How to Find Storage Capacity on iPhone

If you are buying or selling a used iPhone, it’s helpful to identify how much storage space it has. It’s easy to find out how much data your iPhone can hold.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
June 30, 2022

If you are buying or selling a used iPhone, it’s helpful to identify how much storage space it has. It’s easy to find out how much data your iPhone can hold. Let’s find out.

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First, open the Settings app on your iPhone by tapping the Gear icon, usually found on your Home Screen. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, in Settings, tap General. See the below image:

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Accessing General option

Now, in General, select About. See the following image:

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Accessing About option

Next, in About, scroll down and locate the entry labeled Capacity. Beside it, you will see your iPhone’s maximum storage capacity listed. For example, you will see 64 GB for a 64 GB model or 128 GB for an iPhone that can store 128 GB of data. Refer to the below image:

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Your Capacity

Now, if you would like more detail on how your storage is being used, tap General in the upper left-hand corner of your screen to go back one menu. See the below image:

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Go back one screen

Next, in General, select iPhone Storage. See the following image:

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Selecting the iPhone Storage option

Now, under iPhone Storage, you will see the capacity of the iPhone listed in a phrase such as “50.3 GB of 128 GB Used.” You will also see a breakdown of how that storage space is being utilized. Refer to the below image:

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Viewing your iPhone storage usage

Next, in that menu, you can review which apps take up the most space and even delete them if necessary.

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What About Storage Space on Your iPhone

When shopping for a new or used iPhone, you will need to keep a vital number in mind: Storage capacity. The storage size of your iPhone will determine how many apps, photos, videos, and other data you can keep locally on your device.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
May 17, 2022

When shopping for a new or used iPhone, you will need to keep a vital number in mind: Storage capacity. The storage size of your iPhone will determine how many apps, photos, videos, and other data you can keep locally on your device. Let’s explore the iPhone storage capacity.

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Purchase For the Future

When it comes to iPhones, more storage capacity is almost always better, with a big catch: It costs more money. Using an example from March 2022, an unlocked 128 GB iPhone 13 cost $829, while an unlocked 512 GB iPhone 13 cost $1,129. That’s a $300 difference for four times more onboard storage.

As of March 2022, Apple sells iPhones with storage capacities that range from 64 GB to 1 TB. Here’s Apple’s March 2022 iPhone lineup with the typical spread of capacities available:

  • iPhone SE: 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB
  • iPhone 11: 64 GB / 128 GB
  • iPhone 12: 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB
  • iPhone 13: 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB
  • iPhone 13 Pro: 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB

Why do you need more storage? Photos and videos in particular take up a lot of space, along with podcasts, music, and large apps such as games. If you are a light-duty iPhone user that typically just uses it to make calls, text people, send emails, and browse the web, you can potentially get by with less storage space on your iPhone.

But if you like to take lots of photos and videos, use hundreds of apps, and want to carry a large music collection in your pocket, you will want as much iPhone storage capacity as possible. Keep in mind that, unlike some Android phones, the iPhone’s storage space is not expandable or upgradeable. Once you buy a model with a certain capacity, it will always be that way.

64 GB Is Too Low

Even if you are not a heavy-duty iPhone user, you might find yourself running up against storage limits rather quickly if you only have 64 GB on your iPhone. Keep in mind that not only will you store your emails, messages (and any video or photo attachments), media files, and apps on your iPhone, but you often need 8-10 GB free just to install iOS updates. Running up against the limit and micromanaging a small amount of free space is not worth the trouble.

While storage needs are subjective and vary from person to person, here’s a rough guide that might help you make a decision about which iPhone is right for you.

  • 64 GB: Not recommended for anything but very light use: Few apps, not much media storage.
  • 128 GB: Good size for medium-duty use. This should be the minimum size Apple offers.
  • 256 GB: Great for heavy mobile games, and will allow storing more photos and other media files locally.
  • 512 GB: Lots of media storage space for professionals or people who take many videos.
  • 1 TB: Good for pro use, storing 4K video, and more.

To offset lower-capacity phones, you can sometimes rely on iCloud, which is Apple’s cloud storage service. With iCloud, you can keep older photos and videos stored in the cloud for later access, which lets you free up storage space on your iPhone without losing any data. iCloud is nice, but it’s no replacement for on-device storage, which is available instantly whenever you need it.

So the bottom line is: Get as much storage as you can afford, but avoid 64 GB if possible. When purchasing computer-related devices, including smartphones, buy the best while factoring in obsolescence.

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