RAM is an important element when we work with our Mac, especially if we use many applications at the same time and if they are quite heavy. Maintaining a good percentage of free RAM memory can make us gain productivity, so it is essential to know how to free RAM memory on our Mac.
For that reason, we are going to share a series of tricks with which you can free up your Mac’s RAM. If you notice that your Mac works slowly and it takes time to open applications, these tricks will probably improve its performance.
What is RAM memory?
The RAM memory is the random access memory, Random Access Memory for its acronym in English. It is a memory that the system and applications can access when they are running. It is a very fast memory, so it plays a fundamental role in how quickly applications and the system run.
All the instructions executed by the CPU are loaded into the RAM memory, so the more apps we have open, the more instructions will be loaded. In case all RAM is busy, we will start to see slowdowns. Therefore, freeing up RAM memory can help us in our day-to-day to obtain better performance.
How Much RAM Does Your Mac Have?
An important step before starting with the tricks to free RAM memory is to know how much of this memory our computer has, the more it has the better, of course. To know how much RAM memory our Mac has, you must follow these steps:
- Click on the apple that appears at the top left.
- Now click on About this Mac.
- You will see a section called Memory in which it indicates how much RAM your Mac has installed.
How to free up your Mac’s RAM
There are many tricks to free up RAM memory, although you should know that not all of them work every time. These are the most prominent:
Restart your Mac
A trick that works to solve many of your Mac problems, including possible RAM space problems. Restarting the Mac will erase the RAM that the system and applications were using at the time, so this is a way to force a restart of RAM.
First of all, verify that you have saved everything in the apps that are running. Then, click on the apple in the upper left and then on Restart. When your Mac turns back on, you’ll have more free RAM.
Enter the Activity Monitor
The Activity Monitor is one of those unknown apps that we have on our Mac and that we never use, but that is really useful. This app can tell us in real-time which applications are consuming the most memory, and which resources on our computer are using.
You can see the total RAM used and which specific app is using the most. In other words, it allows us to free up RAM memory at a stroke by just closing the app that is consuming the most. To do so, follow these steps:
- Open the Activity Monitor app, located in the Utility folder within Applications.
- In the upper area, click on Memory.
- You will see the processes ordered from highest to lowest memory consumption.
- If you see that one is when there is too much RAM, click on it and then on the icon with the “x”.
Having many apps open means that there are many applications accessing the RAM. Closing applications will free up memory so that others can use it, the heavier the app, the more RAM it will need. Video editors like Final Cut Pro or image editors like Photoshop often require large amounts of RAM.
You can close the applications directly from each one, by clicking on the red button above. You can close them warm from the Activity Monitor, or close them from the apple and Force Quit.
Clean the desktop
The way macOS works are special, and all the items that we have on the desktop are “pre-loaded” in the system because it is understood that they are files that we are going to access on a regular basis. If you have RAM problems on your Mac, try deleting folders and files on your desktop, or moving them to other folders.
Update your Mac to the latest version of macOS
It is something basic, the latest operating system available will always work better. Apple may have found an error and the system is using more RAM than it should, so make sure you have the latest version of macOS.
To do this, go to the Apple menu on the top left, tap on System Preferences, and then on Software Update. If there is an update available download and install it on your Mac.
In macOS we also have widgets, they are located on the right side and we can access them by sliding with two fingers from the right area of the trackpad. If we have RAM problems, we can eliminate these widgets that, although they do not consume much, are occupying something.