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How much memory do you need in a smartphone?

Smartphones differ not only in appearance and performance, but also in the volume of the internal drive. Not all models allow the possibility of expanding the memory at the expense of the SD card, so when choosing a new mobile phone, it is necessary to take into account the amount of its internal memory.


How much internal memory can a smartphone have?

As a rule, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 or 256 GB are allocated for storing files. Rare premium models come with 512 GB. Since the internal disk is one and the operating system is put on it, in fact you will get 5-10 GB less than indicated in the characteristics of the device.

Models with 128 GB and 256 GB are more expensive. They are suitable for those who like to photograph and shoot everything. The most popular and affordable smartphones have 64 GB of storage. Such a volume, the majority of users consider sufficient. 16 and 32 GB will suit those who do not save music for offline listening, rarely take pictures and prefer to keep in memory only the most necessary applications.

Smartphones with 8 GB of internal memory were popular 5-6 years ago. This is too little today. Considering that part of the space will go under the operating system and built-in applications, you will receive only 2-3 GB from the declared volume. It is normal to use such a smartphone only if there is an SD card slot.

How much space do I need?

The information below will give a clearer idea of ​​how a roomy smartphone you need. Choose one of the three sentences in different categories that more accurately describes you, and then add the selected numbers. The result will show how much permanent memory is required for your needs. Keep in mind: the indicated numbers are approximate. Count them for a minimum. In practice, the exact amount of memory occupied by applications, media files and other content will be different for each person.


The weight of the photo is influenced by the features of the iron, the settings that are set and the shooting conditions. On average, one mobile photo in JPG format takes about 5 MP of memory.

  • “What is a camera?”

At 1 GB will accommodate, roughly speaking, 200 shots. The smartphone in the most minimal configuration will suit those who run the camera application at most once a month.

  • “I only photograph important moments.”

5 GB of memory is enough to store 800-1000 images. If you think that only special events are worthy of being left on the photo, this volume will be enough for you for a long time. And then all captured can be thrown into the cloud or on a home computer.

  • "I fotayu everything!"

30 GB is about 5000 shots. To carry in your pocket a truly gigantic photo album, you have to fork out for one of the roomy smartphones.


As in the case of the photo, the weight of the captured video is highly dependent on the resolution. If there is little memory, the video quality can be reduced in the settings. In our examples, we will consider shooting at maximum speeds in 4K.

  • "I do not shoot the video."

5 GB of memory takes a 10-minute clip in UHD.

  • "I only shoot special moments."

30 GB of memory is enough for an hour of video in 4K. Note: even for those rare occasions when you want to turn on the video, you need a lot of free space.

  • "I take pictures always and everywhere!"

For 4 hours of shooting in high quality, you need 100 GB of memory. Keep this in mind if you are going to actively use your smartphone as a video camera.

Offline music

Streaming services are used by those who listen to a lot of music, but do not want to spend gigabytes of permanent memory on it. Nevertheless, many people prefer to save part of the tracks locally in case there is no access to the Internet. One good quality MP3 song weighs about 10 MB.

  • "I have enough dozens of songs to run."

If you save only the most favorite music, you will not need a lot of memory for it: 1 GB can hold about 100 tracks.

  • "I have certain musical tastes."

5 GB goes to 500 songs. This is enough to keep the entire discography of any popular artist.

  • "Music is life!"

30 GB of memory will be needed for local storage of about 3000 songs.


Some APKs occupy 1-2 MB, others may weigh more than 1 GB. The more applications and games you use, the more memory you need, respectively. Do not forget that over time, applications accumulate data, update, and their weight increases.

  • "I only need basic apps and a pair of simple toys."

5 GB is enough to install a navigator, a reader, a pair of instant messengers and small games like chess or old 8-cue ball.

  • “I don’t like the stock tools.”

Approximately 10 GB of memory will be needed in order to replace the boring stock applications with their counterparts and install several small games.

  • "I can not live without games!"

If you want diversity, then you will need more memory - about 50 GB. More than 200 applications and games can be installed on a disk of this size.


Stream services have eliminated the need to download movies to watch on the go. But, as in the case of music, this option does not suit everyone.

  • "Pairs of films are enough, I will look and delete."

2-3 films will take about 5 GB of memory.

  • "I often watch movies from a mobile phone."

30 GB is needed for local storage of 20 films.

  • “I don’t delete what I’ve looked at, let it stay just in case.”

100 GB of memory is enough for a collection of 50-60 films.

Photos, videos, music, movies and apps - what’s most important? If you chose the second sentence more often, for a comfortable life you should have a smartphone with 80 GB of local memory. Add to this 10 GB for the system and 20% of the reserve, so that you don’t have to frantically search for anything to remove. Total get about 96 GB. So, a smartphone with a storage of 128 GB will more than satisfy all your requirements. More is not needed.

128 GB is:

  • 800-1000 photos;
  • 60 minutes of video in 4K;
  • 500 music tracks;
  • several dozen applications and games;
  • 20 movies.

Those who chose the first statement more often, will suit a mobile phone with a smaller memory capacity - 32-64 GB.

32 GB is enough for storage:

  • 200 photos;
  • 10-minute high-quality video;
  • 100 songs;
  • 10 applications;
  • 2-3 movies.

Well, if you want everything to be always at hand - and your favorite music, and movies, and applications for all occasions - your companion should be a powerful smartphone with a 256+ GB drive. He will save for you:

  • 5000 photos;
  • 4 hours of video in 4K;
  • 5000 songs;
  • 200 work and play APKs;
  • 50+ movies.

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