How much storage do you need on your phone? Here is the answer (poll results)


How much storage do you need on your phone?

With larger files, 4K videos and better capabilities of our phones, the answer to that question has evolved in a big way in the past few years. 

That's why we asked the same question a few days ago: after all, it was only a few months ago that Apple upgraded the base storage option on its iPhones from the very limiting 16GB to a more reasonable 32GB allowance, while higher-end Android phones now ship with 64GB of storage. Heck, even the new '$400 flagships' category of phones these days ship with 64GB.

With all this in mind, the results of our poll are really no surprise: the overwhelming majority of people need 64GB of storage on their phones. That is something that many phone makers should listen to: currently, the popular iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge ship with 32GB of native storage, which does not live to those higher requirements.

What's more interesting is that the second most demanded storage option on phones is 128GB. It beats narrowly the 32GB storage that is currently popular and is an important indication that despite all cloud services, people still need and want more native storage on their phones.

Last, but not least the extravagant 256GB storage option (only available on iPhones priced $850 or higher) and 512GB and more get more votes than the 16GB storage option. Take a look at the scores right below.

How much storage do you need on a phone?

16GB or less (if this helps get price super low)
2.8%
32GB
18.61%
64GB
42.59%
128GB
22.97%
256GB
6.86%
512GB or more (currently, no such phones are available)
6.18%

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30 Comments

1. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

64GB is the sweet spot for me. No need to sdcards.

2. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

:) i need at least 128gb just to fit all my music in my phone. Im barely able to be happy about 64gb that i do have at my disposal...

8. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

There is no 64gb version of iPhone 7. So what kind of poll is that? Only music on my phone is more that 30gb. Then apps, then pictures. At least 128gb or sdcard slot

10. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

It's 2016 and you're storing music on your phone? where do you live? the boonies ?

13. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

People like you probably voted Trump in, eh?

21. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

People who want America to be great again voted him in. You know that you don't have to vote if you don't like any of the candidates right? Good thing Hillary didn't win...she would have buried whatever was left of the USA.

30. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Yeah, but the USA presidential election is actually not democratic. Technically, your votes don't count; the only votes that do matter are those from the 538 electors from the Electoral College, which in itself is a sham of an institution created to protect terrorism (slavery). The "people" actually voted for Hillary Clinton to be the next president. She recieved over 2 million MORE votes than Trump, but she's not the president-elect? What kind of democracy is that?http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/11/21/election-results-electoral-popular-votes-trump-clinton/94214826/

17. rocketman1

Posts: 99; Member since: May 07, 2016

Hey clown dont be peoples mom. People put their stuff where they want. Dont be a wanker. Many people dont backup. You mr hindsight's douchey brother who points out faults in peoples activity? And you can easily recover media from Your sd card. Slap it in a card reader.. Goto dcim>camera-done And people all over the world put all their media on their phones with no backup. You the backup police? And yes people store all Media on their phone. Its non of your business what i do grandpa. Piss off

18. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

Are you serious ?? how can I stream a complete Trance set on my mobile internet ?? I store all my music on the phone usually 32 gb is enough for my music.

28. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

3rd world countries.... sorry we are not as privileged as you Americans....

32. Tanii

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 30, 2015

why to waste bandwidth everytime we listen to the music? along with the power consumed by wifi/3g/4g everytime we listen to the music? It's the best to store music on cellphone. Anyway, my music collection never even surpasses 1GB, I've only selected songs that I like to listen, never ever listen to any random one.

11. rocketman1

Posts: 99; Member since: May 07, 2016

Screw no sd card. My 32gb pos htc m7 decided to die on me. All my media went to hell. With an sd card i can still recover and when its full i can take it out and simply archive the card. at 10bucks or so for a 64gb its cheap as fpuck. Screw phone memory. I lost a lot of important media there. My fault for not backing up.. But how many backup. Maybe 20‰

12. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

No, the real issue there is why the hell are you storing important information on your phone with no backup? You know that so don't blame the hardware. lol Also, no you can't always recover data from an sdcard.

15. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Agreed, in the current age and time, 32GB is way too low and unless you record a lot of videos 128GB will never be filled. I have a 256GB SSD + a 6TB HHD on my personal computer and my SSD is far from being full. I see no real use of having anything over 128GB in a phone other than having the fuzzy feeling inside knowing you have 256GB of space you'll probably never use.

3. Takeharu

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Very technically 64gb but I currently use 49gb so it's getting a bit tight

4. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

128GB

5. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

32 has been fine for me. I have had my phone for little over a year and still have 13 gigs free.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31290; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Normally I won't go below 64 gigs even with an SD slot, but I made an exception for the Edge, and I'm glad I did. Hopefully the Note 8 offers a 128 gig model, with SD.

7. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Gigabytes are nice, but terrabytes of storage can't hurt. Just like battery capacities of 5 or even 6-figure mAh.

9. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I have the 32GB Pixel XL with about 11GB left. It'll probably stay somewhere around that number.

14. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

Actually I would like 2+ terabytes memory and 64gbs of ram would be good for starters. O... ya that's rite humans aren't advanced enough for that yet! :/ Smh!

16. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

I have 64GB of RAM in my computer. I am so advanced that at any given moment I can use up almost 1% of the RAM in my sustem.

19. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

32gb no chance 64gb is ok but 128gb and above will be nice to have.

20. buccob

Posts: 2974; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

32GB for me with microSD slot... 64GB without it.

22. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

The more the better, so far I only use 40gb so 64gb is fine.

23. lanlaymt

Posts: 13; Member since: May 29, 2013

lol, 64GB for me too.

27. isproab

Posts: 20; Member since: May 27, 2010

64 GB is the sweet spot for storage right now. I can live with that amount if there is no SD card slot. That will change if front/rear cameras go much higher with the megapixel count and video resolution.

29. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Didn't even notice there was such a poll. I guess because I can always expand the memory in my device. That's why I didn't go Note 5.

31. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

64+MicroSD card expansion is the best solution for me. Use the MicroSD for my media, documents and other backup files (keeping in sync with my NAS + Surface Pro), reserving internal storage for apps that take advantage of the fast internal storage. F*ck the public cloud, local/private storage FTW.

33. civicsr2cool

Posts: 272; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

16gb with sd slot.

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