When purchasing an iPad, one of the most important decisions you will make is how much iPad storage you require. Not only will this affect whether you can store everything you need on your device. But once you’ve purchased it, you won’t be able to upgrade it with more physical storage. You’re stuck with the amount you choose at the checkout.
But don’t worry. Despite the numerous storage options available on Apple’s iPads, we have laid them all out for you. We look at how much storage you’ll need as well as the various things that take up space on your device. By the end, you should have a good idea of how much iPad storage you need to meet your specific requirements.
While many of us take a lot of photos and videos with our phones. Using the more cumbersome iPad to document our lives is less common. However, even if you never take a single photograph with your iPad. You may still require storage for your photos and videos if you have enabled one setting: iCloud Photo Library.
This feature syncs everything in your Photos library to all devices that have it enabled. That means that if you have thousands of photos and videos on your iPhone. iCloud Photo Library will copy them to your iPad, consuming storage space. Before deciding how much iPad storage space you require. Determine how much of your iPhone’s storage space is being consumed by media. If you have a large amount of content that will sync. You may require more storage than the standard 32GB or 64GB options. This is less of an issue if the iCloud Photo Library is turned off.
If games are your thing, and your iPad is going to be one of your primary gaming devices, you’ll need a lot of storage space. Games can take up a lot of space, particularly if you want to play high-end, AAA titles from major developers.
If you only play games on occasion or prefer short, simple games, 32GB or 64GB will suffice. However, if you have a large game library as well as photos, videos, and other media, you should consider 128GB or higher models.
Most iPad apps are fairly simple, but there are a few heavy hitters. Professional design and photo-editing software, for example, can consume hundreds of megabytes (see our favorite drawing apps for more creative options).
Don’t forget about the other important aspect of apps – their files. Creative apps are especially prone to generating massive files that take up valuable storage space on your device. If you frequently work with large, complex files, 512GB or even 1TB of storage may be sufficient (currently, only the iPad Pro offers that much). Otherwise, you’ll need a lot less room.
Many people use them as streaming devices, watching their favorite shows and movies on services such as Apple TV+ or Netflix. You might find yourself in the same situation, where storage space isn’t as important because streaming apps don’t store large media files directly on your device. In that case, 64GB or even 32GB of storage space may suffice. Just keep in mind that other files, such as photos or apps, will increase your storage requirements, even if you only use your iPad for streaming.
This storage option is probably insufficient for most people. But it is adequate if you primarily use your iPad for streaming content that is not stored directly on your device. Furthermore, if your primary activities are reading the news and browsing websites, 32GB should suffice.
Increasing your storage space to 64GB makes things a little more comfortable. If you are a light user, you are unlikely to reach that limit anytime soon, particularly if you use cloud storage rather than keeping records on your device.
For many users, 128GB is the sweet spot between exceeding their storage limits and paying exorbitant prices for 256GB or more. If you have an iPhone and want to sync a large Photos library to your iPad or store a large amount of media content on your device, 128GB may be the best option. It should be noted that 128GB storage is only available on the 8th generation iPad and the iPad Pro. If you want an iPad Air or iPad mini, you must choose between 64GB and 256GB of storage.
If you need a lot of space for your apps and files, 256GB is a good option for most consumers. Unless you’re doing professional work on your tablet, you’re unlikely to use all 256GB of storage. Except for the 8th generation iPad, every Apple tablet has this much storage.
Few people will require 512GB of iPad storage, and Apple appears to recognize this by restricting it to the iPad Pro. However, if you are serious about using your iPad for work, this is probably the first option you should consider. Spending all day, every day on your tablet creating artwork or editing large photos will quickly fill up 256GB (or less). 512GB will almost certainly be insufficient for anyone other than professional creatives with heavy workloads.
Although it is unlikely that many people will ever require this much space for an iPad, this does not mean that it is unnecessary. It’s no surprise that this storage option is only available on the iPad Pro – it’s designed for professionals who use heavy-duty apps on a daily basis. If you are a professional musician or designer, or if you work with challenging augmented reality workloads, 1TB may be all you need. This is especially true if you prefer to keep your files on your device rather than in the cloud.
That ends our article here!
The good news is that every iPad has access to the app store, which contains millions of apps, games, and tools. So there’s plenty of fun to be had no matter what size you choose. What size do you have, and how much do you use? Leave a comment down below.
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