RAM boosters on android are a myth - Reasons why you should not use them

Monday, August 08, 2016
RAM or Random Access Memory is a type of volatile memory that's incredibly fast. This memory is used by the system to store currently used instructions. This memory is automatically cleaned when the system shuts down.

During the early stages when Android came into the market it was very less optimized and had so many issues that consumers used to complain and most of them were regarding RAM management and multitasking failures. So, many developers back then came up with different applications that will kill the on-going tasks and boost the device. 

Well, back then those applications proved to be good for the consumers. But over the years Android has developed and grown into a much better optimized operating system. Today's Android is much more different than it was 3-4 years back. It doesn't have any of those optimization problems now and this is the fact which makes those applications out dated.



Windows vs Android RAM Management :

All of us like to have better amount of free RAM on our smart phones as we think that would increase the performance of the device but to be honest for our Android phones that's totally a myth. The source of this myth is our experience with the Windows computers. The RAM management in Windows and Android are completely different. 

When using a Windows computer we need to make sure that our system has enough free RAM to keep the applications running smoothly. It's because whenever task requirements are more than available RAM, Windows is forced to use hard drive as virtual memory to support the applications which is much slower compared to RAM.

But when we talk about Android the story is completely different here. Android is a very intelligent system. It has it's own service handler that makes optimal usage possible. On any Android device the applications that are frequently used like Whatsapp, Facebook, Messenger, Gmail etc are kept in a semi active state which means that all the important files needed to run the application are preloaded in the flash memory. Android's service handler monitors all these apps and whenever RAM is required for some operation it kills the app with least priority.

Problem of Task Killers :

So, now you know how both the systems implement RAM. Suppose you have installed any of the automatic task killers or RAM boosters and turned it on. This application would kill all the processes running in the background and many of them are necessary to run your frequently used applications. So, after boosting your device when you try to open those apps, the same files are loaded onto the flash memory back again which makes things bad for both the device and you SD card.

As you would know that Android uses SD card to store basic informations which is a flash memory and the major drawback of this is limited number of write cycles provided by the SD card. So, when you load the apps over and over again it puts a lot of pressure on the card as well and can decrease it's lifespan.

Even the developers of Android claim that when it comes to memory management we should leave it to Android itself as it knows what to do and when to do. The task killers available nowadays can do more harm than any good to your device. So just ignore using them and if you are looking for better ways to improve the performance of your Android device just check out the article below.



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