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How to check RAM on your Android smartphone

Here's a few simple ways to check and free up RAM on your Android device.
July 19, 2023

It’s important to know how to check the RAM in Android phones to understand how your device performs and manages applications. Whether you use a Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, or any other Android smartphone, viewing and managing RAM usage helps ensure your phone runs efficiently. This guide will show you how to check and free up RAM on your Android device so your memory usage functions efficiently.


To check the RAM on your Android Phone, navigate to Settings > Device Care > Memory. The exact titles may vary between devices. Note that with Google Pixel phones, you will have to enter developer mode to check memory usage.


How to check RAM how much RAM your Android smartphone has

The pathway to checking your RAM usage will vary slightly on each Android phone. For instance, the process is much more straightforward on a Samsung Galaxy phone than a Google Pixel phone. If you have a different device, the pathway will be similar to one of these methods.

How to check RAM on a Google Pixel

Here’s how to check how much RAM your Google Pixel phone is using:

  • Navigate to Settings > About phone. Scroll to the bottom and tap Build number until you see the “You are now a developer” notification appear.
  • Navigate to Settings > System and select Developer options.
  • Tap Memory.
  • On the Memory use page, you will find the total memory of your phone. In this case, the Pixel 7 has 7.8 GB.

How to check RAM on a Samsung Galaxy

Here’s how to check how much RAM your Samsung Galaxy phone is using:

  • Navigate to Settings> Battery and Device Care.
  • Select Memory.
  • You will now see how much RAM is being used from your total memory.

How to check RAM usage on your Android phone

You can follow the same state outlined in the previous section to see how much RAM your Android device is currently using. Both Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel phones display a bar in the Memory section of Settings to show how much RAM is now in use.

How to free up RAM on your Android smartphone

For Samsung Galaxy phones, you can follow the same steps in the first section to get to the device’s Memory settings. Tap Optimize now or Clean now to free up memory.

On Google Pixel phones, you will have to clear the cache of specific apps. See our guide on reducing RAM usage on Android for more tips and instructions.


Yes, 8GB of RAM is more than enough for most Android users. It allows for efficient multitasking and smooth operation of resource-intensive applications. However, a device with 12GB or even 16GB of RAM might be more appropriate for heavy gamers or professional users who run highly demanding apps.

ZRAM is a compressed memory or ‘compressed cache’ in Android devices. When the RAM is full, instead of swapping out data to slower storage like a hard drive, ZRAM compresses it, allowing more data to be held in the same amount of RAM, effectively increasing its capacity.

Not necessarily. The RAM in itself doesn’t use more battery, but if more apps are kept open in the background (possibly with more RAM), they may consume more battery life. Still, the effect on battery life is usually minimal.

While you can’t physically add more RAM to an Android phone as you might with a desktop PC, there are ways to better manage the existing RAM. Apps that clear the RAM can help, as can regular restarts of the device. Some apps also claim to be able to increase your device’s RAM by using storage space as a kind of makeshift RAM, but their effectiveness varies. The best way to have more RAM is to buy a device with more RAM installed.