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6 Best Fixes for ‘Your System Has Run Out of Application Memory’ Error on Mac
Mac models can support up to 128GB RAM for demanding tasks such as 3D rendering, video editing, and gaming. However, running multiple apps simultaneously can impact performance.
One error reportedly appearing on some Macs is ‘Your system has run out of Application Memory’. If you are facing it, here are some solutions to remove it.
1. Force Quit the Application
The first solution when your Mac runs out of application memory is to force quit the app. You might be closing the error window to continue working. But the first thing to fix this issue. Step 1: Click the Apple icon at the top-left corner and select Force Quit.
Step 2: Select the application consuming the most memory and click Force Quit.
Step 3: Click on Force Quit again to confirm.
2. Check Activity Monitor
To clear application memory on your Mac, you can force quit apps using the Activity Monitor. It provides information about the apps’ memory and CPU usage. Here’s how to use it:
Step 1: Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search, then type “Activity Monitor” and press Return.
Step 2: Click the Memory tab to check which apps are using RAM on your Mac.
To check the App Memory consumption on your Mac, monitor the Memory Pressure graph. Force stop any apps if the graph is not green.
Step 4: Select the app from the list taking up too much memory space on your Mac and click the Stop icon at the top.
Step 5: Close the Activity Monitor and check if the problem is solved.
3. Check Internal Storage
To fix the application memory issue on your Mac, check your internal storage. You need sufficient free disk space to run apps smoothly. Learn how to check and optimize your Mac’s storage. If your hard drive is always full, it can cause apps to load and work slowly, leading to these issues.
4. Remove Login Items
Your Mac allows you to set certain apps to open automatically when you start up and log in. However, if you have too many apps set to launch automatically, they might be causing this error. We recommend removing some of these startup items.
1. Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search, then type “General” and press Return.
Step 2: Click on Login Items.
Step 3: Select the app name and click the minus icon to remove it.
If you have more than three apps, we suggest removing at least two.
Close Settings and check if the problem is solved.
5. Use Safe Mode
Safe Mode on your Mac is a troubleshooting method that prevents third-party app interference while booting your Mac. Only system apps can boot up and help you understand which app or extension is preventing macOS from functioning normally.
Use Safe Mode on Macs with M-Series Chip
Step 1: Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner and select Shut Down.
Step 2: After your Mac shuts down, press and hold the Power button until you see two startup options – Macintosh HD and Options.
Step 3: Select Macintosh HD while holding the Shift Key and select ‘Continue in Safe Mode.’
Step 4: Check if the problem is solved after your Mac boots up.
Use Safe Mode on Macs with Intel Chip
Step 1: Click the Apple logo and select Restart.
Step 2: Restart Mac and press and hold Shift Key.
Step 3: Release Shift Key when login window appears.
Check if error persists after this.
6. Update macOS
One solution is to install a newer version of macOS on your Mac. Certain software versions can cause issues like displaying errors that your Mac application memory is full.
Here’s how you can do it:
1. Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search.
2. Type “Check For Software Updates” and press Return.
Step 2: If an update is available, download and install it.
After your Mac restarts, check if you see the same error again.
Make Your Mac Faster
To resolve the issue of ‘Your system has run out of Application Memory’ on your Mac, be mindful of the number of running apps. Also, refer to our post for any issues related to app installs on your Mac.
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