applications

Having made the necessary clarifications above, let’s see how to increase the RAM of an android phone. The first thing that might come in handy is to close apps that you think may be taking up more RAM.

To proceed, press the button of the multi-tasking (the icon of square which is usually located at the bottom right or bottom left) and, in the screen that opens, locate the apps you want to close and tap the (x) located at their miniature. If you want, you can also close apps by making a quick swipe from right to left (or vice versa) on their thumbnail.

To close all the apps in one go, instead, tap on the item Close everything (or Erase everything, Delete everything) which should be located at the top of the screen, as long as your smartphone offers this function.

If, instead of closing the apps, you want to end the processes connected to them, go to the menu Settings> Applications / Apps and, in the screen that opens, tap on the tab In use located at the top. Then press the button Stop located at the process you intend to terminate.

I recommend: be careful not to close the system processes (those marked with the green robot symbol), because you could compromise the correct functioning of Android. More info here.

How to close Android applications

If you continue to notice slowdowns, try restarting your device: to do this, press the Power button for a few seconds, select the item Switch off that appears in the center of the screen and wait for the device to turn off. To turn it back on, then, keep your finger pressed for a few seconds on the Power button.

If you have not been able to restart the device using the procedure I have just described, try to force it to restart by holding down the Power button: After your phone has completely shut down, you can turn it back on. If this fails to restart the terminal, try pressing i at the same time Power + Volume keys (-) or Power button + Home button, keeping them pressed for about ten seconds.

If that didn’t work either and you have a smartphone with a removable battery, take the battery out of its compartment and then reinsert it. More info here.

I renew the invitation to do not use memory optimization apps, as this kind of solutions “weigh down” the system and, instead of speeding it up, create further slowdowns and malfunctions of various kinds.

How to increase the RAM of the iPhone

Increase RAM on iPhone

If that’s your intention increase the RAM of the iPhone, you can use a little “trick” that allows you to free up memory in a rather simple way.

To proceed on iPhone 8 / 8Plus and earlier (i.e. on iPhone models equipped with a physical Home button), access the iOS Home screen (if you have not already done so), press and continue to hold the Power button until the screen appears Swipe to turn off and release the Power button. Then keep your finger pressed on Home button until the Home screen reappears and that’s it. If all went well, the RAM should have been freed.

If you own a iPhone X or a later model (therefore an iPhone without a Home button), to perform the operation I have just described you must first activate the virtual Home button using the function AssistiveTouch. To do so, go to the menu Settings> General> Accessibility> AssistiveTouch and move up ON the switch lever next to the wording AssistiveTouch.

Next, press the key Volume (+), then the key Volume (-) and keep your finger pressed on right side button until you see the screen appear Swipe to turn off. Now, release the right side button, presses on virtual Home button of the AssistiveTouch, keep your finger pressed on the icon Home until you see the Home screen appear and that’s it.

If you want to remove the virtual Home button you activated just now, go to the menu Settings> General> Accessibility> AssistiveTouch and move up OFF the switch lever located at the item AssistiveTouch.

If you suspect that RAM is mostly occupied by a specific app (or even more than one app), you can free it by closing only that app. To do so on iPhone 8/8 Plus and earlier models, quickly press the Home button twice consecutively, scroll through the list of open apps and move the thumbnail of the app of your interest upwards.

How to close iPhone app

On iPhone X and later models, on the other hand, swipe from the bottom of the screen towards the center and then make a small swipe to the right, taking care to keep the pressure of your finger on the display. Then find the thumbnail of the app you want to close and move it up.

If any of the steps are not clear to you and / or you want more information on how to free up RAM on iPhone, how to close apps on iPhone or how to close apps on iPhone X, feel free to consult the insights I have just linked to you.

What to do in case of problems or doubts

Cellular repair

If you have read up to this chapter of the guide, obviously you continue to encounter problems or doubts that you have not been able to solve.

If this is the case, it may be that behind the malfunctions of your smartphone there is some problem attributable to the hardware and, therefore, you just have to contact the manufacturer’s service center or the shop that sold you the device.

If your smartphone is still under warranty and malfunctions are due to a lack of conformity, or a factory damage that you did not cause, you could get a refund and / or replacement of the device itself.