As you must have noticed, iOS devices are pretty fast even if you happen to have an older iPhone with very less RAM on it. However, you still need to periodically clear RAM on your iPhone and iPad by removing unwanted files and accumulated junk that can end up affecting the performance of your device.
RAM which stands for Random Access Memory can be defined as a container designed to store temporary files and data related to active apps and processes on your iPhone and iPad.
Since the required data is available on a device (stored on its RAM), the active apps and processes on a device can make use of this readily available data and run smoothly, compared to running on a device which is unable to store such data due to its clogged up RAM.
Clear RAM on iPhone and iPad
Although iOS is a very optimized software, you still need to make sure that RAM on your device is not being wasted on unnecessary apps and processes. Without such maintenance (especially on older iPhones) you may begin to notice problems during multitasking, viewing HD movies and you may also notice crashing of apps.
However, it is easy to take care of your iPhone by periodically cleaning its RAM using the following methods.
1. Uninstall Unnecessary Apps
It makes good sense to delete all those unnecessary apps that you may have downloaded on impulse and just to try them out.
Taking this approach forward, you may also want to delete apps that you rarely use. This will free up both storage space and RAM on your device, making your iPhone faster.
1. Tap on Settings and then tap on General
2. Next, tap on Storage and iCloud Usage (See image in step#3 below)
3. Under Storage Tap on Manage Storage (See image below)
4. Once you tap on Manage Storage, you will see all the apps installed on your device.
5. Select the app that you no longer need and tap on it. For example in the image below (step#6) we are deleting Facebook app.
6. On the next screen tap on the Delete App button (See image below)
7. On the next screen, confirm that you want to delete this app by tapping on Delete App.
Alternatively, you can also long press (Press and hold) on the App that you want to delete on the home screen. You will see the apps wiggling on the screen of your iPhone.
Tap on the x button on the left side of the app icon to delete the apps that you don’t need. (See image above)
2. Close Apps That You Do Not Use Frequently
Another measure that you can adapt for clearing RAM on your iPhone is to force close as many apps as you can. This ensures that fewer processes are taking place on your iPhone at the same time and hence less RAM is used.
- Click on the home button twice
- Swipe up on the apps that you want to force close
3. Delete Safari Cache
Safari is the default browser on your iPhone and like all internet browsers it stores information about websites that you visit and other data in its cache.
You can periodically clear out Safari cache and delete cached files and data by following these steps.
1. Tap on Settings.
2. Tap on Safari.
3. Scroll down and tap on Clear History and Website Data.
4. Tap on Clear History and Data on the pop-up screen
4. Express Way to Speed Up Your iPhone
This process quickly clears out RAM on your iPhone and iPad and was shared by Apple fan Marc Forrest on Twitter.
1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you see “Slide to Power off” Message.
2. Release Sleep/Wake button as soon as you see the “Slide to Power off”.
3. Immediately press and hold the Home button until you see your iPhone screen flickering a bit and returning back to the home screen.
Awesome #iOSTip to clear RAM memory. Hold down power button till slide to power comes up then hold in home button till app screen appears.
— Marc Forrest (@MarcForrest) November 4, 2015
The above steps will flush out the RAM on your iPhone, clearing out all junk processes and freeing up RAM on your iOS device.
5. Power Off/On iPhone
Powering off your iPhone and turning it back On is another way of freeing up RAM and making your phone run faster.
1. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button until “slide to power off” appears.
2. Slide the Power OFF switch to turn off the iPhone.
3. Wait until your iPhone is completely powered down.
4. Press the Sleep/Wake button once again to turn on your iPhone.