RAM Management: Keeping apps in memory [Note 4]

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Hi, guys.

Does anyone know of any apps / methods I can use to keep apps in memory so they don't restart after switching apps?

It's quite a pain, and whilst some users say they have no problems with this, I feel like it's not a problem until you notice it happening.

My phone consistently boots me out of YouTube when I'm using it with Chromecast.

I appreciate the help!
 

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Android kicks out YouTube because it needs the RAM for Chromecast. If you Force YouTube to stay in RAM, no doubt Chromecast would run poorly or not at all.

Android knows what it's doing. Let it handle things.

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Is that how it works? It is quite puzzling. For a device with 3Gb of RAM, I wonder why it would have to refresh / boot me out of YouTube.

Thanks though
 

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Hi, guys.

Does anyone know of any apps / methods I can use to keep apps in memory so they don't restart after switching apps?

It's quite a pain, and whilst some users say they have no problems with this, I feel like it's not a problem until you notice it happening.

My phone consistently boots me out of YouTube when I'm using it with Chromecast.

I appreciate the help!

That is my major complaint, my only one really, about my Note 4. TouchWiz is very aggressive about memory management, and doesn't allow more than about three apps to run at the same time. It's really disruptive to workflow for what is supposed to be a productivity phone.

It's supposedly done in the name of battery life, but it is so aggressive I find that apps are restarting all the time that could EASILY have fit in memory.

Unfortunately, the only tuning options in stock TouchWiz are to make it even more ridiculously aggressive, and my company uses MobileIron for BYOD access to company email, so I can't root it or load a custom firmware that might be a tad less OCD about dropping "unused" threads.
 

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Re: RAM Management: Keeping apps in memory

Unfortunately, the only tuning options in stock TouchWiz are to make it even more ridiculously aggressive, and my company uses MobileIron for BYOD access to company email, so I can't root it or load a custom firmware that might be a tad less OCD about dropping "unused" threads.

Aquamail...My company forces MobileIron upon us too but had to keep Outlook Web Access available to users. Aquamail works with OWA, no activesync needed (which my company blocked to force MobileIron) so I can still get email without succumbing to corporate oversight on my phone.
 

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Aquamail...My company forces MobileIron upon us too but had to keep Outlook Web Access available to users. Aquamail works with OWA, no activesync needed (which my company blocked to force MobileIron) so I can still get email without succumbing to corporate oversight on my phone.

We have Outlook Web Access, but it is only available through gateway software that requires a FOB and Windows/Internet Explorer.
 

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Use the home button to exit and it keeps it in memory

Why is it when you press the back button to go home, it clears the app from RAM, but keeps it in RAM when you press the home button?

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Why is it when you press the back button to go home, it clears the app from RAM, but keeps it in RAM when you press the home button?

Hmm, never noticed that. I'm going to start using the HOME (or task switch) button to exit apps I know I will be going back to more often and see if that helps.

It makes a lot of sense that they would do that, though. When you hit "back", that is as clear a signal to TouchWiz that you intended to exit the app as you can give (short of going into task manager and dumping the app out of memory). So I can sorta see where "back" might mean "exit", and "home" might mean "suspend this app".

It's sorta kinda intuitive. :)
 

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Thats how i have always used Android. Going back to 4.x i started using it that way.
Use the back to exit out of it and home when i want to access it again later.
 

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Is that how it works? It is quite puzzling. For a device with 3Gb of RAM, I wonder why it would have to refresh / boot me out of YouTube.
Facebook is a seriously hoggish memory user and YouTube is nearly as bad since it is asked to play HD videos with sound. You might have better luck using Facebookwith browser.
 

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Guess I'll just keep this RAM party going instead of starting a new thread.

I've been noticing some lag with my phone lately, especially with video playback or video games. I try to keep my background processes to a minimum, but I thought this shows some high RAM usage considering that no apps are running.

Any good tips for managing this stuff to keep my phone in tip top shape?
 

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Guess I'll just keep this RAM party going instead of starting a new thread.

I've been noticing some lag with my phone lately, especially with video playback or video games. I try to keep my background processes to a minimum, but I thought this shows some high RAM usage considering that no apps are running.

Any good tips for managing this stuff to keep my phone in tip top shape?

You must have numerous background processes running. Go into the application manager in settings to see what processes are consuming the most amount of RAM, and close them.

Posted from the one and only Note 4
 

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Futzing around manually closing apps to clear RAM will likely make things worse. Let Android handle things as intended.

If an app is malfunctioning and causing the problem, identify and remove it.
 

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