Tomek Kondrat · May 24, 2014 at 02:30 pm

Learn More About RAM Usage on Your Device with FreeXplain

RAM management works a bit differently on Android than it does in Windows. For example, more RAM doesn’t mean wasted memory in Android, but rather that applications are cached so that they can be accessed more quickly at a later time. There are plenty of interesting discussions on the topic, but that’s not the point of this article.

If you’ve ever tried to check the free RAM on your Android device, you probably used the free command in Terminal Emulator. This works the same way as it does in Linux, and it shows you both free and used memory. If you are using a swapfile, it’s shown as well. But if you want to learn more about your device’s RAM usage, you need additional tools like FreeXplain by XDA Senior Member zeppelinrox.

The FreeXplain script can be used to display more accurate information about used RAM. You can use a long list of operators, which show brief or more detailed information about usage of your physical memory. Usage is very simple: Just type freex, and you’ll get the results in user-friendly colors, so you can easily see the difference. Simple and efficient.

More information regarding RAM consumption and the script itself can be found in the original thread.


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Tomek Kondrat

eagleeyetom is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Tomek is the only Polish moderator on XDA Developers. He graduated from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn with a degree in journalism and public communication in 2013. He's a big fan of football (not hand egg), post rock and cooking. A total addict of mobile technology, especially Android. Currently flashes dozens of custom ROMs on his OPO.
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