How much storage do you realistically need on your phone?

How much storage do you realistically need on your phone?
Ah, phone storage — always a painful point. Some manufacturers are super-generous with it (wink, wink, OnePlus), others allow for expansion via a microSD card, and there are those that keep their phone storage locked to different price tiers. Of course, Apple springs to mind first, as it had its cheapest iPhones starting with 16 GB well until 2016, when the lowest tier was finally upgraded to 32 GB. But Google does that with the Pixels, too, selling them in either 32 GB or 128 GB variants, with a $100 price gap between the two.

You've probably thought about this before your last smartphone purchase — you looked at the phone's specs, you considered a microSD card (if applicable), you made a call. Would you say that you've got enough room on your phone? How much storage space do you realistically need?

How much storage do you realistically need on your phone?

I can do with 8 GB
0.42%
16 GB is doable
2.5%
32 GB is fine for me
18.41%
64 GB is just right
43.55%
128 GB, just in case
24.82%
256 GB is barely enough, amirite?
5.61%
Even more!
4.69%

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50 Comments

48. Jyakotu

Posts: 868; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

When I was an Android user, 32GB was a must. Main apps that took up the most space were my social media apps and my music. Now I switched to the iPhone SE with 16GB of storage and have been able to manage. I use cloud storage and certain apps I once had on my phone, I just use the mobile web version. Still, I think I would be better off with 32GB, but 16GB is doable. Once you find a set of apps you use regularly and use cloud storage, it's easy to manage and maintain.

40. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I can barely do 16GB now...32 is fine and 64 I probably don't need to clear any of my cache nor files ever again.

38. 48Chevy

Posts: 76; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

I have just under 118gb available on my 128gb iPhone, so, I can use a 16gb model with ease.

37. monoke

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I guess I'm one of the few nuts that enjoy putting unconverted movie files (about 3-4 gb each) on my phone! So I say never enough! Lol.

36. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I find 64gb sufficient. But I got 128gb iPhone. I'd happily save $100 if there was 64gb iPhone 7P.

34. ph00ny

Posts: 2085; Member since: May 26, 2011

My 64GB Note5 is almost full and i only have 4GBs of video on the device

32. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I am making do with 8GB ROM right now, but 16GB would be ideal. I also have a 16GB microSD card from 2010 (probably class 2) which still has almost 10GB free. With 32GB ROM, I could safely go without a microSD card.

28. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I have 192GB now and am using around 75%. I could maybe do with less but there's no reason why I should have to. Storage is cheap. 32GB should be minimum with an sd card slot.

27. mikehunta727 unregistered

64GB realistically but I won't go lower than 128GB from now on. I record every video in 4K nowadays so.

25. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 192; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

If you have a high-end phone and like to make use of it's high quality audio, then the audio files are pretty big. If you have an iPhone then small mp3s will do and 32gb should be adequate.

22. mahima

Posts: 746; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

need 64 minimum for me...32gb internal keeps on maxing out and motorola does not care to fix sd card problem works for a month then you need to format works for another months and keeps on repeating...

21. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

At least 64GB internal storage, plus a 256GB MicroSD card for my growing media library, them Netflix downloads, and my app backups via Titanium backup.

20. Omran2000

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

64gb seems enough , but wouldn't mind more ...

19. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

honestly 128 just because Apple lol stil love my iPhone doe

18. TBomb

Posts: 1780; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I have over 32gb of stuff on my phone, but not near 64 yet.. so 64 works for me.

16. hansip87

Posts: 231; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

64 Gb is minimum. 128Gb will have its day but not today. And the other thing is 32Gb actually is fine, but microSD is a must.

15. Cambapo

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 24, 2015

These mkvs and flacs must fit somewhere.

14. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Depends.. Sd card slot or no?

12. surethom

Posts: 1778; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Please stop selling phones & tablets with less than 32gb. The use user space is only about 5/6 gb after the OS & all the apps Can live with 32gn but prefer 64gb if no Sd card slot.

17. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I could live with 32 gb if it were 32 usable. I've never needed more than 64 (even though I have a 128 SD card). If 20gb is used by the system and apps (the pre-loaded kind), then it needs to be 64 period.

52. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 748; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

I'm with you. I also wanna see an android tablet with the same specs as the ipad where it has the following: 1. Front facing speakers or Quad Speakers 2. Dual Camera system with Dual to Quad LED flash 3. 4k resolution 4. 128 to 256GB internal storage. With expandable storage of up to 256GB and is capable of using USB OTG. 5. No Bloatwares!

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would love a phone with 512GB Internal and I wouldn't need an SDcard. All of my apps on my S8+ take up about 1/2 of the 64GB when you include Android/TouchWiz/Samsung & carrier bloat. My music and video library both combine for nearly 200GB of data. When I add all my MSO docs and Visio drawings, data from apps when I go on survey jobs and more, I easly use a total of 300GB+. Right now on my 256GB microSD card I have less than 15GB of space left. I also use an adapter which has an additional 128GB. I use this specifically to hold some work specific documents, readings from apps and similar. I take all photos in the highest resolutions and I record all videos in 4K, since I have a 4K laptop and TV. But I usually move those off right away. But if I had 512GB, and one storage medium it would be awesome. One thing I do love about Android, is I have the ability to read NTFS drives, and I carry a 500GB spare in the car for just in case, and since the S8 supports USB 3.0, it provides enough power to run the drive, without an external power supply. This is what make Samsung phones great for me is I get to use the things I need without any major issues.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

512 internal, and an SD card of 512, would be killer.

26. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Why do you carry a video library with you? This doesn't even make sense? What do you need to watch all the time that you can't access from various services online? Music.... I mostly understand... Since you use that on the go most times. So streaming of those services doesn't exactly make sense. But videos are usually viewed while stationary, and typically at a place with wifi access. So I really fail to see the need to carry around 100 gb of movies/videos/tv/etc.

35. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

streaming videos is make more less sense than carrying it around especially when you already download it.

51. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 748; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

You complain that he carries a video library? I do carry video libraries with me. Especially my favorite episodes. Let me ask you. Can you fit all the episodes from these following series? 1. CSI 2. Dragonball old to new episodes. 3. The walking dead 4. Game of thrones 5. One piece episode 1 to 782 In my country. All carrier providers sucks. And what's even worst is it's a lot expensive. So I'm with techieXP. I really wanna have a phone with 512GB of storage and 256GB of storage. No 512GB microSD card exist yet. But if it does. No one would get it as the price itself is above the $1,000. Which is the same as owning an iphone or a samsung flagship models.

53. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Did you read what I wrote? Damn man. I wasn't complaining. Also, WHY do you need to carry around all of those episodes at once? Maybe 1 series season at a time. Even then, unless all you are doing is watching things on your phone ALL day for half a week, you aren't going to finish a 22 episode (~18-20 hours) season in a week. In statistics, you would be an outlier. For 99% of people, as the poll showed, the average user would be fine with ~64. In all honesty, I think they would actually be fine with less if it were 32-64 gigs of user storage.

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I need only 6 Bytes, lads... To store my: G'Day! 7 if we are going for the: G'Day!™ (Don't expect any rational behavior when the stench of cheap grog is oozing out of my mouth)

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As much as possible, so I don't have to be concerned. My S8 Plus has a 256 gigster in it, 209 free.

13. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

Gotta have enough room to save those planet fitness progress pictures which reveal no progress. ROFL

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