32GB Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have just over 23GB storage free

As we all know though, the amount of storage you actually have access to in the end is smaller than the number on the box. On the 32GB models of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge — in our case T-Mobile versions — which are the base models of each, you'll find about 23.5GB available on first boot. That's after signing into a Google account and updating all of the pre-installed apps from the Play Store, which presumably anyone who opens up a new Galaxy S6 will do.

23GB free matches what we've seen on the HTC One M9.

Having 23 of 32GB free is about the industry standard, and what we saw on the HTC One M9 as well. If you extrapolate what we see on our own 32GB Galaxy S6, that means you can expect to see about 55GB free on the 64GB model, and 119GB free on the 128GB model. Of course manufacturers always fudge these numbers just a bit considering formatted capacities are different on each storage model — and the software changes depending on the region and carrier will hit that number as well.

It's hard to be upset with those available capacities, particularly with the smaller 16GB model now being off the table completely. Of course this just won't replace the ability to pop in an SDcard for some people out there, but for most it'll be a worthwhile trade off.

More: Galaxy S6 + Galaxy S6 edge Q&A on Android Central forums

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

187 Comments
  • Dat TouchWiz doe... Posted via the Android Central App
  • "Having 23 of 32GB free is about the industry standard, and what we saw on the HTC One M9 as well."
  • For comparison, how much on the 2014 Moto X Pure Edition and Nexus 6? My 2013 Moto X 64GB is 55.45 GB visible.
  • Good comparison, so it's basically the same Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ok ok folks stop the presses was just at best buy and got to play with both phones early because they know I'm a big phone geeks I have 4 samsung galaxy phones here's my first impression the build quality is all its made out to be love the metal and glass is cold to touch now I have the note 4. Edge so I'm not easily impressed the screen is on par with my note 4 nice ! TouchWiz is so much smoother now ,now the camera, drum roll please, IT THE BEST EVER bar none it's the best it smokes every camera out there the focus is so damn fast the tracking and I had my note right there to compare it with it smoked my note 4 damn I got to get me one of them Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, I really hope they'll bring the S6 camera app to the Note 4. It won't get the fast tracking, but I wouldn't say no to the advanced settings.
  • The one place you used a period was in the middle of your sentence. Lol
  • My Nexus had 26 gigs available. Via Nexus 6: "Takin updates for granted."
  • No way. “Be together, not the same”
  • Mine does too. Posted via my Nexus 6 from the Android Central App
  • Mine had 25.98. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ok yes to be exact. 25.98- basically 26. Via Nexus 6: "Takin updates for granted."
  • Same
  • My Nexus 6 64 GB has 54.5 GB available. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The 32 GB 2014 Moto X has 24.39 GB storage space available. 0.89 GB is a difference - but it isn't that big of a difference. Personally I would go with the 64 GB version of the SGS6 if I was in the market for a new phone. However, plenty of people can make do with 23 GB of storage and I think it is a tougher decision than it is with the 16 and 64 GB iPhone 6 where jumping up to 64 GB is almost a no brainer unless you don't use apps or use the cloud for everything.
  • While I hate that Apple ignored what should have been the base storage size for the iPhone 6, I understand why they did. Gets more people to buy the more expensive version. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just read that the 32GB Nexus 6 has around 25GB of space out of the box.... so it really is about the same with all 32GB devices.
  • Correct. Even 32GB iPhones and Windows Phones have about that amount. This is actually a bit more than you'd get on past phones like the Galaxy Note 3, for example. I think they actually set aside some storage for the system, future Software Updates and whatnot (updates to System Apps, etc.).
  • Don't forget to mention that S6 will let you delete a lot of preinstalled bloatware on Samsung's new phones. That should free up a considerable amount of space. Nice to have when you load all your apps from your last phone. Posted via the Android Central App, HTC Evo 4g LTE ,on Sprint
  • Blames touchwiz, doesn't read article.
  • Yeah I don't understand the point of commenting on article you didn't read. I swear some people have just too much free time. Why Andrew and the other authors on this site have to quote themselves on an article they just wrote blows my mind. Posted Via The AT&T Note 4
  • I know he doesn't need me or you to defend him, but I felt bad for Andrew (and embarrassed for the dude who made the comment) when I read that this morning. Andrew came up big today, and then you get the occasional numbskull pop up every so often! Posted via the Android Central App
  • 2015 and still no perfect phone, not sure if my next phone should be the Note 4 or the S6. Question, is there any stock android phone with a better than average camera?
