These are the memory cleaner apps; utilities which purge the Mac’s memory of unused apps, devoting more RAM to the apps you need to use at the moment. Amazingly, many of these memory cleaner apps are free or very inexpensive. Here’s one you might like.
Keeping Memory Clean
It wasn’t that too many years ago when memory– RAM– on a stock Mac was considered anemic. And expensive (Apple charges a premium for RAM).
That’s not really the case today as most low-end Mac come with 4GB and doubling that isn’t the horrible upgrade expense of years past.
MemoryKeeper is a Mac memory utility which cleans up RAM in a simple, elegant, set-it-and-forget-it way.
The Automatic Clean functions seems to work well on our aging iMac with 2GB of RAM, modestly well on the corner Mac mini with 4GB of RAM, and not noticeable at all on my MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM.
What MemoryKeeper does is clear RAM of apps and background processes that might linger around and take up RAM while not actually being used at the time.
It couldn’t be much easier to use, either. Click on Turn On Automatic Clean.
MemoryKeeper will tell you how much RAM has been cleaned and made available to OS X.
The real question is, ‘Does MemoryKeeper actually work?’
My answer is a qualified yes, especially for Macs with lower amounts of RAM, in the two to four gigabyte range, and dependent upon the number of type of apps residing in memory.
I’ll also qualify my experience with this– MemoryKeeper’s latest version works better than the first version. But, again, only on our two Macs with very limited RAM, and usually when running only one or two apps at a time.
It’s hard to beat free, and even in the age of inexpensive RAM, it can cost $50 to $100 to add more memory to an older Mac, so apps similar to MemoryKeeper are an easier way to see if you can squeeze another year from your old Apple toy.