This is how you get folders on your Nokia Lumia

Earlier today, Nokia released it’s Black update for many of its Windows Phones. With that update, Nokia promised that folders would be coming with the update but did not say exactly how the feature would be implemented since it was not part of the core OS.

Well, we now have our answer. To add folders to your Windows Phone, you have to download the Nokia folders app, which can be found here.

The app states that it is exclusively for Lumia devices, which puts other phones, such as the HTC 8X, out in the cold. Considering that Lumia phones make up the vast majority of Windows Phones that are out in the wild, this shouldn't be a major issue. Further, once Microsoft completes its acquisition of the Nokia smartphone business unit, it may release the app for other phones.

The fact that it is an app that allows you to add folders isn’t a major surprise, Samsung actually included this functionality previously but considering that Lumia phones are far more widespread, this app will likely be used more frequently.

You can download the app now and add folders to help further customize your home screen which is one more way that Lumia devices are trying to stand out from the crowd in the Windows Phone market.

Download: Nokia App Folder

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meh, there are alternatives for non nokia phones, it isn't a new concept. However I don't like it, I only pin the live tiles to my start screen that I use a lot anyway, I don't see any use in squashing some of those tiles together.

XerXis said,
meh, there are alternatives for non nokia phones, it isn't a new concept. However I don't like it, I only pin the live tiles to my start screen that I use a lot anyway, I don't see any use in squashing some of those tiles together.

While I generally agree with you -- in principle, this is sound -- I hate looking for some of my apps alphabetically, because I forget what letter they start with (particularly the ones I rarely use, but are useful enough that I don't outright delete them).

For example, I have a bunch of Authenticator apps. Now, I can have one authenticator folder, and then tap on the one that I want to use. Another one is mapping -- I have way too many apps that are mapping-related that are just a pain to find.

Robert Wade said,
Good grief, WHY? HERE Maps and HERE Drive+. No other mapping apps needed.

I don't like HERE maps most of the time, because it takes 5 seconds to start up, whereas the basic map loads instantly on my 925. All the drive/GPS stuff is useless to me, because I am always in a car with a built-in GPS.

Most of the time, I want to check traffic or get a quick address lookup, which the basic map does great.

I have HERE City Lens in the same folder, and some miscellaneous restaurant/reservation type apps (that I almost never use), too.

Ughh I thought this would be useful like, you tap the tile and it expands on the start-screen, rather than just opening another list

This doesn't require Nokia Black either. I just did it on my unupdated 928...

It also appears to only be a tile that jumps to an App that lists the contents ofthe group.

I deleted it after ten minutes. The Pictures hub gives me concise access to those types of apps, the Music & Video hub does the same there. Pretty much everything else I have on my Start screen are LIVE tiles that I want feeding me info---grouping them into a dead tile is absolutely useless. I can get any unpinned apps so quickly with the jumplist that I just see no point to this app.

Robert Wade said,
I deleted it after ten minutes. The Pictures hub gives me concise access to those types of apps, the Music & Video hub does the same there. Pretty much everything else I have on my Start screen are LIVE tiles that I want feeding me info---grouping them into a dead tile is absolutely useless. I can get any unpinned apps so quickly with the jumplist that I just see no point to this app.

I agree with you. I never understood why so many people wanted this...

Well, for example I placed all the app related to maps, navigation etc. In a single folder and pinned to the start screen. Granted, the ability to group apps in the main list would be, IMO, better but that is something to be implemented in the OS itself; in the meantime this is better than nothing. There will people who find the app useful and use it, others who do not like it will not. More options are better than fewer.

It seems though that MS is moving away from the hubs. The Xbox Music and XBox Video are now separate apps. Other hubs might always wither soon, who knows. I may give this app a try out, but I'd rather have a way to group live tiles than to group just icons.

That's not really true. Hubs will stay but the default music and video players will now be separate apps rather than built into the hub to ensure instant updates and bug fixes without carrier involvement. In fact, Mary Jo has confirmed that 8.1 will intorduce new APIs so social apps like Facebook can integrate into the People's hub as well.

I understand why certain things are moving away from hubs, but I think the hub concept was amazing....and horribly exploited. The hubs, as I see it, SHOULD have been the "super folders". Giving third-party developers a way to fully plug in to the appropriate hub could potentially not only allow the "organization" of apps as some claim they need (how bad are your planning skills, sheesh?) but also allow the apps to pass information more seamlessly to the OS and to each other within the context of the hub. Add to that the potential to also consolidate notifications and other Live Tile-type info on a hub tile, these could also become the quasi-notification centers that others have claimed they need. But just having a hierarchy of folders to organize apps when a properly customized Start screen and the jumplist and voice command capability is incredibly old-school and, for me, completely useless. I pin apps on my Start screen that have real live tiles, with very few exceptions. I use voice commands to start everything else. If I'm in a situation where I have to be quiet, the jumplist is as fast as going through "folders".

Can install on Lumia 520 with Amber Update....
Now to figure out how to actually make a folder.
(edit) doh... look for the "App Folder" in the master app list of apps

For those without a Nokia, there are plenty of other apps that do the same thing. Tile manager comes to mind. I'm not sure why Nokia needed the black update for this.

