What is the built-in (internal) phone memory?

When reading the characteristics of a smartphone or tablet, we often come across strange words or terms. For example, NFC, RAM, GLONASS … Often, users do not know what the term “built-in (internal) memory” means, but it’s just.

Each smartphone or tablet has two types of memory – built-in (internal) and operational (RAM). Random access memory is a volatile part of the system where input and output data, program codes and other information necessary for the operation of the device are stored. The built-in memory, in fact, is a flash storage where all physical data is stored, including firmware, which, by the way, can “eat up” a fair amount of available space.

The amount of RAM is static, it cannot be expanded (except virtually), but the physical amount of internal memory can be increased – through the use of memory cards. True, these will already be two separate types of memory, but both can be used as storage.

The user can figure out the amount of internal memory using the characteristics of his device. They are indicated on the manufacturer’s website, on the box, on other third-party sites. However, remember that the manufacturer indicates the full amount of memory, but in fact the available memory can be much less – just because of the firmware, which takes up space.

The current amount of memory can also be found through the device settings. Go to “Settings” and find the “Memory” section.

Here you will see both the total amount of memory, and currently available.