What is the difference between internal storage and internal memory in Android Gingerbread?

DrSunil Vaswani May 8, 2013
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What is the difference between Internal storage and Internal memory in Gingerbread?
In it’s settings – Storage – two sections named Internal Memory and Internal Storage?
Is Internal Memory same as RAM or different? The profile of device in question is at http://www.fonearena.com/hcl-me-am7-a1_1663.html

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  1. ha14
    May 9, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Internal memory= RAM
    Internal storage= Like hard drive
    Foe new device always space Internal Storage bigger than Internal Memory.
    internal memory RAM is always purged so you will not run out of space unless complications and problems.

    • rajeshmetla
      May 9, 2013 at 9:30 am

      In general usage I agree. But in the question asked Internal Memory and Internal Storage are shown as two sections in Storage Menu in Settings in an Android device. I don't reckon RAM is showed in Storage Menu. It's always Device memory, Internal SD/USB storage and SD card. I'd used Froyo, and using GB and JB never seen RAM in that menu.

    • ha14
      May 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      perhaps the question should be more developed to find out what exactly DrSunil Vaswani wants.
      Manage internal storage (ROM): Android
      -The internal storage (ROM) is your file cabinet, it is long term memory
      -The desk is like your internal memory (RAM), where you are using files, it is short term memory

      Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
      Applications use two kinds of memory in your phone: storage memory and RAM.

    • DrSunil Vaswani
      May 14, 2013 at 7:44 am

      The storage section in GB tablet does show internal storage and internal memory.

      So question was whether internal memory in the Storage section is RAM memory itself?

    • ha14
      May 14, 2013 at 9:44 am

      how much is each one?

    • DrSunil Vaswani
      May 15, 2013 at 4:15 am


      Internal memory ~ 6.43 gb available
      Internal storage ~ 311 mb available

      Do tabs have RAM between 512 and 256 mb too?

    • ha14
      May 15, 2013 at 8:48 am

      some can have more than 512 RAM
      Internal memory ~ 6.43 gb available this cannot be ram this can be your internal storage capacity if you gave a tablet 8GB
      Internal storage ~ 311 mb available this looks like RAM or whatever space left that can be used

      this vocabulary is little confusing or something is wrong with android...

  2. rajeshmetla
    May 9, 2013 at 5:55 am

    In my Gingerbread tablet it shows as Devise Memory, USB Storage and SD card. In Storage menu in settings RAM is generally not shown. Device memory( or Internal memory) is where your Apps get installed. USB Storage (or Internal Storage is your internal SD which is accessible to user to store media and other files. SD card is the external SD card (or memory card as some call it) which you insert into your devise to increase user accessible storage. You can check your ram by opening task manager and going to RAM tab.

    • DrSunil Vaswani
      May 10, 2013 at 4:55 am

      Even GB has different subversions : 2.3.1 , 2.3.2 etc

      But in GB it has been noticed that Memory sections shows both Internal Storage and Internal Memory

      Is any of the two indicative of RAM?

  3. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 9, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Memory and storage are often confused. It is important to know the difference, because they perform different functions.

    As an example, think of your device as an office. The internal storage (ROM) is your file cabinet. You store files in the cabinet, but you would not read or edit them there. You take files that you are using out of the file cabinet, and put them on your desk. The desk is like your internal memory (RAM), where you are using files.

    Internal memory (RAM) : Internal memory (RAM) is where your running runs apps and open docs are. It is short term memory. When you restart your device or stop an app, it is no longer in memory (RAM).
    What happens when it is low? If you run out of internal memory, then Android may close apps, slow down, or cause errors.

    Internal storage (ROM) : Internal storage (ROM) is where your device stores app data and the operating system files it needs to keep. It is long term memory. When you restart your device or stop an app, all saved information is still in the storage.
    What happens when it is low? If you run out of internal storage, you may have problems saving and reading files, and may even make some apps not function correctly.

    Perform the following steps as regular maintenance for internal storage (ROM):

    Clear storage regularly
    Clear the storage at least once a week:
    Note: Refer to your user manual for instructions.

