How to check how much RAM you have on a Mac or PC

Man using computer in home office10’000 Hours/Getty ImagesEvery computer lets you check its RAM easily.
  • You can check how much RAM memory you have using your PC’s “About Your PC” menu, or your Mac’s “About This Mac” menu.
  • Most computers have 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM, although occasionally you’ll see 32 GB or higher.
  • RAM helps programs run in the background, so you can switch between them without delay.
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RAM, or random access memory, is essential for speedy computing and smooth visuals. It stores information from all the apps currently running, so they work even when left in the background, and can open quickly when you switch focus to them again.

How much RAM you need depends on what you’ll be using it for. 8 GB is the standard RAM size – you won’t find many modern computers with less than this. But if you’re an audio or video professional, or a serious gamer, you’ll want a computer with 16 GB or higher.

If your computer has memory issues or is consistently slow, the problem could be your RAM. You can upgrade it if you feel this is a problem. But first, you’ll want to see how much RAM you have already.

You can check how much RAM your PC or Mac has in just a few clicks.

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