Check how much RAM and storage space is free

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Check how much RAM and storage space is free
Check how much RAM and storage space is free
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This wikiHow teaches you how to monitor both your device's random access memory (RAM) usage and the free space of your computer's hard drive.

Steps

Method 1 of 6: Check Windows RAM usage

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Step 1. Hold Alt+Ctrl and then press Delete.

This will open your computer's Windows task manager menu.

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Step 2. Click on Device Manager

This is the last option on this page.

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Step 3. Click on the Performance tab

You can find this at the top of the 'Task Manager' window.

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Step 4. Click on the Memory tab at the top left of the 'Task Manager' window

Here you can see your computer's RAM usage in graphical format at the top of the page, or by looking at the number under the "In Use (Compressed)" heading.

Method 2 of 6: Check hard drive storage space Windows

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Step 1. Double click on the 'This PC' icon

This is a computer monitor icon and is likely to be found on your desktop.

  • On some versions of Windows, it's called "My Computer" instead of "This PC."
  • If you can't find 'This PC' on your desktop, search this PC using the search bar in the Start menu and click the computer monitor icon when it appears.
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Step 2. Right click on the C icon:

from the hard drive. You can find it under the "Device Manager" heading, in the middle of the "My Computer" page.

Some versions of Windows have "OS" above the hard drive

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Step #3. Click Properties

This option is at the bottom of the right-click menu.

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Step 4. Click the General tab

This option is at the top of the "Properties" window. This will open your hard drive's "General" page, where properties such as total storage space will be displayed.

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Step 5. Check your hard drive's storage space

Under 'Used' you can see how many gigabytes on your hard drive are currently in use, 'Remaining' indicates how many gigabytes of space are still available on your hard drive.

You may notice that there is a difference between the total number of gigabytes of your hard drive and the number of gigabytes advertised when you bought the computer. This is because a certain portion of your computer's hard drive is used to store the operating system. This space is therefore always in use and does not fall under available space

Method 3 of 6: Check Mac RAM usage

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Step 1. Click on the 'Spotlight' button

This is the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of the computer screen.

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Step 2. Type 'Activity View' in the search bar

This will open the Activity View app.

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Step #3. Click on Activity Monitor

Now the Activity Monitor program opens, allowing you to view your Mac's current RAM usage.

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Step 4. Click Memory

This is a tab at the top of the Activity Monitor window.

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Step 5. Look at the "Memory Usage" figure

You will find this option at the bottom of the page. The number for "Physical Memory" refers to how much RAM is installed on your Mac, while "Memory Usage" indicates how much RAM is currently in use.

Method 4 of 6: Check Mac Hard Drive Storage Space

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Step 1. Click on the Apple menu

This is an icon in the shape of an apple in the top left of your screen.

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Step #2. Click About This Mac

You will find this option somewhere at the top of the drop-down menu.

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Step #3. Click on Storage

You'll find this option at the top of the About This Mac page. At the 'Storage' tab you will find a color coded overview of which type of files are taking up storage space.

It is also possible to view the available storage space on your hard drive in the top right-hand corner of the page, under the heading 'X GB available from Y GB', where 'X' is the available space and 'Y' is the total storage capacity of your Mac

Method 5 of 6: Check iPhone hard drive storage space

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Step 1. On your iPhone, open the 'Settings'

This is a gray-colored icon of a gear and is most likely on the Home screen.

Due to operating system restrictions, it is not possible to view the RAM usage of your iPhone

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Step #2. Tap on General

You will find this option at the bottom of the screen.

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Step #3. Tap on Manage Storage in the 'Storage' section

This section is at the top of the page. This will open a list of all the apps on your device, in order from largest consuming storage space to the app that takes up the least space. You will also find the 'Used' and 'Available' sections at the top of this page, which respectively show the used and available storage space of your iPhone.

By tapping the second Manage storage space on this page, you open the iCloud page: here you can view the remaining storage space in your iCloud Drive

Method 6 of 6: Check Android hard drive storage space and RAM usage

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Step 1. Open your Android device's Settings

This is a gray-colored icon of a gear that you can most likely find in the App drawer.

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Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Apps

This option can be found in the 'Device' section.

On some Android phones (such as the Samsung Galaxy), you must first tap Device before you get to Apps

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Step 3. Swipe left on the 'Apps' page

This will open the 'SD card' page, at the bottom left of the screen you can see how much space is currently in use on your hard drive, at the bottom right the total storage capacity.

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Step 4. Swipe left on the 'SD card' page

This opens the 'Active' tab where you can view which programs are currently active.

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Step 5. Check out the different categories

At the top of the page you will find three values ​​that indicate the RAM usage of your Android:

  • System – The number of gigabytes currently used by your Android's operating system.
  • Apps – The number of gigabytes currently used by running apps.
  • Available – The number of gigabytes of available RAM.

Tips

RAM is the memory allocated to various running processes (for example, apps or programs). Storage space on your hard drive, on the other hand, is intended for storing documents, folders or programs that you put on your computer – regardless of whether they are active or not

Warnings

  • If a suspicious process is taking up a lot of space, try running an antivirus scan.
  • Only terminate processes that you are sure are not critical to the system's functioning. It is easily done and could cause irreparable damage to files and data necessary for the functioning of the operating system.

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