How to: Access Hidden Files of Nokia Asha and Delete Useless/Demo Data

nokia-asha-familyNokia Asha phones are quite easy to use and well built, but one problem that almost every Nokia Asha (or any other S40)  phone user faces is that Nokia bundles some pictures, videos, music, apps, games with the phone which can’t be deleted or moved to the SD Card.

Some of you will have questions like “What’s wrong with that?” Well the answer is simple. Most of these Asha/S40 phones have a low internal memory and these useless apps may make it quite hard for the user to find enough space to save other stuffs such as Messages and Calendar data which can’t be saved onto the memory card. So although the phone has a pretty satisfying internal memory, some bloatware will never allow you to access that.

How to access the internal/hidden file system of Asha and other S40 phones:

Asha phones can only run Java apps which don’t have enough permission to access and make changes to the internal files of the phone. So the process can only be done on a PC running Windows XP or higher. If you have a Windows PC, follow the steps below:

Make sure that latest Nokia Suite is installed on your phone, but it is not running in the background. We only need the connectivity drivers from Nokia Suite.
  1. Download MobiMB software. Link Here
  2. Double Click to open the downloaded file (MobiMB.exe) and choose the location where you wanna extract the setup files to.
  3. Browse to the folder where you extracted files in the previous step and run setup.exe
  4. Continue with the setup by accepting license agreement. Leave the Product Activation fields blank and continue.
  5. Keep the shortcut at the desktop and finish the setup.
  6. Now connect your phone to your PC and run the MobiMB Mobile Media Browser shortcut from the desktop.
  7. Click on Start MobiMB.
  8. Now click on File> Settings. Next choose Add a new Connection> Cable Connection> Nokia native USB phones> CA-101 cable (Micro-USB). Press OK

    Add connection - MobiMb browser

    Adding a new connection

  9. Wooh!! You’ll be presented with your phone’s file-system. Access and add/remove the files you want. Read below if you don’t know what to delete.

    MobiMB - Browse Phone

    Browse hidden files

Which files can I delete without the risk of malfunctioning of the phone?

MobiMB is a very advanced software and deletion of important files can lead to phone becoming unstable and hence crashing. So which files to delete? Most probably, your aim is to delete the junk files to free up the phone memory. So you should delete these files:

  • MobiMB> Gallery: Delete all that you don’t want in your phone. There’s no risk here. Some items cannot be deleted and the software will say “Error”. Skip such files and move to the next. You can delete pictures, music, videos, themes, wallpapers, tones, graphics and some other stuff located in the gallery.
  • MobiMB> Games and Apps: (Includes /collections and /games) You can delete all the pre-installed games and apps that you don’t need in your phone. For games and apps, you can delete the jar and jad files, but you might be unable to delete the folder for private files of such apps. Just ignore it as it does not contain any data larger than a few KBs.
  • MobiMB> C:> MenuApps: This folder includes the games/apps which were pre-installed to your phone’s menu or the main filesystem of the phone. In most cases, you shouldn’t mess with this folder, but in case you need to delete a bundled app, say Nimbuzz or Nokia Xpress browser, you can delete the jar and jad files of such apps.
  • That’s it. Don’t mess with anything else. If you’re a explorer or a power user, you’re always free to play with the rest of the files to see the logic behind them and their usage.

Phones supported by this repack of MobiMB:

Almost all phones released prior to 2013, including Asha 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 311 and others

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485 Responses to How to: Access Hidden Files of Nokia Asha and Delete Useless/Demo Data

  1. Jay June 22, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    My asha 205 doesnt have slot for usb??? Wt abt it?

    • Narender Singh June 23, 2014 at 12:05 am #

      Can’t help there. You have no way to access the data from it.

  2. sindhuja June 28, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    i have completed till step8
    but in step9 empty window is appearing..wt to do…plz rply fast

    • Narender Singh June 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

      Which phone do you have?

