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

  1. dolly December 6, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    how can i transfer this pre loaded apps and games to another SD card …plzzz tell me ….

  2. Fuzail December 9, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    I have Installed MobiMB but its not connect to my mobile in Asha 210 what i do please guide me my cellfone memory is almost full

    • Narender Singh December 9, 2014 at 11:47 am #

      Asha 210 is not supported, unfortunately.

      • Stan February 4, 2015 at 9:04 pm #

        that is not truth…
        I have Asha 210.2 dual SIM and its works.
        You have to use propre USB communikations cable.
        – not USB cable from battery charger

    • gheorghe April 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

      connected in modem mode!

      • gheorghe April 8, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

        for asha 210 works in modem mode

  3. Regu December 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    I, tried this method. But Asha 501 is not getting detected. Please help

    • Narender Singh December 9, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

      New Asha series is not supported by the program. S40 only.

  4. Sunny Kumar December 11, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    I have successfully deleted my gallery files from my Nokia Asha 308 such as ringtones,themes etc. But i cant delete Default.nth its saying error and also i cant delete some menuapps contents they are useless but i cant delete them why for example Hit my boss, Ebuddy ,Newshunt etc. When i tried to delete/remove its showing error (Cant delete).
    Is there any solution for this ?

    • Narender Singh December 11, 2014 at 11:40 am #

      Unfortunately, there is no easy way to delete the ones which cannot be deleted using this tool. You’d have made enough free storage by deleting others that you do not need to worry :)

      • Sunny Kumar December 12, 2014 at 12:27 am #

        Ok thanks.
        But do you have Oxycube ?
        If yes than please provide me the link.
        I want to try with Oxycube maybe its works.

      • shrief January 31, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

        thanks for program

        i have same problem for Nokia 308 , the problem is in whats app which need update and i cant remove old one :(

  5. Maryam Abdulrasheed December 17, 2014 at 4:41 am #

    done everything as u said. phone and Pc are not cooperating. i have a nokia asha 310. installed pc suite (by the way the suite for you mean is it for laptop or phone) for computer and mobi. but hasnt worked, really have space issues on this phone. HELP!!

  6. McAfui December 18, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    Please is there any way i can get the whole system files? i guess i’ve deleted something important which is affecting my phone. i need the system files so i can sort it out and find what is missing. Thank you.

  7. vivek December 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    is it necessary to have the latest nokia suite installed???? i got suite version 3.8.48 but i can’t acess system filles of my asha 306

    • Narender Singh December 19, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

      Nops. Any should work. It should be installed, but not running in background.

  8. Abdul Haqeem January 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    Does Nokia Asha 501 can do this???

    • Narender Singh January 1, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

      No. New Asha series is not supported :(

  9. mohit January 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

    Thanks alot, great software. Wish u all good luck.

  10. rahul January 5, 2015 at 1:34 am #

    In my nokia x202 whatsapp is become of above 50mb and it hang my phone alot and it effecting other app as well what shuld i do….?
    :-(

  11. Nandu January 6, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    Hi Narendar Singh, I have Asha 500. But the phone memory is full of junk fils. As a result, it hangs a bit. Tried many methods to access the phone memory,but failed If you have any idea to clear these junk files and clean up RAM, please share with me.

  12. Neeraj joshi January 14, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    I have asha 206 and there is no option to connect with pc . So what can i do

  13. Arnold February 12, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    Thanks a lot it worked very well but to do it you must go to the settings and set it properly

  14. Abdhdr February 13, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

    The setup has virus…Norton removed it 😛 What should I do now…I have Nokia Asha 210 dual sim

    • Narender Singh February 14, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

      Maybe disable Norton temporarily first? You can check the detailed report. It can be called an unwanted or suspected program due to no signing, but it is not a virus :)

  15. sk February 21, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    Hi Narender, i am using nokia asha 308 i have deleted most of the apps but still i don’t have much space left I want to know can i delete files which are in my temp folder is it safe to delete them?

