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Android for Low RAM Devices?


New member
Apr 11, 2014
As an Android beginner with a few older low RAM devices, I have been searching for info on how to reduce unnecessary services etc. (as have done with older vers of Windows).

To date, have not found any tutorials/guides how to do this for Android.

Did recently find "Low RAM Configuration" https://source.android.com/devices/tech/perf/low-ram It mentions "This documentation is intended to help OEMs optimize and configure Android 4.4 for low-memory devices." Fortunate that most of my older low RAM devices have v4.4 installed.

Question: While have read the documentation as a beginner am unsure how to implement these suggestions.

Appreciate any tips/comments. (especially a beginners tutorial or guide how to do this).




Retired Moderator
Feb 12, 2012
All these suggestions are for OEMs and developers - you can't modify them as a user. And most of them are just the way 4.4 was designed, there's nothing to do.

So if you're compiling AOSP 4.4, you can use some of them. If you're an app developer, you can keep your app from hanging on when there's not enough free RAM. But that's about it. There's nothing in there (or in Android at all) to allow the user to "tune" Android to work in a smaller RAM environment.