How much free space do you keep?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ericg301, May 24, 2011.


How much free space do you keep?

  1. 0 - (packed to the rafters)

    12 vote(s)
  2. 1 - 4 GB (a little bit of breathing room)

    37 vote(s)
  3. 4 - 6 GB (just to be safe)

    18 vote(s)
  4. 6 - more GB (I don't have anything else to put on my iPhone)

    27 vote(s)
  1. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    Just wondering how much free space everyone leaves on the iPhones for app downloads and taking photos/videos. I currently have about 4GB free, and I'm wondering if I should take off some music to free up some more space. I'd hate to be out somewhere and not have enough room to shoot a video.

  2. RafaelT macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2010
    Lakeland, FL
    I have 1.13 GB free and I have everything I want on there, perfect for now but I will have to go with 32 GB with the iPhone 5
  3. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    Ideally, I like to keep between 4-6GB of free space available on my iPhone. However, I currently have 20GB free. Although I am in the process of putting the majority of my music collection on my iPhone since it's the only "iPod" I own.
  4. TheOriginalKi, May 24, 2011
    Last edited: May 24, 2011

    TheOriginalKi macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2011
    I have a 16GB iPhone 4 and currently have ~6GB free however this will probably shrink by at least a few GB over the next couple of months as I add more music to Spotify and sync it offline. I have ~2GB used on 2 TV shows that I got free over Xmas/New year and as I don't watch shows on my phone I could clear these off if I need the space. ~6GB is used for apps (some of the larger being the 5 games I have which I can clear off as I complete them). 16GB is workable for me but next time round I may opt for 32GB+ so that I don't have to worry about space.
  5. ericg301 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    Right now i have my entire music collection on my Iphone - about 20GB. But since I spend most of the day at my desk, online, I can see how these new cloud music services would make it easier to keep less music on the phone.
  6. TheOriginalKi macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2011
    That's what I love about Spotify - I can Sync (offline) up to 3,333 tracks on to my iPhone and stream an unlimited amount after that. If I sync my full allocation of 3,333 tracks on to my iPhone that will take up to ~16GB (That's why I wouldn't mind a 32GB+ next time round) and I could still listen to other music if I felt the need, by streaming if in a good network area.
  7. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    I try to keep about 3GB free at all times. This is enough space to update the largest apps on my phone (TomTom/Infinity Blade/Puzzle Quest II…)
  8. ericg301 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    Luckily you're in a country that HAS spotify...
  9. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    i leave about a gig free just for pictures and movies.
  10. ericg301 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    I'll be interested to see how the rumored iCloud service integrates into the existing iPod app. I wonder if the local and cloud-stored songs will live seamlessly together, or if there's a totally separate app for streaming.
  11. nwcs macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2009
    Need a new option: however much is left. Seriously, I don't manage the space at all. If I fill up then I remove things. Since a lot of it is video the space drops as I watch things (since I sync only new items).
  12. Mahshall macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2009
  13. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    14.5/32GB as of righT nowt. Normally it hovers around 7-10Gb free. I might consider going 16gb on my next phone
  14. kuebby macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2007
    1.45GB free out of 32

    I keep a couple movies, a season of TV, and 300 albums. That leaves me at least 1GB free, which is the minimum I like to have.
  15. Pez555 macrumors 68020


    Apr 18, 2010
    ive got a 32 and i try to leave 0-1 Gb's free. just incase i have the urge to download any large apps.

    I hope a 64Gb comes out next as my music takes up most of my space.
  16. Grayburn macrumors 68000


    Jul 12, 2010
    London, England
    I was down to 600MB/32GB the other day and it wasn't performing very well.I had a tidy up of some images and videos and got rid of some Music as well and am now back up to 1.4GB :)
  17. fkhan3 macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2010
    I have about 13 GB free on a 32 GB one. Got couple of movies and rest is all photos and music
  18. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    32GB. I keep about 10-12 GB's free. Music/Apps take up majority of space along with photos.
  19. rudini macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2007
  20. McRCN macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2010
  21. GP_1 macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2011
    I have 3GB left on my 16GB iPhone 4. I'll run out at about the time the iPhone 5 comes out & just upgrade to the 32GB.
  22. torbjoern macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
    0.2 out of 16 (14) GB is available on mine.

    My music library would easily fill up my entire iPhone, so I have a rotation system with SmartPlaylists for that. I have 6 GB of audio, 6 GB of video, and the rest are apps and photos.
  23. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2009
    Wichita, KS
    On a 16GB iPhone 4, I currently have:

    0.89 GB Audio
    1.89 GB Photos
    7.3 GB Apps
    0.03 GB Books
    1.21 GB Other
    2.8 GB Free

    Navigon and Infinity Blade take up a decent chunk of that 7.3 GB of apps, and the reason I have so much in the way of photo storage is because I currently have my iPhone set to upload via iPhoto, and then sync everything back. I'm thinking about changing that to something a little more restrictive. It's nice to have my phone as a digital photo wallet, but it's starting to eat a decent chunk of storage.
  24. iFiend macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2011
    More than 6, and it is not because I don't have any more. I have a TON of content I could put on there. I like to run it lean as I think my ip4 runs better that way.
  25. Sonic04GT macrumors regular

    May 15, 2011
    South Florida
    I voted 4-6 but I used to keep only about 2GB. Decided to clean up a bit and now it's around 6ish.

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