Check RAM on an Android

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Check RAM on an Android
Check RAM on an Android
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This wikiHow teaches you how to monitor your Android's RAM usage and total capacity. While you can no longer check RAM in the "Memory" section of the "Settings" app, you can view your Android's RAM stats via the hidden "Developer Options" menu. You can also view RAM usage on any Android using the free 'Simple System Monitor' app, and Samsung Galaxy owners can use the 'Device Manager' app.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Using Device Manager on a Samsung Galaxy

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Step 1. Open your Android's 'Settings'

You'll find this gear-shaped icon in your Apps list. On a Samsung Galaxy, this is the best way to check your RAM.

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Step 2. Tap on Device Maintenance or Device Manager.

The name of this option varies by model.

You may have to scroll down to view this feature

Step #3. Tap on Memory

At the top of the screen, you can see the total amount of RAM in your phone or tablet, as well as the amount consumed by apps and services. Below that, a list of apps will appear, with the app using the most memory at the top of the list.

  • To free up RAM, tap the option Clear now.

Method 2 of 3: Via Developer Options in Android

Step 1. Open your Android's settings

You'll find this gear-shaped icon in your app list.

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Step 2. Select About This Phone option or About this tablet.

You can find it at the bottom of the 'Settings' menu.

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Step #3. Locate the "Build Number" heading

Scroll through the "About This Phone" page until you find an option titled "Build Number" or "Software Version." Depending on your Android, you may need to open an additional menu to view the "Build Number" category.

  • On a Samsung Galaxy Android you must first press Software Information to tap.
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Step #4. Tap the build or version number seven times

This will result in a message that says 'You are now a developer!' that appears at the bottom of the screen.

If you see the message "You are now a developer!" doesn't appear, keep tapping the "Build Number" heading until you see it

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Step 5. Tap the back button to return to your settings

Use the 'Back' button on your Android for this.

  • On a Samsung Galaxy or another Android where you have opened a menu within the About menu, tap the Back button twice.
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Step 6. Tap Developer Options

It is either directly above or directly below the option About this phone.

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Step 7. Find and tap on the Memory options or Running services.

The name and location of this option varies by model. You may have to scroll down to find one of these options.

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Step 8. Check out your Android's RAM

Look in the 'Memory' menu for information about your Android's RAM usage and total capacity.

On a Samsung Galaxy, you'll find this information in the 'RAM Status' at the top of the screen

Step 9. Tap on Memory Usage

This shows a list of apps sorted by the memory they use.

Method 3 of 3: Using Simple System Monitor

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Step 1. Install Simple System Monitor

This app allows you to view various aspects of your Android's system usage, including RAM:

  • Open the Play Store.
  • Tap the search bar.
  • Type simple system monitor.
  • Tap on Simple System Monitor in the drop-down list.
  • Tap on to install and then on Agree if requested.
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Step 2. Open Simple System Monitor

Tap on To open in the Google Play Store, or tap the blue-white 'Simple System Monitor' app icon in your Android's app drawer.

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Step #3. Tap OK when prompted

This will take you to the main page of Simple System Monitor.

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Step #4. Tap on RAM tab

It is located at the top of the screen.

  • Depending on your Android's screen size, you may need to swipe left on the tabs at the top of the screen to enable the RAM to watch.
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Step 5. Check your used and available RAM

You'll find the currently used RAM in the bottom-left corner of the screen, while your Android's total available RAM (e.g. RAM not reserved for system use) is in the bottom-right corner.

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