Manage Memory on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Using the Task Manager

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Manage Memory on Samsung Galaxy Note3 Using the Task Manager

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This is part of the VisiHow series on how to use the Samsung Galaxy Note3. You can visit the main reference of the article on how to Use Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for a full list of Note3 VisiHow Articles

The Task Manager on Galaxy Note3 can help you manage the memory of your device. It allows you to view the applications that are currently running, and gives you the option to end them. Here you can see all the downloaded and installed applications on your Note3, and have the option to uninstall them. It's important to know what's been eating up your device's RAM, and be given the option to clear them out. The Task Manager also allows you to view the storage capacity and remaining space of your phone's internal and SD memory card.

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Access the Task Manager on Samsung Galaxy Note3

To access the Task Manager, you need to follow the procedures below. The Task Manager also has five tabs, each having different functions to manage the memory of your Galaxy Note3. These functions are also discussed in this section.

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    Whenever you are on your phone, press and hold the "Home" key to get to the Recent Applications page.
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    In the Recent Applications page, you can see the latest applications you've opened.
    Also, you will see an icon for the Task Manager (pie graph icon). Tap on it to open Task Manager.
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    You will now be taken to the Task Manager where you will see five tabs.
    Each tab has a different function to help you manage the memory of your device. The five tabs are:
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    1. Active Applications Tab. The active applications tab shows all the applications currently running on your Galaxy Note3.
    2. Downloaded Tab. The downloaded tab shows all the applications that were downloaded and installed on your Galaxy Note3. You can also view how much of disk space each application consumes.
    3. RAM Tab. The RAM tab shows your device's RAM (random access memory) usage. RAM is the space allocated by the Galaxy Note3. Frequently used applications will open and load quicker than others.
    4. Clear Defaults Tab. This tab shows all of the applications that are used as the default apps for opening a certain type of application. In this case, you can see that TouchWiz Home is shown. This means that the user has set TouchWiz Home as the default home menu app for the device.
    5. Storage tab. The storage tab shows the capacity of your phone and SD card memory. It also shows you the summary of the total consumed and remaining space of both memory devices.
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Close Active Applications using the Task Manager on Samsung Galaxy Note3

When you feel that your Galaxy Note3 is running slow, you may have opened a lot of applications. Pressing the "Back" key or the "Home" key does not actually close most applications but merely minimizes them. To view running applications and close them, follow the procedures below:

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    Press and hold the "Home" key until you are taken to the Recent Applications page.
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    From the applications page, tap on the Task Manager icon located on the lower-left part of the screen.
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    You will now be taken to the Task Manager, tap on the first tab to get to the Recent Applications tab.
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    On the Recent Applications tab, you can see the list of applications that are currently running on your device.
    You can also see how much RAM and CPU power they are taking up.
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    Tap on the End button on the right part of the desired application that you want to close.
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    Repeat the process to close other apps.
    If you want to close all running applications, tap on the End All button on the upper-right part of the screen.
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    You are done learning how to end active applications using the Task Manager on your Note3.
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Uninstall Applications using the Task Manager on Samsung Galaxy Note3

You may not notice it, but as time goes by, there will be some applications you are no longer using. Uninstalling these applications gives more space to your Galaxy Note3; more space for files or new useful applications. This section will discuss how to uninstall applications using the Task Manager. Follow the procedures below:

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    Press and hold the Home key until you are taken to the Recent Applications page.
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    From the applications page, tap on the Task Manager icon located on the lower-left part of the screen.
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    You will now be taken to the Task Manager, where you can tap on the second tab to get to the "Downloaded" tab.
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    On the Downloaded tab, you will see the list of applications that are downloaded and installed on your Galaxy Note3.
    You can also see how much space each application is taking and what storage device is it stored in.
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    Tap on the Uninstall button to the right of the application name to uninstall that application.
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    Repeat the process to uninstall other applications.
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    You have just learned how to uninstall application using the Task Manager on your Note3.
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Clear Memory to have more RAM using the Task Manager on Samsung Galaxy Note3

If your Samsung Galaxy Note3 is running ridiculously slow, releasing some precious RAM will help it perform faster. In this section, we will discuss how to clear some of your Random Access Memory (RAM) to improve your device's performance.

