Choosing the right thing iPhone 13 storage size can be tricky, so we want to help you choose between Apple’s cheapest option, the mid-range options, and the most expensive version of the company’s flagship models.
You might be tempted to buy the cheapest iPhone 13† iPhone 13 Pro† iPhone 13 Pro Maxor iPhone 13 mini, or the model with the most storage space. Many people will be perfectly fine with one of those. However, many others will want to buy something in between.
One thing to remember is that you will probably pay for more storage somehow. Either you spend the money in advance, or you pay a monthly fee for extra storage via Apple’s iCloud service†
There are several factors to consider before settling on one storage size or the other, and we’ll break down all the things to think about before buying your new iPhone 13 in this guide.
iPhone 13 storage options
Apple offers three iPhone 13 storage options at three different price points.
The iPhone 13 starts at 128 GB, but the company also sells 256 GB and 512 GB options for those who want more space. The 128 GB model is the cheapest option while the 512 GB model is the most expensive.
Apple does not offer a 64GB iPhone 13.
iPhone 13 mini storage options
The company’s smallest model, the iPhone 13 miniis also available in three sizes: 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB.
iPhone 13 Pro Storage Options
Concerning the iPhone 13 Prothere are four storage options, but they are different from the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini options.
The iPhone 13 Pro starts at 128 GB. From there, the storage capacity goes up to 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. Yes, there is a new 1TB option for power users.
iPhone 13 Pro Max Storage Options
The largest iPhone 13 model, the iPhone 13 Pro Maxcomes in the same sizes as the iPhone 13 Pro: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.
Pay for storage today or pay later
You can add extra storage to some Android devices using external memory cards, but the iPhone 13 series does not have a microSD card slot. To add extra storage to your iPhone 13, you’ll need to use iCloud or a Lightning Compatible Drive†
If you plan to shoot 4K video on your iPhone, download movies or songs, or play games on your device, you’ll need quite a bit of storage space.
While 128 GB or 256 GB may seem like enough, there is a chance that your storage space will quickly fill up. At that point, you will be forced to continuously delete files you no longer need, buy a compatible external drive, or pay for iCloud storage.
Fortunately, Apple’s iCloud storage is fairly cheap. You can get 50 GB of cloud storage for a dollar a month. This is how current prices break down:
- 50GB: $0.99
- 200GB: $2.99
- 2TB: $9.99
Don’t forget that you can also share iCloud storage with your family members.
Why you should buy a 128GB iPhone 13
The 128GB iPhone 13 models are the cheapest options and should be considered if you don’t consider yourself a power user.
Here are a few reasons why you might want to buy a 128GB iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max:
- You stream most of your movies and music.
- You don’t plan on shooting a lot of 4K video.
- You plan to store your photos in iCloud Photo Library or on a computer.
- You won’t come close to using 128 GB of storage on your current phone.
Why you should buy a 256GB iPhone 13
The 256GB option is the middle choice for iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini users. It is the second largest option for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max buyers.
Here are some reasons why you should buy the 256GB iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max:
- You like to keep some films, photos and music locally.
- You plan to shoot some 4K video.
- You plan to record 4K ProRes video.
- You’re using almost 128 GB of space on your current phone.
- You hate having to manage the data on your phone every now and then.
Please note that Apple’s 4K ProRes video recording requires an iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max with at least 256 GB of storage.
iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max models with 128 GB of storage are limited to recording 1080p ProRes video at 30 frames per second.
The 256GB model is an excellent middle ground option that can work with or without iCloud.
Why you should buy a 512GB iPhone 13
Some of you may want to shell out the extra cash for the extra 256GB of space, even if it’s for the peace of mind that comes with a little more storage to play around with,
Here are a few reasons to buy the 512GB iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max:
- You like to store a lot of movies and music locally.
- You want or want to save your photos locally.
- You plan to shoot a lot of 4K content.
- You plan to record 4K ProRes video.
- You’re using almost 256 GB of space on your current phone.
- You can’t stand having to constantly manage the data on your phone.
Why you should buy the 1TB iPhone 13 Pro
The expensive 1TB iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models are solid options for those who want lots of local storage.
It should provide ample space for photography enthusiasts, avid gamers, and those who plan to tackle school or work projects while on the go.
Unless you’re already using more than 512GB or aren’t using the cloud, you probably don’t need that much storage. Here’s who we think should buy one of these models:
- You are an extremely powerful user.
- You intend to use iPhone as a professional creative.
- You’re a photo buff who doesn’t want to use iCloud.
- You are someone who travels often and want everything to be stored locally.
How to check your current storage
Before choosing any of these, check your current storage as you can get a good understanding of your habits. Here’s how to do it:
- Tap your Settings app.
- Tap General.
- Tap iPhone Storage.
This will show you how much free storage you currently have and how much you are using. It will also tell you exactly what is taking up the most storage space. For many of you it will be photos and videos, apps and messages.
If your current device is about a year old, you should still have about 50% of your storage space. If you’re within 10-15% of its capacity, you probably need more storage.
If you use iCloud, you should also check your iCloud storage usage:
- Open Settings.
- Tap your name at the top of the screen.
- Tap iCloud.
This screen shows your iCloud storage usage and your current subscription. Tapping Manage Storage will give you a better overview of how you use cloud storage.
4 reasons not to install iOS 15.5 and 11 reasons why you should
Install iOS 15.5 for better security
If security is important to you, you should definitely consider installing Apple’s iOS 15.5 update right away.
iOS 15.5 brings 27 new security patches to iPhone and they are essential if you want to protect your device and its data. You can learn more about these patches at Apple’s security site†
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it only had one new security patch on board. You can read more about it on Apple’s website†
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. To learn more about these patches, visit: Apple’s security site for the details†
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more information, visit Apple’s security page†
If you missed iOS 15.3, you will also get the corresponding patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches for iPhone users. If you are interested in the details, you can read more about it here†
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you will get the security patch with your upgrade. More information about the switch can be found at Apple’s website†
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get the 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about it on the company security site†
iOS 15.2 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The software brought the company’s app privacy report to Settings. This lets you see how many times your apps accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more in the past seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 . brought Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.5 brings its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about it at Apple’s website†
If you missed iOS 15.0.2, you will also get the security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it here†
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you’re moving from iOS 14 and you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read more about them at Apple’s security website†
Apple has updated its website with new information about iOS 15’s suite of security patches. The company now says the software has fixed an issue that could have exposed a user’s personal Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also states that iOS 15 has fixed an issue that allowed apps to override privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or an older version of iOS, you will also receive the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.5 update.
In addition to these patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades, including improvements to Siri. Requests to Siri are now processed on the device itself with Neural Engine. This makes it safer.
If you are an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when making online transactions.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
There is also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.