Home  ›  Glossary  ›



An amount of data equal to approximately 1 billion bytes.

Data size is also often measured in MB:

1 GB = 1024 MB

See: Byte
See: MB

As an amount of data, GB is often used to refer to how much data (how many photos, videos, apps, etc.) can be stored on a device or storage medium. It can also refer to how much data is transferred over a connection, such as how much data might be downloaded from the Internet to your phone in a given month.

GB is not to be confused with Gb, which stands for gigabits. Gbps and Mbps refer to speed of data, while GB and MB refer to amount of data.

See: Gbps

Last updated Jan 16, 2021 by Rich Brome

Editor in Chief Rich became fascinated with cell phones in 1999, creating mobile web sites for phones with tiny black-and-white displays and obsessing over new phone models. Realizing a need for better info about phones, he started Phone Scoop in 2001, and has been helming the site ever since. Rich has spent two decades researching and covering every detail of the phone industry, traveling the world to tour factories, interview CEOs, and get every last spec and photo Phone Scoop readers have come to expect. As an industry veteran, Rich is a respected voice on phone technology of the past, present, and future.

Still confused? Spot a mistake? Give us your feedback on this definition.

back to Glossary Index

Subscribe to Phone Scoop News with RSS Follow @phonescoop on Threads Follow @phonescoop on Mastodon Phone Scoop on Facebook Follow on Instagram



All content Copyright 2001-2024 Phone Factor, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Content on this site may not be copied or republished without formal permission.