We’ve all heard it: “have you tried turning it off and back on again?” It’s the first step when troubleshooting any tech problem—it even makes your phone perform better when nothing is wrong. But why?
It’s All About the RAM
When it comes to solving performance issues (or just making your phone feel faster), it really boils down to one thing: RAM usage. With most modern operating systems, as you use apps, they fill up the RAM. The more apps you open, the more they use up RAM. It’s just how it works.
But as you close apps—or they’re manually removed from memory—they’re not completely closed out. In fact, remnants of apps stick around, keeping RAM needlessly full, leaving less and less room for new apps. Now, the OS will still move things around to make room for new apps to be loaded into RAM, but that’s where things may start to slow down a little bit—not only does it have to load the app, but things have to be shuffled around in RAM to make room for the new applications to load.
You may have heard the phrase “free RAM is wasted RAM” before, and for the most part, it’s true. All Unix-based operating systems—like Android, for example, are pretty much fine with full RAM. Windows on the desktop works better…
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