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Here’s a fix for the memory issues on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge [Needs Root!]

Well, in what is yet another example of how hobbyist developers and tech enthusiasts can fix a problem the well-paid engineers at Samsung seem to take a long time to do. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge have been offering a handicapped experience because of a RAM issue that has been discussed quite a lot in recent weeks – it’s something even the beta Android 5.1 builds we here at SamMobile have access to haven’t fixed, but an unofficial solution has now cropped up on the XDA forums.

The problem on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge seems to stem from the fact that Samsung has chosen to use some aggressive memory management settings, and not just from the memory leak issues that Android Lollipop suffers from (on pre-5.1 versions.) As a few XDA users have discovered, getting rid of the RAM issues is possible by making a few changes to the memory management values. Apps like Chrome, which use Android’s WebView function for displaying webpages, don’t behave any differently after making the changes, but otherwise the multitasking experience does improve considerably.

Unfortunately, changing these values requires one to have root access, which is why we don’t exactly recommend anyone try this out unless they are really, really hurting because of the S6’s aggressive killing of apps. Thankfully, there are a couple of root methods available online that do not trip the KNOX counter or mess with warranty in any permanent way, but even those will have the disadvantage of disabling any over-the-air updates in the future (a solution for which is our firmware database, which can you use to flash newer firmware even if you have a rooted device.)

Head over to the source link for all the details.

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Dark5tar
Dark5tar

My RAM issue seemed to have improved after the latest Samsung update. Mine is SM-G920I, running the firmware G920IDVU1BOE3. Apps such as Whatsapp no longer “pauses” upon launching.

darktears
darktears

“Apps like Chrome, which use Android’s WebView function for displaying webpages, don’t behave any differently after making the changes, but otherwise the multitasking experience does improve considerably.”

-> this is incorrect. Chrome does not use the Android WebView. The engine is the same, Blink, however one does not use the other. WebView is a Java API for 3rd party app and to be used inside Java Apps. Chrome has a different architecture than the Java Webview where each page sits in separate processes.

mikeyinid
mikeyinid

That statement isn’t true anyway. We made a few changes to the values we set in the build.prop and chrome tabs stay open just like everything else.

isroisro
isroisro

Samsung is busy making the iphone 6 plus now… Sorry, i meant the samsung galaxy s6 plus. No time for your complaints. You already paid, good bye.

gazadon
gazadon

one word come to mind.
iDiot.

MStuart
MStuart

He’s not entirely wrong though.

isroisro
isroisro

Lol are you writing from between chuncks of colour from Android 5? Or are you still on 4? :)) in either case your writing when the lag allows you and your battery is draining before your eyes. So tell me again how iSmart you are.

isroisro
isroisro

*youre

gazadon
gazadon

i honestly don’t know what you are trying to say.
whatever it is the point isn’t coming across.
but as an avid apple user you will probably try and go by their mantra, “there’s an app for that”.
too bad no such app exists for STUPID.
sad

walkermoon
walkermoon

Unfortunately these tweaks do not apply to Note 4 which is also suffering from poor ram management on lollipop builds. There’s no such line in Note 4’s build.prop as suggested to modify in that XDA thread.

mikeyinid
mikeyinid

This will absolutely apply to the Note 4. The values may vary but it will work. The values weren’t present in my build.prop either (i’m the one that figured this out), but adding them did indeed work. Go over to the thread on XDA, post your build.prop, and we’ll try to help you. Cheers

MStuart
MStuart

While I appreciate very much the work of independent developers, I’ll wait for Samsung’s fix. It’s their responsibility to fix it, and I hope that when they finally release a fix for it, it will be fixed for good rather than requiring multiple patches and creating another issues along the way.

IAmFromTheInternet
IAmFromTheInternet

How do we root our device without tripping knox / waranty? All links I find on Google tell me Knox will be tripped and warranty voided.

Phirak Sok
Phirak Sok

It’s called ping pong root. Hope that will help u 🙂

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