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How do I choose the right storage capacity for my iPhone?

In addition to models and colors, you also have plenty of choice in terms of storage capacity. While 64GB seems to have become the standard, there are devices with as much as 512GB. But not everyone needs that kind of storage. In addition, an iPhone with a high storage capacity costs more. Is a lot of storage important to you, but you find that new iPhone a bit too expensive? You can choose an older model with higher storage. I'll help you choose the right size.

Choose iPhone storage capacity

You've finally found your perfect iPhone. But how much storage capacity do you need? Here, you'll find a brief explanation of the different types of storage capacity.

  • 32GB: local storage space limited
  • 64GB: enough for the average user
  • 128GB: store photos, videos, and music locally
  • 256GB: don't worry about storage space
  • 512GB: cleaning up isn't in your vocabulary

Your operating system also takes up storage

With 256GB, you never really have 256GB of storage space. The operating system on your device and standard apps already take up quite a bit of storage capacity. Calculating in advance how much storage you need for your device? Add about 20 percent to that. This way, you know for sure you're making the right choice. It's best to think about this before placing your order, because you can't expand the storage of your iPhone later on. You can always use cloud services for storage.

32GB: local storage space limited

iPhone storage 32GB

Don't necessarily want the latest iPhone and does the iPhone 6(S Plus) or 7 (Plus) meet your needs? You can choose 32GB. This is enough for a number of standard used apps such as Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp. Do you like to download lots of new apps to try them out? A 32GB storage is too limited. You'll also need a subscription to a streaming service such as Spotify, because you have limited local storage space for music. In addition, you don't have an issue with regularly cleaning up your entire iPhone.

64GB: enough for the average user

iPhone storage 64GB

A capacity of 64GB has become the standard in terms of storage. It's enough for the average user and often the most affordable option with new iPhone models. With 64GB, you have enough to download apps and play some games, for example. You can use streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify and you don't record 4K videos. You can quickly remove unnecessary apps and store photos in your iCloud photo library. Was 64GB just enough on your previous device? It's going to be tight with your new device, since apps keep getting bigger.

128GB: store photos, videos, and music locally

iPhone storage 128GB

Is it getting a bit tight with 64GB? Choose 128GB. You like taking photos and 128GB provides enough room to store some photos, music, and videos locally. As a result, you don't have to only use iCloud storage. Every once in a while, you make time for a big cleanup and delete any files you no longer need. Downloading a movie on the go? It's possible. Simply delete it from your device afterwards so you can download a new one.

256GB: don't worry about storage space

iPhone storage 256GB

You can download apps, such as the latest games, without having to worry about whether you have space left. You have plenty of storage space for photos, videos and music. You don't necessarily have to use cloud storage. You also like taking photos, for example in portrait mode, and recording 4K videos. You can even download a few episodes of your series for on the plane. Cleaning up isn't your thing. Perhaps you do it once a year, just to see if you have some unnecessary apps on your device.

512 GB: cleaning up isn't in your vocabulary

iPhone storage 512GB

Do you want 512GB of storage? Choose the iPhone Xs or the iPhone 11 Pro. You do everything on your device. It's basically a lifestyle, whether it's for business or private use. Cleaning up isn't in your vocabulary and you're always testing the latest apps. You store a lot locally and you don't use cloud services for storage. You also want to access all your media offline regularly, for example while traveling. Downloading a movie for on the plane? You prefer to download multiple options. All in all, you never want to worry about storage.

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