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

  1. Kes Austin May 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

    I downloaded an application on my nokia asha 200 and at the icon i saw that a key was placed on it. Please how do i remove the key

    • Narender Singh May 28, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

      You do not need to worry about the key.

  2. Patrick Wilson June 6, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    Hey there, can this software access and transfer text messages from my 306 archived folder?

  3. Kull Raj Rana, June 12, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    Nokia customer care unit. i did purchase two phones nokia asha 503 for my family members.
    but it`s usefulness application like games and lots of others pre installed app not being delete.

    after long try no any result in hand still now.
    i did visit to Nokia care office in Solan Himachal Pradesh India, But in vain there i found only focus with a money or services charge not about client satisfaction,
    customers brand loyalty does not seem important for those.
    since 1998 i`m use nokia mobile even whole family doing use like Nokia XL, and other phones, but in case of Nokia Asha 503 my experience is so bad is totally wastage of money it irritating now ,
    Kullraj Rana
    Himachal Pradesh india.

    if You have any solution please call me frankly 09218600987, or email

  4. clief kole June 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

    My asha 311 has stoped vibrating on call or msg alarts pls help.

    • Narender Singh June 18, 2015 at 8:07 pm #

      Turn it on in the settings. If it is turned on, maybe there’s a hardware failure.

  5. Animesh Gorai June 23, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    cant i delete hidden files of nokia asha 230 with mobiMB?

    • Narender Singh June 24, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

      No, new Asha devices aren’t supported.

  6. Satya July 3, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    How to remove softwares like hike, utv, nimbuz, taza vedio etc from Nokia asha 305

    • Narender Singh July 3, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

      You’ve tried using the software?

  7. Steve July 5, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    My nokia asha 205 has no USB port can i use bluetooth instead?

    • Narender Singh July 5, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

      No. The functions cannot be performed over Bluetooth and hence this cannot be performed on your Asha 205.

      • Steve July 5, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

        Thanks Narender. I’m now looking for a hammer and crash my asha 205 they go buy a better one.

  8. Sanjay July 7, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    please can have the steps to remove preinstalled games of Asha 206?????????????????????????? if anybody have please reply…………………………………………………..

    • Narender Singh July 7, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

      As 206 doesn’t support a USB connection, it is unfortunately not possible.

  9. Yasin July 9, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    Thanks man, i tried this on my Asha 311 and it’s working 😉

  10. Can't download games and apps on my asha 503 they don't work when i download them HELP ANYONE July 14, 2015 at 1:49 am #

    Can’t download apps and games on asha 503 ..

    They don’t work

    please help

  11. greenworld July 20, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

    What this will work on Nokia asha 210 dual-SIM? If not, please tell me alternate method to remove pre-installed themes, wallpapers and some other stuff. Thanks.

  12. Daniel July 23, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

    can I do it with the Nokia 301 S40? It doesn’t recognize the phone? which usb should I use? modem? sync and transfer?
    Or is it not compatible? Mobim doesn`t seem to recognize the phone.

  13. manuel July 25, 2015 at 9:17 am #

    gracias de verdad soluciono mi problema

  14. Naufals July 26, 2015 at 10:42 pm #

    Excuse me, can i through system file with mobimb in my nokia 208 dual sim?

  15. Esther July 26, 2015 at 11:57 pm #

    Hidden files in my memory card of nokia asha 205

  16. ganesh July 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    i dnt have free memory any 1 help me

  17. Abimbola July 29, 2015 at 3:27 am #

    All my memory card data disappeared on Nokia210. Pls solution!!!

    • Narender Singh July 29, 2015 at 9:12 am #

      Probably your card is damaged. Try connecting it to a PC and see if it works there.

  18. Sidhi Verma July 30, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    i am using nokia asha 308. my phone is showing full memory. no internal memory. i am not able toplay music movie n videos. and also not able to upload photos on whatsp and hike. I ahve nothing which can be deleted.
    I visited nokia centre in dilshad Garden. But they are money oriented. Demanding Rs. 400 to fix it. but this problem occurs every year. do I have loose every year my pocket for their greedy and money minds.
    plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help me.Can I fix it on my own? or by downloading antivirus.
    the nokia centre personnel is saying to not to download antivirus on phone as it may disrupt my phone.

    • Narender Singh July 31, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

      You just use the Lumia Software Recovery Tool to reset your phone to factory state and free up storage.

  19. Sidhi Verma July 31, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    Hey, i fixed my phone. i went to mobile repairing shop yesterday. They just restored factory settings. And they told me it is common in asha series and nokia centre also only restores it and makes money for free. :( Thank god I was not fooled this time. If anyone faces any similar problem do restore ur phone.

  20. Ram August 3, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    I’m using pretty new Nokia 515 Dual Sim. I like it very much but the battery is running out in ca 3-4 days. And I believe it’s because of some applications which are trying to connect to Internet although I’ve switched off all possible ways that the phone could access Internet :-) The phone says “A preferred data SIM is needed to keep app online. Continue?”. I want to somehow get rid of the disturbing message and keep the battery last longer. One more thing – I’d actually like to get rid of all the unnecessary software on the phone – Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, and others which want or may want to connect to Internet. Can you help/advise, how could I do it?

  21. Hugo August 5, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

    Thank you very much, I was able to free up space in internal memory in my Nokia Asha 311.

  22. vijay pratap singh August 10, 2015 at 11:05 pm #

    sir i want to know my nokia asha phone when i m useing whts app nd send a image or wallpaper, so these file will be saved in phone nd any where or when i m deleteing a send pic then my original pic are deleted not a send pic so can you tell its happened why..

  23. Jasim August 13, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    1. Is this software can be used with Asha 501..??
    2. Is there any possible way to recover the photos deleted from my Asha 501??

    Please do reply..
    Thanks in adavance..

    • Narender Singh August 14, 2015 at 9:24 am #

      No for both of the questions, unfortunately.

  24. Ratheesh August 13, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

    I have nokia asha 210 mobile. In message, memory card and application section the memory is almost free. But when I opening music player or any application or any other it will shows an error message says that ‘not enough memory’.
    I am using whatsapp. I think the messages in whatsapp automatically stores in memory in my phone.
    Please guide me

  25. Sundeep August 23, 2015 at 7:35 am #

    Narender – please edit your instructions and include that it does not work with Asha 501. Wasted 20 mts !!!

  26. rayan August 24, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    i exctly followed the procedure..but there is no files shown up…my phone is asha 210

  27. Kingsford August 26, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

    Unable to download and at times finds it difficult to upload with my asha 210 dual sim so plzzzz help me out

    • Kingsford August 26, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

      Am asha 210 dual sim when i on the bluetooth it does not on at all so pls help me.

      • Narender Singh August 26, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

        These functions are not supported over Bluetooth and Asha 210 is not supported anyways via a USB connection as well. Sorry.

  28. Ginner August 28, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

    Awesome! Working on 201.. thx a lot bro!

  29. Arun dev August 29, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

    I want to know if someone can access my deleted files in nokia 200 as i had sold it to a third party.

    • Narender Singh August 30, 2015 at 9:49 am #

      No. Nobody can access your deleted files.

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