Galaxy S6 Storage: How Much Do I Need?

There are three Galaxy S6 storage options available, and for the first time in a long while it is very important how much Galaxy S6 storage you buy when you get the phone.

Samsung no longer includes a Galaxy S6 Micro SD card slot, so there is no way to add storage with a card. Yes, there are other options to carry more storage for your Galaxy S6, but they are designed for keeping movies or large amounts of photos on.

When it comes to using the Galaxy S6 every day, you’ll need to make sure you have enough storage to keep your apps, games, files, photos and other important things on your Galaxy S6 at all times.

Read: What Galaxy S6 Color To Buy?

Use this guide to understand the Galaxy S6 storage options and limitations and to figure out which Galaxy S6 storage option you need. This guide works for the Galaxy S6 Edge, but there is no high-end 128GB option available for that phone.

Galaxy S6 Storage Options & Pricing

There are three Galaxy S6 storage options.
There are three Galaxy S6 storage options.

Samsung offers three Galaxy S6 storage options and two Galaxy S6 Edge storage options. Not every carrier plans to offer every Galaxy S6 storage size, but AT&T confirmed that the carrier will sell all of the options Samsung offers. We expect Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile will follow this example. Here are the current Galaxy S6 storage options and pricing.

  • Galaxy S6 32GB – $199
  • Galaxy S6 64GB – $299
  • Galaxy S6 128GB – $399
  • Galaxy S6 Edge 32GB – $299
  • Galaxy S6 Edge 64GB – $399

AT&T only confirmed the AT&T Next pricing with $0 down and monthly payments, but with that information and confirmed Galaxy S6 prices and Galaxy S6 Edge prices on other major U.S. carriers we can offer the options above. US Cellular will not offer any 128GB Galaxy S6 options. Online Samsung lists a 128GB Galaxy S6 Edge for AT&T.

Galaxy S6 Available Storage & Pre-Installed Apps

Even though the Galaxy S6 starts at 32GB of storage, you don’t get access to all of that storage when you turn the phone on. While Samsung made a big deal about toning down TouchWiz, there are still many pre-installed apps on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

Samsung leaves a decent amount of storage available on the Galaxy S6.
Samsung leaves a decent amount of storage available on the Galaxy S6.

Android Central reports that the 32GB Galaxy S6 includes 23.5GB of free storage for owners to use. On the 64GB Galaxy S6 you can count on around 55GB of free storage and just under 120GB of free storage on the 128GB Galaxy S6 Edge. You can count on similar options for the Galaxy S6 Edge.

There are a lot of apps you cannot delete on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Gizmodo reports that there are 56 apps already installed on the Galaxy S6 and you cannot delete them. The most you can do is disable the app so that it doesn’t appear in the app drawer or on the home screen. When you take this action you do not get any storage back.

Which Galaxy S6 Storage Size Should I Buy?

The easiest way to figure out which Galaxy S6 storage option you should buy is to look at how much storage you are using on your current phone. You’ll want at least this much room, plus a little room to grow.

On the iPhone go to Settings -> General -> Usage -> Storage. On most Android phones you can Go to Settings -> Storage.

Check how much storage you use now, to pick the right amount of Galaxy S6 storage.
Check how much storage you use now, to pick the right amount of Galaxy S6 storage.

Here you will see how much storage you use and what is using it. This is important as you’ll know if you need the room for apps, photos, music or movies.

If you are close to 20GB of used storage right now, you will want to go with the 64GB Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge. If you are only using 10GB of storage after two years you may be fine buying the 32GB Galaxy S6.

For most users, the Galaxy S6 with 32GB of storage is enough. This is double the base iPhone 6 storage and should deliver enough room for many users who don’t plan on keeping a lot of photos, videos or huge games on the Galaxy S6.

The safe bet, if you plan to keep a lot of media and apps on the Galaxy S6 is to buy the 64GB Galaxy S6 for $100 more. With no Micro SD card, this should offer enough storage for almost any user.

It is great to see Samsung offer a 128GB Galaxy S6 storage option, but most users don’t need this much storage. If you are coming from a 128GB iPhone or if you think you need this based on your plans, you already know that you need to spend a lot more than the average user.

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One Comment

  1. J

    05/15/2015 at 10:05 pm

    You should update this article.. Samsung in fact makes a 128GB S6!

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