The more storage you want on your device, the more you have to pay. Basic logic, but let’s be honest; the prices are not going down, and paying more than necessary for items we don’t utilize isn’t the optimal choice.

128GB storage for iPads is considered for the Average User. But will it be enough for you? Let’s find out.

Do You Watch Movies Online or Offline?

An important question is whether or not you watch movies online? Do you stream them, or do you download them? If you only watch movies and TV-shows using services like Netflix, Amazon Video, Diney+, Apple TV, YouTube, Spotify, etc. Great! That doesn’t require any storage. Besides the apps themselves, they don’t weigh much Netflix is 190MB big, and Amazon Prime Video is 62MB. That’s insignificant even if you have a 32GB iPad.

On the other hand, if you download movies, TV shows, and podcasts on your device, it will require storage space.

Amazon Video~62MB
The sizes of apps may change after updates
is 128gb enough to download movies on ipad?
  • One episode of Breaking Bad is 160MB from Netflix
  • A full movie is 600-900MB from Netflix

Do You Store Your Files on the Cloud or on Your iPad?

If you like to do some lightweight work on your iPad, do you download PDF/Word/Google Docs? Or do you view them on Google Drive, Dropbox, or iCloud?

One file weighs anywhere from 1 to 100MB

Same with pictures. If you store them locally, they add up, and screenshots as well.

One picture weights anywhere from 1 to 10MB

iCloud, Dropbox, and Google Drive are free tools that you can use until you reach a certain storage point, so you can take advantage of that.

How To Expand iPad Storage?

You can’t expand your iPad’s storage by buying a bigger Hard drive or SSD or even a microSD card. The only way to increase your iPad’s storage is to buy cloud storage. The best option is to use Apple’s own iCloud.

You can transfer files, photos, music, and movies to iCloud, which will give you more space.

  • Every Apple user has 5 GB of free storage on iCloud.
  • Google Drive offers 15 GB of free storage.

This is something you can leverage if there’s not enough space on your iPad.

If using cloud services is not an option for you, the only other possible action for you is to buy an iPad with bigger storage.

You do need access to the internet(LTE) in order to use cloud services. Buying an LTE iPad again increases the price, but overall I believe it’s a better option for many.

Is 128GB Enough For School, College, or Professional Use?

iPads are getting popular among students and professionals. 128GB model is the standard choice an average user chooses, and if you are organised and manage your device, it’s more than enough.

With 128 GB, you can:

  • Save/download photos
  • Download music
  • Save/download videos
  • Download apps
  • Play/download games
  • Use web
  • Watch movies offline/online
  • Save/download notes

If the storage starts to run low, you can always delete some unused apps. This is actually recommended. It will speed up your device, and it will just feel better. It’s like cleaning your house – we all hate doing that, but when we’re done, it’s just a wonderful feeling.

Movies, videos, and games we can delete in a while. They don’t need to take up storage forever.

Overall, 128 GB should be enough for college, personal use, and even professional use. The files aren’t that big, but if there are many, you can always delete the ones that are no longer needed. You will just have to be organized, and of course, there’s always cloud storage. Many students prefer iPads over laptops these days and if they can manage, you can manage too.

What Are The Storage Options For iPads?

iPad ModelStorage Options
iPad 64 GB, 256 GB
iPad Mini64 GB, 256 GB
iPad Air64 GB, 256 GB
iPad Pro128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB

Apple has removed the 32GB option for the latest models, and you can’t even get iPad Air, iPad Mini, or classic iPad with a 128GB option. The base models for these iPad now is 64GB. Only iPad Pro is available with 128GB storage option for now.

iPad Pro (2022 model) 11-inch model 128 GB costs $797, and the 256 GB model costs $898, so there is a difference. These prices are in the US. They might be slightly different in other countries.

Conclusion: Is 128GB Enough For iPad?

Yes, 128GB iPad will be enough for most users. It’s enough to store apps and games on your device. It’s enough to download movies, TV-shows and music and store it offline on your device. It’s enough storage space to store photos, videos, audio files, documents, notes, etc.

I personally have a 128GB iPad Pro, and for me, it’s more than enough. I have never cleaned up my iPad from apps, pictures, and files. I wouldn’t say I’m organized with my iPad. I have a lot of notes, a lot of files, a lot of apps and games that should be deleted, and even with all that, I have a lot of free space left on my device.

128 gb ipad pro storage - I've only used half of my storage

I’m an average user. I download some files here and there, I download a movie when I need one, I work a lot with cloud files, and I play a game or two on my devices, and I have never complained about my storage. I have like 1000+ screenshots and pictures on my iPad as well.

So, how much storage do you need on your iPad? 128 GB should be more than enough if you’re anything like me. If you are a power user and you work a lot with pictures, are a photographer, or are an influencer, you might need more.

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2022)
128GB model

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2022)

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch 128GB
iPad Pro 11-inch (2022)
128GB model

iPad Pro 11-inch (2022)

  • iPad Pro 11-inch 128GB
iPad 8th gen (Renewed)
128gb model

iPad 8th gen (Renewed)

  • Classic iPad 8th Gen (Renvewed) 10.2-inches 128GB


How To Check iPad Storage?

Open Settings>General>iPad Storage

Is 128GB Enough For Kids?

Most of the kids use iPad for several things – YouTube, FaceTime with family and friends, and Games. YouTube on app store is 31MB, Facetime is installed by default and the average game size is around 500MB, so yes, 128GB is more than enough for kids, I would actually recommend getting a 64GB model if possible if you plan to buy the device just for the Kids.

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I'm a writer and editor in iPads & Android Tablets, Windows Tablet section. I'm passionate about technology, especially about tablets. I'm on a mission to assist people in discovering their ideal tablets. In addition, I'm dedicated to producing helpful how-to guides and sharing top-notch tips and tricks. In my early carrier I founded and became and editor at worldoftablet and have been a guest author at many other tech blogs. In wolfoftablet I'm focusing on iPads, Tablets, Apple Pencil, Apps, Reviews, Buyers Guides and Tablet Accessories. In free time I like to play games on my PS5 or iOS.