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Which iPhone XR Storage Size Should You Buy?

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If you’re thinking about buying Apple’s iPhone XR, make sure you pick the correct model. This process can be tricky and today we want to help you decide on the best iPhone XR storage option for your needs and your budget.

You might be tempted to go with the cheapest iPhone XR or the model with the most storage, but many of you should skip those and go with the 128GB model.

Before you commit to one model or another, there are some things you’ll want to consider and we’ll break everything down for you in this guide.

iPhone XR Storage Options

The iPhone XR comes in a variety of colors with three storage options.

Instead of 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB configurations like the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the iPhone XR comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB formats. The 64GB model is the cheapest while the 256GB model is the most expensive.

The iPhone XR, like all iPhone models, doesn’t come with expandable storage via a microSD card. If you decide you need additional storage you’ll need to add it through Apple’s iCloud service or via Lightning drive.

Apple won’t announce additional storage options down the road so you’re stuck with these three options.

Pay for Storage Now or Pay Later

64GB’s of storage isn’t enough space for a lot of people. If you plan to shoot 4K video, download content for travel, or play games, you’ll probably need additional storage space.

We’ve been using a 256GB iPhone 12 since launch and we’ve used more than 200GB of storage. That’s somewhat close to 256GB, but it’s well beyond the 64GB you get from Apple’s cheapest iPhone XR option.

Our internal storage space is taken up by our applications, photos, videos, podcasts, and other miscellaneous files. We went well over the 64GB threshold within a month of buying the phone.

Some of you might not come close to 64GB, but many others are going to go over that mark soon after you switch to your new device.

If that happens, you’ll either need to delete files to free up space or pay for additional storage via iCloud or an external drive. In the United States, iCloud pricing starts at $0.99/mo for 50GB and goes up to $9.99/mo for 2TB of space.

If you run out of space you might have to resort to streaming movies and music and that could lead to data overage charges if you aren’t careful.

Who Should Buy the 64GB iPhone XR

Again, the 64GB iPhone XR is the cheapest option available. You’re going to save on the upfront cost of the phone and many of you will be perfectly fine with 64GB of space. You should buy the 64GB iPhone XR if 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.
  • Don’t come anywhere close to using 64GB of storage on your current iPhone.

Who Should Buy the 128GB iPhone XR

The 64GB option is worth considering, but you might want the peace of mind that comes with the larger 128GB iPhone XR.

It’s nice to know you can shoot a ton of video and download plenty of apps without having to worry about hitting the storage threshold.

You should buy the 128GB iPhone XR if you:

  • Store some of your movies and music locally.
  • Prefer to keep your photos stored locally.
  • Plan to shoot some 4K video.
  • Don’t come close to using 64GB of space on your current iPhone.
  • Can’t stand having to constantly manage the data on your phone.

Who Should Buy the 256GB iPhone XR

Most of you should be fine with 64GB or 128GB, but power users will want to spend the extra money and go with the largest storage size. You should buy the 256GB iPhone XR if you:

  • Plan to shoot a ton of 4K video.
  • Are a photo buff who doesn’t want to use iCloud.
  • Someone who travels often and wants to store everything locally.

How to Check Your Storage

If you’re currently using an iPhone and are struggling with this decision, do yourself a favor and check out how you’re currently utilizing your device’s storage.

Here’s how to do this:

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

Once you’re on this screen you can see how much storage you’re currently using on your iPhone. You can also see what’s taking up the most storage on your device.

If you’re already over 64GB or coming close, you’ll probably want to go with the 128GB or 256GB option. If you’re barely using your storage, you probably don’t need to spend the extra cash.

If you plan to use the iPhone XR for a year before upgrading to a new device, there’s less pressure to go with a bigger storage size. You can make do and upgrade to a device with a larger storage capacity in twelve months.

If you don’t plan to upgrade for two years or more, the 128GB/256GB models are the safest bet for most people. If you go with one of these options, you should be able to avoid spending additional money on storage.

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Install iOS 15.7.1 for Better Security

If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.7.1 update right away.

The iOS 15.7.1 update has 17 security patches on board. They are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm. 

As for older updates, iOS 15.7 brought 11 security patches to iPhone. If you want a look at the details, head over to Apple's security site for more information.

If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board which . You can read more about the pair on Apple's website.

If you missed Apple's iOS 15.6 update, it had 30+ security upgrades on board. You can learn more about them right here.

If you missed iOS 15.5 it brought 27 new security patches to the iPhone. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.

If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website

If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars

If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page

If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.

If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website

If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site

iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity. 

In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search. 

If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.7.1 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website

If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.

iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.

Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.

If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.7 update as well. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure. 

If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions. 

Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.

There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address. 

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  1. jasper

    01/06/2019 at 1:33 pm

    You had a typo… you mixed up 128gb with 256gb in beginning

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