How much storage do you need on your phone?


Innovation is marching at a steady pace and you cannot complain about the tech industry being slow in adopting new features, but there are certain moments when it feels that a certain feature should have come earlier.

One such 'finally' moment was the storage upgrade on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s series that Apple brought this fall, doubling the storage for all models. Finally, the base iPhone model starts at 32GB model of storage, but also we now have a 128GB and 256GB versions that offer both fast and plentiful storage.

The rather new category of "$400 flagships" has trumped that: devices like the OnePlus 3T and ZTE Axon 7 have a base model that ships with 64GB of storage.

With all this great new 'finally' moments in storage, we started wondering: how much storage does one actually need? These days, most phones shoot 4K video that takes a ton of space, and if you sync your whole music library to your phone, and even the average user could end up requiring a lot of storage on their phone. How much? Let us know your storage preferences and the ways in which you use that storage 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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50 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

Happy with 64gb. I honestly think that if I had more storage - I'd be extremely disorganized - this forces me to offload all the photos and videos periodically, and clean up the storage - and I like that. FYI: I use PhotoSync App to offload and load movies, videos, and images to and from my devices. Best $3 I ever spent.

2. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

As far as the storage is concerned, More is always better...... Because 4K videos are becoming the standard resolution these days.

18. Cicero

Posts: 1108; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

4K on 5" display? Nice to have but it is not worth it.

22. dazed1

Posts: 789; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

LOL such noob comment should not be allowed on smartphones sites. You take video on your summer vacation, or you take a video of your pets/kids, later on you watch in on your tv, stop living in a cave.

40. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 965; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Taking 4K video is the issue, as those files take up a crap ton of space. I do agree, a 4K screen on a smartphone is silly unless you want to barf while using VR.

41. AlikMalix unregistered

You're right I didn't think about shooting 4K video - partly because I do think about space. I do shoot a lot of slo-mo 240fps videos. For that, yes I would prefer more space. But the poll asked: "How much storage do you NEED...?" - Not Storage I WANT!

20. Victor.H

Posts: 1050; Member since: May 27, 2011

Interesting thought on the messiness. I had similar experience with 64GB, but recently I have transferred my Spotify library offline and with a few 4K videos on my device, I now have 2GB of storage only. And that's with all my pictures synced to Google Photos, so from recently I've joined the 128GB camp.

29. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I've got 128GB on my Nexus 6P, right now, I have 55GB used up on the device. While I can currently get by with 64GB, I find it quite liberating to not have to worry about storage as I've gotten in the habit of downloading all sorts of digital media, from my library of Google Play music purchases, various movies, and audio books. I could possibly get away with only having the files I'm most likely to listen to or view to save a significant amount of space, but it's nice to have it all stored locally in the event that I want to access it on a whim and not worry about data usage while not on wifi.

32. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

Ppl voted for 512GB - GIGIA childish childs Ppl voted for 256GB - MEGA childish boys Ppl voted for 64GB - childish boys Ppl voted for 32GB - reasonable ppl Ppl voted for 16GB - normal pppl (I have 16GB)

33. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

You cannot be serious....... just because you make do with 16GB doesn't mean anyone who wants more than that is childish..... that's just an ignorant comment

34. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

That's exactly what a childish person would say

36. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Rule number 1: Do not comment like you stand for the entire population who are using smartphones.

46. Brewski

Posts: 670; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I've never owned a phone since 2010 with less than 32 gb. Most manufacturers don't even make phones that small. My current phone has 64 gb and that feels tight. What year are you living in? Or do you only use your smartphone for making phone calls and texts?

3. waqas.mehmood2

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

64GB is ideal for me .

4. waqas.mehmood2

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

I think 64Gb should be base storage

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

64GB... That's what I have and it's half empty. The only thing that keeps growing are music files and pictures and movies that come in and go from time to time. I don't click videos much, even if I do, I sort and delete most of them and keep those which are necessary.

6. waqas.mehmood2

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

32Gb is new16Gb these days

7. finestgq1

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

64gb + microSD slot is a win win situation.

47. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Exactly what I want in a Smartphone.

8. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

As much as possible. Better to have it and not use it, rather than need it and not have it.

9. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

very nice normal distribution!!

10. waqas.mehmood2

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

I keep videos in my laptop ..photos music in my iphone all the time ...

11. waqas.mehmood2

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

App size keep growing apple should consider 64 Gb base next year

12. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

More is better, but also needs faster loading, reading, writing.

13. rsiders

Posts: 1899; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

If the phone does not have expandable storage 64gb is the sweet spot for me. Just enough not to fill up over a couple months and enough to transfer over to something else if it does get filled. With expandable storage, 32gb is just fine. I like that LG's V series has both.

14. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

64 is the sweet spot. i dont listen to music, and i have the habit of backing up photos videos. #NeverSettle

15. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

32 if Expandable 64 if not. Currently rocking a 32GB Galaxy S6 and I keep filling it. Passively lookin for a replacement.

16. Loveneesh

Posts: 430; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

256gb is better.

17. monoke

Posts: 1153; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I like to keep 1080p movies about 3-4 gb each(never bothered converting), games are getting big some are 1-2 gb, emulators and the roms take up 1-2 gb, 4k video is gonna take up a ton, some music but mostly stream. Luckily not much of a photo taker. So in all estimation, I would like 64 + sd slot! lol. Crap really adds up!

19. ozabb

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

i selected 16gb cos thats the max space ive ever filled my phone with. it doesnt mean a 16gb phone which actually has 10-12 gb available. i believe a 32gb phone is much more than enough for me

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