Fix for Lollipop’s massive memory leak coming soon-ish

by: Gary SimsDecember 30, 2014
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While most of us are still using Android 4.1-4.3 Jellybean or Android 4.4 KitKat, some people have managed to get Android 5.0, mainly those with Nexus or GPE devices. However there is a price to pay for getting the latest and greatest – bugs. Although Android 5.0 went through extensive testing and even had developer preview releases, unfortunately it is human to err. Since the original 5.0 release Google has published at least two updates. The first, Android 5.0.1, was released for the Nexus 6, the Nexus 9, the Nexus 5, the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7. The second, Android 5.0.2, was released for the Nexus 7 (2012), which didn’t get a 5.0.1 update.

As a result most Lollipop users are using Android 5.0.1, but the problem is that Android 5.0.1 has a bug. In fact any software engineer will tell you that Android 5.0.1 has lots of bugs, as does any piece of complex software, but they are either undiscovered or minor. However the bug that is plaguing 5.0.1 seems to be pretty serious.

I'm close to abandoning my Nexus 5.

According to comments posted of Android’s issue tracker, Android 5.0.1 users are getting quite annoyed at this bug. People have written things like, “I’m close to abandoning my Nexus 5,” or “Yeah getting my iPhone Monday at least it can multitask,” and “This is the most annoying software bug I have seen.”

The problem is that under certain circumstances Android 5.0 and 5.0.1 leak memory, and when the leak has reached a critical point then Android tries to compensate by forcibly closing apps to free up resources. What the out-of-memory killer doesn’t know is that it is Android itself that is leaking the memory and not the apps.

The next step is for Google to make a new release of Android, probably Android 5.0.3 Lollipop.

A memory leak occurs when Android allocates a chunk of system memory for a task and then doesn’t release it again. This means that over time more and more memory will be allocated and none ever given back. Even with 2 or 3GB of RAM, eventually the system will run out of memory, and that is never pretty.

The thread on the issue tracker is hard to follow as there are lots of complaints and there is lots of general unhappiness, but little in the way of official comments from Google or Android developers. However it does now seem that Google has agreed that this is a bug, and that it has been fixed in the source code. What that means is that the latest source code used to build Android doesn’t leak memory. However that doesn’t actually help affected users at the moment. The next step is for Google to make a new release of Android, probably Android 5.0.3 Lollipop, with this and other bug fixes. However there is no news on when that will be. Let’s hope it will be soon.

Are you affected by this memory bug? If so please let us know in the comments below.

  • AJ

    I’m using 5.0.1 on N5 and never experienced this bug.. memory usage is normal as ever.

    • Pantry Pest


      • Phani

        Same with me. No problems with more than a weeks of usage. I didn’t have to reboot as well. Nexus 5 with 5.0.1

    • nilbud


      • Christopher Prats


    • Simon Belmont

      Mine is great, too. For about a week or 10 days, and then apps start getting kicked out of memory much more often, and system RAM usage goes to 800MB to 1GB+ of usage, though I’ve never experienced the dreaded home screen redraw that happens during the advanced stages of this issue (I guess I reboot well before that).

      A reboot fixes it. I’m on Android 5.0.1, official, on N5.

  • Alicemad

    My nexus 4 does not have this bug. However Android Lollipop as it is now it’s horrible. Battery life is way worse than in KitKat with 1 hour less on screen time on average. Some games lag like hell, phone restarts by itself pretty often and many times when someone is calling me I cannot hear a thing. Lollipop is a big pile of shit.

    • Did you install Lollipop via OTA update or clean factory install? I’m running a factory install from 5.0.0 on my Nexus 4 then did a OTA update to 5.0.1a few week’s ago and haven’t experienced this issue.

      I don’t really play allot of game’s on my phone since I usually game on my PS4.

      We should see Update 5.0.3 soon. So have no fear.

      • tankslappa

        My nexus 4 is running fine.
        I did, as always, do a compete wipe factory install.
        It’s a good way to get rid of junk you’ve forgotten about.

    • 1

      Ur a big pile of shit. K thnx bye!

  • Johnnsa

    Lollipop works good for me, except this bug. It bugs me a lot, as it usually pops up when I’ve got my phone turned on for a few days and have to reboot it. The memory leak stop music playback sometimes which is the last thing it should cause.

    • George Ionescu

      I got that even from 5.0 on my Nexus 7(2013), but no problems on my HTC One running the GPE ROM.

      • abqnm

        I agree about the HTC One. My M7 GPE has never had this issue. It runs absolutely amazing in fact. It feels like they also upgraded the processor while they were at it. It is a huge improvement over the laggy, battery wasting mess that was GPE Kit Kat.

