How to Check Memory Usage on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to check memory usage on Mac! Monitoring your computer’s memory usage can help you understand the performance of your system and identify any potential issues. In this guide, we will explore different methods to check memory usage on your Mac.

Using Activity Monitor

One of the easiest ways to check memory usage on Mac is by using the built-in Activity Monitor application. To open Activity Monitor, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Finder icon in the Dock.
  2. Go to Applications.
  3. Open the Utilities folder.
  4. Double-click on Activity Monitor.

In Activity Monitor, you will see a list of processes running on your Mac. To view memory usage:

  1. Select the ‘Memory’ tab at the top of the window.
  2. The ‘Memory’ tab displays various information about your Mac’s memory usage, including:
    • Total Memory: The total amount of physical memory in your Mac.
    • Memory Used: The amount of memory currently being used by processes.
    • Cached Files: The amount of memory used for caching files.
    • Swap Used: The amount of virtual memory being used when physical memory is insufficient.

Using Terminal Commands

If you prefer using Terminal commands, you can also check memory usage using the ‘top’ command. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Terminal application.
  2. Type ‘top’ and press Enter.
  3. The ‘top’ command displays real-time information about processes running on your Mac, including memory usage.
  4. To sort by memory usage, press the ‘m‘ key.
  5. The top processes consuming memory will be listed at the top of the Terminal window.
  6. To exit ‘top’, press ‘q‘.

Closing Thoughts

In this tutorial, we explored two methods to check memory usage on Mac – using Activity Monitor and Terminal commands. Both methods provide valuable insights into your system’s memory usage and can help troubleshoot any performance issues you may encounter. Whether you prefer a graphical interface or command-line tools, monitoring your Mac’s memory usage is crucial for optimizing its performance.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful!

Keep exploring and learning more about your Mac’s capabilities!

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