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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645 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 #

    Dear
    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 ,
    anyways
    regards
    Kullraj Rana
    Himachal Pradesh india.

    if You have any solution please call me frankly 09218600987, or email kullraj.rana@gmail.com.

  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.

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