        My Nexus 7 2012, however, is just awful. I think it is far more than just the bug though. I just bought a 2013 from Groupon for $135 (brand new!) so I won’t have to deal with it for much longer. I have to use Firefox on it because Chrome makes it completely unusable, even with just one tab open. Hell, even the new tab page will make it feel like a 386 trying to run Windows 7.

      • Cicero

        Good for you. I own a Nexus 7 3G (2012) and still not receive Lollipop 5.0 yet. I’m not in hurry now reading about this bugs. I’m waiting for 5.0.3 to be updated.

        • George Ionescu

          I flashed the factory image.

        • Naresh

          I have a nexus 5 and also didn’t get 5.0

    • Wall Breaker

      I had the leak on 5.0, went away after 5.0.1

      • Cakefish

        Same here.

      • Mapz

        U r surely a lucky guy

  • Sabari

    I too deal with the same problems with my Nexus 7 (2013)

  • Jhay

    My Nexus 5 is on 5.0.1 and so far it’s been doing great. The only thing I’ve noticed is that the Facebook app has been crashing a lot whenever I refresh the timeline.

  • Florian Rumpf

    I’m affected

  • vishnu

    yes… i do deal with same issue……

  • TheNewGuy

    It was a feature! Google MemLeak ©
    But because of the complaints (the world isn’t ready for our vision yet) we have hidden it for now. We will enable it again with Android 6.0 M&M

    P. S. Anyone who misses it can find the guide on xda to re-enable it [Root only]

    • TheOldGuy

      M&M’s. It is M&M’s

      • Brian Moker

        Or they could name it Mallomars…or marshmallow

  • Riki

    Same shit on n5 and n7 2013

  • Prabhav

    Yes, and its very annoying, have to reboot my device several times a day

  • Mayankp

    I was indeed experiencing so many bugs with my lollipop nexus 5 that I turned to kitkat custom roms… And as custom roms too aren’t stable, I came back to stock kitkat unrooted. At one point of time I actually spoke to myself, “this is the worst update to android ever.” Frequent lags, crashes, hangups and random reboots made me do it.

  • CaRL NiNe

    My nexus 5 with lollipop 5.0.1 reach to 85% of ram usage everyday, never experience it in kit kat before.

  • Mark

    My nexus 5 does a little better with 5.0.1 but I still have to reboot once a week due to extremely slow UI.

  • Jure

    or just downgrade to 4.4 kitkat, don’t abandon a phone becuse of a software issue, damn, there are a lot of other options to consider before you abandon a phone

    • Mapz

      Any other way than rooting the phone would give u the option to downgrade to KitKat?

  • Ådəəl Åhmåd

    how is that possible ..’ apps are written in java so grabage collector should take care of memory allocations ..’ it should must be a low level bug in core operating system

    • Bradley Uffner

      Because it isn’t the apps that are leaking memory, it’s the OS it’s self. Android (the Linux based OS) is written in c++.

    • peevee

      1. Only the most primitive apps for Android are written in pure Java, all serious apps include at least a part written in C/C++.
      2. Java apps can in practice leak memory too (it would be too long to explain to non-programmers how, and good programmers already know).

    • tralalalalalala50

      ART doesn’t work. yet.

  • Irf

    That explains so much. So frustrated with Lolipop. I debated trying the new BlackBerry this week. Hopefully the fix comes out soon!!!

    • MasterMuffin

      No need to go that far :D

    • Dedren

      Whoa…don’t go all thermonuclear with the threat of BlackBerry! Having said that, what the hell try out BlackBerry any way, you might like it!

  • coryisakson

    I was wondering why Lollipop was closing apps and behaving badly. I was wishing I could go back to 4.4.4. That release was so much smoother.

  • Balraj

    My nexus 7 kinda sucks after 5.0.1 update
    Force closing..acting weird…what not
    Sometimes even the wallpaper switches back to default stock one or black
    I think Google over did it with lollipop
    Google should not release a software update until it’s ready to be released
    Ik many will tell..It’s common with software updates etc etc but
    Got to be careful next time !!!!

  • Diskus1

    Nexus 7 (2012) 16GB completely unusable since 5.0, also on 5.0.2 now. Same with a relative with the 32GB version, also on 5.0.2 now. One can only hope this bug is the cause.

    • Simon Belmont

      Weird. My N7 2012 has actually been just fine (doesn’t seem to experience this RAM bug, though my N5 does), even on the original Android 5.0 release.

