Nokia updates Lumia Storage Check Beta, allows map data to be stored on SD cards [Updated]

Nokia Storage Check

Storage Check has been available on Nokia Windows Phones for a few weeks now, bundled with a firmware update. The app enables consumers to check exactly what's stored on the phone and manage the data accordingly. The company has already updated Storage Check and it's currently listed over on its Beta Labs website. This is to help the team squash bugs and solve issues consumers have experienced attempting to use the app.

So what's new in this version of Storage Check? According to product page on the Beta Labs website, it's now possible to store offline maps on an SD card. That's an extremely useful feature as smartphones (rather unfortunately) don't come with 1TB storage drives. Should you be having trouble with "Other Storage", you may want to check out this option once this version of Storage Check is released to the public.

Here's a quick look at the Storage Check app that's currently available for Lumia Windows Phones (not the beta version):

Be sure to head on over to the Nokia Beta Labs to try out the beta version and look up more information. If you're having trouble with the version in the "Settings" on your Lumia Windows Phone, it's recommended you try out this beta.

Update: Adding the Store link for the Beta of Storage Check, though users may need to register to download. You can find it in the Store here or scan the QR tag below.

Update 2: It looks like the beta version with the map manager has not been uploaded to the Store yet, as only version 1.0 from April 15th is available.

Update 3: Nokia has now updated the beta version on the store. Be sure to check out the standalone beta app (use the store link or QR code below) for the latest features.

Source: Nokia Beta Labs, Windows Phone Store, via: WPSauce

QR: Storage Check



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Vb2012 says:

Hahaha thts wat you get for joining then ^^

Jean80 says:

And what exactly is the problem with getting a HTC? If I remember, they were supporting WP way longer than Nokia. I have both a 8X and 920, and I prefer the 8X personally. 
In any case, the real blame should be laid onto Microsoft for creating this storage mess in the first place. While it is nice to see Nokia attempting to minimise the issue, MS are the one who are ultimately responsible for fixing bugs and giving us features we want.

raul_junior says:

But what about all the other stuff the HTC sucks for

RaRa85 says:

You really enjoy that 12gb of usable memory? Good for you.

Jean80 says:

I never claimed it was perfect did I? I just said I prefer it to the Lumia 920. Why the need to be a fanboy here? If you want to throw that 12GB thing at me, I can also say the 920's camera sucked badly in day light (it is awesome for low light I give it that), even compared to the 8X.

RaRa85 says:

Have you ever seen the thread Pictures taken with your Lumia 920? or Loving the Pro Shot app? Clearly not and the HTC thread for pictures is much smaller compared to the 920 community. And I'm not a fanboy since I'm on T-Mobile and don't even have one, I'm just a little upset over HTC's poor decisions and the fact that people keep saying it's high end. The only high end thing on the 8X is the design and the screen. So actually I have nothing against you per se, I just want more from these OEMs not named Nokia.

Spedez says:

You just didn't have the latest portico update. 920 camera wipes floors with X8 days and nights.

WhippedKream says:

I love my 8 GB phone, so thanks for assuming everyone is like you and needs a shittonne of space. Yes 16 GB is perfect for me, but 8GB and I still have 1.50 GB free with 1.8 GB of others so stop talking.

WhippedKream says:

And before someone starts bashing me saying I'm probably not using my phone like I should be: I have 50 apps, 10 of them being games, and 200 songs on my phone itself. I just use SkyDrive for all my photos to transfer so I don't waste space, and some other cloud storage features. It's really not that hard at all. And offline mapping data for my province in Canada and Egypt. What more does one need?

RaRa85 says:

You are absolutely correct and I apologize for my assumptions.

WhippedKream says:

Daw shucks I'm a sucker for apologies... Apology accepted

tbonenga says:

I have the 8X and 920 on T-Mobile. The only thing better on the 8X to me is the HTC weather lock screen. What is better on the 8X over the 920 to you?

Jean80 says:

To me it's the size. 4.3" is perfect for my palm size, and I like the design just a bit better than the 920. If Nokia made a 4.3" Lumia with 720p display and isn't too weighty I would go for it.

lippidp says:

It's been widely reported that the 8x has superior audio with the built-in amp.

tbonenga says:

Actually the speaker phone is louder on my 920. They sound about the same using my Samsung stereo wireless headset. I was excited about that amp and beats but was highly disappointed when I tried it out. Maybe my expectations was to high. I will add I listen to Metal / Rock. It might be different if you listen to pop / rap.