  16. Manikanta March 4, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    hi narender singh i am using nokia asha 305 and i have to install software in my phone but phone is showing not enough phone memory.As u instructed i downloaded this app MobiMB but it is not detecting any files from my phone and i am unable to delete waste apps like nimbuzz,taaza videos etc.Please help me to solve this problem.
    thanks in advance

  17. ponnarasan March 6, 2015 at 12:38 am #

    I am using nokia asha 501… I am don’t save any files I phone memory, but my phone memory is indicates f
    ull.. how can I recover it.

  18. greenworld March 10, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

    how to connect nokia asha210 dual sim and delete predefined gallery contents? thanks

  19. Neeraj John March 16, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    GOOD NEWS
    A java app has been developed which can open the system files of any asha phone. I have successfully tested it on asha 230 and asha 501. You can delete all preinstalled apps along with ringtones and wallpapers and even the user guide. You can also copy them to your sd card but I have not tried this so try copying a useless app to sd card and delete it from system files then see if you can run the app from sd card. I suspect it wont work. I strongly recommend that you do not delete nokia xpress browser or facebook mobile app because you cannot reinstall them in any way unless you reinstall the whole software again. You will loose video streaming if you delete nokia xpress browser. I used it on my asha 230 and now I have 33 mb free in my phone. The phone still lags. I recommend that you clear the counters of your asha phone. I did and am experiencing less lag. It will take a lot of time to do that but is worth the wait and keep on doing that once in a while. I am sharing this with you hoping this will help you. If it does do let me know and please pass it on. Good luck.
    Download Open Root Beta:
    http://tfk-project.blogspot.in/2015/01/asha-platform-hacked.html#.VQQJHV2t-o8

    • TylerDurden March 28, 2015 at 2:16 am #

      Hi Neeraj John,
      Thanks for the Open Root app, I managed to delete useless pre-installed apps from my asha 503.
      However the icons of them are still on the main screen with grey color (they are inactive).
      Do you have a method to delete those icons too?

      • Narender Singh March 28, 2015 at 8:54 am #

        Did you try a restart? A restart used to remove them from Asha 3xx, no idea about 5xx.

        • TylerDurden March 31, 2015 at 1:53 am #

          Yes, I tried that without success, the grey icons are still there :-(

      • Neeraj John April 17, 2015 at 7:47 am #

        Hi TylerDurden,
        Yes I do. Backup all your data and restore your phone to factory settings. It will erase the icons. You are welcome.

        • TylerDurden April 18, 2015 at 2:00 am #

          Hello John,

          Perfect solution, the unused icons disappered this way. Thanks a lot!

          • Neeraj John April 18, 2015 at 5:12 am #

            Always welcome. I have a feeling that the app works only for asha touch phones. Pass it on.

            • Narender Singh April 18, 2015 at 9:02 am #

              Will only work on the phones running New Asha Software Platform. Not the S40 ones.

  20. Lex March 17, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    Hi, can i also delete pre installed apps if yes how do i know while using mobimb

    • Narender Singh March 17, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

      Which phone are you using?

  21. Lex March 17, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

    Nokia 305

  22. nokia March 19, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    Thanx Neeraj John

  23. protaz April 2, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    how do i connect my nokia asha 205,it doesnt support cable connection

    • Narender Singh April 2, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      You cannot do anything on the 205. Sorry :(

  24. jigenito April 6, 2015 at 3:00 am #

    doesn’t seem to work on my asha 210.. :/

  25. Onele larey April 22, 2015 at 2:58 am #

    Am using 503 nokia asha dual sim nd my phone downloads some apps nd say ”there is no app that could run this app” if u hve a solution plz help!!!

    • Narender Singh April 22, 2015 at 9:01 am #

      Those apps are probably in a format that the phone does not support.

  26. Narey April 27, 2015 at 12:30 am #

    I downloaded whatsapp into my nokia asha 302 but i cant find it in any folder.After downloading it,it said “file downloaded to predefovibrowser”,why is this? And where can i get the file or resolve this problem?? Please help

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