In Windows, if you want to see how much memory a program is using, checking is as easy as opening Task Manager. On Android it’s not exactly the same, but you can also see apps’ memory usage, although it’s a bit more hidden.

If your mobile doesn’t have much RAM and you want to identify which apps are consuming the most memory, you can check the data from Android Developer Options.

1. Enable Developer Options

In the past, some Android layers and ROMs showed you the memory usage directly in the recent view, although today it’s rarer to find the data. What you can do on any Android mobile is see the memory usage with the tool included in the mobile developer options.

Therefore, before you can use the memory of the different applications, you must activate the options for Android developers, if you have not activated them before. The way to do this has been the same for years: go to the System section of the settings, enter the phone information and tap seven times, quickly, on the build number.

Once done, you will see a notice that Developer Options has been enabled. You’ll find them as a new menu that wasn’t previously in the System section of the settings, although some layers include it in a separate menu. If you can’t find them, use the settings finder at the top.

2. Check memory usage

With Developer Options enabled, the next step is to enter those options, which are usually found in the System section. Then tap Memory, which in most cases is the first option displayed, at the top.

Once done, you will see the overall RAM status of the mobile including current usage and average usage. If you want to see the usage by each app, you need to access the memory used by apps.

Now yes, you will be able to see the average RAM usage of each app including the system ones. Android gives you the option to view memory usage data in different time ranges: 3 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, or 1 day.

By default, Android sorts the list of apps by average usage, but with the ⋮ menu at the top, you can change them to sort by max memory usage instead of average. In this way, you will be able to identify the applications that occupy most of your mobile’s RAM in specific cases (such as when you use them intensively).