Spedez says:

It's been widely reported that HTC stole Nokias microphone technology in at least HTC One model. So much for HTC:s "innovation".

naosuke says:

I agree, it's Microsoft's fault

Aaron M says:

I think his point is the broader lack of effort by HTC when compared to Nokia.  Usually I find myself defending HTC and Samsung against the Nokia bias here.  But Nokia is the only OEM that has shown time and time again how dedicated they are to WP by issuing quick firmware updates, building new apps to address feature gaps in WP, and scoring exclusive apps for their Lumia line.

On Tmobile, and I wasn't going to buy that ugly 810, I love my 8x, just wished their was more support, but I'll live.

Spedez says:

Too bad for you. HTC has no good track record supporting their phones and especially now for their WP lineup.

morpheus1982 says:

Joining? Its a phone!

treetownal says:

Assuming MS ever fixes this problelm built into the OS, what are the odds 8x owners even get an update now that TMo dropped the phone from their lineup?  I'm not very hopeful, give my past experience with HTC/Tmo devices, I can't imagine any more updates will come. 

You will possibly have to do what I did with my tmo hd7 to get 7.8 on it. Tmobile reps don't even "remember" selling my phone half the time. There is no support from them for my phone anymore. If I need a replacement, I'll have to get a different one since they don't even have refurbs online.

alex9620 says:

Windows Phones running WP8 have OTA, genius! TMo wouldnt have a say there.

Etios says:

T-Mobile can do anything with updates you genious, Microsoft still depends on carriers green signal before pushing OTA updates.

Thats the exact reason i switched over from the HD7 to Lumia

ttsoldier says:

Go Nokia. Pew pew

A 1TB Smartphone, lol!

Eas195 says:

If that smartphone with such capacity is present, I will buy one.

Jason_JS_G says:

That's alot of corn videos.

laserfloyd says:

The internet is for corn!

Jnbs says:

This is huge, symbian users now can rejoice again.. amazing!!!

Jnbs says:

I meant ex-symbian users who switched to WP.. Because in Symbian this was possible...

lantern20 says:

Unfortunately, this can't be used on the Lumia 820 on AT&T since it does not have the required firmware version.

Jnbs says:

Ehem unlocked is,the way to go...

FavBrowser says:

LOL, my DE 920 has not received update yet and it took Nokia 3 months to push porticio/fw last time to UK and DE phones.
Unlocked is the way to go is you want to get updates last

Jnbs says:

Have been using a 620 and always received the updates.. Maybe I should have said unbranded instead of unlocked..

FavBrowser says:

Mine is unbranded, unlocked

falconx#WP says:

CV ES 920 (=unbranded) and still waiting for firmware uodate

lbaxter says:

Does the unlocked 820 work on AT&T's LTE network, or is it stuck on their 3G/"4G" data?

Miistercoool says:

Same with me, AT&T 820 don't have the required firmware update :( so sad!

I am really sad to see the 820 be pretty much left out of the picture. It is the least talked about model, and I am pretty sure that Nokia has forgotten it's existance. Or, I should say that AT&T has forgotten it. Next time I guess I will get the 9xx model. Basically, I loved the changeable shells and upgradeable memory over the sweet camera. I will stick with Nokia, but next time I won't make the 8xx mistake.

I cant see the option to move the maps. Can anyone guide me?

adrian1338 says:

its a tool in the app list and not this in the settings list. for some reason there are two different once.
if you dont have the "maps" button you need an update.
witha 920 for example you cant because you dont have a sdcard anyways

Thank you Adrian :). There was no mention that it will be in my app list and not in my settings. So got a little confused.

JW7 says:

Did you find the app that is used to move the maps? I cannot see it

Yes I found it in my App List, instead of setting listed as "Lumia Storage Check"
Here is the screenshot for your refernce: - http://i.imgur.com/zS58kRi.png

JW7 says:

Thanks for the reply, what I found out the other the day is that there are two apps in the marketplace.
The one I had was called Storage check, and just appears in the settings, it does not allow you to move maps - although it looks exactly the same otherwise.
Lumia storage check however does allow you to move maps. screenshot below - Thanks Anyway!

Any news on whether this will be available for the Lumia 822?

ZuNuKoo says:

I'm also wondering this too. It only know of it being on the 920. I was looking for this app and couldn't find it anywhere.

I really like my 822 but I'm starting to feel like the 920 is getting all the love...

