Android 15 will let you know your phone's storage chip's health

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It’s really important to know more information about your phone. Sure, you know information about the software version, storage, RAM, Etc. However, it’s also important to know how long many of your phone’s hardware components will last over time. Many iPhone users have the ability to know their device’s battery health, and how much it deteriorates over time. Well, Android 15 will allow you to know the health of your storage chips.

In case you don’t know this, nothing lasts forever. As any avid watcher of Michael Fisher’s “When Phones Were Fun” YouTube series should know, phones that are 20+ years old are literally deteriorating.

Components like memory chips break down over time, and many people don’t really realize this. Well, this is something that is important to know. There are people who, against recommendations, keep their phones well past their software support. Well, it’s important for them to know how long they have until their components start to break down.

Android 15 will let you know the health of your storage chip

So, phones being released today don’t really have to worry about the health of their storage chips. There are decades-old phones that still function properly. However, software support for phones is getting better. Nowadays, Android phones are coming out with seven years of software updates. So, it’s important to know how your storage chips are faring over time.

As discovered by Android engineer Mishaal Rahman, it appears that Android 15 will allow you to do this. According to the report, Google is working on bringing a new device Diagnostics app. This app may display information like the battery’s health. Android phones used to display battery health, but that functionality was taken away back in March with the Android 14 QPR2 update.

Well, it appears that Google has other plans. It looks like the Device Diagnostics app will utilize a new storage lifetime API in Android 15. This means that it will be able to show the overall health of your storage chip using a classic percentage. So, when you first get your phone, it will be at 100%.

This means that the storage will be in full health. However, over time, the number will get lower as the memory chip starts to wear. We’re pretty sure that this number will get lower at a slower rate than the battery health percentage.

At this point, there’s no telling just which devices will be supported. Obviously, the latest and greatest Pixel phones will. However, more information about the compatibility will come out over time.