You feel your phone vibrate in your pocket, so you fish it out to check for notifications. When you press the lock button, you see an email notification from your boss, and you immediately unlock your phone to read it.
As soon as you tap on the email, the email application loads… and loads… and loads…
While you wait, you think, “time to replace this junk. It’s been lagging so much that I can’t use it!”
But before you do that, there’s something that you need to know.
It’s not the phone. It’s you.
Well, technically, it’s your phone’s RAM that’s in trouble when it lags. However, there are some things that you do that may be causing your phone’s RAM to overload, which brings us to the next question.
What is RAM?
RAM, also called Random Access Memory, is basically the short-term memory of any device or gadget. It’s one of the storages in your phone that temporarily remembers data about all the apps that you’ve recently used.
With the data that your phone has stored in the RAM, an app will not have to reload every time you close it.
The result? You won’t have to wait for an app to restart, and instead, it loads faster or doesn’t have to load at all. Unfortunately, while the purpose of RAM is useful, it’s also quite easy to fill up, especially when a phone’s RAM is low.
Running out of RAM? Here’s what happens.
As much as I’d like to explain every tiny detail about what happens in your phone, I prefer not to bore you with that tech stuff. Instead, I’ll give you one quick answer.
Your phone will slow down.
To be specific, a full RAM would make switching from one app to another to be like waiting for a snail to cross a road. Plus, some apps will slow down, and in some frustrating cases, your phone will freeze.
Luckily, though, as easy as it is to fill up RAM, it’s also relatively easy to free up space.
So how do you do it?
How to Clear RAM in Android Phones
Clearing RAM will reset all running apps and will almost instantly speed up your phone. I listed some tips that you can do to make your phone run faster.