If you have been a regular Android user, you would know that apps use up RAM on your device. And we often end up checking how much RAM is being used by certain apps in order to monitor our usage patterns. However, after the Oreo update, it has become a little difficult to do so on stock Android devices. It is not that the RAM readings have become completely inaccessible after the Android update but they are simply well hidden.
The reason why you need to keep a track of your RAM usage is because if an app is taking up too much RAM, your phone might become sluggish resulting in poor optimization. There are two ways to check your android RAM usage.
Method 1 – How to check RAM usage on Android through developer options
- Open up settings either from the notification tray or the app drawer
- Navigate all the way down to ‘system’ and open it
- Tap on ‘about phone’ under the system option
- Scroll down to the build number option and tap on it 7-8
- This will enable you to become a developer. (The system will prompt you with a message saying ‘You are now a developer!’)
- Now go back to system settings (Settings -> System)
- You will now find a new option there called ‘developer options’. Tap on it.
- You will find an option called ‘Memory’ here where you will find the average memory usage stats. You can switch between different time spans in order to view usage.
- If you do not find the memory option here go to Settings
- Then look for the option called ‘Storage and Memory’
- This is where you will find the ‘Memory’ option
Method 2 – How to check RAM usage on Android using a widget
- Long touch an empty space on your home screen
- This will open up the widgets menu
- Scroll down in the widgets section and find ‘settings’. Hold this widget and drag it to the home screen
- A settings shortcut will now be present on your home screen. Tap on it, scroll down and select memory
- Now a new icon will be present on your home screen with the name ‘memory’ instead of the settings shortcut
- Tap on this icon to now view RAM on your Android device
These are the two ways in which you can check your Android RAM usage. If the first method does not work for you, you always have the second method at your disposal.