  • the nexus 6 is decent enough, but I might consider waiting for the moto x 3rd gen and/or nexus 7. to answer your question though, the answer is no Posted via the Android Central App
  • There will never be a perfect phone... IJS
  • The M9 had a BIG chance, but that camera...
  • totally agree, after seeing evleaks version, I really had my hopes up. I'm more into function over form though, so that could've easily been overlooked, but as you said, that camera. I hate the home screen options to, it's just stupid and another example of people in a board room with a bunch of ideas, and feel they have to add something to justify their job. moto has it nailed, and I wish the other phone companies followed suit Posted via the Android Central App
  • Watch some new reviews with the update htc has pushed out seems to have improved both battery life and camera. Posted via the Android Central App
  • link?
  • http://www.anandtech.com/show/9102/the-htc-one-m9-review-part-1/2 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just started reading anandtech. for a bit more of a technical perspective, it's a great site. the blend BT there and AC offers a solid foundation to form an opinion. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nope, 6 inches is WAY too much for me (lol), I'd consider the Note 4 only because of the S-Pen since my actual job requires a lot of emailing and copy/paste of text, also the extra battery is welcomed, the only other phone that might call my name is the Xperia Z3 but then again, I had the Z1 and hated it.
  • trust me, I have a lot friends and relatives use Note series (from 2 3 and 4). And their occupations are students, lecturers, business men. and just after 1 month, The S-pen is always un-touched, like forever.
  • I use my S Pen all the time...for Hearthstone Sent from my Phabulous Note 4
  • How did you get it running on your note? I thought only tabs were supported atm.
  • I used all day long. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Never trust anyone who start by saying trust me. State your reason and let the other person be the judge if he can trust you or not. “Be together, not the same”
  • Trust me, you just gave some very wise words to live by. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Lol Posted via Android Central App on The Nexus 5
  • Yea I use the s-pen constantly, so I guess I for one can't "trust you" Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use my s-pen multiple times per day. It was actually the deciding factor in my purchase. Posted via my GALAXY NOTE 4
  • Guess they don't know how to use it. Samsung does give free classes in the US on it.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wouldn't say there is no such thing as a perfect phone, but it has to benefit each and every individual. Everyone is different. While I could say the Note 4 is the perfect phone for me, someone else could disagree and say that the Nexus 6 is perfect for them.
  • You pretty much proved my point. No phone appeals to everyone. I have a S4. I have been looking at the Droid turbo Nexus 6 HTC One Mr and S6. My S4 has 32 GB that is the base for my next phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Don't buy anything until you see and play with the gs6 like I did today at my best buy your gonna be amazed and I have a note 4 edge believe me the camera is amazing I got to play with it with the rep for bout a hour just trust me on that Posted via the Android Central App
  • No, because the stock Android firmware has horrid camera support. The Google Play Edition program showed this. My S4 GPE could not match the Touchwiz model except on static, well lit objects. Companies that change the framework tend to get better camera results.
  • Yup, My S4 camera sucks badly on CM 11
  • @chris Wayne 2. The note 4 has an amazing camera Posted via the Android Central App
  • The note 4 has the best camera as of right now. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I here you on the note 4 edge camera have one myself but after playing with the gs6 today at my local bb all best are off wait till you see it the camera is crazy good Posted via the Android Central App
  • Android has worse camcorders than iOS. It's why most athletes and coaches use iOS devices. For apps like Dartfish Express and Coach's Eye. There's a decent market for this stuff (I'm not just talking about Pro Athletes you see on TV... Think Serious Hobbyists, Collegiate Athletes, Club Athletes, Parents, etc.). The video controls exposed by the OS are worse. The apps on the platform give worse user experiences to cater to lower end, less capable devices. The user experience you get with a Note 3/4 using Coach's Eye mirrors what you'd get with a Note 1 if it could run the app. The video is low resolution, the playback is not smooth, the frame rates are low (30FPS). It's a completely different experience from an iPhone or iPad. When I was on Android (Note 3), I emailed them about this several times over a year and their excuse was unchanging... They do it because of "fragmentation" and device capabilities, to make it easier to develop and maintain their app. I had to go to iOS to get decent apps and a smartphone camera that allowed me to record 1x HD video with all the 120/240 Frames/Sec that I could put on a PC and load into Dartfish/Kinovea or Analyze on the device with actually decent analysis apps. I really don't care about advancements in photography because any flagship released in the past 2 years (Barring HTC devices - my backup is an M8 so I don't really want to debate this) does a great job at that. Unless it was extremely dark, my Note 3 turned out amazing photos, and it isn't even as good as an iPhone. I never thought about moving over for "better pictures." I need the better and more capable/flexible camcorder and analysis apps.
