Find Out How Much Storage Space Photos Take Up on iPhone
Want to know exactly how much storage photos are taking up on your iPhone or iPad? Opening the Photos app in iOS will tell you how many total photos are within the different picture albums and Camera Roll, but how much space do the pictures actually take up? If you want to know the actual storage size of all those pictures and camera shots are consuming on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you’ll need to dig a bit deeper into the device settings to reveal that information, follow along.
And yes, checking the device storage usage of photos is the same in all versions of iOS, it may look slightly different depending on the version running on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
How to See How Much Storage Space Photos Take Up on iPhone or iPad
This will give you the exact amount of space consumed by photos and videos taken with the iPhone camera in iOS:
- Launch the ‘Settings’ app in iOS
- Tap on “General”, then choose “iPhone Storage” (or “Usage” in earlier iOS versions) to find general storage information broken down into categories, wait for the loading indicator to finish gathering storage and usage info
- At the top of the list, look for “Photos” to find the storage used by photos in GB of storage taken up by the photos, videos, and camera roll on the device
In modern versions of iOS, the settings panel for Photo storage usage looks like this:
Immediately next to the name within the iOS Storage section you will see the gigabytes or mb used by that entry, in this case photos, videos, and the camera roll on the device.
In older releases of iOS, the photos usage panel looks like this:
As you can see the data is basically presented the same, you’ll see a total space used by the pictures in megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB).
If interested, go a step further and actually tap on the “Photos & Camera” list item to see a more precise drill-down screen about where the space is actually used up and by what photo services.
The screenshot below shows us that the generic “Camera Roll” – that is, photos taken directly with the iPhone camera and photos saved from the web and emails, are consuming 4.5GB of space. Photo Library are photos synced with iPhoto on the desktop, in the screenshot example there is nothing there. Finally, there’s Photo Stream, the iCloud-based photo sharing service that will easily sync pictures between iOS devices and a Mac, but again in the example screenshot this is taking up practically nothing, only 3.2kb, because it has been disabled for this particular iPhone.
Knowing how much total space photos are taking up on a device can be really useful information, since photos in particular can often be the culprit when running out of device storage. Each picture taken with an iPhone’s multi-megapixel camera can weigh in at a couple megabytes each, and if you’re running low on storage, oftentimes photos are one of the easiest things to transfer to a computer, then free up space on an iOS device by deleting some of the pictures or even deleting them all so you can make room for new stuff, whether it’s more pictures, new apps, videos, or whatever else.
This walkthrough is aimed at iPhone users primarily because the iPhone is becoming an increasingly prevalent camera, but the instructions would be the same on an iPad or iPod touch too. If you’re running low on space check this first, almost anytime I hear that someone ran out of storage in iOS it’s because they haven’t taken the time to regularly copy their photos to a computer so that they can make room for new ones.