    Check the available internal device storage. It must be over 25 MB for all versions up to Android 3.1 or over 150 MB for Android 4.0+.
    Note: If it is less, the Android system cannot work properly. You must clear more storage and delete more apps using the following tips.
    Delete unnecessary text messages (SMS) and picture messages (MMS).
    Transfer pictures and media to a computer, and remove it from the phone memory.
    Clear the browser cache, cookies, or history.
    Clear Facebook app cache.
    Manage applications. See section below.
    Delete the call logs.

    Set the device to manage some memory
    Prevent the storage from being filled as quickly:

    Set the text message limit to delete messages automatically.
    Note: The default is 200 text and 20 picture messages. You may use this setting to start with, and decrease it if you continue to have problems.
    Change the setting for email synchronization to download only for the past three days.

    Manage applications
    Keep managing any applications that you install to keep the system running properly:

    If you notice the device having some problems and you installed apps in the past few days, then uninstall all the new apps. Most device problems are actually caused by app errors.
    View other applications that are using storage or memory:
    When in Manage Applications settings, press Menu. Some devices may require you select All first to view all applications.
    Touch Sort by size.
    For apps that take up a lot of space, clear the application cache and data.
    For apps that continue to use a lot of your storage space, uninstall them by touching the app name, then Uninstall.
    Move some apps to the SD card or storage partition.
    Note: Do not move: live wallpaper, widget apps, apps that use the notification bar, or apps that synchronize online. Some apps may not work correctly from SD card. Move unstable apps back to internal memory or upgrade to a new SD card (class 6 or above).

    Perform the following steps as regular maintenance for internal memory (RAM):

    Restart the device regularly
    You should restart the phone at least once a day:

    Press and hold the Power key.
    Touch Restart (if available) or Power Off.
    If necessary, press the Power key to turn the device back on.

    Reduce memory use
    Prevent the memory from being filled as quickly:

    If the device is slow, remove the widgets from Home screens (especially ones that update with information or have animation).
    If you are using live wallpaper and the device is slow, turn off the live wallpaper.
    Remove all unused Home screens:
    Pinch the Home screen.
    On the grid of Home screens, drag unused screens to the trash.

    Note: These things can both drain your battery faster and make your device run slower, or cause crashes in all apps.

    Manage applications
    Keep managing any applications that you install to keep the system running properly:

    If you notice the device having some problems and you installed apps in the past few days, then uninstall all the new apps.
    Keep your apps updated. Open the Play Store while you have a data connection, and it will check for updates.
    Read reviews of your apps in the Play Store. Not all apps work well with all phones. Read the customer reviews to see if other people complain about the app not working.
    Manage or remove apps that run in the background. Background apps use up device resources.
    Restart the phone.
    In Settings, go to Apps or Application manager, and then Running.
    Examine the list of apps running in the background. View applications that are running in memory, and either:
    Uninstall the third-party apps
    Clear the application cache
    Task and battery managers:
    Android 4.0 and later include a task manager you can use to close running apps. Open the recent apps screen, and manage your apps listed.
    Note: Some older devices include a pre-installed task manager, which you can access from the applications menu.
    Most Android phones can manage applications from the Settings menu.
    Never install third-party task managers, battery managers, or apps that close and end running processes. They interfere with how Android works.
    Note: If you have installed a task manager, then uninstall it.

    For devices with limited storage (ROM)
    Some devices have a limited amount of storage space (example: G1, myTouch 3G, Wildfire S, Gravity SMART, etc.). These devices may show signs of low memory when the storage fills up.

    Does deleting messages and call logs help free up memory?
    No. Messages and call logs are stored in the internal storage. Clearing them will only affect memory problems when the Messaging app is running.

    It will not help the memory if the Messaging app is not running, but it will help if the internal storage is full or corrupted.

    • DrSunil Vaswani
      May 14, 2013 at 7:42 am

      You mean internal storage is for app storage if sd card in unavailable. and internal memory is RAM memory itself?

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