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

  1. drix August 30, 2014 at 6:50 am #

    Is there any link that i can click or any possible to re-install the latest firmware of my asha 205? I only need the authority certificate that i have lost :(

    • Narender Singh August 30, 2014 at 8:43 am #

      Unfortunately not, because it does not have a USB Port. You need to visit Nokia Care.

  2. shivay September 6, 2014 at 7:01 am #

    unable to download the software

    • Narender Singh September 6, 2014 at 9:11 am #

      What is the error?

  3. shivay September 6, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    cannot we change the software of asha 305 like from symbian to android

    • Narender Singh September 6, 2014 at 9:10 am #

      No. That is not possible.

  4. jesse villanueva September 15, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    file:///E:/Untitled.png WHY????

    • Narender Singh September 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

      What do you want to say?

  5. leo September 16, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    my nokia asha is not recognize it said it is a rm-934 and does not show anything. what did i do wrong ?

    • Narender Singh September 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

      New Asha series is not supported. S40 devices only :)

  6. S40 Nokia 301 September 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    Nokia 301 DUAL SIM (RM-839) don`t work with MobiMB. I see only the Folder “Inbox”, but ist empty.

    I have the Trial Version?

  7. Aisha October 11, 2014 at 4:42 am #

    i disopinted bcz i try more times in nokia asha 306 and 8 points complete worked bt didnt show any folder for deleting.. :( :(

  8. Susan October 17, 2014 at 3:59 am #

    Hello,

    Should this be working with an Asha 210? It seems like it is going to work then nothing happens.

    • Narender Singh October 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

      Requires some modifications for the 210 and it’s still dependent on luck :(

      • Susan October 17, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

        What sort of modifications?

  9. Sreenath October 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    I have download and installed the connectivity cable drivers and mobiMB as you have mentioned here.I have connected my phone and am displaying a message rm-924 in the place of phone and it’s not showing any files in my mobile.My phone is Nokia asha 210,Please help me in deleting my pre-installed apps and games.

    • Elros October 23, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

      Same problém here, i have Nokia 515. Please help.

      • Narender Singh October 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

        515 ain’t supported. Sorry :)

  10. Sakthi berdy October 25, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    Why no one was giving posts for nokia asha 230 im using this model.please anyone suggest me all of useful tricks for me

    • Narender Singh October 25, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

      There are none available for the Asha Software platform. It’s kind of dead already :(

  11. Rakesh October 25, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Any options to remove preinstalled games in Asha 502

    • Narender Singh October 25, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

      Unfortunately, not.

  12. Nilesh October 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    My ph nokia asha 206 doesnt have connectivity port it can be only connected through bluetooth how to delete pre installed files and applications.

    • Narender Singh October 30, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

      Cannot do that on the 206 unfortunately.

  13. jhudegarcia October 30, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    fuck this method is so dangerous. my phone can’t respond when I open my phone it stuck on “Nokia” I think I’m gonna reformat my phone. fuck you brother you destroy my Nokia 306. ./.

    • Narender Singh October 30, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

      Well, you’re the first one to say that. So you’re the one who messed up the things.
      I’ve instructed in the post about what is safe to delete. If you find yourself mature enough to play with other things, also be mature to accept your mistakes instead of putting the blame onto others.
      BTW, Nokia Care Suite can help you in getting the phone back to life.

  14. Bala October 31, 2014 at 4:10 am #

    Is this method can be used by connecting phone via bluetooth

    • Narender Singh October 31, 2014 at 8:12 am #

      No. USB connection needed.

  15. Bala October 31, 2014 at 4:15 am #

    There is an easy method than this

    • Narender Singh October 31, 2014 at 8:12 am #

      And what is that?

  16. rahul November 1, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    thx you its works in nokia asha 308 phone i am able to delete all the games and unwanted files from my phone good job…!!!

  17. Zieyra November 3, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    I have done as what you’ve told. however, the files in the phone does not appear in the application. what should i do? i really need to get rid of those pre install games etc

    • Narender Singh November 3, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      Which phone are you using?

      • Zieyra November 3, 2014 at 11:55 am #

        Nokia Asha 210

  18. a November 5, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    is it run for asha 230? because i tried it but it’s not working

    • Narender Singh November 5, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      Unfortunately, new gen Asha devices are not supported.

  19. yel November 5, 2014 at 11:12 am #

    i can’t see my phone’s file system after following all the steps. please help

    • Narender Singh November 6, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

      Which phone is it?

      • marielle November 6, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

        it’s nokia asha 501. does it work on my handset model? thanks for the reply. :-)

        • Narender Singh November 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

          Unfortunately, not :(

  20. marielle November 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    ugh! hope they can update it to make it work on 501. thanks again!

    • Narender Singh November 7, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

      Don’t keep any hope. Further development of this tool has been stopped since a long time.

  21. honey November 16, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    i can’t see my phone’s file system after following all the steps. please help
    and my phone is nokia asha 305 help me guys

  22. Yvonne November 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    Hi, I am using a Nokia Asha 306. I have installed MobiMB on my PC and followed all of your instructions. However, nothing is being displayed in step 9. What can I do? Also when I connect my phone to the PC which option should I choose to connect? Nokia Suite, Media Transfer or Mass Storage?

    • Narender Singh November 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

      You need to use the Nokia Suite mode. Just make sure that you have installed Connectivity Cable Drivers oj your PC and Nokia Suite is not running in the background.

      • Yvonne November 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

        Thanks alot, I did as you advised and installed both the Nokia Suite mode and the Connectivity Cable on my PC. It worked! Now I can view my phone’s internal details. My only challenge is I dont know how to delete the files I really dont want the most: NOTIFICATIONS and NEWS AND OFFERS which are found in the folder “my apps.” Im not able to see them. Please help, I dont want to temper with anything that might lead to my phone mulfunctioning. These files are of no use to me, but just finish up the phone space. Secondly, when I try to delete an item on the right column in MobiMB, am getting the message ERROR DELETING ITEM. What is the solution to this?

        • Narender Singh November 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

          Some items just cannot be deleted and we have no other easy way to delete them. Its been long since I used the tool, so I’m not sure where those apps are located (maybe My Apps only). They are also not named properly so it gets a bit hard to find out which one is it.

      • prutha November 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

        I have tried the same and deleted the files but my phone is not working
        suggest me what to do now…………please

        • Narender Singh November 22, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

          If a restart doesn’t help, you’d be needed to flash your phone with factory firmware which will delete all data on your phone.

  23. Yvonne November 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    Perfectly understand. All the same, thanks for your help thus far.

  24. bharat November 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Hey Narendra,

    Nice post man. I was successful in browsing and deleting games files but not their icons. Mine is Nokia asha 311. Can you suggest how to get rid of those unwanted icons as well.

    NOT: When I tried to delete icon files there came an error (Error deleting item )

    Awaiting your reply.

    Thanks and Regards,

    Bharat

    • Narender Singh November 24, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

      Let them stay there. Just restart your phone and those apps should be gone from the menu as well as myapps. Those icons are just a few bytes which don’t really consume much space :P

  25. RAAJAN November 28, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    my nokia asha always displays phone memory full, what to do now, please tell me…..

    • Narender Singh November 28, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

      If you cannot free up space using this tool, you’d be needed to reset your phone to factory using the Recovery Tool.

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