Samsung’s Galaxy S7 loses 8GB of storage right away thanks to Android and TouchWiz


Like usual from Samsung, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have a ton of their storage already taken up before purchasing. Although these phones are offered in 32GB, the actual usable storage will only be 24GB as Android and Samsung’s TouchWiz take up 8GB of storage.

This is, of course, before you load on any of your apps or enter any personal information that still needs to be synced. Once you do all of that, the usable storage again decreases.

Before the Galaxy S7 came out, I expected this to be the case as my Galaxy S6 Edge has roughly 7-8GB of its 32GB storage taken up by the operating system. With the amount of features the phone has, it becomes annoying very quickly having to delete things to make more room. However, at least the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have microSD card slots. If you are planning on purchasing one of these phones, I definitely suggest picking up a large microSD card too.

Via: GSMArena

About the Author: Brent D'Alessandro

Brent is a graphic designer based in Toronto. Recently, he moved into designing more with Android. You may have seen some of Brent's themes in the popular Android launcher, "Themer." He has also made themes for Samsung's theme store. Aside from using Android devices all day, Brent spends a lot of his free time talking about Android on various forums. Brent was already writing about Android on the internet and figured it was finally time to make the move to a professional writer. When not writing with Talk Android, you can find him on

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  • Gary Demirdjian

    HTC One M8 32gb – usable storage: 24gb.

  • Nallaikumaran

    But you can move apps to SD, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge offer microSD expansion and the option to move apps to the SD card.

  • isaac rameetse

    Flaimbate articles.

    • Joe

      I agree, and with the mSDXC slot back in the S7 who cares about the 8GB that is about the same as the S6 without mSDXC slot.

      • Brent

        Literally what I said in the last paragraph.

        • Joe

          The bottom line is all flagship Android phones lose about 8GB for system files so the title is flame bait.

          • Brent

            So what? Not everyone is an expert on Android and will know this. Most buyers will be shocked, Google if it’s normal, and find this article saying it is to be expected.

  • N

    Terrible article, how is this Journalism?!

    • Brent

      Just stating the facts

  • bjs

    What is even funnier is that Brent (the writer of this article) develops themes that take up space. Themer takes up 15MB — just for pretty. A quick look at the reviews show that recent updates to Themer crashes users phones. A more unbiased approach would have been to check other devices and see how much space is taken by OS and supposed bloatware.

    • Brent

      I was on the alpha team and made themes there, but I don’t anymore and have no clue what their current state is at. The article is simply saying how much space you should expect after purchase and nothing more.

  • daemon

    Just curious – how much ‘usable space’ does the base config of the latest iPhone have lol.

    • Brent

      lol ya, one 4K video recording and it’s all gone