Ronnet said,
For those without a Nokia, there are plenty of other apps that do the same thing. Tile manager comes to mind. I'm not sure why Nokia needed the black update for this.

The weird thing is... that it does not: my 920 does not have Black yet but I have successfully installed the app.

This app does not need Black, just installed it on my 920. You can create folders and add to the new created one both apps and settings

Fritzly said,
This app does not need Black, just installed it on my 920. You can create folders and add to the new created one both apps and settings

Yup, installed here too w/o the Black update.

Yes, Agreed. I am using it already. Would be nice if the folders themselves showed Live Tile updates. I guess this might be in a future implementation.

I might be the only one that thinks this is kind of ridiculous? The whole point of having the tiles in the home screen is for access to an important app and for its information to be displayed. Does the live tile still operate in this "folder"? Is it readable? I appreciate the way the tiles work, and I can always swipe from the right to get my master app list.... This is just like the iOS grouping....where they are just organized.

I could see it as trying to mimic Windows 8 tile grouping, but in the desktop the tiles are still active and operate exactly like if they weren't in a grouping.

We'll see. Its new, and there's definitely room for improvement (for example, hubs like Office and Music/Videos can't be added). That said, I think its effectively giving us the ability to make custom hubs. Since I try to keep as few tiles on my Start as possible, I appreciate this. Faster than using the full list, more compact than multiple tiles, and lets me keep "icon" tiles to a minimum, allowing more Live tiles.

chorpeac said,
I might be the only one that thinks this is kind of ridiculous?

Nope, I quite agree. Installed it on my 1020, played around with it for 5 minutes and uninstalled.

chorpeac said,
I might be the only one that thinks this is kind of ridiculous? The whole point of having the tiles in the home screen is for access to an important app and for its information to be displayed. Does the live tile still operate in this "folder"? Is it readable? I appreciate the way the tiles work, and I can always swipe from the right to get my master app list.... This is just like the iOS grouping....where they are just organized.

I could see it as trying to mimic Windows 8 tile grouping, but in the desktop the tiles are still active and operate exactly like if they weren't in a grouping.

I might be the only one that thinks this is kind of ridiculous, i mean calling something that you don't even need to install or use ridiculous, is ridiculous. Just sayin

I think I will use it for settings and thinks like Here stuff and also Camera editing things. It will save room for apps that actually use live tiles to give me information =).

I am about 5 mins away from uninstalling....I thought it would have opened up right there on the home screen to open the apps inside, but nope, it opens up as a new app....

the colours dont look that great either... going away from the neatness of WP...

Steven P. said,
It's cool for stuff like settings that aren't live tiles for example.

I pin settings as smallest tile size.
I mainly got this app to show off and say nya nya to my friends with Samsung Ativ-S

duddit2 said,

I might be the only one that thinks this is kind of ridiculous, i mean calling something that you don't even need to install or use ridiculous, is ridiculous. Just sayin


I can see it is a feature where they opened up the system folders, so to speak, like games, to allow for user customized ones. For that I can see it as a nice to have, though I don't forsee myself using it on my phone. You're right, thankfully it is something that has to be installed and can be uninstalled. I'll probably try it out, but then uninstall it because I don't junk up my start screen with those items. I still find it as a copy to iOS groups....and something I see after 3 years of Windows Phone OS's to be unnecessary.

ngc891 said,

Nope, I quite agree. Installed it on my 1020, played around with it for 5 minutes and uninstalled.

I added a small folder icon with all important settings and also the photography apps I use for which the solution is fine.

chorpeac said,
I might be the only one that thinks this is kind of ridiculous? The whole point of having the tiles in the home screen is for access to an important app and for its information to be displayed. Does the live tile still operate in this "folder"? Is it readable? I appreciate the way the tiles work, and I can always swipe from the right to get my master app list.... This is just like the iOS grouping....where they are just organized.

I could see it as trying to mimic Windows 8 tile grouping, but in the desktop the tiles are still active and operate exactly like if they weren't in a grouping.

Since its app, Its optional.

No you're not. I too played around with it for 5 minutes and decided it was pointless and kinda messy looking.

For a little more screen real-estate in most cases you can just pin the actual App and get direct access instead of adding another step to it, and with a Live Tile that actually works.

brent3000 said,
.... lazy guys like me ....

This lazy guy thanks you immensely!

If only bsams would generate the code for us and put it in his article.

Some of us read the site on PC while on breaks at work.

Because clicking that link at the bottom of the article is so hard to install it from the Windows Phone Marketplace website? You don't even need your phone to install it on your phone.

Ideas Man said,
Because clicking that link at the bottom of the article is so hard to install it from the Windows Phone Marketplace website? You don't even need your phone to install it on your phone.

Some people work during the day and have work accounts linked to company Microsoft Accounts which arnt linked to our Windows Phones which required loggin out and loggin in and then loggin out and loggin in...

Vs scanning a QR code and clicking Install

And it doesn't even require Black. However since its basically just an app as apposed to actual folders, it takes a second or two to load on my 520 which kills the purpose I think as folders should be instant.