      Android 5.0.2 had quite a few changes to clean up the I/O speed of the NAND, and increase the responsiveness of the CPU. I hope the next update can help you.

    • h k

      Sounds like it. My N7 2012 still has JB 4.3.1 and it’s as fast as the day I bought it, no issues at all. Why I’m not updating my Moto G phone from Kitkat anytime soon either.

    • DainLaguna

      your phone’s cheap nand memory is to blame, not necessarily software updates. its a well documented issue

  • SamsungL

    Note 3 with android L works good so far, maybe samsung fixed that.

  • Oktar

    I have to reboot my Nexus 5 every 4-5 days!!! It’s awful!!!

  • wufwuf

    my nexus 6 just suddenly switched off and chrome keeps crashing. issues with the design i cannot distinguish between chrome windows and other windows quickly.

  • salutcemoi

    This is why Im in no rush to get updates
    F… Nexus line

  • mrochester


    • Anonymousfella

      LOL not again…

    • Brian Moker

      Android M: Memorygate

  • Maddoggin

    Was playing world series of poker and had a full house. The app closed on me for no apparent reason (Has happened twice while playing that game and twice while on Google plus) I was so damn pissed! Hope Google releases fix asap!

  • ed

    Maybe I am just fortunate. But anytime a website says that people are experiencing bugs on their Nexus because of the recent update? I never seem to have been affected by the bug in question. I have been running 5.0 since the beginning. No modifications. My wife has had none of these issues either. Both of us have Nexus 4s. Maybe there are some things people are doing to cause them.

  • me_

    That’s why my nexus 7 (2013) is still running the 4.4.4 version. Never upgraded.

    Cheap fix?: turn off your phone time to time. Not only it will free memory but your real life will say thanks.

    • rritambhar


    • Karly Johnston

      If you reboot 5X a day… no problem! get serious…

    • mobilemann

      that doesn’t help people that need a working phone at some period or another. They aren’t just for ignoring life, for some, they are tools.

  • Ammar

    i’v updated to 5.0.1 but still my phone lags and apps force close

    • random

      1.2gb system!!! you most certainly have a memory leak!

    • iJutsu .

      Same here… 1.3GB taken by the system… also I noticed the battery drain is much faster… but maybe it’s just me…. Thstrange thing is at first Lollipop worked great… but now it crashes apps, and kind of laggy…. anyone alse having same issues..?

  • netmonkey I.

    Don’t know about you guys, but me with my LG g3 3gigs of ram,i got Lollipop yesterday and today with 20 app/services running it shows like this:

    • Brandito

      So what you’re saying is, you haven’t had lolipop nearly long enough to actually know if this bug will affect you…got it! 3gb of ram won’t save you from a memory leak like this.

      • Riddlemethis

        Monkey isn’t saying anything. He’s just posting meaningless pics, nothing more.

    • Simon Belmont

      Give it a few days to a week. That 635MB will crest 1GB.

      Now, it’s possible that LG fixed the issue themselves before they released their Lollipop update. But, more likely, you just need to let it go longer and you’ll experience it, too, sadly.

      • Franz Bowman

        Manually updated nexus 4 to 5.0. Received OTA to 5.0.1. over 2 weeks now. Phone chashed once but no other issues.

    • abqnm

      I have had Lollipop on my HTC One M7 GPe for a few weeks now and I have also not experienced this bug.

      I don’t have launcher redraws, apps being killed for no reason, or anything like that. My system RAM usage is a bit closer to 50% most of the time, but I only have 2gb, not 3gb. And I have a ton of stuff running. 5 Google accounts, Tasker, Pushbullet, LightFlow, KDE Connect, G+, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit News, Tapatalk, 2 weather apps (one widget/notification plus Accuweather), SwiftKey (which never closes) and more.

      I have found it to be all but perfect, aside from the one bug where sometimes the battery meter will become inaccurate after a reboot with less than 50% battery remaining.

      • geodescent

        Not sure you can do this on Lollipop but try WidgetLocker to set up a lockscreen that has the following widgets: XiiaLive, Google Play Music, Pandora, beWeather, and Agenda Widget. Guaranteed screen redraws for me coming out of the lockscreen, but I am also running on a Galaxy Nexus (toro) so I’m already abusing it

  • as mongan asoma

    The problem isn’t only based on memory leaks, but i got more than one problem in my Nexus 4 since I had received 5.0.1.
    The music that i paid for it and downloaded on Play Store is requesting me to have internet access on N4 to play it.
    Second, My N4 is restarting automatically without me pressing OFF button…Do me a favor, PLEASEEE!!!

