How to Check Mac Memory Usage?

Running out of memory can be an annoying issue with  Mac, but no problem you can easily check your mac memory usage and know which Programs are eating it up to fix that.

The upcoming method is working with every copy of macOS, so whatever your current version it will work. Let’s see.

How to Check Mac Memory Usage?

To start, press  Command+period (.) to open Activity Monitor, or from the Search icon in the menu bar. Type “Activity Monitor” in the search box, and then press Enter.

How to Check Mac Memory Usage?
How to Check Mac Memory Usage?

Click the “Memory” tab in “Activity Monitor.”

Now you will see a list, this showing all processes (programs, applications, system functions, and so on) running on your computer.

Beside every item, you can see how much memory each is using.

At the bottom of the window, there is a box that shows the total amount of memory in use.

How to Check Mac Memory Usage?
How to Check Mac Memory Usage?

Note: If the “Memory Used” number is larger than the “Physical Memory” number, your Mac is relying on virtual memory (or Swap) to function. As a result, your system might run slower than usual.

Which program is eating Mac’s memory?

To check which program is eating Mac’s memory; Click the arrow next to the “Memory” column header.

Which program is eating Mac's memory?
Which program is eating Mac’s memory?

The processes will be re-sorted by the amount of memory they’re using, from greatest to least.

In normal you will see the most programs you use on the top, it’s okay. But if you found a program or process you don’t use too much using a large amount of memory, this can be suspicious and you may face a problem with it.

How to stop suspicious processes from eating memory?

If you face a suspicious process as we mentioned above, you can force it to quit.

  • Select the process from the list, and then click the “X” at the top left.

  • Click “Force Quit” in the dialog box that appears to confirm.
  • Now, the process will be closed, for better results restart your device.

After ending all suspicious processes your Mac should back to the normal case.

That’s all.


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