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Random Access Memory (RAM)

What is RAM? 

Computer random access memory (RAM) is critical in determining your device’s performance. RAM gives your apps a place to store and access data on a short-term basis. It stores the information your device is actively using so that it can be accessed quickly. 

The speed and performance of your device and any apps you are using is directly related to the amount of RAM available on your device. If your system has too little RAM, you might notice a time delay between when a command is given and when the device or app responds to that command. 

What does RAM do? 

RAM allows your device to perform many of its day to day operations, such as loading applications, browsing the internet, or working on your Nebo notes. It also allows your apps to interact with each other, and allows you to move between apps while you are using your device. 

Ram is almost always being actively used by your device, and if your device or an app you are using is being slow or unresponsive, it might be because your RAM is struggling to manage the different operations your device is running. The more memory you have, the better your device's ability to move between operations, and your apps' ability to interact with each other.

What uses RAM? 

RAM is used to store information that needs to be used quickly. This means that opening many apps, running various processes or accessing multiple files simultaneously is likely to use a lot of RAM. Particularly complex programs like games, design software, and text recognition and conversion software, such as Nebo, will use the most RAM because the device is constantly processing the app and any data you are creating while using the app. 

How to improve speed and latency. 

It can be easy to use up your RAM because it supports so many functions on your device, but it is also possible to reduce the usage of your device's RAM if you start to notice diminished speed or latency. So what can be done to improve speed and latency?

Here are a few simple steps you can take to improve speed and latency:

  1. Make sure that your device's operating system is always up-to-date.
  2. Close any open apps or browsers that you are not using. Be mindful that tablet devices will automatically open some apps when you turn the device on, and they will remain open until you actively close them.
  3. Avoid creating overly long or data heavy notes. These would be notes with multiple imported images, lots of sketch, math or diagram objects, or long thin columns of text.
  4. Divide very long or data heavy notes into shorter notes by using the duplicate feature See here for details: Duplicate a page


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