There's nothing more frustrating than running out of storage space on your device, so we hope this guide helps you make the right decision before your purchase.
What does storage really mean?
Your storage holds all the data and info you have on your device. This means everything from messages to apps to photos and more.
If anything’s stored in the "Cloud" that means it isn't stored on your device. Rather, it’s stored on a company's server that you can access via mobile data or Wi-Fi.
Most of your device's storage will be used for photos, videos, music, and messages you keep on your device.
What are my storage size options?
Phones and tablets
iPhones, iPads, Android phones, and tablets all have different storage options.
Over time, cell phone manufacturers have been able to increase the amount of storage space a device can hold. Most devices made after 2016 start at 32 GB and typically go up to 350 GB. Newer devices have options as high as 500 GB or 1 TB (1000 GB).
Because laptops are bigger and more storage-hungry, they typically start around 120 GB and go up to 8 TB (8000 GB).
What amount of storage do I need?
Storage size can change the price of a device, so understanding what you need can save you money.
Here are some things to think about.
Will you just be using your device for the basics?
If you’re planning on using a laptop or phone for just the basics like browsing the Internet, sending messages, streaming media, etc. then a lower storage amount should work perfectly.
Do you like to save messages or take a lot of photos and videos?
If you like to scroll through old texts and group chats or keep tons of pics and videos on your device, then you should consider higher storage.
Will you use the device for creative work?
If you'll use your device for digital creative work or any video, music, or photo editing, then you might want to consider more storage.
You can also consider external storage options, like external hard drives to store larger projects. Pick up a refurbished external hard drive on Back Market while you’re at it
Do you have Cloud storage such as iCloud, Google Cloud, or Samsung Cloud? Cloud storage is usually offered at a low monthly or yearly fee and can help free you from the constraints of your device's storage specs.
If you have Cloud storage or are planning on getting some, then you can comfortably purchase a lower-storage device.