It's not just you - apps are taking up way more space on your iPhone
If you've found your iPhone running out of space recently, it could be due to some of your apps taking up more and more storage space update-by-update over the past few years.
View all Offers
- 18% OFF
OPPO A55 (Starry Black, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers₹ 15490₹ 18990Buy On
- 27% OFF
Samsung Galaxy M12 (Blue,4GB RAM, 64GB Storage) 6000 mAh with 8nm Processor | True 48 MP Quad Camera | 90Hz Refresh Rate₹ 9499₹ 12999Buy On
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Charcoal Ink, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage)₹ 24999₹ 24999Buy On
- 47% OFF
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Cloud Navy, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage)₹ 39990₹ 70499Buy On
- 11% OFF
iQOO 7 Legend 5G (Legendary Track Design, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) | 3GB Extended RAM | Upto 12 Months No Cost EMI | 6 Months Free Screen Replacement | Extra Rs.3000 Off on Exchange₹ 39990₹ 44990Buy On
Apps like Facebook, Uber, Gmail, and Snapchat have ballooned in size in the past four years, a new analysis from Sensor Tower, an app data and analytics firm, found.
Here's one example: Facebook's core app, which you probably have on your phone, only took up 32 megabytes of space in May 2013. Now the Facebook app for iPhones takes up 388MB - 12 times as much as it did only a few years ago. Snapchat is a 203MB app now but it was only 4MB in 2013, which works out to a 4,975% increase in app size (no, that's not a typo).
This trend holds across all 10 top US iOS apps, Sensor Tower found in its research. The research firm links the trend to a decision that Apple made in 2015 to raise the maximum app size to 4GB.
Some Apple commenters have noticed how apps - specifically Facebook - have recently been growing, including blogger and podcaster John Gruber. "Imagine how much collective bandwidth and storage Facebook is wasting here," he wrote in April.
It goes to show you that if you give developers space, their software will expand to take up all the available space, like a gas.
Apple is working on new features in the latest version of iOS that should help users dealing with app bulge.
- High speed external solid-state drives with 1TB storage
- Adobe Photoshop to get a 'Prepare as NFT' option soon
- WhatsApp's chat migration feature to transfer messages from iOS to Android is coming to Pixel, Android 12 phones
- Axis Bank, Bajaj Finance, Maruti Suzuki and other hot stocks on October 27 as earnings season gathers momentum
- Nykaa’s IPO to open tomorrow — check last date, listing date and more