Smartphone storage nightmare in South Africa

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29 percent of South Africans would delete a photo of themselves before that of friends, pets or family.
29 percent of South Africans would delete a photo of themselves before that of friends, pets or family.

With the all latest developments, features and apps on our smartphones, storage appears to be a real problem for many smartphone users in South Africa.

According to research from a countrywide independent consumer SanDisk, 22 percent of users running out of space at least once a week and 56 percent running out of space at least every three months.

The research further states that almost 68 percent of users haven’t regretted deleting a precious photo or video to free up storage space. If they do have to delete files, 29 percent of South Africans would delete a photo of themselves before that of friends, pets or family.

SanDisk also looked at people’s experiences with storage on smartphones and found that 38 per cent of people usually delete files or data from their main handsets in order to free up space at least once a week, while two thirds (66 percent) do this at least once a month.


Ghassan Azzi, Senior Sales Manager for Africa at Western Digital Corporation, said: “Our research really highlights the pressure that people are under to choose what they want to keep on mobile handsets. With the average person in South Africa taking 26 photos and eight videos a week on their smartphone, and the size of digital images and video increasing rapidly, devices soon fill up.”

In addition to the challenges around storage, the research also looked at security, with 56 percent of respondents being fairly worried or very worried that the files and data on their smartphone are at risk of theft or loss through product malfunction, and 68 percent said they had lost a precious photo or video from their smartphone as a result of files not being backed up.

Despite this, only 39 percent of South Africans manually back up their data and files from the main handset once a week, and nine percent never back up files at all, excluding automatic backups and data synchs.

Azzi added: “What many people don’t realise is that there are numerous ways to quickly and easily transfer and store data from phones – either by connecting a device to the handset or using Wi-Fi – so you don’t have to choose what you delete. In addition, backing up your smartphone remotely means that you keep precious files safe, should anything happen to the handset.”

Edited By: Neo Sesinye
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