How to Clear Application Memory on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you experiencing slow performance on your Mac? One possible reason could be that your application memory is overloaded.

Clearing the application memory can help improve the speed and efficiency of your Mac. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to clear application memory on Mac.

Step 1: Force Quit Applications

If you notice that certain applications are consuming a large amount of memory, it’s a good idea to force quit them. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.

  2. Select Force Quit from the drop-down menu.

  3. A window will appear showing all currently running applications.

  4. Select the application you want to quit and click on the Force Quit button.

  5. Repeat this process for any other applications that are using excessive memory.

Step 2: Restart Your Mac

Sometimes, a simple restart can help free up memory and improve overall performance. To restart your Mac:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.

  2. Select Restart.. from the drop-down menu.

  3. A confirmation dialog will appear asking if you want to restart your computer.

  4. Click on the Restart button to proceed.

Step 3: Clear Cache and Temporary Files

Cache and temporary files can accumulate over time and take up valuable memory. To clear these files:

  1. Open a Finder window.

  2. In the menu bar, click on Go and select Go to Folder.

  3. Type in /Library/Caches and press Enter.

  4. A folder will open containing various cache files.

  5. Select all the files in this folder and move them to the Trash by dragging them or using the Command + Delete shortcut.

  6. In the same ‘Go to Folder’ window, type in /Users/YourUsername/Library/Caches (replace ‘YourUsername’ with your actual username) and press Enter.

  7. Delete all the files in this folder as well.

Step 4: Reset PRAM/NVRAM

The Parameter Random Access Memory (PRAM) or Non-Volatile Random Access Memory (NVRAM) stores certain settings on your Mac. Resetting PRAM/NVRAM can help resolve memory-related issues. Here’s how:

  1. Shut down your Mac completely.

  2. Press the power button, then immediately press and hold the following keys: Option, Command, P, and R.

    • Note:

      If you have a Mac with the Apple Silicon chip, press and hold the power button until you see the startup options window. Then, click on ‘Options’ and select ‘Reset NVRAM’.

  3. Continue holding these keys for about 20 seconds.

  4. Release the keys and wait for your Mac to restart.

By following these steps, you should be able to clear application memory on your Mac effectively. Remember to periodically clear your application memory to maintain optimal performance.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in improving the speed and efficiency of your Mac. If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to reach out to us.

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