Last updated: February 7, 2017
Learning how to check storage on your iPhone is something that is helpful to learn early into your iPhone ownership. The iPhone 5 uses flash storage, which is one of the reasons that it is possible to have file storage space on such a small device. Unfortunately flash storage is small and relatively expensive, so you only have the option of 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB on the iPhone 5. You can learn more about purchasing an iPhone 5 here. Considering how much the average person uses their iPhone, and the number of apps, songs and videos that they might store, that space can go quickly.
The ease with which your iPhone space can be used is one of the reasons why it is important to learn how to manage that storage, such as by deleting TV episodes that you have already watched. And one of the key components of managing this storage is simply knowing how much you have used, and how much is left. So read below to learn how to view the available amount of storage space on your iPhone 5.
How to Check iPhone Storage in iOS 10
The steps in this section will show you where to find your current iPhone 5 storage capacity. This number is divided into the amount of space being used, and the amount of space that is available. You can determine the dull storage capacity of your iPhone by adding these two numbers together. Note that this will not total the amount of space for the iPhone model that you purchased. For example, a 16 GB iPhone might actually only have 13.5 GB of usable space. The rest of that space is being used by the iOS operating system that manages your device.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Select the General option.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap the Storage & iCloud Usage button.
Step 4: Find your iPhone 5 storage information under the Storage section. The Used amount is the storage space being used by the files on your iPhone, and the Available amount is how much space is left for you to install new apps or download new files.
If your iPhone screens don’t look similar to what you see in the images above, then you might have an older version of iOS on your iPhone. You can see the guides for checking your iPhone storage in iOS 6 in the next section.
Checking Available Space on Your iPhone 5 Hard Drive in iOS 6
The first thing to be aware of when you start looking at your available space is that you don’t actually have the full amount of storage available that you think you do. Some of your storage is taken up by the operating system and the default apps that you cannot uninstall. For example, my 16 GB iPhone 5 only actually has 13.5 GB of space that I can use. So follow the steps below to learn how to check the space on your own device.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Touch the General button.
Step 3: Select the Usage option.
Step 4: Look at the numbers at the top of the screen under Storage to see how much space you have left, and how much space you have used.
You can also scroll down to see what apps are using the most storage, as well as how much iCloud storage you are using from your account.
This method can also be used to find the iPhone 5 storage capacity. Add the available storage number to the used storage number, which will give you the total storage capacity of your iPhone 5.
If you need to free up some additional space for new items on your iPhone, then check out our complete guide to deleting things on an iPhone. There are a lot of places where you can increase your available storage, and this guide shows you several of them.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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