How much iPhone storage space do you need?

Apple’s iPhone doesn’t have expandable storage, so you have to be cautious when buying a new device. The storage options that Apple currently offers range from 64GB to up to 1TB of space.

Of course, the high-end storage variant is much more expensive; Therefore, you need to think carefully about how much you really need because you don’t want to waste money on storage space that you will never use. So, read on, and when you buy a new iPhone on the market, we’re going to help you strike the perfect balance between cost and storage space.

How much storage space can you afford?


Everyone has a different budget for their next iPhone, so it’s important to ask yourself this question: How much am I willing to spend on the storage space of my iPhone?

If you have budget constraints, you should spend as little as possible on storage space, but also make sure there’s enough space for your needs. However, if money isn’t an issue, buy as much storage space as you can, but know when to draw the line.

So, let’s start with the storage pricing for the iPhone. On models like the iPhone 12, iPhone 11, and iPhone SE, Apple charges a $50 fee, up from 64GB of storage to 128GB. And to jump from 128GB to 256GB, you’ll need to shell out $100. This pricing applies to current iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro models.

However, the cost of storage doubles because the 512GB model is $200 more than the 256GB model. Finally, the highest-end 1TB storage version is unique to the iPhone 13 Pro model, which is another $200 more expensive than the 512GB version.

Paying an extra $50 for 128GB seems reasonable to almost everyone. Plus, most people don’t mind paying an extra $100 for 256GB of storage. But anything above this point is storage space that can be wasted, so you need to ask yourself if you’re going to use all of it.

128 Gerbenstorlagspes Issebel Minimum


By today’s standards, 128GB of storage should be the bare minimum of any iPhone you buy. Even Apple is aware of this fact, which is why the company is raising the basic storage space of the iPhone 13 model to 128GB in 2021. So even if you’re buying an older iPhone 12 or iPhone SE, buy 128GB of storage. After all, it only costs you $50 more.

Assuming you choose to buy a 64GB model for some reason, you might fill up that space quickly and resort to paying for Apple’s iCloud+ service, which costs $0.99 or $2.99 per month, respectively, for a 50GB or 200GB plan.

Remember, when you buy a 64GB iPhone, you only get about 57GB of free space. Also, you need to leave some free space to ensure that iOS runs smoothly and avoid slowing down the software. You’ll also need this space to download and install iOS software updates.

Even with 128GB of storage, you may need to use iCloud sometimes, especially if you take a lot of photos with your iPhone. And don’t forget, the 4K videos you shoot on your iPhone will also eat up your storage space. Also, if you download movies and install a lot of apps, you may run out of space relatively quickly.

However, if you’re someone who browses the web, streams movies, and plays casual games with your iPhone, that amount of space should be enough.

Content creators and power users are advised to opt for a capacity of more than 256GB


If you’re a content creator who regularly records videos on your iPhone for short video platforms like TikTok, YouTube Shorts, or Instagram Reels, you should buy a 256GB iPhone. This will allow you to shoot as many videos as you want without worrying about storage limitations. We also recommend this variant to people who regularly play console-quality games such as Genshin Impact, Apex Legends Mobile, etc.

Sure, the 512GB model will give you more room to play, but only consider it if you think it’s worth spending an extra $200 on that space. Finally, unless you intend to shoot photos and videos exclusively in Apple ProRAW and ProRes formats, we strictly don’t recommend that you waste your money on the coveted 1TB version.

Don’t skimp on your iPhone’s storage space (or waste money)

Storage space is a key area where you can save money on your new iPhone, but if your price is cheap, you’ll regret it when you don’t have room for new apps and media. At the same time, you shouldn’t waste money on high-level storage variants unless you think you can take advantage of all that space.

Therefore, it is crucial to find a good balance between cost and adequate storage space. Take a look at your current phone and see how much storage space you already use (on your device and iCloud), which will give you a better idea of how much storage you’ll need on your next iPhone.