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    Press and hold the "Home" key until you are taken to the Recent Applications page.
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    From the applications page, tap on the Task Manager icon located on the lower-left part of the screen.
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    You will now be taken to the Task Manager, tap on the third tab to get to the RAM tab.
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    You will see the status of your RAM.
    You will see how much RAM you've got, and the remaining memory.
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    Tap on the Clear Memory button to clear out the RAM.
    Clearing out RAM may help your device perform better but can make the time to start an application longer. More on that will be discussed in the next section.
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    You have just learned how to clear memory, to have more RAM using the Task Manager on your Note3
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Clearing RAM as a Last Recourse

Though clearing the RAM can help your Galaxy Note3 perform better, always keep in mind you should only use this method as your last recourse. Clearing of RAM should not be done regularly, or when you don't absolutely need to, especially if your device does not show signs of sluggish performance. RAM stores data that allows you to quickly open your frequently used applications. If you clear it regularly, it will take your applications longer than usual to load. So what does the RAM really do?

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RAM Function Explained in Layman's Terms

To understand RAM's use on your Note3, think of it as a thermal flask.

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    A thermal flask stores hot water so you can drink your favorite hot beverage anytime that you want.
    So every time you want to drink some coffee, you won't have to boil water.
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    Now imagine that you are running out of storage for tap water, so you temporarily remove the hot water from the flask and replace it with tap water.
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    Now you have more containers for your tap water.
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    However, you realize that when you want to make a coffee, you do not have hot water available.
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    So you heat up some water and wait for it to boil before you can have a cup of coffee.
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    The thermal flask represents the RAM, the hot water represents the data stored on it, the tap water represents other processes, and the coffee represents an application.
    You can open your application faster if it has been already stored on your RAM. When you clear out the RAM, you give more space on your phone for other processes, causing your phone to perform better. However, when you open the same application again, you will notice that it takes longer to open than before. This is because RAM stores the data and processes on it so you can skip the "boiling" part of the process.
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    This is the reason why RAM should not be cleared when not needed.
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Clear Default Applications using the Task Manager on Samsung Galaxy Note3

Consider this: You are using the native messaging application of Samsung Galaxy Note3 as your default application to send, receive and read messages without problems. Then you discover this other great messaging application you think is superior to the native messaging application. You want to use it as your default app, but you don't know how to accomplish this. This section will help you clear the Default Applications used by your Note3 using the Task Manager.

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    Press and hold the "Home" key until you are taken to the Recent Applications page.
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    From the Applications Page, tap on the Task Manager icon located on the lower-left part of the screen.
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    You will now be taken to the Task Manager, where you will tap on the fourth tab to get to the Clear Default tab.
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    You will be shown the applications that are used by your phone as default apps when opening or launching other files or applications.
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    You can tap on the Clear button to the right of the application to clear it as the default application.
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    You have just learned how to clear default applications using the Task Manager on your Note3.
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Questions and Answers

My Note3 system memory keeps running out. How do I manage it?

How do I keep it from running out?

Your Note3 internal memory is almost full. You need to delete files from your device or transfer files from your Note3 internal memory to an external memory. You can check on the article on how to Transfer Files from Galaxy Note 3 Internal Memory to a Micro SD Card and the one for Transfer files from the Galaxy Note 3 to the computer and vice versa.

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Other ways of ways of getting more space for your Note3 are:

  • Uninstall applications that you do not use anymore. You may not notice it but as time passes, your phone may accumulate applications that you are no longer using. Uninstall these applications by going to Home > Apps icon > On the Application list, tap on the Menu button > Tap "Uninstall" and tap on the icons of the applications that you want to remove from your device.
  • Clear up old email attachments. You may have emails on your phone that are months old. These attachments may be on small sizes but as they add up, they grow in byte-volume too. Delete these emails to clear up space on your device.
  • Delete media files on your device. Having a 13 MP camera may be good but it has its disadvantage too. Your 3-minute video recorded using your camera could get up to more than a hundred megabytes. Delete those old videos or transfer them to another storage device.
  • Get a bigger external memory. Samsung Galaxy Note3 supports up to 64GB of external memory. If you are a memory-hog, get a 64GB external memory and transfer your files from the internal memory to the microSD card.
  • Clean your phone's cache. Your phone's cache will get bigger with time too, clearing these files will free up some of your phone's internal memory.
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For a more comprehensive article on clearing your phone's internal memory, you may check on the article on how to [[Clear Android's Internal Memory].

I installed a rom and now it says I have 29 gigs of system ram and very little storage. I need to change ram. How do I do that, please?

How do I change note 3 system memory?

There is no way to really change any kind of hardware on tablets. The only option you have is to try and clear some space on it by deleting things you no longer use.

