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How to Manage your Android Tablet’s Memory Usage for Apps

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How to Manage your Android Tablet’s Memory Usage for Apps

The Android Tablet operating system handles much of the memory management for your Apps. The Tablet OS was designed so that the end user only needs to worry about choosing which app to install and use.

Android apps use two kinds of memory for your tablet. The first is storage memory and the second is RAM. RAM is fast memory that is designed for temporary storage while the app is in use. Storage memory is the space the app takes up for its one usage such as system files, app files, and downloads.  For the most part end users do not need to worry about RAM as the Android only allows the app to access the system RAM when the app is active. The Android OS may “cache” a process that you have used recently for faster restart, but erases that cache when RAM memory is needed.

The Android OS does manage your internal storage memory for app files, private and system files. This type of storage is not visible when you plug your phone into your computer. If you have a music, picture, or video app; these type of apps typically take up much storage space as you download the various files. This type of storage can be viewed when you plug your phone or tablet into your computer. As your main storage gets filled up, you can either delete those extraneous files within the App, or you can plug in your Android device to manually manage your files with your computer.

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