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Available storage on 32GB Galaxy S6 will be just over 23GB

Ever since Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge don’t support microSD cards there has been a lot of debate about the lack of expandable storage on these new devices. For many this might be a dealbreaker, particularly for those who don’t want to spend extra money to buy a 64GB or a 128GB model. It should be kept in mind that the entire 32GB internal storage will not be available to users because the OS is going to take a big chunk out of it and so will the pre-installed applications.

Those who go with the 32GB Galaxy S6/S6 edge will have slightly more than 23GB storage available for their apps, files, music, movies and other content. That’s after hooking up a Google account with the device and updating all of the pre-installed apps. Extrapolating this figure shows that users should expect about 55GB free on the 64GB model and around 119GB free on the 128GB model. The numbers might vary based on the region and carrier so these are just ballpark figures. Most smartphones with 32GB onboard storage usually don’t have more than 25GB free so it’s not like Samsung’s new flagships are doing something out of the ordinary.

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foxykev
foxykev

My s6 128gb uses 14gb for system but my brother 32gb only just under 6gb can any one answer this for me I don’t understand why

Xim0
Xim0

The S6 takes 56 preinstalled apps in it. As I have read they or most of them can be completely uninstalled and removed from the memory phone, if that’s true I hope we can gain some precious megas hopefully 1 or 2 gigas.

Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

That won’t happen, as the 23GB of space is the total available space that can be used by the user. The rest is allocated to the system and will never show up as user memory, so uninstalling or disabling system apps won’t do anything to increase the amount of storage available to the user.

Xim0
Xim0

I’m afraid you’re right, I’ve read the bad news in other webs. Samsung promised this time a very light firmware with just the necessary preinstalled apps. Lying…what a surprise.

SamMobile1811
SamMobile1811

Note 4 32 GB have 25GB Free Space. So Its Like 4 to 5 GB for OS. in S6 OS is Consuming Around 7GB for OS :O
That’s Not what we have expected !!

Djean
Djean

My 64gb sd card uses already more than this phone storage capacity.
So, this time I’ll pass.

j2001m
j2001m

Stop with all this crap sd card crap, if you had an sd card reader I.e. No card added r and w speed on the memory go down big time, I.e. Iphome 6 is on top then the 1+1, both use cheap crap, but the next o. The list note 4 is way under the 1+1 that’s because sd card readers damage the phones bandwidth and make them lag and that before you put the sd card in the phone On a small note the s6 is way over 2x the iPhone speed in r and w, time to give… Read more »

melvarius
melvarius

i may be in the minority here but, i detest cloud storage with a passion. whoever came up with that concept needs a good kicking. i have no desire to let some third party monkey have my personal shit loitering around in there systems ripe for the picking from hackers or some government body nosing around under the guise of piracy or checking to see if I’m an alleged turban clad individual with a backpack fetish. Megaupload is a good example of that. lots of legitimate users had their files stolen by america.

caesantos
caesantos

Oh, really? Such a pity! I’m sorry you can’t afford the 128 GB version, but there are other good smartphones for people like you, like HTC, Sony and LG. Good luck!

juanjg115
juanjg115

I hope this is not a stupid question or statement, but does having 3GB of system RAM (vs 1GB on Iphone) help the Galaxy S6 have more storage memory in certain cases? Does it mean that it does not have to perform “paging” when system memory gets full? This might be another positive consideration on the Galaxy S6 when determining true real use availability of storage memory.

JohnK
JohnK

I’ve read in technical articles that Android is caching in ram as much as possible, so “clean up” memory apps were not recommended since it’s its normal behavior to fill ram.

I don’t know with lollipop, but there was a swap partition in previous versions. Maybe it’s still being used so Samsung by giving their new fast UFS2.0 memory, is adding chances for “invisible paging”.

BTW paging memory is located in the unavailable space.

JohnK
JohnK

Ignorant people should search for information instead of complaining :
i had a Nexus 10 32gb tablet, it was also about 23gb available.
I have a LG G3 32gb, it’s about 24gb available.

“Missing” space is divided between :
-real physical size (like a 1tb harddrive nowadays is NOT 1024gb but 1000…)
-file system format
-system data

NoteLove
NoteLove

I got more on Note 4. Besides everyone talking “new slim line TW” Note 4 was exactly the same. Check yourself at storage for Note 4 v S6. Surprised tech sites not mention this.

RichardDav3
RichardDav3

They should have to market the phone based on the amount of available storage.

mamadgaga
mamadgaga

Ah come on now! N910H??? WTF??? this is so stupid :@

mamadgaga
mamadgaga

sorry guys. wrong place ^_^

HomerS66
HomerS66

In germany there are 25GB free.

sanayp
sanayp

It that bloatware that is taking up 11gb nearly and 23gb left

ironbat
ironbat

32gb isnt exactly 32gb. its just around 28/29gb.
16 gb is 12.xx gb.

Sammysamsam1
Sammysamsam1

Its not just bloatware (which can be uninstalled) but the actual android software needs space as well.

hot_spare
hot_spare

1. 32GB means 32 billion bytes. But OS interprets space as GiB, which 1024^3 bytes (or 1073741824 bytes). So essentially a 32GB card/drive will be viewed as a 29GB (approx) drive.
2. Some space is reserved for OS and other partitions. In 32GB Nexus, you will find about 26GB usable capacity. Rest would be used for Samsung specific features and hidden partitions.

nzgeek
nzgeek

The space used actually seems more reasonable than on the S4. The 16GB model has 14.9GiB of actual space, of which 9.1GiB is available for user data. That means that 5.8GiB is taken up by the OS itself and any other overheads.

The S6 32GB model has 29.8GiB of actual space, so if about 25GiB is available for users then that means less than 5GiB is taken up by the OS and any other overheads. That’s a fairly big improvement.

kronicle
kronicle

As Ironbat says…… on let’s say an Apple iPhone 6 you’re only getting about 12.xx Gigabites. with much of that reserved for the system. So that updates from iOS 8 to iOS 9 might not even be possible on an OTA update. With iOS 8 update killing many user’s files and pissing a whole bunch of them off, while trying to do that. So in reality, they are actually giving you 23GB of usable space vs 8 to 9GB usable on iPhone and Android takes up around the same space now. On this device the system reserve is using only… Read more »

Azar1998
Azar1998

Matematically, it’s 9 not 11. And, actual storage is 29gb (read other comments below you will understand) so which means you will lose approximately 6GB if u don’t update ALL the previous installer apps. Otherwise you will lose 7.

harryisme
harryisme

9GB not 11GB, It’s probably a combination of preinstalled apps and the OS, though you should be able to get back some of that space as I belive some of those apps can be uninstalled.

Fedor268
Fedor268

Ouu