Hi! Im using Samsung Notes 3 -?

I can't seem to videos downloader for Tumbler tried almost all downloaders but failed. Please assist. TQ

Tumbler should be able to work just fine with Samsung Note 3. There are indeed various options for downloader out there, and it is not always easy to find the best one. However, if you've tried almost all downloaders, and none work for you, you may want to consider those you pay for. In most cases, those are far more reliable. Also, you can read the previous users` feedback and see what they have to say in terms of overcoming problems encountered in using that particular downloader.

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Another thing to note about video downloaders is that the problem is not always with the downloader. In some cases, the problem in downloading has to do with the incompatibility of the file to the location of download. Most tablets and smartphones are picky when it comes to file types and there are videos which are not recognized at all.

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Is this the same process for the Samsung Galaxy Young?

As long as your Samsung Galaxy Young is on the same version of Android (4.4 Kit Kat), then yes, it is the same process.

How do I factory reset my Galaxy Note 3?

Hello, I am returning my phone to dealer and I need to factory reset it but I'm not sure how I do that

  • Go to your Settings application.
  • Tap the General tab in the upper-right corner.
  • Tap the Backup and reset panel.
  • Tap Factory data reset.

I am trying to set Go SMS Pro as my default text messaging app and its asking me to clear default in task manager, though I cannot find the task manager?

  • Hold your home button.
  • When the multitasking menu pops up, tap the lower-left corner of your screen.
  • Once you're in the Task Manager, tap the Clear Defaults button in the upper-right corner.
  • Tap Clear on whatever your current SMS app is.
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Alternative to manually ending tasks on Note3?

I frequently have to use task manager to end tasks, clear RAM, restart phone. If android is supposed to end tasks automatically as needed, why do I need to do this? Do I need to uninstall rarely used apps? I'm using only slightly more than half of my 32GB internal memory, (I know this is different than RAM)

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I want to know if I can use my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 as an mp3 player instead of buying a separate mp3 player?

I want to know if I can use by Samsung Galaxy Note 3 as an mp3 player instead of buying a separate mp3 player. The deciding factor would be to know how much storage capacity I have on the phone. For instance how many songs can I save onto it? Is there a capability to get more storage or external storage for it? Don't really know how any of this works so any help is appreciated.

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Home key no longer works on Galaxy tablet?

I can no longer get the home key to work on my daughter's Samsung Galaxy. Is there another way to get in and close active apps? Also to uninstall apps?

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I want to read my podcasts and music on the SD-Card?

I have about 19 GB of music and podcasts stored on my phone SD card of 128 GB they survived an up-date of I-Tunes which rendered almost all my podcasts inclusive U-Tunes podcasts not readable. Thanks Apple, never again with you! When I open the Music program I do not seem able to access the music and podcasts on the SD Card

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I cannot access device storage?

I cannot access device storage, only SD card access

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No enough spare memory to download updates?

Software update tells me I don't have enough memory.

Looking at My file tells me I have 598mg out of 32GB free.

Most files are in "other" but I can't find what these are - where do I start looking?

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My RAM usage is almost 90 %. It has slowed down my Note 3. How to fix this?

My RAM usage is almost 90 %. It has slowed down my Note 3. How to fix this?

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Question about why this phone has trouble loading emails?

Hi there, thanks for your help. The issue is that this phone won't load email reliably...and I am a real estate agent, so this is a problem! It has 32GB of memory and has 29.35 GB in memory right now. I just cleared the RAM and now 1.89 GB of 2.77 are available. Is there anything else I can do to help it load faster, and load more messages? Thanks. I have tried: Clearing cache, deleting emails while sitting at my mac (I have AOL acct with 45K emails in it) I've also removed all photos and videos from the phone. I think it was caused by: Not sure...This phone has had issues randomly dropping its access point connection so I am wondering if it's just glitch or something

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How do I transfer my pictures and videos from Note3 phone to my PC?

I need to transfer my pictures from my Note 3 to my PC but it's not allowing me to

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How much space is the default on a 16GB Note3 neo?

How much space is the default on a 16GB Note3 neo?

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Why do I keep getting the message in my Samsung Note3 - storage space running out even after taking out previous SD card and putting new SD card? I thought I should have lots of space?

Why do I keep getting the message in my Samsung Note3 - storage space running out even after taking out previous SD card and putting new SD card? I thought I should have lots of space. Then it also said some function may not work.

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