Memory Hoggers: Which Android Apps are Using the Most Memory

With so many apps available for Android, it is hard to know which ones are the best. One way to find out is by checking which ones use the most memory on your phone.

Not only does this tell you how much power they might be taking up, but also an indicator of whether or not they are worth keeping on your phone.

Popular Apps That Uses A Lot Of Memory

Problem: With so many apps available for Android, it is hard to know which ones are the best. One way to find out is by checking which ones use the most memory on your phone. Not only does this tell you how much power they might be taking up, but also an indicator of whether or not they are worth keeping on your phone.

  • Facebook (2GB)
  • Snapchat (1GB)
  • Instagram (500MB)
  • Messenger (300MB)
  • Twitter (100MB)
  • Netflix (-50MB)

You can also use the same methods to determine which apps are using too much memory on your computer. If you have a Mac, open up Activity Monitor and check out what processes are taking up the most memory. If you have a PC, open up Task Manager and look for the same thing.

  • Facebook (500MB)
  • Netflix (-50MB)

Note: You can learn more about how to manage your computer’s resources in this article we wrote!

Why Are My Applications Using So Much Memory?

If you have a lot of apps running in the background, then it’s possible that your device is not providing enough memory for all of them to be run at the same time. It’s also possible that one or several apps are just using up all the memory because they’re poorly coded. If this is the case, it might be worth uninstalling those apps and seeing if there’s any improvement.

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However, if you only use your phone for basic things like making calls and texting, then restarting your phone might help by freeing up some memory. On Android devices, go to Settings > General > Apps to select which ones you want to stop running in the background.

You could also try using an app to stop other apps from running in the background and see if that helps. One such free app is Memory Booster, which you can download somewhere. It shows you which apps are currently running on your phone and how much memory they’re consuming. You can then decide whether or not you want to stop them from running in the background.

This app has a rating of four stars on Google Play and it’s been downloaded over one million times, so that should tell you something about how effective it is at cleaning up your phone memory. However, some users have said that this doesn’t solve their problem completely because Memory Booster doesn’t allow you to delete the apps, only stops them from running.

You can also try using a task killer app that lets you shut down or uninstall unnecessary apps completely. One such free option is Advanced Task Killer – Memory Booster and Cleaner, which has been downloaded over five million times worldwide. This gives you a list of all the apps running on your phone and lets you decide whether or not to continue them.

When it comes to other memory hoggers, Facebook is one of the worst offenders because it uses up a lot of data for videos, photos, and news feed updates that don’t even show up in your device’s storage space. However, if you’re using an Android device then you might be able to get around this by disabling background data. Go to your phone’s settings, select Cellular Data and turn off the option for Background Data.

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Another memory hogger is Google Maps because it constantly updates itself in order to make sure that you have access to all the latest information about road conditions or new businesses opening up in your area. This is why it’s advisable to use a different map app – such as OsmAnd+ – if you don’t need Google Maps’ other features.

How to Increase My Android Phone’s Memory?

If you notice your device is running low on memory and you haven’t used it for very long, the first thing to do is close all of your programs. And this means not just your recent applications but also the ones you have used in the past few hours or days. Especially if they are not running in the background. You’ll find most apps are fine with the closing but some might need to restart before they will close fully. The next step is to clear up any temporary data that has accumulated, usually in an app’s cache folder by deleting the app’s data.

To do this, go to Settings > Apps and find the app in question. Tap its data option and then tap “Clear Data.” You may need to re-enter your login details or make a purchase before you can continue using it again though. A third step is quite simply turning off an app when you’re not using it anymore if there isn’t an option to clear its data.

To turn off apps, go back into Settings and scroll down until you find the app’s Power Usage menu. This should show a list of all your device’s running services and their battery usage (percentage). Tap any service that isn’t listed as “Voice” or “App Data.” You can then choose to turn an app off, which will stop it from running in the background.

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If you want to be really thorough and maximize your available memory, try killing apps one by one until your device becomes more responsive or uninstalling them completely. However, this is not a good idea for games as they can often get quite angry and freeze up when you kill their process.

To kill an app, go into Settings and find the Apps menu once again. You can now choose to either force stop or uninstall each service one by one until you feel your device becoming more responsive. The last step is a bit extreme but it may be worth considering if you really want to squeeze as much memory out of your device as possible. You can reset your device to factory settings and this will clear out all of the temporary data, uninstalled apps, and anything else that might be taking up unnecessary space. This is a major undertaking though so you’ll need to backup everything first if it’s not already saved elsewhere such as on Google Drive or an external hard drive.


Now that you know which apps are using the most memory on your phone, you can start trying to free up some space. If you’re running out of room for photos or music, check out our tips in this article and learn how to make more space!