How do I clear the RAM on my Mobile device?

Last modified : Jul 08. 2020

What is RAM?

RAM (Random Access Memory) is storage used for a place to hold data. If your mobile device or tablet has a small amount of RAM, you may find that it will start to slow down when you have opened and used lots of different applications at the same time. This is one of the reasons why some devices are more costly - more expensive devices will usually have a larger amount of RAM, and will be able to run more applications at the same time without slowing down as much.


Clearing the RAM will close and reset all running applications to speed up your mobile device or tablet. You will notice improved performance on your device - until there are too many apps open and running in the background again. It is good practice to close down applications regularly. See the instructions below - they're organised by Operating System so the steps are easy to follow. If you're not sure you can check our page on How to find the Operating System of your device.


For devices running Android or Oreo, see the page on the Device Maintenance feature which has more options to enhance and speed up the operating system.

How do I close the running applications?

Android 10.0 (Q)Click to Expand
1 Press the recents button Recents button.
Tap on recents buttons
2 Select Close All at the bottom of the screen.
Select Close alls
Android 7.0 or 8.0 (Nougat or Oreo)Click to Expand
1 Press the Recents button.
Press the Recents button
2 Select Close All at the bottom of the screen.
Close All Apps
3 All apps will close
No Recent Apps
Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)Click to Expand
1 Press the Recents button.
Press the Recents button
2 Tap the Task Manager icon.
Tap the Task Manager
3 Tap End All to close all processes.
Tap END ALL to close down all processes
4 Confirm by tapping OK.

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