  • Zman

    Running Lollipop 5.0 on my LG GPad 8.3 GPE with absolutely zero issues. Wi-Fi only model.

  • peevee

    Lollipop works great for me on good old Nexus 4. Battery level after a day in the office with moderate usage (mostly over the lunch) and horrible cell connection, which used to be below 10% every time, now stands at 65-69%. No comparison. If not for horrible Google Calendar “downdate” (who could possibly think about it as an update?!), it would be the best Android update ever.
    And of course gathering all mail under GMail app is silly (warning for those people having Yahoo mail accounts – don’t use GMail or old google Mail app for them, they cannot work with Yahoo efficiently and discharge your battery in no time – you have to use Yahoo app for that; meanwhile they work with Hotmail absolutely beautifully).

    • BYoung

      I agree, I still have kitkat and I plan on staying with that, but the battery was draining very fast, the problem was Yahoo Mail.

  • Owen Haren

    Keeps on closing music player down, really irritating me as I paid £549.00 for the phone. Wonder if I can return it as not fit for purpose

  • viraj merchant

    My nexus 5 automatically switch’s off and starts again atleast twice a day . i am fed up of it now

  • eClipse

    Haven’t seen it – running 5.0.1 on my N5 and N7(2013), other then some BT connectivity issues with the N7 (which have been there all along), no issues I am aware of.

  • Dj

    My phone starting acting up saying memory is low but I have plenty memory. So I started searching for the reason why. Thanks for this article.

  • Dewy

    When I upgraded to lollipop 5.0 on my nexus 5 I didn’t have many problems other than Google services crashing every 5 min. It got better battery life and I never had any memory leaks. I still downgraded back to kitkat tho, I don’t wanna deal with any bugs…

  • Michelle Klein-Hass

    I have a Nexus 7 v.2 (2013) and so far I have not gotten the over-the-air update package. I think perhaps that Google is holding off pushing it to all users until they fix the myriad problems Lollypop seems to have. I think I will stick with Kit-Kat until they get the bugs squashed. It’s just like with my Mac mini: I am getting a lot of pressure from Apple to move off of Mavericks to Yosemite, but the overwhelming problems people are having with Yosemite give me pause to do so.

    • Fantastico

      I’ve been using Yosemite on my MBA since day one, and have not encountered any problems so far. The re-flattened dock, dark menu bar, and continuity are great improvements. With Yosemite out for months now, it is probably safe to download.

  • Gunnar

    Ok, that explains why I need to reboot my Nexus 10 with 5.0.1 two-three times a week. I have also had to uninstall some apps since I installed 5.01. These apps are using the CPU up to 100%. I think that is also the reason why the battery time is so bad sometimes, it goes from 100% to 20% during the night.

  • Anthony

    This bug is very annoying. Have friends who already left Google for Apple.

    • Cicero

      Apple have their own problems. They just move fast to solve because of their small number of hardware related. And in this conditions they still failed. Do not act at hunger.

      • tralalalalalala50

        They failed for 2 days, then the update came out. This will take weeks or months.

  • Kraynyan

    I can’t say I’ve ever had this issue on my Nexus 5, but then again, I have a habit of killing tasks when I know I’m done with them.

  • Sohaib Ali

    I use an app which frees up ram and it also tells the amount of memory/ram my mobile is using since 5.0.1 my ram is mostly over 70% whereas In 5.0 or in 4.4.4 it was 50-57% with a lot of games and apps installed now I know that this is a bug. – Nexus 5 16GB

  • Aaaight

    Got no bugs on s5 with latest stock

    • Brian Moker

      Except TouchWiz slows down over the course of months on its own and requirs a factory reset. I’ve had 3 Samsung devices, S3, S4, and now a Note 4. Has gotten better, but the frameworks they add to use the features on the phone are so inefficient…but that is to be expected when you are coming up with new stuff, your way of doing it may not be the best way

      • Aaaight

        Had an s3 since release as well, didn’t have touchwiz on it for very long tho. But I must admit that I’m surprised over how smooth my s5 is with lollipop. Seems like they have toned down the gimmicks, battery life and performance is great..much better than with kitkat.

  • Gideon Waxfarb

    And people want Nexus devices so they can always have the latest updates as soon as they roll out. Uh, yeah… you guys can have ALL that shit :) But don’t think I’m mocking you though… I’m glad there are those willing to be unpaid beta testers, so the rest of us don’t have to.

    • Cicero

      Agreed. Move to Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG and.other Android manufacturer. With their adding interface (TW, Sense etc.) will solve some issues.

