Learn how manage device memory and storage on Android, and why it is important.
Memory and storage are often confused, so we've made a handy guide to help understand the difference.
Internal memory (RAM) is where your device runs apps and open docs. It holds files while they are being used.
It is short term memory. When you restart your device or stop an app, it is no longer in memory.
Android may close apps, slow down, or cause errors.
Internal storage (ROM) is where your device stores app data and the system files it needs to keep. It can load these stored files into memory to use them.
It is long term memory. When you restart your device or stop an app, all saved information is still in the storage.
Android may have problems saving and reading files, and may even make some apps not function correctly.
See Storage (ROM) management below.
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