Learn how to use the task manager and free up memory on the Motorola Moto X.

Manage memory

To manage the internal memory, follow these steps:

Restart the device regularly

You should restart the phone at least once a day:

  1. Press and hold the Power key.
  2. Touch Restart.

Reduce memory use

Prevent the memory from being filled as quickly: 

  • If the device is slow, remove the widgets from Home screens (especially ones that update with information orhave animation).
  • If you are using live wallpaper and the device is slow, turn off the live wallpaper.
    Note: These things can both drain your battery faster and make your device run slower, or cause crashes in all apps.

Manage applications

Keep managing any applications that you install to keep the system running properly:

  • If you notice the device having some problems and you installed apps in the past few days, then uninstall all the new apps.
  • Keep your apps updated. Open the Play Store while you have a data connection, and it will check for updates.
  • Read reviews of your apps in the Play Store. Not all apps work well with all phones. Read the customer reviews to see if other people complain about the app not working.
  • Manage or remove apps that run in the background. Background apps use up device resources.
  • Task and battery managers:
    • Android 4.0 and later include a task manager you can use to close running apps. Open the recent apps screen, and manage your apps listed. 
    • Never install third-party task managers, battery managers, or apps that close and end running processes. They interfere with how Android works.
      Note: If you have installed a task manager, then uninstall it.

Task manager

A task manager can view running apps and close them. To use the task manager, follow these steps:

  1. From any home screen tap the recent application icon (bottom right corner).
  2. Scroll and select application you want to close.
  3. Swipe left or right to close selected application

View free memory

To view the amount of free internal memory, follow these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Storage.
  4. View the device memory.
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