Your internal storage will be gobbled up by the Galaxy S23… Depending on your location

News Summary:

  • But no matter how much internal memory your Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+ or Galaxy S23 Ultra has, it seems that Samsung consumes almost 60GB of total internal memory to store system related files. It appears to be a country-by-country issue and mainly affects Western markets such as the United States and many countries in Europe, but it has not been universally welcomed since its discovery.

  • One of the best features of the Galaxy S23 series is that except on the base model you get a minimum of 256GB of storage. This is because Samsung uses UFS 4.0 memory on the Galaxy S23 series, and the UFS 4.0 chip starts with 256GB of memory, which is why the 128GB Galaxy S23 uses the older UFS 3.1 standard instead of UFS 4.0.

The discovery that the Galaxy S23 series can take up up to 60GB of internal storage before you even start using it has led to speculation that Samsung seems to be the only major Android manufacturer that doesn’t use the feature. Seamless A/B Android update. Devices that support seamless updates have two system partitions and new software updates are installed on the unused partition, which then reboots into the newly updated partition, greatly reduces the time it takes to install updates. But if the A/B partitioning system doesn’t exist, it’s a mystery why Samsung needs so much internal memory for preloaded data in some markets. That said, the natural suspects are carrier and carrier bloatware, partner apps (e.g., new Galaxy phones with Samsung Messages and Google Messages installed and unable to uninstall both apps) application) and other country-specific data.

For those wondering, this isn’t exactly a new exclusive to the Galaxy S23 series. Your Galaxy S22 series device can also use more than 30 GB of storage space for system data. The easiest way to check is to use the Settings » Battery & Device Care menu on your phone. By default, the space is reported as used by system files including all your third-party applications, but you can check the actual space used by system files with tapping the “i” icon next to apps, tapping Settings, and turning on the toggle next to My Files on the next screen.

In contrast, devices like the Google Pixel use about 15 GB of internal storage for the system partition while operating in different parts of the world without issue, which makes people wonder why Samsung needs so much space for system-level data and apps. Duplicate apps are a confirmed reason (aside from Messages, Samsung installs its own versions of apps like Calender, Play Store, etc.) Galaxy devices, but the rest seems to depend on where you carry it.