Delete Mac Virtual Memory in 6 Steps

Delete Mac Virtual Memory in 6 Steps

6 Steps to Erasing the Virtual Memory Disk on a Mac

Excessive use of the virtual memory can have serious repercussions on the performance of our Macs. Such as system slowdowns, high disk space consumption, and a considerable increase in hard disk wear.
Efficiently managing memory and storage helps prevent these problems. And while it's true that more and more people are use CleanMyMac to perform virtual memory management, there are some specific strategies and steps you can take to improve virtual storage management on your device.

1. Understanding virtual memory (VM)

Virtual memory is the responsible for the management of IT resourcesespecially in operating systems such as macOS. This memory management technique allows an operating system to compensate for the limitations of physical RAM by extending this capacity through the use of disk space. On Mac, virtual memory is handled transparently by the operating system.

2. Review current disk usage

The Activity Monitor is a tool included in macOS that allows you to see how system resources are being used in real time, including disk and virtual memory usage.

  1. Navigate to the folder Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor.
  2. Check memory usage by identifying which applications and processes are using the most resources.
  3. Switch to the "Disk" tab to find activities that may be influencing virtual memory usage.

3. Free up RAM memory

The RAM (random access memory) is used by the operating system and applications to store temporary data that needs to be accessed quickly. However, when RAM becomes full, the system must resort to virtual memory.

  1. Close unnecessary applications.
  2. Terminates processes that are running in the background.
  3. Reduce the number of tabs open in the web browser.
  4. Update your Mac with the latest versions of macOS and your applications, as these often include memory management improvements.
Unlock RAM MacOs
Unlock RAM MacOs

4. Manage Unnecessary Storage and Files

Another equally important step is to keep the storage organised and free of unnecessary files:

  1. Delete large files.
  2. Clear caches manually by going to ~/Library/Caches.
  3. Use the macOS storage management tool. To do this, click on the Apple > About This Mac > Storage > Manage Storage.

From this last option you can set up automated deletion of items in the Trash that have been there for more than 30 days. Review and delete large or unnecessary files, as well as apps you haven't used recently. It also lets you move photos and files to iCloud to free up space.

5. Adjust the virtual memory configuration

Default, macOS encrypts swap files to protect information written to disk. Disabling this encryption may slightly speed up the system by reducing the load on the processor. However, this will also decrease the security of sensitive data stored on your Mac.

Another way to improve performance may consider increasing physical RAM (if possible).

6. Monitor performance to make necessary adjustments.

This continuous monitoring will allow us to quickly identify any problems or bottlenecks and make proactive or corrective adjustments.

For preventive monitoring you can use the Activity Monitor to see in real time how resources such as CPU, memory, power, disk and network are being used. Remember to keep your system and applications up to date, as well as security patches. You can also use Apple Diagnostics to detect hardware issues that may be affecting your Mac's performance.

MacOs Activity Monitor
MacOs Activity Monitor

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