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Original poster
Aug 12, 2013
Just wanted to see if anyone else out there is like me, and still uses a 16GB iPhone. I've seen so many forums, articles, and news posts of many individuals scoffing at the idea of a 16GB phone in 2015, I realize the storage is exceptionally low with how powerful apps have become, images becoming larger, and people demanding for more content on the go.

I guess it's never been the case for me. Even in 2015, every single iPhone I've had has been the 16GB model and I have never ever once had a problem managing my storage or ever come close to running out.

I just wanted to see if any other people follow this same suit? I guess I have the travel lightly mentality. I don't play games on my phone ever, I probably have about 20-30 apps installed, and I mostly use my phone for basic stuff.

I have a general philosophy that PC > Phone. When I store music on my phone, I put maybe my 5 favorite albums on it that I listen to most, and if I get bored or want to switch my music out, a quick wireless sync to iTunes takes care of that, a seamless process that maybe takes all of a few minutes. I usually never have more then 100 photos stored on my phone at a time. I rarely even use my camera, the pictures I do take tend to get transferred off to my computer or get uploaded into my google drive. I always have less then 100 photos in my phone, most of it is just some of my favorite pictures and wallpapers I like having on me.

I've bought 64GB iPhones before and my habits and usage never changed once, I was always running around with like 50GB of free storage on my device, I still love using my phone in collaboration with my computer, I like traveling lightly and transferring everything off and hot swapping my music with iTunes.

I've also found 16GB iPhones easier to sell, they tend to hold their value just a little better then higher storage models.

Do I think 16GB is low though? Absolutely, it just works for me. I really think Apple could consider a 32GB entry model, that would allow me to put a little bit more music on my phone, but I never sweat it.

Maybe I am a outlier, a one off, but year after year I've always defied peoples statements of 16GB is never enough, I always have 6-8GB free on my phone and it's never once been a problem for me.

Anyone else like this? I know it's going to be a small crowd.


macrumors 68020
Aug 30, 2006
For the most part I manage just fine with 16gb as well. Only once since I bought my 5S did I need to dump some photos onto a computer, and that was after a month abroad taking a lot of photos.

Apps and so forth I get by just fine.


macrumors Westmere
Apr 16, 2008
At the iPhone hacks section.
No issues here either.
If the pictures or videos start filling up I just transfer them to my computer.
I have about 30+ apps installed that I need and use the most and still about 6gb free right now.
Would be great if they bump up the storage on future releases.
Paying $100 or $200 more for that amount of additional storage is not worth it to me. Flash memory storage is becoming dirt cheap and nowhere near worth as much as phone manufacturers charge extra for it.


macrumors 65816
Jul 29, 2006
I can't remember where I heard it from but one of the reviews on YouTube said Apple claims fans have no problems with 16GB.

I call BS this is just Apple's greediness of FORCING THEIR FANS to upgrade and spend more on 64/128.
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macrumors 6502a
Jan 23, 2015
My 5S has 32gb, and I'm already running out of space...

That being said, my iPhone 4 that I used for 3 years and 9 months had 16gb. I got by just fine even though I had to limit the number of songs and pictures/videos. At some points, I had to delete apps because it wouldn't store more pictures and videos. I just had to reinstall them after transferring those pictures to my computer.

Looking back, I don't think I can deal with that again although I thought it was just a minor inconvenience at the time. I still use my 4 for music and news/social media device. Music takes up 11gb, and I have less than 200mb remaining.

I guess storage depends on lifestyle. Almost all the iPhones I've come across are 16gb, and they seem to have no problem.


macrumors 68000
Apr 13, 2006
I easily get by with 16 gigs but my usage isn't typical I'm sure. No music on my phone since I have an iPod for that. I keep photos, text, and mail and a scant few apps.


macrumors 68040
May 6, 2008
Choices are good... You do realize though that they weigh the same. Just responding to your desire to "travel light"! ;)
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Jul 11, 2006
I use a 16GB without any problems. If I take a lot of videos I have to offload them, but other than that I've had no issues and am glad that I didn't have to pay more for more space than I needed.


macrumors 65816
Apr 16, 2013
I am like you in some ways OP, but I bought the 128GB as I would like to have plenty of storage for the years to come. I intend to keep my 6S for as long as possible, like I did with my 4.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 9, 2007
16GB is working fine for me but I just use it as a phone. Movies and most photos are on the 128GB iPad.


macrumors 65816
Dec 30, 2010
Nope. I've got too much stuff. I don't even think I could make it work on a 16 GB if I had unlimited data.


macrumors 68030
May 6, 2010
New York
I could get by on a 16GB model, but I don't want to. I hate managing storage. Photos and video definitely add up. I don't use 4K but I do quite like 1080p at 60fps.

64GB is a little overkill for me. I think I could definitely do just fine on 32GB. If that was the base model, that's what I'd have bought, proof that Apple's dirty trick works brilliantly. They've gotten an extra bill out of me two years running!


macrumors 603
Apr 11, 2014
I use the 64 gb iPhone. I just wanted the freedom to snap away, take 4K videos, and download apps galore without having to worry. I've used 16.1 GB so far.


macrumors 6502a
May 6, 2013
I got by fine with 16gb - only after using 6+ I have found myself running low on space after a year. So I went with the 64GB 6S+ this year, so I would have plenty of space for Live Photos and more apps. I have 43GB of free space now.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 10, 2014
The 16 worked for me when I had the 4S and 5S, but I decided to go to for the 64 with the 6 just to see how it felt, and it was the best decision I've made concerning my cell phone. I currently have about 17 GB of music alone, and could never handle a 16 GB anymore. That being said, I know many that do have 16s and are totally fine with it. A 32 GB entry model would be nice for some, but many don't even need it

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macrumors 65816
Jun 12, 2013
16GB has worked for me over the past 2 and a half years. I have some music and photos, but not a lot. 3.5GB or so left, but if I were a heavier photo or video user I think 16GB would be intolerable.


macrumors member
Jul 30, 2010
I have exclusively used the 16 GB model for years and I have not had a problem. I back-up to a computer about once a month and all of my info is stored on the cloud.
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