Have you experienced memory drain on your Android handset after upgrading to Marshmallow? A lot of other users have reported the same. But you can fix this issue through a series of simple steps.

Isolate rogue apps

Usually, memory drain problems result from a poorly created application that requires large amounts of RAM to work properly. Some crazy apps use up memory even when they’re not being used. The first step that you need to take towards fixing the memory drain problem on Android 6.0 Marshmallow is to hunt down rogue apps that might be capitalizing on your RAM resources. This is more so important if your device is relatively low on RAM – for instance, the Nexus 5. Follow the steps below to identify what apps are overusing limited memory resource on your device.

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  • Open the Settings app then scroll down to the Device
  • Tap on Memory – you’ll be able to see how much system memory the software in your device is using.
  • Under ‘Memory used by apps’ option, you’ll get a detailed screen that shows precisely how much memory each app is using. You can choose to view data on memory utilization for the last 3, 6, 12 hours, or 1 day. If you installed some new apps recently, you should see a spike in memory usage.

You should see things such as Android System and Android OS taking up quite a hefty chunk of memory. Along with these processes, you also get a listing of installed apps and the volume of memory they’re eating up. If you find that any app is using more RAM than Android OS, UI, System, Google App, and Play Services, keep in mind that it’s overbearing its mandate. You will need to first delete then reinstall it to fix the memory drain problem.

In most cases, reinstalling the app will clear the issue for good, but if it doesn’t seem to work, click on the specific app to get more info. From there, you could ‘force stop’ the app, which kills its process and thus frees your device from its hold. This should get your device working well and smooth again. You might have to forego the problematic application till its developer releases an update to fix the memory inefficiency.

Install RAM manager

Optimizing your memory can also help lift the memory dump problem on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Simply download and install the RAM Manager app, which creates the best balance between enough memory and running apps. It helps reduce lags and increases the speed of your handset. More so, it’ll also help increase the efficiency of multi-tasking and other functions related to the performance of your gadget. The only problem with this fix is that you get to deal with (perhaps) too many ads. Other than that, it should help you get things in good working order on your smartphone or tablet.

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