I have a Nexus One now, and the internal storage is very limited. For the moment I have only 164 MB internal storage for apps (From DiskUsage).

Nexus One seem to have totally 512MB of internal storage. And Nexus S seem to have totally 16GB of internal storage. But Wikipedia wrotes: 16 GB iNAND (partitioned 1 GB internal storage, 15 GB USB storage

Does this mean that Nexus S only has less than 1GB of internal storage for Apps? I find my 164MB very limiting on Nexus One and I consider to buy a new phone because of this.


I believe the 1 GB is for the /system folder, which is not normally mounted via USB. The rest of the space is usable for your apps! I have a Galaxy S and this is how it works, plus there's an external SD card.

  • 1
    Thanks, this sounds good. Then I can sell my Nexus One with very limited memory (~180MB) for apps and buy a Nexus S with 15GB. – Jonas Jan 1 '11 at 18:59
  • 2
    This was actually false. Only 1GB was dedicated for internal storage and only 971MB of them is avaiable for Apps. – Jonas Jan 10 '11 at 10:13
  • Then what exactly is the 15gb for? – Matthew Read Jan 10 '11 at 17:33
  • 1
    You can store data there, use it as a USB-memory and also store applications that is specifictly designed for beeing stored on the SD-card. Far from all applications is designed for SD-card storage, that's why I'm running out of memory on my Nexus One. – Jonas Jan 10 '11 at 19:15
  • That's unfortunate. Hopefully more and more app developers make their apps support apps2sd. – Matthew Read Jan 10 '11 at 19:27

The other answers (except for Matthew Read's original answer) are completely incorrect. You can choose whether your installed apps are stored on the 1gb system memory or on the 15gb data memory. I have a nexus S and can confirm this is the case. You do not need a rooted phone or apps2sd to do this; it's built-in to the standard build.


Nexus S is only using 1GB of its 16GB memory for internal storage which only left 971MB for applications. This is very limited. I read this from Test av Google Nexus S - a deep review in swedish.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.