Understanding smartphone storage.

Smartphone storage.

A smartphone is so much more than just a phone. It’s your personal organiser, your social life, your entertainment, your music player and your camera.


So with all this in mind, it’s important that your device has enough storage space to cope with everything.


How does it work?


A phone’s storage capacity is measured in GB (gigabytes). The amount of GB gives you an indication of how much content, such as videos, photos and music your phone will be able to hold.


All phones have internal storage space built into the phone. But there are some phones that have a slot for a memory card, so you can get additional storage if you fill the internal space.


Boosting your phone’s storage space.


There are various ways to free up some space on your phone. Here are a few tips:


  • Delete old apps you’re not using
  • Delete old photos you don’t need any more
  • Synced any albums in Spotify to play offline you don’t want any more? Delete them
  • Back up your photos to the Cloud
  • Transfer old photos/videos to a computer


What else can you do?


If none of the above frees up enough space for you, you can buy a memory card from Three Accessories (if your smartphone has a memory card slot).


And if your phone doesn’t have room for a memory card, you can store your stuff virtually using the Cloud, with a range of apps like Dropbox, Google+, iCloud or Three Rescue.


So exactly how many gigabytes do you need?


If you love taking photos and videos, downloading apps and storing songs, then you’ll need to have more storage space on your phone.


The table below should give you a rough idea of how many GBs you’re looking for – the figures are approximate, and are “up tos”, meaning you could have up to 250 songs or up to 60 minutes of video or up to 400 photos, or a mixture of all three.

Storage solutions table

So with a 16GB iPhone, for example, you could have approximately 2,000 songs, 4 hours of video and 1,600 songs on there, before you’d run out of storage.