  • Ender

    So is a temp solution to reboot your phone when experiencing mem issues? I’m assuming rebooting a smartphone dumps RAM just like a normal PC? It’s not the best thing ever, but not the end of the world. I just ordered my Nexus 6, I’ll stress test and report back.

  • nilbud

    Fix your shitty font ffs

  • Telveer

    No problems with our Nexus 4, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (1st gen) or Nexus 10. All are on 5.0.2

  • Alex Zelcer

    I have a same bug but I solve this with CM App it is realeses my memory in N5 in automatic mode.

    • Brian Moker

      Except Clean Master can’t release system memory…

  • Ariel dela Rosa

    After updating to lollipop, I have been experiencing lots of problem with my phone. First, I can’t send or receive MMS messages even when the data and WiFi are on. Lately, I can’t answer any call and/or can’t make a call. What should I do to fix this? This is very annoying and a waste of my money to have this phone and not able to use it. Please help.

  • zysmith

    I have a nexus 7 2012 and haven’t seen any lollipop release yet.

  • Wall Breaker

    Why does everyone keep saying this is a 5.0.1 issue when it was a 5.0 issue?

  • JonWy

    I had this Problem allready and hope that Google will fix it.

  • Karly Johnston

    It takes Apple all of 12hrs to send a patch… Giggles like 12 tweeks.

    • tralalalalalala50

      They don’t have 18,000 devices to support. With apple, you get a closed system with better stability, but where is the fun in that?

  • Sathira Katugaha

    5.0.1 is good but the battery life had sunk from 5.0 and ram management too for me.

    • Simon Belmont

      Battery life actually improved for me on my N5 on Android 5.0.1. Android 5.0 was an improvement over KitKat, which I never had a problem with either.

      I guess it’s one of those your mileage may vary situations. Heh.

      • Sathira Katugaha

        Ya I guess. Just hope it’ll be fixed soon

  • Sethu Mahendran

    When I purchased Nexus 5 I was so happy and felt great. The phone was also up to the expectations. But after updating to Lollipop and the recent Android 5.0.1 I feel really sorry why I bought this phone. The biggest problem is with the battery. It started to take almost a day for charging but never reached above 85%. Then I did the factory data reset as recommended by Google play customer care executives but then also no remedy. The battery drains like 1% per 2 Min when my WiFi is on or even with 3g data. It’s such a mess and really felt sorry why I upgraded my Nexus 5. Because my phone has become like a useless toy box. And even can gets strucked very often without any reason. For that matter KitKat was much better. Or I don’t know whether its a way of forcing customers to buy the newly launched Nexus 6! If that’s the trick then better will relinquish my freedom with Android and better to embrace iPhone! Its not expected from you Google!

    • Christopher Prats

      Try disconnecting and reconnecting the USB from the ac adapter it worked for me when I got a nexus 5.

      • Sethu Mahendran

        I tried all stuffs of that but today morning just 30 minutes before the battery was 58% and with in 30 minutes it came down to 33%. God knows how many days its gonna take to charge battery with 100%.

    • tralalalalalala50

      You don’t have the closed system stability of iOS on Android, but you do have to sift through the 20000 android devices to find which is better than the iPhone (and when it’s worse, root it to figure out how to make it better).

  • monkey god

    Does this affect all Lollipop devices? Even ones that originally came with Lollipop like the Nexus 6 and 9?

  • This started happening to me yesterday.

    I was running Spotify and navigation with Google Maps. Aside from the phone running very sluggish, any time I switched to one app, the other would stop running.

  • Derek Gardiner

    Phone turns itself off, changes my wallpaper, it can barely attain a cellular signal. It’s dangerous to have a device you couldn’t even get to 911 with. I would have stayed with kit Kat…. Had I known…. About ready to get an iPhone I’m super disappointed in Google

  • Sanjay kumar negi

    This bug is irritating the users and Google should take it seriously and fix it asap.

  • sainaa

    My nexus 5 speaker stopped working after I upgraded to lollipop 5.0.1, I cant hear anything this is so annoying me.

  • Paul Weiss

    The memory leak is a big problem with my Nexus 5, I have to reset my phone every day. Plus I have a huge problem with people not hearing me with some calls, I have to hang up and call again or have them call me again. I never had that problem with Android 4.4.

  • Jsilvermist

    So then… confirmed, they’re adding a restart button?

  • Shawn Johnson

    My N5 has closed out my Maps while Navigating because I checked a message in an email application (TouchDown). Same with Google Music…in general I’ve had a few annoying events where an app running in the background has closed when I wanted it running.

