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    I am having a surprisingly hard time Googling this. How much space does Android Marshmallow 6.0 take?
    After a factory reset my phone says 3.46GB, which is half of my internal space. Is that right?

    Phone: Motorolla G3
     

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    Sounds right. I have 16GB internal on my LG G Stylo and with the LG and carrier bloat, I had less than 11GB left.


    Who is your carrier?
     
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    T-mobile (European). The carrier adds something to the OS?
    My phone just says "Android OS 3.46 GB"
     
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    I also suppose it depends on what all qualifies as "Marshmallow" (i.e., the Android OS). I.e., do you just count the size of the factory image; or what is installed on the device; broken down by user-initiated files (i.e., apps, other user files) vs. everything else?

    Just counting the /system partition on my Nexus 6P, you can see it's using 2.9G, but there's lots of other partitions that are clearly system/OS-related that probably should be counted, too:

    shell@angler:/ $ df
    Filesystem Size Used Free Blksize
    /dev 1.3G 56.0K 1.3G 4096
    /sys/fs/cgroup 1.3G 12.0K 1.3G 4096
    /mnt 1.3G 0.0K 1.3G 4096
    /system 2.9G 1.8G 1.1G 4096
    /vendor 191.3M 173.7M 17.5M 4096

    /cache 94.4M 2.9M 91.5M 4096
    /persist 3.9M 756.0K 3.1M 4096
    /firmware 80.0M 47.4M 32.5M 16384

    /storage 1.3G 0.0K 1.3G 4096
    /data 25.0G 9.2G 15.9G 4096
    /storage/emulated 25.0G 9.2G 15.9G 4096


    3.46 GB is probably a good count/estimate as any others, especially if that is what your device is reporting for you.

    Cheers and welcome to our AndroidForums, @Jedo :).
     
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    Thanks, I understand this is just the OS because the phone has a separate counter for "Apps", "Images","Other", etc and those other folders were pretty empty when I started.
    Interesting...does Android have a system requirements page (per version) that indicates the space requirements?
    Like Windows 10 for example states it needs 20 GB for 64-bit OS. I can't seem to find the same for Android.
     
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    Hmm, that's a tough question and I'm guessing there's no real or clear answer since there are literally tens of thousands (24k+) of unique Android devices out there. For that reason alone, I don't believe that Google has a true set of minimum requirements (CPU, memory, display, etc...).

    This page probably comes closest to starting to give you an answer:


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    Yeah, I saw that one, thanks.

    I kind of expected the same version of the OS to take up the same amount of space regardless of the phone. I am still new to smartphones :)
     
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    Well, the "extra stuff" (bloatware :p) that carriers install, hardware differences that leads to different / additional firmware/driver files, manufacturer's custom launchers (i.e., HTC Sense, Touchwiz, etc.), and I'm sure more/other things I haven't thought about or list, can all make up for these differences.
     

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