How to Keep Apps in Memory

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Keeping apps in memory will allow you to multitask with greater efficiency on your device. Learn about keeping apps in memory with help from a software engineer with broad and extensive experience developing embedded system firmware and providing global engineering software, tool and process support in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Mat Pierce, and this is how to keep apps in memory. Now I'm going to talk about Android apps and iOS apps, kind of in a general sense on this. They are both kind of treated the same by the operating system, they both have kind of the same criteria that they use for taking apps out of memory. What you want to do is make sure that you use the app that you want to keep in memory periodically. You want to bring it up so that the operating system knows that it's still being used periodically and then you don't want to overload the system with unused and unnecessary apps. In general, you want to keep at least 10% of your app, of your mobile device's memory free so that it can, the operating system doesn't try to remove apps from memory to free up for more apps. Something else you can do is go to the app store and this applies to the Google app store, not to the iOS app store because iOS they don't let you to do these things but you can go search for an app locker, like over here I've got the iOS store, excuse me, I've got the Google Play Store and I'm going to search for memory locker. Now there's all sorts of lockers out there. This one right here called memory locker, it's a paid app and it will allow you to lock an app into memory. However, Android doesn't support that nicely so you could be asking for trouble by getting this app and doing it because you have to root your device which means you have to basically break it so you have root permission, so there's some hackery going on there. So it's not real safe and I don't recommend it. What I just recommend is if you can increase the memory in your device, go ahead and increase it and then keep the app in memory and periodically use it so the operating system maintains it at the head of the list and that's how you can keep your app in memory.

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