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  • Colton

    Yup, my nexus 5 is really sucking right now, to the point where it kills my keyboard and I can’t bring it back without restarting the phone. Currently the only thing that stops it is staying on my phones guest account, hopefully it gets fixed soon…

  • Espen Aria Slorafoss

    Haven’t noticed any of this. Nexus 6

  • Dave Crick

    Got to say, so far I haven’t noticed any issues in a week of use on 5.0.1 on my Nexus 9.
    I have been hitting things pretty hard with plenty of use and multi-tasking.

  • Ronald Meier

    Time to get this awful up date fixed a month is much to long maybe apple iPad will do the trick!

  • mercado79

    Definitely experiencing it on my Moto X 2014 running 5.0. Its awful. Background apps including music or podcast apps close out when multitasking. Only temp fix is a reboot.

  • Colin Milroy

    I’m not seeing any problems with my Nexus 5, though I normally only run it about 40 hours at a time before I shut it off for a night.

  • crzybtch75

    This app closing shit and battery draining can f*ck off!

  • networkdood

    I have 5.01 running on my Nexus 6, and I have experienced no such issue as described my this “author.”

  • Cakefish

    I had this bug for a while. Really bogged down the phone. Updating to 5.0.1 seems to have fixed it for me. Nexus 5 has been running much more smoothly over past week or two, with considerably fewer redraws and stutters than before.

  • El Jose

    5.0.2 update on my Nexus 7 2012 (nakasi) basically improved things somewhat, but the tablet is still unusable and super slow compared to Kit Kat before it.

  • Joyce

    It took two days after the 5.0.2 update on my Nexus 7 2012 (Asus) tablet to see performance issues improve. Right after the
    update I did notice some improvement – and now three days later Lollie is working very well!! So it looks like it took a few
    days for the update to work things out on my previously unusable tablet. Hope that is the case for you too.

  • Giannis

    What about the camera disconnection or the not working flash (from the ”new” toggle). Google has made an enormous hole in the water

  • MattEgansHairLine

    quick, pretend this isn’t happening, quick delete all comments and remove all links, Roid is perfect right?

  • tralalalalalala50

    Good thing lollipop is on less than 0.5% of android devices. It’s a great advantage android has over iOS in that the rollout comes over a couple years versus a couple weeks to a mass audience. That gives google a lot of times to fix issues like these.

  • Pawv

    Why don’t I have even 5.0? Maybe they don’t want to push out an ota update for me until they have the update that fixes these problems? But it seems like I’m the only one with a nexus 5 running KitKat..?

  • Goos

    I have a Nexus 4 with Android 5.0.1. The phone runs great, no memory leaks. Most of the time I have tens of apps open, and the phone still has around 1 GB of free RAM. It actually has more free memory than KitKat had with the same apps open.

  • sudden_eyes

    This is what happened after I installed Lollipop 5.0.1 and took the phone out. Tried cache reboot. No joy. Tried factory reset. No joy. Essentially what I have is a landline. Am now trying to figure out how to roll back to KitKat. Am not a particularly tech-savvy person, so am frustrated beyond all telling of it. Will never install an operating system update again until a couple of months have passed.

  • Pavan

    Even I am facing the same problem in my nexus 5 with android 5.0.1. System memory usage goes as high as 1.3gb and then apps starts closing by itself. Its really annoying….

  • Pat Ahern

    Nexus 4 now unsmartphone, happened on 16 December, now doing all kinds of strange things including changing time zones. IPad and iPhone ordered, no news from Google being treated like fools, no info no ideas. Bye Android you blew it. No customer service.

  • Jai

    I am also facing the memory leak issue on my Nexus 4. Hopefully google will release an update ASAP otherwise you’ll be reading just another iphone user’s comment right now.

  • Riddlemethis

    The weenies here at android authority know the problems including memory leaks have been fixed because….they have a crystal ball?

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  • Darth Darth Binks

    My Nexus 10 doesn’t seem to have this memory leak, at least not a bad one. Apps run just fine, even lots at once. Given the piecemeal fix for it, apparently it is device dependent.

  • srinath

    may be i should just go to custom roms instead of waiting for an update to fix these bugs

  • msa

    never had this with my nexus 5 on stock 5.0.1. dont have it with a custom rom either. currently 1.2 GB free ram, feels good man.

  • vickithegreat75

    Ruined my tablet. I don’t know what to do!

