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[Discussion] How Much Storage Do You Really Need In Your Smartphone? - Explained!

2018-07-16 21:37:06
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Hi, Mi Fans!

Friends, with so many cloud storage options out there these days, do you still need storage inside your phone? Manufacturers think you do. They continue making phones with more storage. Flagship phones nowadays come with a whopping 128, 256 GB of cell phone storage. budget Smartphones come with 32 GB, 64 GB of storage, However, keep in mind that a phone’s system files and pre-installed apps take up 5-10GB of phone storage themselves.

So then how much space do you need? Trying to work out how much storage you actually need, and how much storage the phones you are looking at buying actually have can be confusing. This thread of mine aims to help you clear up any confusion that you may have. If you want to buy a new smartphone but don't know how much storage you need, read this thread and by the end of it, you should have your answer.

Looking At Your Usage:

  • Not all smartphones have the same storage options. Before you look into what storage is available on different smartphones, you’ll need to look at your usage to work out how much storage you’ll actually need.
  • Below I’ve categorized some of the biggest culprits for eating up storage space. Choose a data usage scenario from each category below, then add it up at the end to get a rough estimate on how much storage you actually need.
  • Please note that these numbers are estimations, the exact file size for photos, movies, music, and apps will always vary.

Taking Photos:

  • The size of your phone images will vary depending on the quality of your camera and the resolution you use. Most flagship phones these days take photos around 5 MB.
  • For the occasional photographer, 1 GB will be enough cell phone storage for 200 photos. 5GB of storage space will net you roughly 800-1,000 images, for those that want to catch the important moments in life.
  • 30 GB of storage will give you room for roughly 5,000 images, for camera fanatics.

Taking Videos:

  • We can’t forget video recordings from the camera app! Video recordings can take a surprising amount of space on your smartphone. You can change the settings in your camera app to limit the quality of your videos to save space. However, for this example, we’ll be using the highest quality video(UHD) recordings as a baseline.
  • If you rarely record anything, 5GB of storage is enough for approx 10 minutes of UHD video. If you want to capture most special moments – birthdays, weddings, your dog snoring – 30 GB of storage is good for 60 minutes of UHD video. If you shoot a lot of videos, 100 GB will hold around 4 hours of UHD video.


  • Most people nowadays listen to a streaming music service like gaana, Saavn. But when you do stream music on your phone, you need Wi-Fi or a data connection.
  • So let’s say you want to keep some music on your phone for those times when you’re not using a streaming app. If you listen only on the train to work, say, 1 GB is enough for about 200 songs. If you listen more often, 5 GB will hold 1,000 songs. If you’ve always got your headphones on, 30 GB of cell phone storage will be enough for over 5,000 songs.


  • Apps come in various sizes but most don’t take up a lot of phone storage space., although the more you use an app, the more data it will cache and the more storage it will use.
  • If you just want basic apps on your phone (Facebook, email, etc.) and you play some small games now and then when you’re bored, 5 GB will be enough for that. If you want dozens of apps and games, 10 GB is sufficient. Hundreds of apps and a 3D gamer? You’ll need more storage than that!


  • Streaming services like Netflix are often the way to go for watching movies and TV on your smartphone, but if you want to be able to buy and download movies or other media for offline viewing, you may need to set some storage aside.
  • If you just want four to five movies, considering HD Quality having less than of 1 GB then 5 GB is enough. 30 GB will hold up to 20-25 movies and, the true film buffs will need more storage for that. They need to choose higher storage options.

  • So then how much space do you need? The answer is: It depends. It partly depends on how much you want to spend. If you want more cell phone storage, you’ll have to pay for it. Budget phones with 64 GB Space will come under 15K while for higher storage options, you will have to pay more as well.
  • From there it depends entirely on what sort of user you are. If you’re someone who uses your phone primarily to talk, text, read email and browse online, 32 GB is likely enough storage, especially if your phone has a microSD card slot, which you can use to cheaply expand your storage.
  • For more active phone users, a 64 GB phone is a good option. This is plenty of space if you just take a few photos now and then, save your favorite songs on your phone for offline listening or download a few apps.
  • 128 GB and 256 GB phones are aimed mainly at people who live on their phones, take hundreds (or thousands) of photos, download every new song and play a lot of different games.

Let me know in comments below which phone storage option is best for you? See you soon with one more tech topic. Till then, take care.

2018-07-16 21:37:06
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Advanced Bunny

£KB#√ | from Redmi Note 4


1tb storage for me
2018-07-16 21:54:00

App Review Team

Maji George | from Redmi 3S


I need one TB storage !!!
2018-07-16 22:24:06

Rookie Bunny

dhinesh kanna | from Redmi Note 4


If we get 256GB of storage and it is enough. What will be the battery we need??
2018-07-16 22:36:37

Grandmaster Bunny

Solver13 | from Redmi Note 4


Awesome Thread!
2018-07-16 23:28:00
Great thread!
2018-07-16 23:41:46

Master Bunny

Kartik Bajpai | from Redmi 4A


124gb is enough for me
2018-07-16 23:46:24

Rookie Bunny

1779803216 | from Redmi 4


I need 256 GB
2018-07-16 23:53:33

Master Bunny

meetgour | from Redmi Note 5 Pro


well explained!!
2018-07-17 00:12:35

Advanced Bunny

1662093940 | from Redmi 3S


1 TB would be near to enough storage
2018-07-17 00:14:46

Master Bunny

Vidhu Bhushan | from Redmi 4A


Right now for me, 64gb is sufficient
2018-07-17 00:17:52
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