Published in


Enabling Swap Memory on ChromeOS

Picture Credit: Android Authority

Swap Memory

Swap memory, or more commonly referred to as virtual memory, is a technology that allows the user to use parts of their storage space as RAM.
When the OS thinks that physical RAM is not enough, it will turn to virtual memory. For this to work, you need to allocate a certain amount of space.

Step 1: Open Crosh

Crosh is the terminal for ChromeOS, and to open it, hold Ctrl+Alt+T. It should open in a Chrome window.

Step 2: Allocating Memory

Now that you’re in Crosh, you’re going to allocate memory for swap. Here, you can decide how much memory to allocate. Personally, I believe that 2 GB should be sufficient.
To allocate memory, type in swap enable 2000, and press enter. This will allocate 2 GB of swap memory.

Step 3: Restart your device

For these changes to take into effect, you will need to restart your Chromebook.



Posting articles about the most interesting science and tech innovations. Follow to keep up with the constantly changing worlds of science and technology.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Nithil Krishnaraj

Co-founder and Writer of TechTalkers. Learning about technology and photography are my passions!