I recently switched from a Samsung GS4 to a Nexus 5X. With my Samsung phone it was easy to clear out my RAM. I did it throughout the day to keep my phone running smoothly.

With my Nexus 5X, I can't figure out how to do it. Under settings, it tells me the average RAM usage (1.7GB) and which apps are using it but not how to free up RAM. When I google it, all the results suggest I clear the cache which is not the same as RAM. I even installed an app, Greenify, to try and help free up RAM but I couldn't get my phone to allow the app the permissions needed in order to force stop and control apps running in the background. I'm using Android 7.1.1. I regularly clear open applications but that doesn't seem to help.

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    You usually don't need to manage the RAM on a modern phone unless the manufacturer has a flawed configuration for the internal RAM management built into Android. The fact that there isn't even a built in way to easily clean RAM backs this up. If you really need to manage the RAM manually, start by rooting your device to be able to stop system processes and resilient services. – GiantTree Apr 10 '17 at 20:35
  • I play Pokemon GO and that uses a lot of RAM. I'd really like to close background stuff so that I can switch between Pokemon and another app without it restarting every time. I don't want to root my phone. – Cara Wogsland Apr 10 '17 at 20:40
  • Oh, I see. You may want to add this information to your question. I don't know much (or anything) about the RAM management present on the Nexus 5X but I'm pretty sure you will find an answer soon. – GiantTree Apr 10 '17 at 20:44
  • I'd say that 2GB RAM on the 5X is simply not enough, especially with the OS itself eating a considerable portion of that up. – Andy Yan Apr 11 '17 at 0:56

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