How to fix RAM memory problems on Apple computers

RAM memory is the storage that is used for the processes that your computer is doing at this precise moment. It’s faster than other storage, so the Mac reserves some of this memory to speed up specific processes. However, many times this memory is full and you do not know how it could have happened, in this post we will tell you how you can lighten the RAM memory.

Most Apple computers come with 8 GB of RAM, although it is possible to find older models with only 4 GB. Although they do not seem very wide, they are enough if you are not going to use programs and games that are too demanding. But even if you only use the computer for basic tasks, you may run into memory problems associated with RAM.

fix RAM memory problems on Apple computers

Check RAM usage

If you think you may have a problem with RAM memory and you don’t know how to check if the problem is there, you can check it by going to Applications and searching for Activity Monitor in the search bar. Opening this monitor you will be able to see how much memory you have left. To understand everything that the Activity Monitor shows, we explain everything that appears on the screen:

  • Application memory : this is the memory that is occupied by applications and ongoing processes.
  • Physical memory : reserved by apps, cannot be freed
  • Compressed : inactive, can be used by other apps
  • Swap space used : memory used by macOS
  • Cached Files – This memory is actually available to be used.

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If the color chart below Memory Pressure is dominated by red and yellow, your Mac needs memory. When using the Activity Monitor that you have available inside your Mac, if you look at “available memory” you will find a piece of information that really is not very relevant, since what Apple does is cause the system to use all the resources available. Now, the “Memory Pressure” graph can be more useful.

Free up RAM space

If you’ve already discovered that your Mac has RAM space issues, you’ll need to do a cleanup so that there are no problems and your Mac runs smoothly again. To do this, we are going to explain some of the quick and easy solutions that you can take to free up space.

Restart the Mac

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The simplest and most efficient way to be able to free up RAM or unified memory space is by carrying out a really simple process known to all, such as restarting the computer, since this will erase and free up all the RAM that you were using. until then. It’s the fastest and easiest way to free up some memory.

Now, you have to keep in mind that this solution is not always the most advisable, especially if you haven’t been able to save important information or you don’t want to lose all the windows you had open. Think very carefully before restarting your device, and before doing so, make sure that you have saved all important information well.

Update macOS

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Many problems that can be present both in a Mac and in any technological equipment, whether or not it is from Apple, can be easily solved with a software update. That is why, at ITIGIC, we always recommend keeping all equipment updated, but even more so the Mac, since it is usually a work device that needs to always be in the best possible condition.

If you’ve recently downloaded an update and suddenly experience problems like this, it’s probably an update bug. The most common thing is that Apple soon releases another update with the bugs resolved, among which will be the RAM memory bug.

Check Activity Monitor

As we have mentioned before, Activity Monitor may be the best way to see how your RAM is doing . So when you come across a slow Mac or a frozen app, the first thing you need to do is check Activity Monitor, a tool on your Mac that you’ll find in the ‘Utilities’ folder in the ‘Applications’ folder of the Mac. Finder. In it you will be able to check at all times which are both the applications and the processes that are open and running on your computer and that are consuming more RAM memory.

In the ‘Memory’ section, you can check the applications memory, which is what is being used by the programs, the physical memory, which is the one reserved for applications and cannot be erased, and finally the compressed memory , which is the one that cannot be used by other apps.

Close suspicious apps


On some occasions, you may not even realize that they are running in the background. This is why it is worth closing them. You don’t necessarily have to check which apps are open in Activity Monitor. Usually the easiest thing is to take a look at your Dock.

If you finally decide that you want to close any of the apps you have open, you just have to right-click on it, in the dock, and select “Exit”. Now, it is possible that if the app presents some type of unusual activity, you will have to force the exit of it. You can also close apps that open automatically when you turn on your Mac with this menu.

How to optimize your RAM memory

If after trying everything mentioned above, the RAM continues to cause a problem, do not give up because there are still more things you can do to free up space and make it work perfectly. These are small changes that won’t take long to make and can help your Mac run better.

Changes you can make to your computer

  • Clean your desktop of files: this is one of the most recommended actions if what you want is to improve the performance of your computer. Our recommendation is that you try to leave as few files as possible on the desktop, and also that you order them in different folders or depending on the type of file it is.
  • Be careful with your browser tabs: this is one of the reasons why the Mac usually consumes more RAM. It is not good to have many tabs open in your browser, so we recommend that if this is the case, try to make a selection to keep those that you really use.
  • Keep an eye on your computer’s storage: obviously, as your Mac fills up with files and storage space decreases, you’ll also prevent the system itself from using your computer’s disk as memory if you run out of RAM. virtual.

Download third-party apps

Although it is not strictly necessary to download third-party applications, they can be a good option to save you time if you do not want to go through your entire computer. There are many options available for download, but there are a few that stand out a bit more than the rest.

One of these apps that is quite well known is Parallels Toolbox, which has more than 30 tools available, among which memory cleaning or even searching for duplicates stand out. Another very interesting app is Memory Clean 2, from Fliplab, which will allow you to eliminate your computer’s inactive memory in a few seconds. However, the features offered in the free version fall a bit short, so if you want more features you will have to pay the subscription.