Something we get asked from time to time in our forums is “how do you manage on-device storage with a Windows Phone?” That’s a great question. On a Windows PC you can use Windows Explorer to find files, photos, music, and anything else that might be stored on the device. Windows Phones don’t have that. You can plug the phone into a PC to see the file folders, but that’s a pain. Luckily there is an easy way to manage storage on your device.
In this How To we will be talking about managing storage on Windows Phone 8 devices. This can be especially important if you have a device with only 512MB of storage. The two options we will be talking about only work with HTC or Nokia phones. Unfortunately Samsung does not offer a simple on-device solution. Let’s get started.
Option 1: HTC devices
If you have a HTC phone there is an app available in the HTC section of the Windows Phone Store called Make More Space. This app breaks down your phone storage into a few categories: music+videos, pictures, documents, and apps. The app displays how much space is being used in each category. Tapping on “music+videos” or “pictures” will take you to the corresponding app so you can manage files there.
Tapping “apps” will display a list of all the installed apps, and how much space they take up. To uninstall an app you will still have to do it from the Start screen. Make More Space is especially handy because it will alert you when you are reaching capacity and need to, you guessed it, make more space.
Option 2: Nokia devices
Nokia also offers a storage management app in their section of the Windows Phone Store called Storage Check. Nokia’s app shows much of the same information as HTC’s, but it is displayed much more visually. Space is shown in wheel with colors for apps, media and files, system, and free space. There is also a detailed view that can show how much space each individual app takes up. Storage Check also gives you the option to clear out temporary files.
Both of these apps are available for free on Windows Phone 8 devices. Hopefully in the future Microsoft implements these features into the core of the OS, but until then these apps are invaluable tools. If you have any other questions leave a comment below or hit up our forums. Download links below.