  • sivart

    Nexus 7 (2012 ) user here, on 5.0.2 and wow it’s great. NOT!!! Saying memory leak is an understatement. It’s like the damn dam busted open. I’ve enjoyed app after app crash for dolphin browser, Netflix, YouTube, Twitter….hell I get a full tablet crash with a screwy reboot and have to reboot again about once Evey couple of hours. It’s not just on my tablet. It’s happening on my wife’s and the kid’s tablet, except one, as it’s running fine as it’s running KitKat still. It’s resulted in me stealing the kids KitKat tablet since my computer’s power supply is on hold until tax returns are in. Everyone needs to be impatient & get 5.0.2 or 5.0.1 on whatever device you use, so you can be screwed until there is a fix.

  • Park Ji Ho

    My nexus 5 became unusuable. I can’t listen to music and suf the web at the same time. It shuts down the music app. Battety drains so fast. Everytime I hit home screen it needs a second to show my apps. I am seriously f** pissed off. Please update it google

  • Gippsweb

    Yeah, wait a few days. It will start getting sluggy, then apps won’t close properly..
    Once you restart it, it’s all good for a few more days..

  • Alan Herrera

    My system crashes and restarts I don’t like it at all.

  • jaye kaye

    Updated to 5.0.2 on my 2102 Nexus 7. No help. Tablet is runs slow and buggy. I have tried several suggested fixes with out much improvement. I used to be an Android fan, now iOS is starting to look appealing. Maybe they will get it fixed with 5.0.3

  • Noddy

    My Nexus 5 shows signs of this memory leak, glad it isn’t just me.

  • Noddy

    Battery life has gone down the pan as well

  • Juan Carlos Alpizar Chinchilla

    I have an HTC One M8 running 5.0.1, I haven’t experienced apps getting force close, but according to the Apps running information I have an average of 700 MB free in memory right now, however when I re open some apps, they redraw (I see most of the time a white screen before the UI of the app shows itself), is this normal or accurate?

  • jim karl

    The worst for me is the battery life that seems like 1/4 of what it used to be and the loss of wifi working right. I never had great battery life before, maybe a full day at best but now it’s 5-6 hours tops – and I don’t even make calls! The biggest complaint though is the wifi. Every day I boot the phone, I have to my wifi connection to my home router and recreate it. If I leave the house and come back, I have to do it again. That’s supper frustrating above everything because no wifi then everything comes over the LTE data (at a cost of course). need wifi first now! Then Battery life!

  • Ipeleng

    Yes, but I’m having the problem with Jellybean! 4.1.2

  • Sakshi

    Yes facing the same issue .. i have a nexus 5 running 5.0.1 !! its terrible i have to reboot the phone once 4-5 days !! Kitkat was much much better..

  • kyzer

    My nexus 5 has to be rebooted at least every other day to make it actually usable, had it for over a year and didn’t start the memory leak until I updated to lollipop, hope the update comes soon

  • John

    It has rendered my nexus 7 as virtually unusable,absolute disgrace that nothing has been done about it for months.

  • Hawk_i

    System using 1.0 GB of ram

  • Woken

    My G3 suffers from this memory leak too, but I guess I am luckier then others because something (maybe the last update from LG) is cleaning the os after it exceeds 1.2 GB ram(sometimes it goes up to 1.4 but immediately is cleaned to 1.1 or if I am lucky below 800mb). I am using L5.0 by the way.

  • Yah happens to me too. I hate not being able to multitask and not receiving chat message without opening the app first.

  • Richard Cleverly

    I have an early release of the Nexus 7 2013 tablet (aka Razor) running Android 5.0.2, build LRX22G. I use Nova Launcher Prime, which crashes multiple times a day and is the only app that is affected to this extent (but is by no means the only app that crashes). Interestingly, my wife has the same tablet, which we purchased several months later. Her device is also running 5.0.2 and Nova with no crashes, but her tablet crashes into a reboot. Mine does also, but not as frequently.

    I’m a longtime IT guy with some Linux and Unix experience (I worked mostly with other OSs) and have never seen anything quite like this. My tablet behaved itself when running 4.4.x. I am unable to tell whether this is a hardware or software problem or both. I’ve been very reluctant to take the obvious step of doing a factory reset because I will lose hours of customization that I can’t recover.

    If it comes to that, I’ll replace the tablet first.

  • Evurr

    My nexus 7 is almost impossible to use! I managed to get it to play radio 2 days in a row but this morning it is impossible again so restarting, again!!!! It is just awful considering this wasn’t a cheap item to buy!

  • Akshay

    After a day of use phone becomes sluggish enough that u cannot use it without becoming annoyed, it takes few seconds to load the menu screen. App close as soon as they are started.