CX1 says:

Same here - you can load this app but it will not run on the 822

What about the 820??? Seems like its dead! This makes me regret for buying one!

e1ys1um says:

Works fine on the 820

pankaj981 says:

First get the 1308 thats pending from verizon

How do you get it? Also, please tell me I don't have to do a device wipe and I'll be happy :-)

hopmedic says:

Installed it on my 822, but it says the service is not available.  BOOOOOO!

nizzon says:

Same here. Downloaded and installed...
Service not available.
System could not retrieve storage information.

nokia3660 says:

Same here with my 920 but that is expected since I don't have the 1308 FW yet

Juzz Tianz says:

Finally there is an option to store maps in memory cards. It's one feature i really want to comeback on Lumia since my choice to move from symbian to winpho. :))

link68759 says:

Why the flying **** does the 820's page as well as Nokia software update say that 5951 is the latest version, but this requires 5957?

Do other 820 owners have 5957?

Miistercoool says:

Same here with AT&T 820 :( but I hear unlocked 820's have the update damn it!

lpforthewin says:

I have an unbranded 820 and it has 5957, got it when i got the 1308 update

Mafiatounes says:

This is sweet i freed up my phone storage and put my micro sd to work.

how1ard says:

Well 920 users won't notice any change either seeing as how we don't have SD cards. 

Eas195 says:


rianext says:

Hahaha totally forgot abt that...! xD

DavidinCT says:

Now we just need a high end Nokia on Verizon wireless with a MicroSD slot....wishing the 928 has one...

CoreMonkey says:

Not really useful for 920.... but I guess it's still a great update nonetheless.

Eas195 says:

Soon, we'll see apps can be moved into MicroSD card.

link68759 says:

Then: nokia's firmware accidentally enabled hackers to gain root access!

I can only hope... I want to change my goddamn text message sound again lol.

migueli2 says:

Awesome news!
Voice maps too?
Voice to text too?


abhinavagr says:

storage check is still nt available in ma nokia 820....

Eas195 says:

Update your firmware version to 1308 first. It's the first requirement for all Lumia WP8 devices.

It probably never will. Nokia is awesome and all but they do hate us 820 owners

Miistercoool says:

Lol they do!!!!

Just update it via NSU for retail

RedMaio says:

I've recieved the 1308 on my unbranded IT 820, anyway go to your country's version of the support page for 820 on nokia website, there will be shown the lastest version of the firmware avaible in your country.

lpforthewin says:

I have 1308 on my unbranded 820 in the uk
No data sense for unbranded yet though

Still haven't received the firmware itself!

This! Nokia rollouts are pretty horrible.

Spedez says:

You mean carrier rollouts.

dakranii says:

Summary of comments. Non920 owners: "920 gets everything!" 920 owners: "this doesn't help me"

I'm looking forward to getting this on my 822 or 928 if I get that phone.

jorime says:

Beta works on Lumia 620 (Germany). I can save maps/downloads to SD card :) Yay!

How is this app different from the one we have in the settings menu?

migueli2 says:

If u read you'd know.
It allow u to use maps on SD

Shambels says:


Ok i set maps to be downloaded to sdcard now here maps wont let me download new maps as the app just crashes...

Ok fixed it by setting map storage back to phone storage.. Deleting the map using the storage app.. Changed back to store on sdcard and re downloaded the map all from within this app...

I hope MS will release same kind of app for all WP8 phones as this one doesn't work on ATIV S.

frugo says:

It's just spinning around forever and pissing me off. I'm not going to do hard reset to make it work and loose all I have at the same time , lame.

Warren Dance says:

Is this worth downloading for 920 owners, we have it built in right? I'm confused.

tbonenga says:

Wondering the same thing. We got this with the last firmware update. Only thing is the added ability to put maps on SD card which the 920 doesn't have. It even shows as a install instead of a update to the current app.

Its very disappointed with Microsoft and nokia , these are necessary improvement they missed out when they realised the phone . Before you people call me a troll or abuse me , let me tell you something , I paid rs 25000 around 500 dollars , i finished my med school and working for a salary of 30000 rupees doing two 48 hour duties per week , i work hard to earn the money when i spend 75 pec on a phone i wish would get better quality and functionality at least the basics (formated my phone twice coz other memory was like 3 gb). I had a option of iPhone 4 and lumia 820 i went for lumia because i feel i am loyal to Microsoft but they are really disappointed me this time . If we are getting their service for free or a reduced price then we could have supported or appreciated them they way some of us are doing here, but after paying so much if you (Microsoft) and nokia keep us hanging on a small firmware update its really a shame. And Microsoft live tiles are nice but they are not a superb technology or invention than giving is basic settings handy, so stop overrating it !

