Storage is one of the few phone features that you can choose from. You can’t choose the processor in the latest Samsung phones, but you can choose between 128GB or 256GB of storage. So let’s make the right decision.
Unsurprisingly, this is really down to how you personally use your Android phone. Everyone has different usage habits. For some, 128 GB is enough. Other people may encounter a Galaxy S22 Ultra with a 1TB capacity. It depends on a few things.
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What is taking up storage space?
Let’s start by looking at the things that actually take up the most storage space on your phone. Again, this will depend on how you use the phone, but we can make some general notes.
The two biggest storage users of almost everyone will be system files and applications/games. System files include the operating system and everything that goes along with actually making your phone usable. Applications can create files after downloading and games sometimes require a lot of additional files as well.
The next big storage eaters are likely to be photos and videos. It can play HD photos and videos from modern Android phones a lot from space. If you are one of those people who never delete anything, this is probably the area where you need more storage.
Beyond that, the following things are Music, Documents, and Downloads. These things really depend on the person. If you use music streaming services, you probably don’t have any music files on your phone. A person who works a lot with PDF files may have a lot of these files.
In general, these are the things that take up space on your Android phone and that you can control. Apps, Games, Photos, Videos, Music, Documents, and Downloads.
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How to check how much storage space you are using
There’s a good chance you already have an Android phone, which means we can look at how you’re actually using your storage. It’s easy to check how much storage you use and what things you use the most.
First, swipe down once or twice from the top of the screen and tap the gear icon.
Then go to “Storage”. If you have a Samsung phone, you will go to “Battery and Device Care” first.
Here we can see how much storage you use, how much is left, and which things are used the most. There are a few things to note here.
The most obvious is how much dedicated storage you are using. In this case, I have a 128GB phone and I’m using 89GB of it. Let’s scroll down and see what it’s used for.
Videos and photos account for about 17 GB of that. I back up my photos to the cloud and sometimes erase old stuff. I have very few docs and games, plus all my music listening is done live.
I’ve used this phone for over a year, which tells me that 128GB is a good amount for my usage habits. I mainly use storage for photos and videos. For my next phone, I know 128GB will probably be fine.
How much storage space do I need?
You can now use this information to determine how much storage you need. If you only keep photos and videos and don’t take in a huge amount of them, 128GB with some cloud storage will likely suffice.
Alternatively, if you don’t take a lot of photos, but want to keep your music library local, you’ll probably also be fine with 128GB. This is much easier to find out the size of your music library.
When you start putting these things together, you should look at the larger storage options. Taking a lot of photos and storing all your music on the device will quickly consume the storage space. Playing lots of big and intense games and downloading big files every day will add more.
As a rule of thumb, if all of your storage is used up in just one of these areas, you should probably be fine with 128GB. Otherwise, it’s time to spend more on extra storage or free up some space.
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