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Which IPhone 11 Pro Storage Size Should You Buy: 64GB, 256GB or 512GB?



With exciting new creation tools, and major camera features, you may need more iPhone 11 Pro storage than you did on your old iPhone. Picking the right about of storage is important since you can’t add more later without using cloud storage.

Apple offers up the same storage options as on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, so you may be able to simply look at what you bought last year and get the same amount of storage, but with a Pro level iPhone you want more local storage.

There is a lot to think about when you choose your iPhone 11 Pro storage, and you may end up needing more than your last phone if you are going all out with the new options.

iPhone 11 Pro Storage Options

How much iPhone 11 Pro storage do you actually need?

How much iPhone 11 Pro storage do you actually need?

Apple offers the iPhone 11 Pro in two screen sizes, three storage options and four colors.

The storage options are 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB — just like on the iPhone XS. This is a noticeable boost compared to the iPhone 11, that maxes out at 256GB.

Unlike the more affordable options on the iPhone 11, Apple charges $150 more for the 256GB model and another $200 for the 512GB iPhone 11 Pro.

If you choose the iPhone 11 Pro Max, you also pay $100 more for the larger screen size. Fully kitted out, you can pay up to $1,449 for the iPhone 11 Pro. Thankfully monthly payments can bring this down to around $41.62 a month and even lower with a trade. Check out the iPhone 11 Pro storage pricing and configuration options.

Pay for Storage Today, or Pay Later

Pay now, or pay for iCloud later.

Pay now, or pay for iCloud later.

When it comes to iPhone 11 Pro storage, you will either pay now, or you will pay later when you need iCloud storage.

If you choose to pay more for your storage right now, you can opt for the 256GB or 512GB iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max models. These offer more local storage and can be very handy.

The alternative is to get the 64GB iPhone 11 Pro and then choose iCloud or another cloud service to keep your files on. With this option, you will need to stream more of your media, so you may end up paying for a higher tier data plan.

For many buyers, the middle option is the best when you combine it with iCloud storage. I use a 256Gb iPhone XS Max and plan to buy the iPhone 11 Pro Max with 256GB storage. I pair this with a 2TB iCloud plan to store all my photos and videos. For that I pay $9.99 a month to Apple. In addition to letting me choose a smaller iPhone storage option, my data is backed up outside of my house.

Who Should Buy the 64GB iPhone 11 Pro?

Are you excited about the new iPhone 11 Pro camera features and gaming capabilities, but you mainly use your iPhone for fun? If so, 64GB might be enough storage for you. Do you;

  • Stream most of your movies and music.
  • Don’t plan to record a lot of 4K videos.
  • Plan to store your photos in iCloud Photo Library or locally on a computer.
  • Come nowhere close to using 64GB of storage on your current iPhone.

If so, this is a good option for you. It’s also the cheapest at $999 from Apple.

Who Should Buy the 256GB iPhone 11 Pro?

The 256GB iPhone 11 Pro is the best option for most buyers, even if you plan to use the iPhone as a content creator on YouTube. I plan to use this as part of our YouTube channel and will go with this option. This leaves enough space locally for recording while traveling, and paired with iCloud storage, I can safely back up all my work every night. Do you;

  • Plan to use as a content creator on YouTube
  • Keep Movies and Music locally.
  • Need to keep your photos stored locally.
  • You plan to shoot tons of 4K video.
  • You’re close to using 64GB of space on your current iPhone.
  • You can’t stand having to constantly manage the data on your phone.

If so, this is a good option for you. It’s affordable-ish at $1,149 from Apple.

Who Should Buy the 512GB iPhone 11 Pro?

For users that need the absolute maximum amount of storage on the iPhone 11 Pro, this is your option. This is not for casual users, even if you think you need this much. Unless you are already using well over 256GB or don’t use the cloud, you probably don’t need this much storage. If you are a creative professional, that’s another matter. Are you an;

  • Extreme power user.
  • Planning to use the iPhone as a professional creative.
  • Photo buffs who don’t want to use iCloud.
  • People who travel often and want everything local.

If so, this is a good option for you. Be prepared to pay at least $1,349 from Apple.

How to Check Your Current iPhone Storage

Check your current iPhone storage before you decide.

Check your current iPhone storage before you decide.

You can check how much storage you are using on your iPhone right now, which will be the easiest way to see how much storage you need on your new iPhone.

  • Tap on your Settings app.
  • Tap on General.
  • Tap on iPhone Storage.

Once you get here, you can see how much storage you are using, how much is left and which apps are using the most storage. In my case, I have a ton of storage for Audible and Podcasts taking up space, which I could pare down and only 10GB of photos locally since I use iCloud. If you are on the fence, think about how you might use less, or plan for using more.

Which iPhone 11 Pro Storage Size Should You Buy?

Anyone that buys a new iPhone every year can more easily choose a 256Gb iPhone 11 Pro, or even the 64GB model. Since you are buying a new phone each year, you don’t need to make storage last as long and you have more flexibility.

I still highly recommend anyone buying the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max with the intent of using the cameras to their full potential to buy the 256GB option. This offers enough storage for bigger projects while keeping $200 in your pocket. I would rather save that to spend on accessories like a tripod, lens accessories and iPhone 11 Pro cases.

If you need the absolute top option for work or because you don’t use the cloud, opt for the 512GB iPhone 11 Pro, but keep in mind it is basically there to convince you to buy the 256GB model.

3 Reasons to Pre-Order iPhone 11 & 4 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order If You Want Your New iPhone ASAP

Pre-Order If You Want Your New iPhone ASAP

If you want to get your hands on the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max next week you'll probably want to put in a pre-order when they go live on Friday.

The devices might not sell out completely, but there's a very good chance we see some (if not all) shipping dates get pushed into late September and/or October. 

If you want a guaranteed delivery on or around September 20th, you'll want to put in a pre-order through Apple or your carrier as soon as the clock strikes Midnight on Friday. 

If you don't put in a pre-order, and shipping times slip for the model you want, you'll have to wait in line next week or wait several weeks for your new phone to arrive. 

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