  • I can definitely agree with this statement. I was out on a family trip yesterday and the day before that, and my girlfriend's Note 4 camera out performed my Nexus camera in every situation. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why would they make a phone that you never want to upgrade? Don't be stupid. It's a business.
  • Good battery life, the new SoC on the block, decent screen, stock android and decent camera, is that too much to ask?... also, no need to be rude, maybe?
  • You are never going to get a good stock camera. The software just gets ignored too much Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Never is a bit much. It's already "good" for one. Great, I'll agree with you, but apparently you've never seen what XDA can do to a Nexus camera. I know that's not an acceptable solution for your average user, but your average Nexus user (pre N6?) definitely knows how to flash.
  • It's acceptable at best. Yeah I know the folks at xda can do some good stuff but the 25000 that do it will not out talk the 2 million that say it sucks next to an iPhone, Samsung etc Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Note 4 ftw! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agreed! Except my battery life has kinda sucked since I got it. Got it this past Sunday, so I'm hoping it starts to get better soon, otherwise I'll have to get a spare. Which would be no big deal I guess Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hey bud, what is your battery life looking like, right now? I'm considering getting a Note 4.
  • 6 hours off charger, at 54% brightness a little under 50 the whole day, not really using the phone heavily today either. I mean it'll last me till I get home from work tonight no problem, but that's with it mostly just sitting in my pocket on standby. Really hoping it gets better. My LG G3 had much better battery life than what I'm getting with this, and frankly that's unacceptable (that'll make sense for those who are familiar with the G3 battery life) Posted via the Android Central App
  • There is too much that factors into battery life - especially on Android - to really derive anything from your personal experiences (that is not to discount them, it's just truth). Signal Strength, What kind of case you have the thing in, what radios and features/sensors you have enabled, how much you use the camera, how much you spoke on the phone, etc. etc. Just too much. Also, setting manual brightness is almost always less efficient than auto brightness. I'm pretty sure there were articles stating this, but that has also always been my experience across multiple platforms. Unless you set it unreasonably dim (and 54% is quite high), then your battery will get killed by that whenever the screen is on. The G3 would die just as quickly with similar use as its screen tends to drain battery at a higher rate than the Note 4's screen.
  • That's terrible battery performance. I only lose about 1.2 per hour,while on standby. Sometimes overnight,only 1% loss per hour. I'm still on jellybeen 4.1.1 HTC Evo 4g LTE. I have better battery app to monitor,and if you knew what is using so much battery,perhaps you could change some setttings. Also,Avast has a new battery saver app in playstore. Posted via the Android Central App, HTC Evo 4g LTE ,on Sprint
  • Just typing that comment brought me down to 52% lol wtf... Really hoping it gets better. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Fuckin A, man. That's crazy that the G3 is better. I would have thought the Note would have higher than average battery life. Are you running 5.0? I hope it gets better, bud. I appreciate the reply!
  • No still on kitkat (Verizon) .... Yea I'm hoping it's just for right now and it'll get better over time. Don't take this as a sign to not get this phone....it's a pretty fantastic phone in all other areas Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's gonna get marginally better on Lollipop from my experience.....but here's the best accessory I've bought for any device this year in the link below.....with the ability to swap the battery you gotta take advantage of it bro!! It's awesome!! http://www.androidcentral.com/samsung-galaxy-note-4-official-extra-batte... Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Great tip! I'll be picking one of these kits up soon. Wonder if I can grab one at Verizon or if it's just online. I'll check tomorrow (today technically lol) Thanks! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Found a slightly better deal, in case anyone is looking... http://www.shopandroid.com/samsung-extra-3220mah-battery-charging-system... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Right on!! I bought mine on Shop Android too....it got me hooked on swapping out my battery regularly Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • I can get about 4 hours of screen on time, with 2 of that with navigation. But, I leave everything on. For what ever reason, when I disable everything, my battery gets worse. You can hide stuff in the app drawer, so all the things I don't want to see, I never do.
