The iPhone accompanies me wherever I go and has become an extension of my arm practically. Since 2008, when I got the first one, even the iPhone X that I currently use, I’ve been testing almost any storage configuration.
The initial 8 GB of my first iPhone 2G seemed never to be filled, it is true that there were not so many apps and that the photos hardly took up too much space. However there is a touchstone, your iPhone is capable of recording at 4K, and a minute of video at that resolution takes up a lot. As a result, the storage is looking busy unless you have some care.
Laps with space
I have never had the misfortune to see that fateful message on the screen, “full storage”. But not for that reason I consider myself more fortunate than anyone. I was able to survive with a 16GB iPhone 6 in full 2014 and 2015, while many people thought that Apple was doing wrong to keep such a ridiculous configuration.
And this past month we had the presentation of the new Samsung, with a 1TB capacity model. I think about it and I get chills. Will there be people capable of filling so much space? Yes, and I’m sure they are missing. It is also something that I do not understand because I have taken the opposite step. Until last year I used an iPhone 8 Plus of 256 GB, that is, had twice the storage in the phone as in the MacBook.
When in September of 2018 I got the opportunity to buy the iPhone XI had it very clear, I was not going to repeat with so many GB, in fact, I have reduced that capacity 4 times. And yes, the truth is that I am very satisfied with the change. According to my user configuration, I have more than enough. And now I’m going to tell you how I’m able to survive this voluntary decline.
The photos, to the cloud
It’s pure pragmatism. I do not know what noses paint photos from my phone 3 years ago. Nothing, just get a huge disgust in case I got robbed or lost the phone. And yet, it is something that seems to be a common practice, to carry pictures of the previous summer. For what purpose? I can not understand, the truth.
After trying various services in the cloud, my final bet is for the Google Photos app. Free and unlimited storage with original quality, quick synchronization and once the photos are uploaded, the originals disappear from the phone’s hard drive. If I want to see them, I just have to open the app and there I have them, last summer and Christmas.
Review the apps
Having many apps becomes bondage. A quick glance at my device shows 60, which for me are already too many. But to tell the truth, I have to have some installed because I write in this medium and I have to go testing. But for day to day, the use is reduced to no more than 5-6. The finance apps, some photography and a game to distract me, and little else.
It is a healthy exercise to review those apps that you have installed and to erase those that you do more than a month that you do not use. Do you really need so many?
With music elsewhere
Finally, we talk about streaming music apps. A few years ago it was very common to pass complete playlists on CD to your device, with the goal of using it as a lifelong mp3. However, the use of these apps, coupled with the increase of GB in the data bonds, makes it not worthwhile to fill your music phone. I prefer to have direct access to a large catalog of millions of songs that pass me the integral of Chopin or some disc of John Coltrane.
For these 3 reasons, I have gone from an iPhone with a monstrous capacity, for me, to one of more restrained storage. And the iPad is even more patent, I use it 32 GB and not missing anything else. How do you manage the use of space on your devices? Do you think it is necessary to follow the trend of having more and more physical storage?