How To Get the Most Out of Your Chromebook’s RAM

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Chrome OS manages RAM differently than Windows or Mac computersHowever, this does not mean that you can not optimize your workflow to get the most out of the potentially limited RAM in your system. Here are some tips to help you improve the RAM of your Chromebook.

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How to check the RAM available on your Chromebook

You probably already know how much RAM your Chromebook has, but even if you do not know it, there is an easy way to find out. You will also know how much is used (and by what!). There are many ways to get this information.

For an overall RAM check: Use Cog

cog showing the use of the ram

Tooth is one of my favorite Chrome OS apps. Updates are not common, but it's still a super useful utility for check your system statistics. It displays real-time processor, storage, RAM, battery, Internet activity and more data. For this purpose, we will of course focus on RAM.

If you feel your system is slowing down and you suspect that all RAM may be causing it, run Cog. The graph of RAM is quite simple: it tells you the amount of RAM available to your system, as well as the amount used. If it's full, it's probably time to see what's gnawing at it.

RELATED: How to monitor the system resources of your Chromebook with Cog

To see what uses your RAM: Use ChromeOS Integrated Task Manager

task manager in Chrome OS

Now that you've determined that your RAM situation needs to be looked at more closely, it's time to move to Chrome OS's built-in task manager. Just press search + escape on the keyboard to display it. You can also launch the Chrome browser, click the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, and choose More Tools> Task Manager.

Once open, you'll get a good overview of the current state of your system, including memory, CPU and network usage. Click the "Memory Fingerprint" button until you see a down arrow to sort the most used ones.

From there, you can begin to identify what is eating away at your system's RAM. If it's an application or tab running in the background that you do not need, you can delete it here, thus freeing up RAM. . Just click on the process and then on the "End process" button – boom, dead.

How to use less RAM on your Chromebook

Having the ability to delete processes and free up RAM when you need it is a good thing, but there is a better solution: be proactive. This is a twofold approach that consists of some of the best practices and part of Chrome extensions. Let's talk about it.

Best practice: do not let the shit run

This should probably be self-evident, but you should close things you do not use. The background tabs, applications and services all use valuable RAM – and some of these things can use an absolute ton.

For example, on my Windows machine, I have six tabs still pinned: three Gmail, Trello, Google Play Music and Facebook Messenger accounts. On my Pixelbook, which has half the RAM of my Windows machine, I only have two tabs pinned: Trello and Facebook Messenger. Why? Because Gmail uses an absurd amount of RAM. I only open it when I need it.

This is a perfect example of what you may need to adjust when you switch from a Windows or Mac computer to a Chromebook. I'm not saying everyone will have six tabs pinned, but the point remains the same: it's critical to adjust your workflow when you switch to a system with less memory.

The same goes for all the background applications that you can run: use them sparingly. If you do not use something or it is not crucial that it stays open all the time, kill it! Try to refine your workflow; Only open what you need, keep everything else closed until the time is right.

Best practice: get rid of unused extensions and applications

If you like experimenting with various apps and extensions, you may have a lot of bullshit that you do not use. And many of these things could be running in the background, consuming a lot of RAM.

To see the extensions you have installed, open a new tab in Chrome, click the menu> More Tools> Extensions. You can also type chrome: // extensions in Chrome's Omnibox.

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Scroll down and look at each extension or application. If you do not know what it is or if you do not use it, get rid of this sucker! Smash this delete button to kill it with fire. ??

This will not only free up RAM by eliminating background processes, but also create a cleaner system. You're welcome.

Use RAM backup extensions

Now that you have eliminated many extensions that you do not use, let's add some that can do good. There are three essential extensions here – and the best part is that you do not need all of them. They all do different things, but you can easily get away with one or two of the options.

OneTab: Easily keep tab collections without keeping them open

a description of chrome store tab extension

OneTab is an excellent extension that allows you to keep groups of tabs together without keeping them open. You can send tabs to OneTab and save them to lists, which is great for searching and so on, which means you will not have to keep them open.

It's a bit like supercharged bookmarks or a more organized pocket list. It's just a useful extension that lets you organize and close tabs without losing them forever. Best of all, free. Take it the Chrome Web Store.

The Great Suspender: Put tabs to sleep when you're not using them

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If you like the idea of ​​keeping all your tabs open all the time but you do not want them to accumulate resources (like RAM), then The Great Suspender is for you. It "suspends" the tabs after they have been inactive for a period of time that the user can set (the default is one hour), which places them in a state of insufficient memory. To resurrect a suspended tab, click anywhere in the window of this tab: boom, it is woken up.

Like OneTab, The Great Suspender is free in the Chrome Web Store.

Tab Wrangler: Automatically close and save inactive tabs

wrangler settings tab

If you combine OneTab and The Great Suspender, you'll get something very similar to Tab Wrangler. Instead of hanging the tabs and leaving them open as The Great Suspender does, Tab Wrangler will automatically close them after a user-defined amount of time.

But they are not gone forever because it also keeps a list of all tabs closed, much like OneTab. They are not organized as well and the list does not go on forever, but if something closes and you need it, there is a quick way to get it back.

Oh yes, and this one is free too. Get it in the Chrome Web Store.

So here you are and you go there. Whether your Chromebook uses 2GB or 16GB of RAM, these tips should help you go further.

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