  • My note 4 battery life sucked the first couple weeks but Samsung pushed out a bug fix update that fixed some of the lag and improved battery life alot. Chek to see if you have any software updates. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Software totally up to date... I check at least once a day. Here's to hoping lollipop fixes battery life, along with this ridiculous lag while trying to access recent apps. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That seems totally like half the battery life vs my Note 4's batt life...perhaps you have a phone/battery that has hardware issues? Get it checked. Posted via Android Central App
  • I know right my note edge battery is a beast last all day of heavy use I watch YouTube all the time on my break Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hmmmm yea I'll have to bring it to Verizon and have them check it out. I knew this didn't seem right. Thanks for the replies! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Here's a tip that will solve the recent apps lag on the note 4 bro.....just disble the "talkback" app in the application manager. It can be found under "all aplications." Problem solved !!!!!!!! Apparently its been a little known trick for recent apps lag on many samsung devices for some time now. It's described in the link below. I almost shit myself with joy after I did it the other day, lol. http://www.phonearena.com/news/How-to-fix-the-recent-apps-button-lag-in-... Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Wow that actually worked, thanks man! Honestly not sure what I would have needed talkback for anyway. Recent apps pop up instantly now! Ok, one gripe down, just the battery life issue to figure out and all is well in my world with the note 4 :-D Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ya, apparently it's a service for the visually impaired that's disabled by default in the settings, but it still runs as a background process. Anyway, it's a good thing because that recent aops lag had been pissing me off for some time Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yea I looked it up a bit ago, definitely not something I need so I don't mind disabling it. And I couldn't agree more, that lag was unbelievably irritating! Thanks again for the tip! Posted via the Android Central App
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  • I'd pick the Moto X. Vanilla Android, camera is okay and it has Apt-X for good Bluetooth audio.
  • Samsung phones have Apt-X as well, at least since the Note 3, and better cameras. Also, Moto X is not "Vanilla" Android. It may look more like Vanilla, but it's not Vanilla.
  • Forget technical reasons but imo the actual usable storage in this case 23gb should be what's advertised on the box. I find it misleading. It would be like a TV oem selling you a 50" TV that's really only 47" but is 50" including the bezel. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Problem being they'd have to print new boxes with different storages for every single area and carrier in the world, as the software isn't the same on each. Not to mention that a phone sold 6 months later may be shipping with different software than a day 1 phone and have different storage. It isn't perfect this way, but there's no easy fix.
  • good point! rock solid job today Andrew, you came up huge and it's greatly appreciated. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Understand it would be complicated especially when storage can vary by regions and carriers but it just feels wrong to say a device has 32gb when you lose 9gb straight away out the box. Just doesn't sit well with me. I personally think if something says you are getting x amount of something you should get that x amount. Imagine you go to buy a 2lt bottle of Coke only to go home and find its only 1.5lt really. Sure it's more work for the oems but imo that shouldn't matter. I'm surprised out of all the ridiculous class action lawsuits we see in the mobile world I'm surprised no one's brought this up. Such a big difference to go from 33gb to 23gb. I think this is where a 2nd partition would make sense for the os and for all the oem and carrier bloat leaving the main partition all for the users. I think it's unfair to say hey this device is 32gb but we are going to take up like 20% of the storage before you even install a single thing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • How is this different for all those years of pc's? Also there you get xGb of hd storage. But the os already takes up quite a bit from that when you turn it on Posted via the Android Central App
  • The big difference is on pc you get like 500gb of space and even if you lose out 10gb or 20gb or 30gb you still have a huge amount of free storage making 10gb or even 30gb negligible where as on phones where you begin with a small amount of storage to begin with, losing 10gb is a considerable amount. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They might want to disclose how much is free, but it physically has 32GB of memory in the device, so I can see why they do it.
  • Even better, have 2 storage areas. A 16 GB area for the OS and bundled apps and then a 32 GB user-accessible area for apps the user installs and media they want to use. This way, the user-accessible area is the advertised capacity. This setup also encourages manufacturers to keep the bloat down. Being that this is probably one of the most-bloated phones and it's only using 10 GB (or less, keep in mind that a 32 GB storage space is NOT 32 GB when formatted), 16 gives plenty of leeway and is a standard storage capacity. Of course, Verizon would probably find some way to force THEIR apps into the user space rather than the bundled/core space or screw it up in some other way.
