Written by Dewy
If you're looking for a new iPhone, you also have to decide on the storage capacity. We recommend the 256GB version, but there are even devices with 1TB. Such a high storage capacity isn't important for everyone. An iPhone with such a high storage capacity also means it's more expensive. We're happy to help you choose the right storage capacity for you.
- Choose iPhone storage capacity
- Your operating system also takes up storage
Choose iPhone storage capacity
You've finally found the perfect iPhone. But how much storage capacity do you need? Here, you'll find a brief explanation about the different storage capacities:
- 64GB: limited storage space
- 128GB: enough for basic use
- 256GB: enough for the average user
- 512GB: store your entire photo, video, and movie collection
- 1TB: never worry about storage space and store photos in Apple ProRAW
Your operating system also takes up storage
With a 256GB storage capacity, you never actually have 256GB of storage space. The operating system on your device and standard apps already take up quite a bit of storage capacity. Calculating in advance how much storage you need for your device? Add about 20% to that. That way, you know for sure you're making the right choice. It's best to think about this before placing your order, because you can't expand the storage of your iPhone later on. You can of course always use cloud services to store all your files.
64GB: limited storage space
With 64GB, you'll have enough if you use your iPhone for WhatsApp and calls. In addition, you have space for some social media apps and light games. You can use streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify and you don't record 4K videos. You can quickly remove unnecessary apps and store photos in your iCloud photo library. Was 64GB just enough on your previous device? Choose an iPhone with more storage space.
128GB: enough for basic use
An iPhone with 128GB storage capacity is suitable for basic use. With the new iPhone 12 models, this is the minimum storage capacity. With 128GB, you have enough space to store some photos, music, and videos locally on you iPhone. As a result, you don't have to exclusively use iCloud storage. Want to download a movie for on the go? Not a problem. Simply delete it from your device afterwards so you can download a new one.
256GB: enough for the average user
You can download the latest apps and games without having to worry about how much space you have left. You have plenty of storage space for photos, videos, and music. You don't necessarily have to use iCloud. You also like taking photos in portrait mode recording 4K videos. You can even download a few episodes of your series for on the plane. Cleaning up isn't your thing. Perhaps you do it once a year, just to see if you have some unnecessary apps on your device.
512GB: store your entire photo, video, and movie collection
Do you want 512GB of storage? Your options are the iPhone 14 (Plus), iPhone 14 Pro (Max), iPhone 13 (Mini) and iPhone 13 Pro (Max). You do everything on your device, whether it's for business or private use. Cleaning up isn't in your vocabulary and you're always testing the latest apps. You store a lot locally and you don't use cloud services for storage. You also want to access all your media offline regularly, for example while traveling.
1TB: never worry about storage and store photos in Apple ProRaw
Are you an avid photographer? With 1TB, you can easily store all your photos in Apple ProRAW. Thanks to this file format, you can adjust your photos the way you want to afterwards. You can store movies and series from streaming services like Netflix and Apple TV+ in the highest quality. That way, you can watch all your favorites in places without an internet connection. We recommend 1TB if you don't or hardly use cloud services and like to store photos and videos in the highest quality. The 1TB storage is only available for the iPhone 14 Pro (Max) and 13 Pro (Max).