Use shrink storage app.I cleared my 2.9 GB other storage to 1.2 GB.Clear IE history.

Etios says:

keep some patience brother, Nokia will atleast give you such functionality with updates but people with HTC and samsung phones wont get anything, so keep treating patients with a smile and you will defintely get the update soon :)

willied says:

Microsoft really really needs to fix the storage problem soon as well as allowing apps to be installed to the microSD card. I'm getting pretty sick of waiting.

ssapre says:

Thats why I like it :-)

So now a Lumia 820 would have been enough. FFS!

migrant says:

Works on my Lumia 820. I have the portico update from nsu

benners76 says:

What does NSU stand for?

Huime says:

Nokia Software Updater for Retail

adrian1338 says:

Where is the difference to the new storage tool i received with the firmware update that sits in settings?

It adds the ability to store Here+ Maps on the SDCARD now instead of in the phone memory!

adrian1338 says:

Yes - because its a newer release. But why do i have this app installed under apps and also installed under settings now? could you explain that as well ?:)

Warren Dance says:

Because you downloaded it. That was easy.

e1ys1um says:

If you have a read of the Beta labs article it basically says its being kept separate for now whilst they iron out any bugs, so we will hopefully see it merged into the system setting app at some point.

Awesome, don't even have the 1308 update! Unlocked Lumia 920!!!

rogonso says:

same here, but my phone is a 820

atkulp says:

Still waiting for Build phones to get updates!

JW888 says:

Not working on my AT&T 920

phonohead says:

Works like a charm, from the QR, on my red 820.

e1ys1um says:

Happy days, hopefully this is the start of better use of the memory card.

Was surprised it installs as a separate app though rather than as an update to the 'Storage Check' within the settings menu. Hopefully a future update will merge them.

Can someone confirm whether the maps are moved automatically from the phone storage to sd card or do we have to delete and re download?

lpforthewin says:

Sorry for the late reply but you do have to delete and redownload. It's a big confusing actually, you have to pick phone then delete them then pick SD and redownload as otherwise you just get two copies!

typhon62_1 says:

On my AT&T 920 I see the "storage check" item inthe settings, but when I press it the screen redraws and nothing happens?
Anyone else see this???

JimiDiGriz says:

Tried to delete/move the maps and storage check is still showing 300mb plus of maps on my phone, though when I go into apps Drive and Maps are 30mb-ish. Not sure if they are on my phone or SD card now. Also as an aside, I hope this also now means we might be able to save Nokia Music mixes to the SD card in future.

lpforthewin says:

Yep, it doesn't seem to work quite like you expect. You have to select phone first and delete them then select SD and download, otherwise you get two sets

e4et says:

Service not available, could not retrieve storage information

DStealth says:

Still having that annoying Infinite spin' issue. The really annoying thing is i have 3gbs of 'other' data I still can't get rid of!

frugo says:

I know right, same problem here.

Stewie 1289 says:

I'm still having the same issues with my 920.

Erickson187 says:

Can't wait until I can have my maps on my SD card saving alot of internal memory. I hope more apps and even Xbox live games allow this since I had to delete more than half my games to free up for some of the newer ones.

tbonenga says:

That my friend is why I benched my 8X for a 920. I got sick and tired of having to delete stuff.

lpforthewin says:

Got it on my unbranded lumia 820 in the uk and it works brilliantly, shifted all my maps to my sd card :)
Also, when i got the storage checker it freed up 2GB of the 4GB i had in other storage for those wondering :)

b23h says:

It doesn't work on my Lumia 810.

paulheu says:

You did get the part about the required 1308 firmware update right??

b23h says:

well aware of issue.

bozza72 says:

Thats good but does it move you rold maps to sd or just installs new ones to sd ?? in which case how do i delete my old maps ???

jorime says:

You got to delete old maps from phone storage first, then download to SD again - both in the app itself. Done successfully with my L620 today. Easy.

edsal says:

Does not work on TM 810 as well .

Robert Loyd1 says:

I have like 4gb of my memory taken up by that damn Other category. So sick of it

DavidinCT says:

Get that "Shrink Storage" app from the marketplace, it really does help... Got my Other from over 6gb on my 8X down to 2.57gb in one pass...

