Nokia reveals Lumia Windows Phone 8 Storage Check app

Today's smartphones have storage capacities that would seem roomy just a few years ago. However, many smartphone owners store tons of user-made images and videos on their devices, not to mention downloadable music, movies and apps. Before too long, the amount of free storage can disappear.

Today, Nokia announced that owners of its Windows Phone 8-based Lumia smartphones will soon be able to get a new, free app designed to give them a better way to check their phone's storage capacity. The app is simply called Storage Check and, for now, will be exclusively for Lumia Windows Phone 8 users.

A new post on the official Nokia blog shows off screenshots of the Storage Check app, which includes a wheel icon that is color coded with different storage categories (apps, media, system and free space). Nokia says, "This enables you to immediately check what’s taking up the space on your phone. If you want a more detailed view, the total/used number in the centre of the wheel tells you more. Additionally, swiping right will bring the details panel into view."

Unlike the current default storage settings on regular Windows Phone devices, the Lumia Storage Check can also offer much more information on exactly how much space items like emails, photos and music are taking up. Temporary files can also be quickly deleted. Nokia will add the Storage Check app for new Lumia smartphones either out of the box or via a firmware update. Older Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones will get the Storage Check app in the near future.

Source: Nokia | Image via Nokia

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I see the Storage Check app in the settings menu, but whenever i tap on it it just reloads the settings menu, like it tries to start and just doesn't (like its crashing in the background). Anyone else have this problem?

Yea, MS needs to build this in the WP8 OS. All Android phones have this as it comes standard. Would be nice if WP does as well.

It's great seeing Nokia working so hard on their phones and WP:8, I wish the same could be said for Microsoft.. even an update of things to come would be nice..

this is part of nokia apps updates from the store after you get at least to 1308. they are not part of the firmware update.

AlexMagik said,
this is part of nokia apps updates from the store after you get at least to 1308. they are not part of the firmware update.

It was automatically installed with me. I have not manually downloaded Nokia apps. All Nokia apps (not games and other published junk, but their inhouse stuff) will be automatically installed with new updates.

NVM, this might be untrue when you do an over the air update. I flash the thing and install a new ROM with updates.

A separate app? This part of the latest firmware update on the L920. If it's for the rest of the Lumias, then that's different.

To be fair, WP8 is still a new OS. It's the successor to WP7 and it's based on a different architecture. It's likely that Microsoft would have added this feature if they had more time.

They've had plenty of time since WP8 was released, people have been moaning about the 'other' storage issue for months.

Nokia are basically propping up WP8 while Microsoft sit around doing..well, squat so far.

Walrush said,
They've had plenty of time since WP8 was released, people have been moaning about the 'other' storage issue for months.

Nokia are basically propping up WP8 while Microsoft sit around doing..well, squat so far.


Haha oh yeah, ignore the fact that Microsoft is pushing on with Blue and putting most of their development power into the Blue update.
Nokia knew they where going to support Microsoft by becoming their primary partner. And I'm sure they are glad to do so. Show what they are capable off.

Microsoft has developed an entire new platform in as little as 2 years and we're just over half a year after it has been released, with portico and other small updates coming from MS in between.

Yet they are sitting still according to you. No they have priorities and they are taking their priorities seriously. Maybe you should too.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
Nice to see this, but it's sad that Nokia are having to make apps for basic stuff that should be included in the OS itself.

Agreed!

kidjenius said,
So uhm.. how do we get this app/update? Im using a Lumia 920 on Rogers in Canada.

In Holland only this month they began rolling out the portico update... months later, and its a process taking upto half a year... I personally cant wait for that and manually update it using Navifirm and Nokia's Care Suite.
I'm sure if I wait for KPN I'll have to wait another 10 months before they even begin rolling this update out.
Earlier today Nokia's servers where unreachable, but makes sense with this update starting to roll out. I'll wait a few days and manually push the update to my phone

Shadowzz said,
I noticed this app today, but I'm certain it came with the update I installed 1,5-2 weeks ago.

Yeah it did! Mine just keeps spinning round, I haven't got it to actually do anything...

ingramator said,

Yeah it did! Mine just keeps spinning round, I haven't got it to actually do anything...


Just wait, took me a min or something before it stopped
zeke009 said,
This was present in the 1308 firmware (3/27/13) that was pulled in favor of the 1314 version released today. http://www.wpcentral.com/tag/storage-check

Maybe they held the blog post until the fixed firmware was released.

Nokia appears to be leading the charge for enhancements: http://www.wpcentral.com/exclu...e-tap-awake-clock-lumia-920


Ah yeah, I did a manual update by pulling the highest version ROM from their FTP servers
I looked earlier today, servers where unreachable... I'll wait a bit.

Oh sweet, the old fashioned lockscreen clock returning?? One major feature I certainly appreciate on my old 6310i that I could see time without pulling the thing out of standby

I knew I picked the right phone manufacturer once more Yes I have to wait for features, but I happily will.
Nokia's own features they are porting from their old phones one by one (Please port the alarm clock being able to entirely wake up the phone... incase your out of reach of power for days and just entirely turn of the phone) and Windows Blue coming up later this year...

one thing tho you seem allot more up to date with Nokia's news and info. (or anyone else for that matter)

Why am I on version 1232.5957.9200... just about 8000 revisions further down the line?
Using RM-821_eu_netherlands_447.

Shadowzz said,
I knew I picked the right phone manufacturer once more Yes I have to wait for features, but I happily will.

I completely agree. I have zero regrets moving to Nokia for my Windows based phones, previous devices came from Samsung (Focus, Jack), HTC (Dash, Cingular 2125, AudioVox SMT5600) and Motorola (MPx200).

zeke009 said,

I completely agree. I have zero regrets moving to Nokia for my Windows based phones, previous devices came from Samsung (Focus, Jack), HTC (Dash, Cingular 2125, AudioVox SMT5600) and Motorola (MPx200).

I've owned Motos and HTC's... And other then that Nokia's. Always been happy, my 6310i still going strong as my bankingphone (I do not trust smartphones with access to my bank + confirmation texts)
And just from experience around me and using other phones.. S3 to flimsy (and its a rarity to find people with one and no broken screen after 2-3months into their contract). The iPhone's always been a solid device, but also... unless you treat it like a nuclear bomb with an active detonator... their screens break to often too.
The 920 has picked my friends attention for sure, especially while not to long ago I went out with them and haldrunk grabbed my phone from my pocket way to quickly (the back is WAY to smooth IMO, hopefully scratching it more will make it less) and it went flying for a few meters... Expectation: Cracked screen at least... Reality, little dent in corner.
Just 1 thing I expected better, the camera quality.. Nokia used to be far ahead of the competition, now its 'just' on par. But still very good quality

ingramator said,

Yeah it did! Mine just keeps spinning round, I haven't got it to actually do anything...


I got it after I installed FW 1308 and, after that, updated Extra + Info. When I used it the first time it indeed spin for a while, around 30 secs, and then it showed my storage. Did you try a soft reset?