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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by datis, May 26, 2010.

  1. datis

    datis Lurker
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    Hi all,

    Even though I kill every running application by task killer, 100 M is the absolute maximum amount of free RAM. How could I release more memory to use?
    Thanks beforehand.

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  2. brandmarked

    brandmarked Well-Known Member

    Menu > Settings > Applications > Manage applications

    Then select individual apps based on the biggest and hit the "Clear Cache" button. Some apps use quite a bit of memory -- for example Browser

    100Mb is quite a bit anyway, why do you want more?

    - Mark
  3. Kyuss9

    Kyuss9 Lurker

    The more RAM you use, the slower the phone gets. Even more than apps running, the amount (and size) of apps you have installed determines how much free RAM you'll have.
    Try uninstalling some apps you don't use so much and remember to always do it through the "Market", because if you do it directly in the phone definitions, it will leave the installer behind.
  4. brandmarked

    brandmarked Well-Known Member

    I haven't really noticed any decline in speed compared to when I have more. I run with about 40Mb left.

    - Mark
  5. datis

    datis Lurker
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    Ok. Thanks for replies. I installed task manager(do you think that's reasonable?) and got 115M free ram. I was just confused because this device should have 256M and I couldn't imagine that system processes and stuff like that could demand that much ram.
  6. pevans_om

    pevans_om Newbie

    RAM is there to be used. Free RAM is actually wasted RAM in a way. I only use a task manager to kill apps if I notice a new app struggling to load. But in general Android seems to do a very good job of managing the memory.

    There are apps out there that hog more memory than they should, but that's a different story.
  7. datis

    datis Lurker
    Thread Starter

    My biggest concern is that there are unnecessary programs running because battery life in tattoo isn't the best possible and extra programs will naturally shorten the battery life. Furthermore, available ram tend to decrease constantly when I use the phone: after a day it has gone from 115 to 75 but I guess that's normal. Rebooting the phone releases that loss again.

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