How to fix “Out of System Application” on Mac – Yalla Match

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Is your Mac crashing regularly? Do you get the same pop-ups complaining about low memory and asking you to force quit some apps? Here’s how to fix this and reduce the chance of it happening again.

Kill a running app using the Force Quit option

On macOS, only if the memory is completely exhausted, including physical RAM and virtual memory on the boot drive.[アプリケーションの強制終了]A window will appear.

When this window pops up, you should terminate unnecessary applications to stabilize the system. Apps you don’t use or forgot to be running in the background should be running first. Removing some apps causes the system to respond again.

The window will display the application name along with the amount of RAM currently in use. Click on the app[強制終了]Click to force quit, but note that your data will not be saved. If you force quit while the application is working on a document, you expect to lose your work.

Sometimes the system freezes on this window when I shut down the app or when I try to recover from a problem situation. You can wait a few minutes at a time for things to return to normal.

If there is any unsaved work on the line, you have to wait. If not, we recommend that you restart your Mac by holding the power button until the device turns off. Then reboot.

Related: How to restart your Mac

Quick fix by restarting your Mac

Even if you return macOS to a usable state using the method above, the window may reappear after a while. Make sure you save everything you’re working on, then restart your Mac with the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen. This will free up as much memory as possible.

Restart macOS without reopening apps on login

Uncheck “Reopen windows on new logon” and consider opening only mission-critical applications in the future.

You can save physical and virtual memory by not loading unnecessary applications when your computer starts. You can easily check startup items by going to System Preferences (System Settings)> User Groups> Login Items. You can now remove an app from the startup list by highlighting the app and clicking the minus (-) button.

List of startup applications for Mac

Free up some disk space to prevent the error from happening again

macOS can manage physical memory (RAM) as long as there is disk space to go in and out. The system retrieves information from physical memory and places it into virtual memory as needed.

You can get an idea of ​​this process by opening the Activity Monitor and clicking on the Memory tab. At the bottom of the tab, you will see the total “Physical Memory” (the amount of RAM installed in your laptop) and the total “Memory in Use” (the amount of RAM currently in use).

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It also shows “Cached files”. This is a file that is used frequently by the operating system and is swapped in and out of physical memory. Swap used refers to the amount of space used to swap files in and out of RAM.

When you’re running out of disk space (or especially running out of space), your system has no space to cache files and no space to swap them in and out. This is one of the reasons why you may see a window asking you to close the app to free up memory.

This can be avoided by keeping free space on your Mac.

Apple doesn’t specify the amount of free space your Mac needs to function properly, but if this error occurs frequently, it may not meet your criteria.

As a general rule, we recommend that you target around 10% of the total disk space. There are many ways to free up space on your Mac, such as by emptying the Downloads folder, deleting apps you don’t use, or automatically emptying the Trash.

macOS download folder

You can also swap files on the drive with another drive, such as a USB stick, hard drive, or dedicated drive in your MacBook Pro’s SD card drive.

Don’t do too much at once

If you frequently get the error “The application has run out of system memory” and try to reduce the disk space, you may reach the system limit. This is more common on older Mac models with less memory.

The key is to know the limitations of your system and not to overdo it. This could mean opening fewer browser tabs at the same time, being careful not to open too many resource-intensive applications (like image editors or games) at the same time, and reducing background processes.

Safari Tabs on macOS Monterey

You can use Activity Monitor to see which processes are running on your Mac. You can also see the background processes currently running in the upper right corner of the screen. You can prevent some processes, such as assistants in note-taking apps like Evernote and Duet Display, from loading until they are needed.

To stop these processes, you will need to open each application’s settings and disable the startup agent. The easiest way to do this is to use an app like CleanMyMac X to find and disable the launch agent.

Most importantly, make sure you have enough free storage space on your boot drive so that macOS can properly handle both physical and virtual memory.

Related: How to use Activity Monitor to troubleshoot your Mac

Isolate apps with memory leaks

If the problem appears to be limited to using a specific app, you may have a memory leak. A memory leak is a software problem in which an application constantly requests memory without reallocating.

Related: What is a memory leak and what can be done about it

Monitor memory usage with macOS Activity Monitor

You should monitor it to see if the problem is more common when using a specific app. In Activity Monitor[メモリ]form ([メモリ]Click a column to sort the list by usage) at any time to see if some apps seem to be using more than their fair share.

If you find an app that you think is losing memory, mark it, then in Activity Monitor[X]You can force quit at any time using the button. If an update is available, apply it and try to fix the problem.

RAM upgrade (if applicable)

Mac upgradeability has been on the decline since Apple began soldering RAM to logic boards. This was when the Retina MacBook Pro was launched. Despite the performance benefits, the decision to use standardized memory didn’t help.

Some models are easier to upgrade than others, but Apple’s silicon versions that use M1, M2 or similar chips cannot be upgraded this way.

It is very easy to upgrade some older Mac models, especially Mac mini (2012, 2011 and 2010 models) and iMac (models up to 2020 with Intel processors). iMac also has a pop-up port on the back for easy installation.

IMac upgrades with user upgradeable RAM
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Please refer to Apple’s recommended RAM types (such as this iMac guide and this mini guide for Mac) before purchasing to ensure you are purchasing the correct drive.

If your hardware is old enough to have user-upgradeable RAM, don’t expect miracles in terms of performance improvements. If RAM is particularly expensive, it might be best to invest that money in a replacement Mac.

If the problem is caused by chronically low disk space, we recommend updating your Mac’s SSD instead.

Consider updating your Mac

For many users, when they see an error indicating that the system is out of physical memory, they should consider the age of the device. This is especially true if your Mac is too old to receive software updates.

The new Apple Silicon Mac computers offer a significant performance boost over older Intel models. There is a Mac for almost every budget and need. For example, choose the M1 Mac mini for great performance for the price. Or maybe the M1 Ultra-powered Mac Studio is the fastest Mac on the market.

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