  • This was how phones were during the HTC Hero days, and it sucked.
  • That's not how phones were in the Hero Days. Back then: You had 16GB (Advertised) Storage on a Galaxy S. 2GB Partitioned for FW/Apps, ~11.5Gb Partitioned for Data. What the user above is asking for is: Galaxy S6 32GB Advertised: 8GB Storage for FW and Bundled Apps/Bloatware (enough for all that and their future updates)
    32GB for User Storage and apps you install yourself You will still lose storage to formatting (like any drive would), but you won't lose it to GB of FW, Bundled and Preloaded Apps/Bloatware, and Space being Marked for "System" so the device can receive FW updates in the future. I personally don't think Google should be designing their OS to cater to tinkerers os whether that makes it harder for rooters or whatever to do what they want to do with the device... that should not be important.
  • Really you comparing phone's to tv really you do know that there's pre installed apps already just to make the phone run gezz I tell you some will complain about every damn thing here's a thought get the 64 gig now there you happy now ..no now you'll complain that now you only have 55 gig Posted via the Android Central App
  • I haven't been a fan of the Samsung S series phones, but 23gb of usable storage is way too low. After installing a few apps that will go even lower right away. If they wanted to do away without the SD card they should have made the minimum internal storage 64GB. That's why I'll keep my M8 and upgrade to the M9 when it becomes available.
  • The M9 has about the same, in some countries even less. Here in Germany the first S6 units have about 25gb free and the HTC M9 about 22gb. Both is still more than we had a year ago with the 16gb devices for the same price. ART should also use more space because of the pre-compiling of apps.
  • My Note 4 came with 24gb out of the box. I have over 100 apps on it. Roughly 25 of those can't be saved to the sd card. I'm now down to 22gb. I don't think that is bad at all considering.
  • It depends on what kind of apps you install. If you install games like Asphalt 8, then that's about 1.5GB off the bat, as much as all your 100 Apps apparently. Speaking of which, I doubt your 100+ apps use only 2GB of space. Unless they are really, really tiny apps on average. I mean, that's < 20MB per app, which seems like a lot until you realize that a lot of apps install to 50MB+ sizes (some much larger than that, even) and that's not even taking into account their data caches and things like that - which is a royal PITA to manage (personally, I'd rather not have to). I mean, just the Facebook or Twitter app by themselves are about 50+ MB in size. Apps in the FW that get updated eat into that space as well - sometimes by a lot. Some apps build of ridiculously large data caches. A 64GB device practically makes that a no-brainer, but if you have only 32GB then yea... The low amount of space available (considering what you paid for, and the proportion of the total storage it represents) is a bummer, especially if you tend to install a lot of apps, games and store media on your device. Keep in mind, the GS6 won't have an SD Card, so you cannot give yourself the illusion that that 23GB Internal Storage is "better than it seems at first glance" by offloading Media Storage (including everything you snap/record with the device's camera) responsibilities to a dirt Cheap 16-32GB SD Card. Everything has to go on the phone now. Pictures, Videos, Music, Movies & TV Shows, Apps & their Data, Documents, etc. When you look at the bigger picture... A 32GB device without SD Card Option just isn't impressive at all, and is actually quite limiting. This is why Apple is basically begging their users to go to bigger devices by getting rid of the 32GB SKUs and putting the 64GB SKUs in its place at the 32GB price point (basically giving them an extra 32GB for free). INB4 "Cloud Storage, duh." That illusion will never wear off some people.
  • You're funny. Did you read the article? The free space is in the industry average.... Including the M9. If you want an SD card slot buy another phone. If you want this phone buy the memory size needed. Nobody is forcing you to buy a S6. Welcome to the Internet where spoiled people just keep on complaining. Posted via Android Central App
  • Maybe you should read his comment better? He's not saying he is getting the m9 because it has more internal storage. He's getting it because it still has the sd card option. HTC one m9 has pretty much same amount of storage as s6, the m9 has the SD card option while with the s6 you're stuck with what you get. Posted via Android Central App
  • Good points damn the complainers I said the same thing get the gs6 with 64 are 128 are get the gs5 but stop complaining Posted via the Android Central App
  • We demand the entire OS to be like 500mb. 32 gig phone? Better have 31.5 free for my candy crush bro! Posted via the Android Central App
  • that's a lot of bloat, fkers!