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App review: Memory Doctor for iOS

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Memory Doctor is probably one of the less complicated apps ever (it has one screen, one button) but it can also be one of the most useful ones. It simply shows you how your RAM is being used, and gives you a button to fix it. Simple, yet so very useful.

Apple likes to pretend that you don’t have to worry about multitasking in iOS since the device will make sure you always have enough. Here int he real world however, that’s not the case, and there are way too many apps who use up insane amounts of memory for no reason even when they’re not running other than in “fast app switching mode”. This can be a big problem since it will cripple the OS and make everything laggy, not just RAM heavy apps but even simple things like the keyboard. We Rule, a game I play, falls into both the category of leaking memory as well as being very unstable and close to impossible to run if there is already memory leakage going on.

The solution to this is Memory Doctor. It’s a very simple app that shows you how your RAM is being used at the moment, as well as give you a “refresh” button which simply kills everything that isn’t needed in the background to free up memory (basically the same as closing all apps by double tapping the home button, but a more advanced, one button solution). This results in better performance as well as better battery.

There really isn’t anything else to say about this app other than that it works well. Running it before starting any RAM intensive games (or after having used an app that is known to leak memory) really improves the performance all around, and makes sure that bad third party programming doesn’t ruin the vanilla iPad experience. Memory leakage can occur in any OS (ehem Firefox ehem), and since it’s a bug it needs to be addressed no matter how much RAM you have. Memory Doctor is an iPhone app (that will of course work on the iPad, just not with the native resolution) that you can get for $0.99 in the iTunes store. Well worth the money in my opinion!

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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12 thoughts on “App review: Memory Doctor for iOS

  • Avatar of Mathis

    is this just an one-button-on-option-app or do you have some possibilities to record things(which app uses the most battery and stuff like that) or to give it an autokillmode?

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  • You sure this works and is not a $cam? There is a very long vocal comment on iTunes descrbing this app………

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    • do you mean the retard who couldn’t find the button? That really does require a special kind of stupid

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  • Avatar of macilaci457

    This kind of apps are useful. I never thought I would need one on my smartphone either but revently I had to try one. Expanding needs of program functionality needs more memory to devices.

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  • Avatar of Mathis

    i am one of those guys, who used an ordinary mobilephone till last summer… back in 2009, i was looking for one of these… ‘smartphones’, just to know, what exactly that is. at that time, i wondered, that i had missed the point, when those small devices turned into computers… now, they have dedicated graphicunits, hdmi-output and dualcoreprocessors, even taskmanagers(like this one) are available… :D by the way, does somebody have seen nvidias roadmap for tegra? o.O

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  • Avatar of Relyt

    I’ll have to send this over to my brother. He’s always used something like this but it never seemed to work right. This looks like a great app.

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  • I keep a similar application on my phone, too. Could be risky to go without. Plus, it makes me fondly remember my ctrl+alt+del upbringing.

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  • I’m surprised the Apple api gives developers access to do this.
    Sounds like a very useful app though.

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  • Avatar of Barto

    That’s pretty cool, I think I was living with the assumption that these kind of apps would require you to jail break first. Glad I’m wrong.

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  • Avatar of Matthew B.

    Hmm this might work.. but the best solution is jailbroken device with “Respring” app that does one thing- restarts your springboard. This is almost like a quick restart of the whole device. In addition, program sysinfo shows memory usage of every app, and also provides simple “process kill” tool.

    But if (for some reason) one does not want to jailbreak, this might be a solution..

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