Say what? A quick visit to the Mac App Store revealed a very surprising trend. Mac users love those free memory apps. Some are free. Most are a dollar or two. What do those apps do to your Mac?
Speed Up Your Mac
Most Mac users I know don’t bother to add more RAM to their machines unless there’s a notable slowdown in performance. More memory chips is much more expensive than an app that frees up memory.
What surprised me is both the number of apps available on MAS that free up the memory in your Mac, and the number of high ratings.
These apps don’t perform miracles. Your Mac won’t actually be any faster than before, but in some cases, popular apps may perform better, or seem to run faster.
What do they do? It’s actually rather simple, which may explain why there are so many of the free memory apps, why they cost so little (or, are free), and why Mac users give them high ratings.
They free up inactive memory on your Mac. Many apps take up precious RAM even while they’re in the background and not being used.
A free memory app can reclaim that memory for the apps you’re using at the moment. That makes it appear as if the Mac is running faster.
Though mostly similar, these apps vary a bit in functionality and extra bells and whistles. Some, like MemoryFreer are accessible from the Menubar.
Others have Preferences which give you control over update frequency, look and feel, charts and graphs, auto launch, and more.
At the very basic level all you have to do is click to free up more of your Mac’s RAM for the apps you want to use now.
Is there a downside? Yes. In some cases, apps whose memory has been reclaimed may not start again. It’s common enough to note but certainly not a deal breaker, judging by all the four and five star reviews.