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Minecraft: Java Edition - Game Out of Memory Error

This article is specifically for players using Minecraft: Java Edition or Minecraft on Xbox One console. 


When you are trying to boot up the game, occasionally you may encounter the error that Minecraft has run out of memory. Depending on the version of Minecraft you are using and various other factors, it may be fixed by a simple reset but other times it may have something to do with the amount of RAM allocated on your device. Below are some troubleshooting tips that can help you address the specific problem you may be encountering. 


Fully Reboot your Device 

Occasionally the PC you are using may require a reboot.

  • Make sure to safely turn off your computer
  • After you have reset, startup Minecraft again 
  • If this has not resolved the issue, please continue by reading the following sections 


Change Settings to Help Performance 

It is not uncommon for a player to have their game settings set higher than what is recommended for their setup. Here are some quick fixes that can help you adjust certain settings for a more optimal performance. 

  • Lower the Video Settings in your Pause Menu 
  • Adjusting some or all settings to a lower quality can help the game run a bit more smoothly 


Checking the Allotted RAM with your Device/Server 

Sometimes the memory Minecraft uses will surpass the amount of RAM you have available on your device or server. For Java users specifically, this may require server downsizing as your game might have too many objects or settings to load and not enough memory to keep up with what needs to be generated. 

  • Check to make sure your system requirements meet at least the minimum criteria here 
  • Downsize your server if necessary 
  • Alternatively, you can upgrade your RAM 
  • Restart your server once you have performed this task 


If you are using any game mods that may be causing an issue with memory, please refer to those individual sources for any additional help. 


If this did not solve your issue, return to Minecraft Troubleshooting here. 

Last Updated - 2021-04-12 16:27:51 UTC

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