Are you planning to upgrade to the new iPhone? Are you concerned with your existing iPhone’s storage capacity? Did you ever wonder whether there is a way to add more storage to the iPhone, even though it has no microSD card slot? Why would you worry so much about the storage capacity? Since with more storage, you can download more apps and media, and take more photos and videos. These options can have their own benefits and drawbacks.
Here we go, there are few options which you can rely on.
You can Buy more storage up front.
The storage options are provided by the Apple or your cellular carrier. For an example, using a SIM-free (unlocked) iPhone 7, you can pay $649 for 32 gigabytes (GB) of storage, $749 for 128GB, or $849 for an iPhone with 256GB of storage. No one knows what the iPhone 8 storage options will be, but it is likely Apple will drop the 32GB model altogether. Buying memory up front and paying an extra $100 for every bump in storage might not be the wisest option of all. But there are more convenient options to go through.
You can Leverage cloud services.
You can establish your cloud account and expand your storage when you have access to the internet via Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity. Storing all your media in the cloud will not only increase your capacity, but your accessibility will increase too.
- 5GB of free space will be provided by Apple’s iCloud service, but if you require more space, you have to pay a monthly charge. Prices are $0.99 cents/month for 50GB of online storage, $2.99/month for 200GB, $9.99/month for 1 terabyte (1TB), which is about 1,000 gigabytes, and $19.99/month for 2TB.
- Microsoft OneDrive (5GB for free), for those who have an annual Office 365 Personal subscription ($69/year) — which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook etc. Office 365 Ho
- me ($99/year) provides 5TB of storage for the family (up to 1TB/user)
- Dropbox (2GB for free)
- Google Drive (15GB for free)
- Amazon Prime member ($99/year), will provide unlimited photo storage in the cloud. If you are not a Prime member, it will take a reasonable amount of $11.99/year for unlimited photo storage (and 5GB), or $59.99/year for unlimited facilities, which makes it the best overall deal across all cloud services.
You can Use an accessory.
With the use of an external accessory, you can expand the memory of an iPhone. The external accessories could be snapped into the bottom of the iPhone’s lightning connector or could work with a local wireless drive.
- Bolt, which was just launched by Kingston is a small device that lets you store more photos and videos on your iPhone or iPad. After the free companion app is installed on the iOS device, you can use it in a preferred way. Since the one end of the Bolt drive is a full-size USB connector, you can plug it into a PC or Mac to copy over to an SSD (solid state drive) or HDD (hard disk drive), or upload to a cloud account. Bolt costs $59 for 32GB (about 8,000 photos, based on a 12-megapixel camera on iPhone 7); $89 for 64GB (16,000 photos), or $119 for 128GB (32,000 photos).
- MEEM Memory is a charger (for iOS or Android) which automatically backs up your phone’s or tablet’s, contacts, calendar, photos, videos, music, and messages onto the cable itself each time you charge. In Archive mode, you can choose to delete the files from your device after it has been safely backed up, freeing up storage space. This accessory is priced at $79 for 32GB, and also gives you the options of 64GB and 128GB.
- SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is a wireless USB thumb drive that allows three nearby people to access streaming video, music, or other content, simultaneously, on the device of their choice. You can also choose to wirelessly back up your smartphone or tablet’s photos and videos to the drive, to help free up more space. This is priced at $23 for 32GB (at Amazon) and goes all the way up to $129 for 256GB.
- Western Digital (WD) is a network-connected external hard drive (from $139 for 2TB up to 8TB). This is similar to a personal cloud, where monthly charges are not affected. You have the option of backing up your files to this drive.
Though you look forward in deciding which color you prefer for the iPhone, there are much more important facts you need to concern about. Storage capacity must be one of your major concerns since there will not be any microSD card slots available for the iPhone as Android mobile phones do. And also you have to keep in mind that there are both advantages and disadvantages in selecting the most suitable method.