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How to See Available Storage on a Samsung Galaxy Tab

By Dan Gookin

Somewhere, deep in the bosom of your Galaxy Tab, there lies a storage device. It’s like the hard drive in your computer. The thing can’t be removed, but that’s not the point. The point is that the storage is used for your apps, music, videos, pictures, and a host of other information.

  • The Galaxy Tab comes with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

  • A GB is a gigabyte, or one billion bytes (characters) of storage. A typical 2-hour movie occupies about 4GB of storage, but most things you store on the Tab — music and pictures, for example — take up only a sliver of storage. Those items do, however, occupy more storage space the more you use your Tab.

You can see how much storage space is available on your Galaxy Tab’s internal storage by following these steps:

  1. At the Home screen, touch the Apps Menu icon button.

  2. Open the Settings app and choose Storage.

    The Settings app details information about storage space on the Galaxy Tab’s internal storage.


You can choose a category to see more information, or to launch a program. For example, touching the Misc. category displays a list of Misc. Files, including apps and files you’ve downloaded. Touching the Pictures, Videos category starts the Gallery app.

  • Things that consume the most storage space are videos, music, and pictures, in that order.

  • To see how much storage space is left, refer to the Available item.

  • Don’t complain that the Total Space value is far less than the capacity of your Galaxy Tab. The missing space is considered overhead, as are several gigabytes taken by the government for tax purposes.