How to Easily Fix "Your system has run out of application memory" Issue

By Gina Barrow, Last updated: January 11, 2022

Are you receiving memory errors? Find out how to get rid of "your system has run out of application memory" issue in this new post!

Before We Fix Your System Has Run Out Of Application Memory

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Part 1. Fix Your System has run out of application memoryPart 2. Check Activity Monitor for Memory StatusPart 3. All-in-One Solution Part 4. Reduce Memory Usage in FinderPart 5. Summary

Part 1. Fix Your System has run out of application memory

Even the most powerful computers slow down after a time when it's full of apps, files, and other relevant software downloaded and hogging the entire system. But, how do you know that your Mac is low on application memory?

When you notice your computer slowing down and its performance levels decline, are just a few signs that something is wrong with your system. You will notice your browsers are crashing, apps are freezing and many more unusual errors.

In some cases, you might receive the 'your system has run out of application memory' error message. To fix this problem, you need to clean and pack up those clutters in order for your system to run in good condition again.

Disable Dashboard widgets

MacOS treats the desktop as newly opened windows that is why you will notice latency upon starting your computer. If you have too many apps on the Dashboard, it will also affect the way your Mac functions especially on startup. You can choose to turn it off so you can minimize the application memory usage.

  • Open System Preferences
  • Mission Control
  • From the drop-down menu next to Dashboard Select Off

You will not lose data by turning off the dashboard so it is safe to do this option. You can also choose only the most important or the frequently-used app icons to save on the Desktop. By doing this, you can save more disk space and speed up the startup your Mac.
System Run Out Of Application Memory Error

Use Chrome’s Task Manager to Force Quit

You can also use Google Chrome's Task Manager to force quit memory-heavy processes in the browser. "Force quit" is a helpful tool that lets you view how a page scales on CPU usage on a Mac.

  • Open Chrome and go to Settings
  • Click More tools and select Task Manager
  • Here you can see the Browser, GPU, and other heavy apps affecting the virtual memory used on Mac, Select the browser and click End Process
  • You can also select the GPU Process and click End Process to free more disk space

Part 2. Check Activity Monitor for Memory Status

Your Activity monitor will display whatever status of your system may be. To open activity monitor, go to Applications and type: Activity Monitor in the search bar. You should see in the Activity Monitor how much free memory you’ve got left.

Shortcut: You can also press F4 and type Activity Monitor in the search bar.

Note: Your Mac's memory is critical when it is in red and yellow colors. If you notice that you got some colorful memory under memory pressure, your device is exhausting all free memory it can use. Check the cached files and see how much memory used. From this area you can note down the types of memory usage you are having issues with and what can you do to free up some disk space.
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Part 3. All-in-One Solution

Based on the scenario above, cached files may take a huge amount of disk space on your Mac. These can be any temporary files including browser, app, and system caches that can affect the way we use Mac.

Login items can be another suspect for application memory issues. These are those programs/apps/software that loads automatically during Mac startup. Some of them add themselves to the list automatically or without your approval. These apps are causing too much time for your Mac to boot and that can be very frustrating.

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  2. Go to Cleaner module and select the desired option to clean, like iPhoto Junk
  3. Click scan and wait for results
    Iphont Junk
  4. Review and select unnecessary files
    Iphoto Junk Watch
  5. Delete
    Iphoto Junk Delete Finish

Simply by using FoneDog Mac Cleaner, you have absolutely cleaned and freed a huge amount of space on your Mac!

Apart from the Login items, here are the culprits for your memory(application memory) issues:

  • Large, Old, and unused files, like movies, music, etc...
  • Old downloads
  • Seldom used applications
  • System Junk

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  • Browser Privacy Cleanup
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Part 4. Reduce Memory Usage in Finder

Finder can be another suspect for high application memory usage. We use it for searching for important apps, files, and other settings when we don't want to go the long way. Because Finder searches all the folders and files, you can customize the way you use Finder by doing these steps:

  • Click Finder
  • Go to Preferences
  • Open General tab
  • Set the New Finder window to All My Files
  • Close and relaunch Finder

At least you have saved a good amount of space by customizing Finder.
System Run Out Of Application Memory Solution

Part 5. Summary

Here are all the Your System has run out of Application Memory fix. This article proves that regardless of how powerful our devices and computers can be if we neglect to maintain them, they will eventually slow down in the future. The key to having a reliable Mac is its maintenance. There are many ways we can get rid of the "your system has run out of application memory" error message and one of the most effective is by using FoneDog Mac Cleaner.

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Was a Technical Specialist for a while, troubleshooting Smartphone and Software-related issues until a writing stint caught my attention.

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