Medibang System Requirements Guide: PC, Mac, Android & iOS

Medibang is a popular drawing app, especially for Android and iPhone users. However, not all smartphones and tablets (including iPads) can run Medibang without issues.

If you want to draw optimally without getting lags in Medibang, check if your PC, laptop, MacBook or smartphone meets the minimum system requirement.

In this article, I’ll detail the minimum and recommended specifications for Medibang on PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android smartphones and tablets. Additionally, I’ll address common questions about the Medibang system requirements.

Medibang Minimum and Recommended System Requirements

According to the Medibang website, the following table lists the minimum and recommended system requirements for Medibang across all operating systems:

Windows PC & MacOS

SpecificationMinimum RequirementRecommended Requirement
Operating SystemWindows 10 or later / Mac OS 11 or laterWindows 11 or macOS 12 Monterey or later
ProcessorNot specifiedNot specified
RAM4 GB8GB or more
Graphics CardNot specifiedNot specified
Storage DriveAt least 100 MB of free storage drive on HDDAt least 2 GB of free storage space on an HDD or SSD
Drawing TabletPen tablet compatible with Windows Ink PlatformA Wacom pen tablet is recommended.

A notable point is that Medibang hasn’t specified the processor and graphics card requirements.

According to my experience, even budget CPUs such as the Intel Core i3 or AMD Ryzen 3 are sufficient for running Medibang smoothly on Windows PCs and laptops. 

MacBook users typically don’t face performance issues with Medibang, whether their devices are powered by Intel or Apple’s M series chips. 

For graphics cards, the integrated options from both Intel and AMD usually suffice for Medibang. I’ll delve deeper into dedicated graphics cards later in the article.

Medibang Paint iPad

Medibang Paint for iPad

Using Medibang Paint on an iPad comes with its own considerations, different from those on a Windows PC or Mac.

Here’s the table for Medibang iPad:

ParameterRequirement
OSiPad OS 13 and above         
Recommended iPadsiPad 6th generation (2018) and later
iPad Air 3 (2019) and later
iPad Mini 5 (2019 and later
iPad Pro           
Supported StylusApple Pencil
Adonit Pixel
Adonit Pixel Pro (iPad Pro only)
Intuos® Creative Stylus
Intuos® Creative Stylus 2
Bamboo Stylus fineline
Bamboo Fineline 2
Bamboo Fineline 3
Bamboo Sketch
Jot Script
Jot Touch 4
Jot Touch with Pixelpoint
Sonar Pen   
Internet ConnectionRequired to use Cloud features like Save to Cloud, Cloud Materials, Cloud Text, etc.       

The table came from this source: https://medibangpaint.com/en/ipad/about/

I’ve updated the system requirements information because Apple has discontinued the iPadOS 16 updates for the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 5, and iPad 5th Gen. I don’t recommend using these iPads if you want to draw in Medibang.

Medibang Paint iPhone

Here is the table for Medibang Paint for iPhone.

ParameterRequirement
OSiOS 11 and above         
Recommended iPhonesiPhone X or later (iPhone released after 2017)
Supported StylusAdonit Pixel
Intuos® Creative Stylus
Intuos® Creative Stylus 2
Bamboo Stylus fineline
Bamboo Fineline 2
Bamboo Fineline 3
Bamboo Sketch
Internet ConnectionRequired to use Cloud features like Save to Cloud, Cloud Materials, Cloud Text, etc.       

Source: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/medibang-paint/id1031158715

Medibang Paint Android

Here is the table for Medibang Paint – Make Art! for Android.

ParameterRequirement
Operating SystemAndroid Oreo (Android 8) or later
StylusWacom One
Staedtler Noris
Lamy EMR digital pen
Drawing TabletWacom Drawing Tablet
Huion Drawing Tablet
XP-Pen Drawing Tablet
Internet ConnectionRequired to use Cloud features like Save to Cloud, Cloud Materials, Cloud Text, etc.       

Note that if you use a Samsung smartphone, you can’t use Wacom, Huion and XP-Pen drawing tablet to draw in Medibang Android.

