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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53 Comments

1. gigicoaste

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

even more.. (facepalm)

23. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

2TB is a must

2. libra89

Posts: 2252; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Hmm, great question. 32gb is very roomy for me considering that the system takes up some of that and there's still space left. I can do 16gb since I am all about the cloud but it wouldn't be my first choice.

3. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Internally 32GB is fine for me... But I need to have a microSD card slot... If not 128GB. I tend to store a lot of my music, movies and shows for on the go, offline, playback.

4. Avieshek unregistered

Technology is progressing at an accelerating rate. What 'm I suppose to do with Gigabit LTE if everything is fixed including storage. 64GB seems right but than OS installations would be heavier with AI and all, there would be reasons.

5. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

If the price of the phone is great, I can manage with 16GB just fine.

33. domfonusr

Posts: 1070; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Agreed. If I could place more apps on my SD card, I would only need 8GB ROM, and I really don't need 16GB of SD, so right now I could probably fit in 16GB of ROM if I had to. Just the same, considering that 5 to 7GB of ROM is used up by the OS and core apps, it would be nice to have 32GB of ROM if I did not have an SD card.

6. nikhil23

Posts: 417; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

64GB for apps and stuff and 128GB for pics and media...

49. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 714; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

LOL! Why 64GB when 128 or 256GB is better? Look at the iphone 7 and 7 plus. Both have 256GB! And by this year. They will release a new iphone 8 with 512GB of storage! That's a far excellent storage!

7. harvardale

Posts: 51; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

64gb is probably enough (including sd card), but taking lots of videos will fill that up over time. Photos + videos + Google play music cache and downloads + podcasts + apps (specifically games) fills up my storage pretty quickly. Yes, Google Photos backs up, but it's nice to have it locally to cut back on data usage. 128gb or more is really the only way for me to not have to worry about space at all.

50. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 714; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

64GB? Really? That's so old. For you to prefer on 64GB means you really don't overuse your phone. Meanwhile, I prefer bigger internal storage than Sd cards. Cause the 128GB card is so expensive in my country.

8. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

I carry a lot of documents with me most in large pdf format. On top of my music (30gb worth) for when I'm working in no signal areas. I also have a few movies saved on my phone. A huge amount of photos. And a crap ton of games installed for my nieces and nephews. 32 internal storage and a 256 GB SD card. The SD card already has 130 GB consumed

29. Leo_MC

Posts: 6633; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You have " a few" movies on your phone?!

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; 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

39. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Hi darkk!! How re u? U always buy a device with largest storage possible, it's make me wonder how much storage that u actually using bro? I recently buy 64 gigs iPad pro 10.5 model to replace my ol iPad 4 (lol it's so old, both only has 64 gigs and i think i never be able to spent all that storage). Hope it's right a decission, tho...

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'll be totally honest. Right now, my S8 Plus has 320 available. 64 internal has 42 available, 256 sd has 209 available. I use nowhere near the max amount. I just like overkill so I don't have to worry. If I buy an iPhone 8, it'll be max storage, and my Note 8 will be max also. Hope all is well with you and yours bro.

42. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Thx. I too was so lazy to manage my device storage and like too leave unused data. Will buy pencil and install some of drawing apps later, maybe these apps and artwork will require much storage? i dunno this kinda new to me (i think it's the good side of owning an overkill storage lol). Oh... do you think it might be good idea for iPhone 8 to support pencil too? since all the rumour said it'll have bigger screen. Maybe they can finally compete with Note series.

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think Apple would sell way more Pencils, if the iPhone supported them. On a non expandable storage device like an iPhone or iPad, max storage only makes sense. With a Note or S8, I still go for the largest capacity SD card available. Store pretty much all you want, and not have to edit or delete stuff...thats pretty cool.

44. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Yeah you can go anywhere with ease. At least 64 gigs as their base model for iPad is just right, Apple should make it happen for the future iPhone too.

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I hope Samsung offers a free 256 with the Note 8.

45. mikehunta727 unregistered

320GB available, that's absolutely ridiculous lol dam

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why is that?

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; 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)

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: 30833; 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: 714; 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.

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