  • Choose

    Just got my S6 Edge (T-Mobile) & the memory leak issue so bad. I’ll be here apps in, (use very little RAM) and when I return to the first app it literally refreshes and sometimes takes even longer than when I fier launched the app. It’s almost like the OS is trying to overthink itself.

  • Raymond Boeijen

    I have Android 5.0.2 cyanogenmod 12 on my oneplus one. My RAM usage goes up to 1.5gb while idle. Running 4/5 apps on the background makes me go over 2gb. Luckily I have 3gb. Otherwise I would be screwed

  • Abhi Chhari

    On my samsung galaxy s4 , lollipop is giving many problems . Like 1. Wallpaper gets changed itself to default.
    2. Application closes automatically , even while using.
    3. Music stops itself, mostly when it is playing in background.
    4.keypad disappears while typing

  • Scott Nemiro

    I have s6 and it’s horrible. Can’t run 2 apps at the same time. Takes sometimes 10 seconds to switch between apps. Typing sometimes lags horrible

  • Rob Roy Metre

    Google play appears to very quickly use 90% of my Nexus 7 memory, then it freezes up and falls over. Process takes about ten minutes. I have to clear the cache out every few minutes to stop it. When I switch it on, it’s already consumed 65% of my memory before I even do anything.

  • Harvey Tinzell

    I encountered an insufficient memory problem after upgrading my 1GB RAM/8GB ROM Zenfone from Kitkat to Lollipop. I thought Lollipop was more compact, but it seems to use more storage. Even if I’ve reduced apps, when I upgrade even basic ones, the phone keeps reporting insufficient memory. So I wonder if this is the memory leak. It’s serious enough to make me downgrade. And I did the upgrade just because some apps kept failing to upgrade.

  • 66LibTex

    I’m a senior on a very limited fixed income, and I picked up a Samsung Galaxy Light on sale at Metro PCS for $30 about 7 months ago, quickly started bumping my head on insufficient memory issues, rooted the light and dumped most of the bundled bloatware and reallocated some of my SD memory for secondary system use, and had a serviceable utility phone. Outside of occasional stability issues, it did basically what I asked of it, not blazingly fast, but fast enough I seldom had the urge to throw a low inside fastball with it….until it fell out of a low-cut sweat pocket and shattered the glass… in the PCS parking lot immediately after paying my bill. Asked what was on sale, got the Galaxy Core Prime running Lollypop 5.0.1 for $40, and proceeded to be amazed. Although the Light and Core Prime appear to spec out similarly, the new phone ran circles around the old one, and NEVER had insufficient memory issues, and I’m running a lot more apps than the Light could ever handle… And the Core Prime was multiple times faster… AT FIRST. But I noticed what had originally been crisp no hesitation functionality was slowly deteriorating, stability was going away too, and none of the usual fixes were much help. And now I know why, thanks for the heads-up. Thought about rooting it, but it was running seamlessly before, and I’m hoping it will again… SOON!

    One idiosyncrasy I’ve encountered is updating Facebook has become an ordeal, and FB and Messenger will no longer move to the SD card, but did move at first. And I religiously move everything that is amenable to the SD card… but when SD apps update, they’re moving themselves back to internal memory. In order to get FB to update, I have to uninstall FB, unmount the SD card, and keep my fingers crossed. So I’m avoiding those weekly (or less) updates, opting for once a month.til that gets sorted out, if ever…
    Thanks guys!

  • 66LibTex

    I may have stumbled across a temp fix for my Galaxy Core Prime (from Metro PCS), that had been recently showing symptoms of the memory leak bug. Yesterday it came to a head when it wouldn’t even open gallery, showing the message “not enough memory to complete this action…”. After deleting many files and uninstalling several apps, I went in search of a patch, found some, but all involved rooting the phone. Since I no longer have a PC or laptop, I looked for a way to root the Core Prime w/o a computer and found a couple of spots that claimed that capability… But they all involved downloading and installing SU apps and Xposed framework… But the same issue that kept Gallery from opening prevented any downloading! I went into Settings to better examine the memory situation, and saw that the 4 gigs allocated to system memory was showing less than 75 megs available… But I had previously enabled developer options, and by long holding on the system memory graphic, I was presented with the option to clear system memory, and I did.. VOILE! Problem solved! (until the leak fills the memory again, anyway). The only downside I’ve noticed is a slight slowdown loading webpages probably due to deleted cookies… This or a variation of it will likely work on other Lollipops that haven’t gotten the factory fix yet.

  • Tanveer

    i am using samsung galaxy j1 ace sm-j110h which uses android 4.4. many process keeps restarting in my phone.
    how to solve this?