Tapping into your BlackBerry Smartphone Memory

How-To

Smartphone memory can be tricky to navigate, so we wanted to break it down a bit and help you, our users, get the best use out of your BlackBerry® smartphone memory.

The memory on a BlackBerry smartphone can be broken down into two parts: working memory and storage space. Working memory is built into the device, and is used to store and run all your applications. Storage space is used to hold documents, pictures, music, and any other type of file on your device. Storage space is most often a microSD card which can be upgraded or swapped.

To see how many applications are currently open and running in the background on your device, hold down the “menu” button and you will see a list of icons, as shown in the image at the top of this post.

There are five applications that will always show up here: Messages, Browser, BlackBerry® Messenger, Home, and Phone. Any other icons you see here are additional running applications. You may not have even known these were still running in the background, but they are.

If you exit from an application using the red phone button, that application will continue running in the background, allowing you to return to it later. But if you would rather exit from an app completely, press the menu key to display the menu, and select “close” or “exit” (depending on the application). This will ensure the application is not still running in the background.

To see how much memory is being used on a BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800 smartphone (or any device running BlackBerry® 6 OS), find your main options. This is the “wrench” icon.

After clicking the wrench, go to “Device” and then “Application Management.” BlackBerry 6 OS software offers a detailed look at how your memory is used. At the top of the screen, scroll right until you see “Memory”.

This screen will show you how much working memory is free, and also which applications are using the most.

To see how much memory is being used on any other BlackBerry smartphone, we also start at the wrench icon.

When you click the wrench, you will be presented with a list. Find “Memory”. This screen will detail how much space is left in your working memory (called “Application Memory” here) as well as your storage space.

If you find that your device memory is lower than 10-15 MB, you may want to take actions to increase it.

One method to free a lot of space is to remove any old, unused applications from your device. This can be done right on your home screen on most versions of BlackBerry software. Simply highlight the unused app, click the menu key, and select “delete”. If you are running an older device, you may not have the option to delete right on the home screen. If so, go to your main options > “Advanced Options” > “Applications”. Select the unused app from the list, press the menu button and then select “delete”.

Another way to save space is to store your media files in your storage memory. These files run just as well from a microSD card as they do from your working memory. If you insert a microSD card into your BlackBerry smartphone, a default will automatically be set to save your pictures and movies there, for just this reason.

Closing running applications, storing media on microSD cards, and deleting unwanted apps will all help increase your working memory, and help avoid downtime – allowing you to do more with your BlackBerry smartphone. Try out these simple steps, and see if you notice a difference in the performance of your BlackBerry smartphone.

Let us know if you have any more questions in the comments!

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