  3. sindhuja June 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    i have nokia asha 200

    • Narender Singh June 28, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

      Have you installed the Nokia Connectivity Cable Drivers? And do make sure Nokia Suite is not running in the background.

  4. sindhuja June 28, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    how to install conectivity drivers

    • Narender Singh June 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

      Download from here

  5. Soumendra Mishra June 29, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    Hi,

    I have a Nokia Asha 210 and I have followed the steps. but still i am facing problem with the connectivity drivers. Where to install that? Should we install that in the PC or in the phone itself?

    • Narender Singh June 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

      The 210 is not supported out of the box. Editing needed and still works for some, doesn’t for others.

  6. Soumendra Mishra June 29, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Hi,

    Thanks for the reply. So I is there not any way I manage the phone files?

    • Narender Singh June 29, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

      Try editing the ini file to Add Nokia 210. Dunno if it will work for you or not.
      There is no other way besides this though.

  7. Soumendra Mishra June 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Okay thanks for that. Let me check this.

  8. Lee June 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    Hi, I have a nokia asha 210 and I’m having a problem saying that I can’t download the whatsapp due to insuficient space… but I have a memory card in the phone and the last time it happend I moved all I could to the memory card and it worked, now is happening again and I even try to delete some pictures but still say that I don’t have enough memory when I try to download whatsapp.
    Could you help me please, I haven’t been able to use whatsapp for over a month.

    • Narender Singh June 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

      You need to sideload the jar and jad files of WhatsApp to the Memory Card, reset the phone and then open WhatsApp from the Memory Card.

      • Ian July 2, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

        Hi Narendar
        I have the Nokia 206 and am having exactly the same problem as Lee.

        I have a 32GB memory card but i cant move whatsapp onto it.

        Woudl really appreciate if you can help

        • Narender Singh July 2, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

          I’d recommend you the same as I did to others. Reset the phone, sideload WhatsApp to the SD card and then run it from the SD card. Don’t touch the one that is pre-installed and replace it’s icon in the homescreen with the one installed on your SD.

  9. Pree July 3, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    please help..
    i have completed the setup and i can access the all the files but the problem is that i want to remove nimubzz from my mobile an i cant remove it.i have tried deleting the jad / jar files bt it cant be deleted.its shown as this “Error deleting item”.
    please help me wot to do next..

    • Narender Singh July 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

      Rather unfortunate that it cannot be removed then :(

  10. Rajeev July 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    It is working for my Asha -305 great thanks

    • Narender Singh July 7, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

      Cool. Enjoy, Rajeev.

    • Dhawal July 10, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

      @Rajeev and @Narender Singh…. I also have asha 305 and I am getting error in step 8
      “This driver could not be loaded for one of the following reasons:
      1. System does not support this type of connection.
      2. There is problem with your driver configuration
      3. the item already exists”

  11. niketan July 13, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    i have nokia asha 305. its internal memory is full. as it said run a program mobimb software. but my cell can not connect to my laptop. can u suggest me something.. my cell is really pissing me off..help me

    • Narender Singh July 13, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

      Do you have the Nokia Connectivity Cable Drivers installed?

  12. Fabio July 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    Helped a lot ! Thank You :)

    • Narender Singh July 15, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

      Thank you for the comment, Fabio. Enjoy :)

  13. Dhawal July 23, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    I also have asha 305 and I am getting error in step 8
    “This driver could not be loaded for one of the following reasons:
    1. System does not support this type of connection.
    2. There is problem with your driver configuration
    3. the item already exists”

  14. rahul July 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    hello,sir
    i done all the steps and it works!!! amazing.
    But problem is that i can also delete some major file so i can’t open my browser and also delete the nokia store apps so i can’t start my internet…… can u suggest me how to recover my files and settings…..or any kind of link….plz help me out ………..Thanks in advanced….

    • Narender Singh July 29, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      You should’ve been more careful :P The only way you have to recover is to re-install your phone’s firmware using Nokia Software Recovery Tool

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