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macrumors demi-god
Apr 15, 2011
Melbourne, Australia
i have no media locally stored on my ipad pro. i do store some of my movies on my iphone 6s. since i do take that out of home with me, and is useful for playing when on transport, or waiting at a waiting room etc


May 23, 2015
I keep a lot of the same apps if they are universal. I do have more music on the iPhone, but more movies and tv shows on the iPad.


macrumors 6502a
Apr 7, 2007
Cleveland, OH
Nope. My phone actually has a lot more storage than my iPad so it's tough.

64 GB on iPhone and 32 on iPad. I tend to use my iPad for media (movies and tv shows plus just a few games) and iPhone for games. next iPad for me has to be 64 GB or more. Fitting a couple big games, plus a few movies and more than just a few tv shows seems to be troublesome for me. Might be photos too that is a culprit even with iCloud storage for photos on.
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macrumors 6502
May 21, 2014
No but they share them through icloud anyway, like music and purchased shows. I use my iPad mostly for gaming and video streaming.


macrumors G5
Apr 8, 2013
No it's not the same. On my iPhone I have my music collection and over 200 music videos that I've purchased from iTunes along with about 100 live song performances and one or two full concerts that I've ripped and uploaded. I also have a few to shows/movies that I've purchased from iTunes.

On my iPads (air 2, mini 3) I don't store any music locally. I stream everything. I also don't store any music videos. I tend to store a lot more purchased movies and TV shows on my iPad.

My total video content on my phone is only 17GB and that is mostly purchased music videos and ripped live performances.

On my iPad Air my total video content is 68.1GB.

However I do like the idea that I can have all of my purchased content available at any time on all of my iOS devices providing that I've got an Internet connection.
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Jul 18, 2013
I have a 128GB Mini 2 and a 128GB 6S+. I have pretty much the same music stored on each. I don't play any games so it's just apps, music and music videos purchased in iTunes. I have about 250 music videos.


macrumors regular
Oct 6, 2015
Nope. I don't bother to transfer my photos I take with my iphone on to my ipad. (doesn't make sense since I upload my files on google photos).


macrumors 65816
Sep 2, 2012
South East England
iPhone stores all photo's and music locally

iPad stores nothing locally I use photo stream, iTunes Match/Apple Music & iCloud. I will sometimes transfer for a film or two across if I'm going on a long journey.

MBP stores all media

Apps for iPhone and the iPad are different, my iPhone will have the apps I use, were as my iPad will basically have next to none like 25% of the ones on my iPhone.


macrumors 65816
Jul 31, 2013
No, up until recently i had a 32gb iPad and 16gb iPhone so my iPad had a lot more music on. I dont have much in the way of locally stored Video as i use wifi or my unlimited data to stream tv\films from my Plex. Just upgraded to a 64Gb 6S so will put more music on it but doubt they will match still.


macrumors 68000
Apr 13, 2006
No, my phone is basically a phone with very few apps and photos on it. My iPad has most of my apps, photos, games, and some music on it. I don't worry about them being different as to content because I use them differently. My music is mostly stored on my ipod and basically lives in my car.


macrumors 604
Original poster
Sep 7, 2010
Thanks for the replies. I was just curious.

Personally, I don't store a huge amount of media on either device but my breakdown is like this:

My iPhone 6 is my music player, with all of my music stored locally. My iPad Mini 4 has almost no music except for a few songs that I use for specific occasions like my alarm. Movies/TV if any, are on my iPad. Rather than storing a large library, I just put stuff on as I need it and remove it once I've watched it. Photos are the one thing that I sync between devices via photo stream, since like most people I prefer taking pictures with my phone rather than tablet, but I like being able to view them on the larger screen later.

Both of my devices are 64GB, which is sufficient for my current needs.


Mar 26, 2008
my iPhone got Spotify and all its music glory as well as social media needs while my iPad stores more documents. No need for music on my iPad really but of course each and everyones use case is different. I dont even have movies on my iPad cuz i mostly use it at home so I am just streaming. To be honest, i would be fine with Safari, Dropbox, iMessage and Hulu on my iPad lol

Photo library stays in sync though

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macrumors member
Dec 24, 2015
Los Angeles
Yep. I'd like to keep the same media library on both devices. If I don't keep the same media library on my iPhone 6 and iPad mini 4, I can not find the music or photos immediately when I need them. It's convenient for me to keep them in both devices.


macrumors Haswell
May 3, 2009
No, my phone is my main device, and my iPad is for reading, some game playing (not much these days) and watching videos. They serve different purposes so they have different software, and media loaded on them
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macrumors 604
Original poster
Sep 7, 2010
So it seems that for most people, myself included, the iPhone is more for audio media while the iPad is more for visual, which makes sense to me given their form factors.
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