Android phone memory management is still underdeveloped. Have you found the enigmatic RAM Plus function hiding in the settings on your Samsung phone? It arrived with the One UI 4.1 version, which claims to increase RAM by up to 8GB (based on your model). However, be careful—it may cause your phone to lag. Here’s why you might want to think about disabling RAM Plus and a quick tutorial on how to do it on your Samsung Galaxy phone.
What Is Samsung RAM Plus?
Do you recall when apps used to temporarily switch over some of the phone’s internal storage to temporary RAM back in the early days of Android? Modern Samsung Galaxy phones have RAM Plus, which is essentially the same but more sophisticated and integrated.
RAM Plus offers a “intelligent memory expansion” by utilising the storage on your phone as virtual memory. It uses many gigabytes of storage as virtual RAM in addition to physical RAM when your phone needs it.
Samsung believes that by keeping more apps active in the background, it speeds up app launches and increases multitasking. Nevertheless, depending on your phone, that might offer a real-world performance and battery life.
This RAM expansion capability is sold by numerous brands under various names. Whereas OnePlus and Oppo refer to it as “RAM Expansion,” Xiaomi refers the it as “Memory Extension.” Motorola, however, refers to the same function as “RAM Boost.”
Why It May Be Beneficial to Turn Off RAM Plus
RAM Plus uses a portion of the internal storage as virtual memory, which should improve the speed of your Galaxy phone. It seems impressive, doesn’t it? The internal storage is significantly slower than physical RAM, which is the catch.
RAM operates in nanoseconds, but accessing data from storage requires milliseconds. This functions as virtual RAM, slowing down any operation that passes across the storage. It also puts stress on the storage, which wasn’t made to handle a lot of read/write operations.
Recent tests by Android Police showed that the RAM Plus has a detrimental effect on performance on a number of Galaxy models. Some of the well-known models were on that list, including the Galaxy M53 5G, the Exynos-powered S22 Ultra, and the Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S20. It was only after removing RAM Plus on certain systems that normal performance was observed.
Additionally, owners of Galaxy phones can discuss the effects of Ram Plus on their phone’s performance and battery life in a number of online places, such as Reddit posts.
The following are some drawbacks of RAM Plus use:
- Because storage operates far more slowly than RAM, your phone may feel sluggish or slow.
- RAM Plus can lead to an increase in battery drain because it uses a portion of your storage as RAM.
- Over time, it could wear out the storage.
Let’s clarify with this example:
RAM might be compared to your kitchen counter, stocked with all the components required for the recipe at hand (that is, the programs and games you wish to use right now). Everything is in close proximity for quick cooking (smooth operation).
However, storage is like your long-term food store down the hall—it holds documents, music, movies, pictures, and other items that you might need. It takes time to retrieve something from the pantry since data from storage is accessed more slowly.
RAM Plus is a makeshift counter where you may temporarily store pantry products for easier access. But picking items still takes longer than having them at your fingertips, and it takes up more desk space (a chunk of your phone’s internal storage). Additionally, it may be subjected to additional stress from often taking items out of the pantry and returning them to the countertop (storage lifespan impact).
Put simply, unless your phone has a low amount of RAM, the RAM Plus might not be as useful.
How to Turn Off One UI 6 or 5’s RAM Plus
One UI 4.1 or later versions are compatible with Samsung’s RAM Plus functionality. On the more current One UI versions, however, turning off RAM Plus is comparatively simpler. For Samsung Galaxy phones running One UI 5 or One UI 6, follow these steps:
- On your Samsung Galaxy phone running One UI 6 or 5, navigate to Settings.
- Select Device Care by swiping down. The Device Care app can also be accessed straight from the app drawer.
- Press the Memory icon and select RAM Plus.
- To stop the RAM Plus feature, flip the switch.
- Select Restart when asked.
How to Turn Off RAM Plus in One UI 4.1 (ADB Needed)
One UI 4.1 Samsung phones are unable to immediately disable RAM Plus. Only the smallest 2GB option is available. Fortunately, you may add a fresh configuration to RAM Plus using ADB, making the feature inactive even though it is enabled.
Once your phone is connected to a computer and USB debugging is enabled, download the ADB tools to your PC, wait for the phone to appear in the ADB toosl window, and then execute the ADB command to make modifications. Your phone’s data won’t be harmed. But be cautious when using other ADB commands that you might decide to utilize.
1. Enable USB Debugging
- Go to About Phone > Software Information after opening Settings on your phone.
- To activate Developer Options, tap Build Number seven times. A request to enter the lock screen password displays.
- To access Developer Options, navigate to Settings.
- Toggle USB Debugging by swiping down.
- To enable USB debugging on your phone, tap OK.
2. Adjust RAM Plus With the ADB Command
- On your Mac or Windows computer, download the ADB platform-tools archive package, and then extract it to a handy location such as Downloads or Desktop.
- Locate and choose Command Prompt from the Start menu. Click Run as Administrator after that. You must launch the Terminal application on a Mac.
- Enter the subsequent command:
cd 'folder location'
Replace the string “folder location” in this command with the path to the extracted platform-tools folder.
For instance, run cd downloads/platform-tools if you extracted the platform-tools folder and placed it in your downloads folder. Similarly, type cd users/username/downloads/platform-tools if there are numerous users on the PC.
- Use a USB cord to connect your Samsung Galaxy phone to a PC or Mac.
- Press the Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac) keys after entering the following command.
Hold out until you receive confirmation before your phone shows up as an associated device.
- Next, input the following command and press the Return (Mac) or Enter (Windows) key:
adb shell settings put global ram_expand_size_list 0,1,2,4,6,8
- Your Galaxy phone should then be disconnected and restarted.
3. Select the ‘0 GB’ Option
- Select Device and battery care under Settings now.
- After choosing Memory, press RAM Plus.
- Select the recently generated 0 GB option, and when your phone restarts, do so.
Should You Use RAM Plus?
If your phone has RAM that is limited (4GB or less), then you might want to think about using RAM Plus. On these smartphones, the RAM Plus can run more background programs, albeit at the expense of performance. On phones like the Galaxy S-series and A-series, however, it is not necessary because they have enough RAM to handle multitasking already.
In the end, RAM Plus’s advantages are contingent upon the RAM capacity of your phone and your willingness to put up with a little slower app switching speed. Additionally, you may wish to experiment with different RAM Plus levels, seeing how it functions both with and without the feature enabled. For most users, however, turning it off would be the best option.