Chrome OS manages memory differently than Windows or Mac computers. However, this does not mean that you can not tweak your workflow to get the most out of your system's potentially limited memory. The following tips will help you further optimize the memory of your Chromebook.
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Checking Your Chromebook's Available Memory
You probably already know how much RAM is available on your Chromebook, but even if you do not, you can easily find out. You can also find out how much (and for what!) Is used. There are a few ways to get this information.
For a total RAM check: Use cog
Cog is one of my favorite Chrome OS applications. It is not updated frequently, but it is still a very useful utility for checking system statistics. It displays CPU, memory, RAM, battery, internet activity and more data in real time. For this purpose, of course, we concentrate here on the memory.
If you feel that your system is becoming sluggish and there is a suspicion that the memory is full, start Cog. The RAM diagram is pretty simple – it shows how much RAM your system has and how much is occupied. When it's full, it's probably time to see what it consumes.
RELATED: Monitoring Your Chromebook's System Resources with Cog
How To See What Your RAM Uses Integrated Task Manager
 Now that you've determined that your RAM situation needs further investigation, you can turn to Chrome OS's built-in Task Manager. Just press Search + Escape on the keyboard to enter it. Alternatively, you can launch the Chrome browser, click the three-point menu in the upper-right corner, and then select More Tools> Task Manager.
Once opened, it gives you a good overview of the current status of your system, including memory, CPU, and network usage. Click the "Memory Usage" button until you see a down arrow that can be sorted by most commonly used.
From there, you can choose what loads your system's memory. If it is an application or tab that runs in the background and is not needed, you can stop it here and free up valuable memory. Just click on the process and then on the "End Process" button – boom, dead.
How to Use Less RAM on Your Chromebook
The option to kill processes and free up RAM when you need them is great, but there is a better solution: be proactive. This is a twofold approach that consists of part of the best practices and part of the Chrome extensions. Let's talk about it.
Best practice: Do not keep Crap running.
It should probably be obvious, but you should close things that you do not use. Background tabs, apps and services consume valuable memory – and some of these things can consume an absolute ton of the material. For example, on my Windows computer, I have six tabs that are always pinned: three Gmail accounts, Trello, Google Play Music, and Facebook Messenger. On my Pixelbook, which has half the memory of my Windows computer, I have only two tabs attached: Trello and Facebook Messenger. Why? Because Gmail consumes an absurd amount of RAM. So I only open it when I need it.
This is a perfect example of things you might need to adjust when switching from a Windows or Mac computer to a Chromebook. I'm not suggesting that all users have six tabs pinned to them, but the point is the same: if you're switching to a system with less memory, it's important to adjust your workflow.
The same is true for any background apps that may be running – use them sparingly. If you do not use something or it is not critical that it stays open all the time, kill it! Try to refine your workflow. Just open what you need and keep everything else closed until you're done.
Best Practice: Remove Unused Extensions and Apps
If you want to experiment with different apps and extensions, you may be able to do this. You have a whole lot of crap that you do not use. And much of that could be done in the background and devouring the memory.
To see what extensions you have installed, start a new tab in Chrome by clicking the menu> More Tools> Extensions. You can also type
chrome: // extensions in the Omnibox of Chrome.
Scroll through each extension or app and look at it. If you do not know what it is or what you do not use, you should get rid of that jerk! Smash the removal button to kill it with fire. 🔥🔥
This not only frees RAM by stopping background processes, but also provides a cleaner overall system. My pleasure.
Using RAM-sparing extensions
After you remove a set of extensions that you no longer use, we add some that can do something good. There are three major enhancements here – and the best part is that you do not need all . They all have different tasks, but you can easily handle one or two of the options.
OneTab: Keep tab collections simple without keeping them open
OneTab is a great extension that lets you create groups of Keep tabs together without keeping them open. You can send tabs to OneTab and save them in lists. This is ideal for research and much more. You do not have to leave it open any longer.
This is similar to loaded bookmarks or a better organized pocket list. It's just a useful extension that lets you organize and close tabs without losing them forever. The best part is that it is free. Get it in the Chrome Web Store.
The Great Suspender: Put the tabs to sleep if you do not use them.
If You Like the Idea of Keeping all tabs always open, but not overloading resources (like RAM), then The Great Suspender is accurate the right thing for you. The tabs are paused after being inactive for a user-definable period of time (the default is one hour), which puts them into a low memory state. If you want to restore a paused tab, click anywhere in the window's tab – boom, it's awake.
Like OneTab, The Great Suspender is free on the Chrome Web Store.
Tab Wrangler: Automatically close and save inactive tabs
When you combine OneTab and The Great Suspender, you get something very similar to Tab Wrangler , Instead of exposing tabs and keeping The Great Suspender open, Tab Wrangler closes them automatically after a user-defined period of time.
However, they are not gone forever, because they also keep a list of all closed tabs – like OneTab. They are not organized that way, and the list will not go on forever. However, if something is closed and you need it again, you can save it quickly.
Oh yes, and this is also free. Download it from the Chrome Web Store.
Well, let's go. Whether your Chromebook has 2GB or 16GB of RAM, these tips should help you go further.