Are you struggling with apps or programs that seem to lag, or just not work as expected? They might need more RAM allocated. Let us have a look at why your RAM usage is high, how to free up some RAM and how to assign more RAM to a program.
First, let’s get something straight. You can’t make something out of nothing. This means you need to have plenty of RAM available in the first place. You will be allocating the Random Access Memory which is free and not used to where it’s needed the most.
Go to Task Manager, then click on Performance. Check where it says Memory. You should have a decent amount unused/free.
If everything checks out, let’s move on to business and see how to give a program more ram.
Using Task Manager to Give Programs More RAM
You will find this pretty straightforward. I’m sure you saw this option before but never gave it too much thought.
First, open up the app or program which requires more RAM.
Then go to Task Manager, then to Details.
Search for your app. Right-click on it, click on Set Priority, and choose High or Real-time.
The downside of this method is that you have to do it every time you start up your program or app. But it works, and it works like a charm. Now, Windows will make your app its top priority and favor resources to it.
Results should be visible almost instantly. Now you know how to give an app more RAM.
Adjust your PC or Laptop for Best Performance
A little bit different than the method before, this works by telling your operating system to feast on free resources. It will generally allocate more than plenty of RAM to all of the running apps. If you have a lot of spare RAM, this should be the way to go to for most people.
Navigate to your computer properties, and access Advanced System Settings. Head over to System Properties again, then click on Settings. You will find different options. Check the box where it says Adjust for Best Performance.
After you apply, do a complete restart, so the new settings take effect. Your device should move faster now.
Close idle background processes that use up RAM
There are a lot of programs that run in the background without you knowing. A fair number of these use up decent amounts of RAM.
Go to Task Manager one more time, head over to Processes, and check the Memory column for each app. For me right now, for example, Google Chrome alone uses up almost 3GB of RAM. That’s a lot.
Close whatever is eating up your RAM. You should see an instant performance increase overall.
While this method doesn’t directly work with the programs you need to allocate more ram, it indirectly offers more available RAM to use by freeing it up.
Trust me, as soon as I close Google Chrome, my laptop will be twice as fast. So will yours.
Is it safe to free up RAM?
There is no possible harm that can be caused by making more RAM available. The same applies when you want to give more RAM to specific programs. You just need to pay attention to what you are doing.
For instance, did you know that cache gets loaded inside your RAM? Is clearing cache harmful, you may ask? No, on the contrary. You will free up even some more RAM that way.
Maybe you just need more RAM
There are only so many options you can have regarding RAM. You might want to check if you have enough of it in the first place. Or better, if it’s combined properly.
For instance, if you have two RAM slots, and they are not running in Dual Channel mode, you might be losing a lot of performance.
RAM is usually a cheap part of a computer. It’s a good investment to always buy more of it. After the CPU, RAM is the second most crucial component of your system.
Monkey patch for emergency RAM needs
If everything else fails, try to monkey patch the problem.
IF what you are working on is important, and you are in desperate need of more RAM, just close everything else. Focus on working just with that sole program. No browsing, no YouTube in the background, nothing.
It doesn’t sound pretty, but it will get the job done and make your app or program work better for a brief moment.