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

  1. Roxy March 16, 2014 at 4:41 am #

    Can you please suggest a way to delete the pre installed apps in Nokia Asha 503?? Apparently it doesnt use Nokia Suite.. Only Connectivity driver.. So I used this MobiMB, but my files are not showing..

    I’ll be really grateful if you would help out.. Thanks a ton! :)

    • Narender March 17, 2014 at 9:19 am #

      Sorry but the 503 won’t work here. You gotta live with those apps.

      • Roxy March 17, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

        Aww geez.. Thanks a lot, anyway! :)

      • ASISH April 17, 2014 at 11:18 am #

        does it works in asha 501?

        • Narender Singh April 17, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

          No. Unfortunately new Asha series is not supported :(

  2. Raj March 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    Guys! I hv a solution of a problem ( conflicting errors ) which comes in some low range nokia phones. If this happens….yor phone default apps dont work…. Do only one thng…. Switch off your phone nd after some time switch on yor phone, a message of conflicting error will show, will be indicating to press ‘yes’ or ‘no’ but you wont sellect any option, just press ‘END’ and yor phone apps will be ready to be used.
    Isnt it easy…. :-)

    • Narender March 17, 2014 at 9:20 am #

      It won’t work in 90% of the cases. But still. Hope it helps somebody :)

  3. Claire March 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    Hey so I connected my phone with my pc via nokia suite (made sure it wasn’t running in the background). When i opened mobimb and clicked on the File then Settings, nothing happens. What’s wrong? I use a Nokia Asha 309 and the low phone memory is killing me. Lol Help please. :D Thanks.

  4. Sagar March 31, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    Hi, I’m using Asha 501. When I connect I can see that my mobile is connected (as it show RM-902 on left panel) but, I can’t see any files. Pleas help me in this or share me the edited file for RM-902. And I don’t know where paste that file.

    • Narender Singh March 31, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

      5xx series devices are not supported by MobiMB.

  5. Suman April 9, 2014 at 6:27 am #

    Is there any another way
    i am asking coz mine is Nokia Asha 206 Dual Sim
    and it doesn’t have USB connector to pair with PC :(
    what should i do now ????

    • Narender Singh April 9, 2014 at 8:32 am #

      Nothing for you. You need to stay with how your 206 is working.

  6. Sunny April 20, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Please,i would like to know how to view saved/hidden wifi password on my asha311

    • Narender Singh April 20, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

      No way to find that out.

  7. Marcos Rocha April 21, 2014 at 1:43 am #

    My friend you know if with nokia 208 it work? Other thing you know if I use the 208 as modem, if I contiinue receiving calls, do calls, if I can use the calendar etc, with an active conection?

  8. sambasiva April 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    Some vedios not opem in asha 500

    • Narender Singh April 24, 2014 at 12:23 am #

      Might not be supported.

  9. Asad April 25, 2014 at 12:10 am #

    Tell Me How To Make It Possible For Nokia Asha 205 As There Is No Connection Available On That… :/

    • Narender Singh April 25, 2014 at 1:59 am #

      Unfortunately, can’t help there. Need to cope up with the low available memory.

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