There is a conflict between most drawing tablets and Samsung smartphones for unknown reasons. I recommend using the Samsung S-Pen if you draw on a Samsung tablet or smartphone.

How Much RAM is needed for Medibang?

To draw in Medibang without experiencing any lags, you must get at least 8 GB RAM. However, 16 GB of RAM is preferable.

Here’s why it’s better to have 16 GB of RAM for Medibang:

  • You can use more layers in Medibang with additional memory. Layers will often be the elements that consume most of your system’s memory resources.
  • It allows you to use complex, important brushes, such as hair or texture brushes, which consume more memory than basic brushes.
  • To draw on a high-resolution canvas (4K or higher) in Medibang, you should have at least 16 GB of RAM.
  • Allow you to multitask. More RAM will help your computer to multitask smoothly. Sometimes, I need to open other programs like Safari or Google Chrome to look at reference images when drawing in Medibang.

Do not use Medibang if your system only has 4 GB of RAM. Even though 4GB of RAM is the minimum requirement for Medibang, modern operating systems will utilize at least 2 GB of your memory. 

With only 2 GB of memory left, it’s insufficient for intensive drawing and painting sessions. You will experience lag in the process.

Navigating Medibang’s System Requirements

For optimal performance when using Medibang, it’s important to consider the system specifications. Below is a detailed overview of the recommended processors and device specifications based on different platforms:

Windows OS

  • It’s recommended to have at least an Intel i3 or AMD Ryzen 3 processor for seamless operation with Medibang on Windows platforms.
  • Medibang is not optimized for workloads across multiple cores. Therefore, faster and more expensive processors like the Intel i9 or AMD Ryzen 9 are optional.

MacOS

  • For Mac users, the Mac M1 ARM Chip or later is the preferred choice. This pertains to MacBooks that were released after 2021.
  • MacBook with Intel CPU still compatible with the latest version of Medibang

iPad

  • For artists using iPads, opting for models released after 2018 for the best experience with Medibang is advised.
  • Use Apple Pencil or Apple Pencil 2 for the best compatibility on Medibang iPad

iPhone

  • For Medibang iOS users, iPhones released after 2018 are preferred when working with Medibang to ensure smooth functionality.
  • Make sure to have the latest version of iOS for optimal perfomance.

Android Smartphone and Tablet

  • Smartphones equipped with a mid-range or superior Snapdragon chipset are recommended for optimal performance with Medibang.
  • For Android tablets, Medibang requires at least 4 GB of RAM.
  • Make sure to update to the latest Android OS version

If you’re looking for drawing apps other than Medibang, check out these articles:

Clip Studio Paint System Requirement

Krita System Requirement

Does Medibang Require a Dedicated Graphics Card?

Your PC doesn’t require a dedicated graphics card to run Medibang smoothly. Integrated graphics cards are sufficient for Medibang’s demands.

Medibang primarily relies on your CPU, not your GPU.

Since Medibang runs efficiently on iPads and budget Android tablets, most PCs and laptops should easily handle Medibang.

However, having a dedicated graphics card, such as those from Nvidia or AMD, becomes crucial if you use more resource-intensive applications like Blender or Photoshop alongside Medibang.

Does Medibang Require an SSD?

Medibang doesn’t strictly need an SSD to function correctly. However, installing Medibang on an SSD can enhance the application’s overall performance by reducing loading times and improving brush stroke responsiveness.

When running low on memory, an SSD can serve as virtual memory, temporarily storing crucial Medibang data such as layers, brush strokes, used tools, and more.

It’s worth noting that there’s minimal performance difference between installing Medibang on a SATA SSD compared to an NVME SSD. The application doesn’t particularly benefit from the faster read speeds NVME SSDs offer.

These days, most laptops are equipped with SSDs anyway. For artists, the primary use of an HDD might be to serve as a backup for their collection of digital art.

It’s advisable never to install applications, including Medibang, directly on an HDD.

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Kenny Houle
Hi, I’m Kenny. I’m a digital artist who began learning art at the age of 21. I enjoy drawing cartoons and fan art.

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