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SM-N9005 Black 32GB
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Not used RAM is wasted RAM. This is Android and not Windows. If RAM is the only reason you'd like to get rid of it then don't bother
If you would run at 100% RAM all the time then I would start uninstalling recently installed apps. Bad programming is usually the reason for memory leaks. I run all sorts of programs and I am nowhere near 100% RAM.
But to answer your question. The only way to remove the bloat would be either rooting or installing a custom ROM.
But like I say, Android is not Windows so I wouldn't worry too much.
Gomjaba is correct. Having low levels of free RAM is not a bad thing at all on Android.
Don't close apps yourself. Android knows what it is doing and you will only make things worse by doing so. This has been discussed at length here and on XDA so a quick search should provide detailed explanations if you are interested in the techie detail.
Last edited by lotus49; September 13th, 2013 at 08:56 AM.
Device(s): Samsung Galaxy S4, Motorola Electrify 2, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy S Mesmerize, Galaxy 10.
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As Darnell mentioned, use the Hide function in the Apps Menu.
Then, in the application manager, you can disable any apps that you are not using that can't be uninstalled. This will prevent them from operating in the background and using resources.
A good rule of thumb for disabling apps: Until you are more familiar with the Android OS and what works/what doesn't, only disable apps that appear in your app drawer--that you do not plan to use or are not currently using. Apps such as the ones provided by your carrier that you don't like (Ring tone "stores", Carrier Navigation Services, etc). You're less likely to disable a "necessary" function that creates more issues than it solves.
Once you get more experience with your phone, you can decide if hiding/disabling is enough for you, or if you feel you would like to learn more about rooting.
... is having it that full normal? What is the average?
That isn't full or even near it.
Even if it were full, it still isn't anything to worry about. Android will free up RAM by closing applications when necessary. You will not run out of RAM on an Android phone like you can on a Windows PC.
My advice is to stop worrying about how much free RAM you have. It really isn't significant.
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