So .. Is there any chance that I can get the same experience on my HTC 8x ?? It doesn't has to be the exact same app, maybe some developer can come out with a similar thing. I already got 3 GB of other storage.

tbonenga says:

Read the posting right above yours ^^^^^^

Hell...app is there but firmware update not in sight for us L920.1 users.

@tbonenga .. Thanx m8.

nzrocketman says:

still waiting for firmware update.... tick tock tick tock

Grunt Attack says:

Still broken on Nokia Lumia 620 :(

claps says:

I can install and move maps onto the SD just fine on my 620 but since then, I cannot browse the phone content on my computer! (Win 7 64b here). The phone appears in the 'Computer' window but is empty.

jorime says:

I can browse phone storage and SD without any problems (L620, Win 7 32b).

Naz K says:

I've just installed this app and, as stated, it is still the 15.04.2013 version. Anyway, it's not even starting for me. I get the "Service not available. Could not retrieve storage information" error. Sad.

aerosmillie says:

Something like this should be made available for ALL windows phones!

Spedez says:

Who buys other than Nokia WP?

uopjo6 says:

Got a 920 and 820. 920 is fine. 820? 0 games installed. Just a few Necessary apps installed. Couple songs. Less than 1GB left. Ridiculous dumbphone.

RedMaio says:

lol you can put songs, photos and videos on SD card

Huime says:

bet he did not know that.

uopjo6 says:

A "couple songs" shouldn't be a factor no? :) all media files go to my SD but I have a few songs that are not. SkyDrive auto upload turned off. Other storage 4GB, system 2GB. Couple common apps installed (whatsapp, maps etc). Full.

RedMaio says:

well, the storage check is there just to clear "other" storage

Sean Burns1 says:

Got update last night

jddumawa says:

nsu nokia software updater, usd it on my n9 before, me thinking a lot didnt know about NSU? Prolly first time nokia users? Its a good sign though:)

lantern20 says:

Still no firmware update on AT&T, so app won't run.

pankaj981 says:

Lumia 810 owners might never see this :'(

BKsInBarre says:

OK does this not work on the Lumia 822??

willied says:

It does not currently due to the firmware version.

I don't have that Storage Check thing, can someone enlighten me how that works, how can I expect to have it, being a branded 820 user.
Regarding the juvenile silliness of calling something crap, as opposed to liking something, I just need to say: drop that puerile bs, it's stupid. Lumia 820 is not ugly, it's a very nice phone and HTC 8X is simply, imo, the most beautiful phone, actually available.

Omar Zak says:

ok so now i have "storage check" and "lumia storage check beta" on my 820 ...

im not happy to find more than one app to do the same thing "except the minor map thing"

lpforthewin says:

When it goes out of beta it'll be merged into the settings app, it's just the way beta apps work for Nokia

giorgio h says:

I dont get it? What can I do with this update?

lpforthewin says:

You can save your map data for Here maps on your SD card instead of your phone, if you so wish

Received this update yesterday. Nokia!!!! Awesomeness!!! Cleared over a GB of free space on the phone.

dvasudreddy says:

It is not working for me. It is opening but crashes every time i open it. Im using Lumia 920 with 1308 firmware

Omar Zak says:

mate ... this beta update allows you to install maps on SD cards, you cant use that on L920.
forget about the update, because L920 has no SD card

This is the best news I've heard all day.
Now the only thing we're missing is for the ability to install apps on SD card and my 820 will be awesome again!

Yakko Warner says:

The store page still says version (although with a publish date of 4/23), and it still fails on the Lumia 810 with Service Not Available.

pankaj981 says:

It needs 1308 firmware

Yakko Warner says:

So who do I blame for not having that? Or is there a way to get it without waiting for whatever is holding it up?

sarim_xyz says:

okay, why exactly do I need it for my Lumia 920?? it's built into 1308 already and moving maps doesn't make sense here, Lumia 920 doesn't have an external SD card. Is there something new coming or what?

McJobs says:

IF WindowsPhone then LUMIA !

Nick Garza says:

Just freaking useless in my 810

pankaj981 says:

Read above, it needs the 1308 firmware

Nick Garza says:

I know. At this point it doesn't seem like I will be getting it.

haydt1 says:

THIS is something I've been waiting for. Installed and working fine on my 820.  Main reason I got my 820 was the SD card support and now I can finally start taking advantage of that. Now if only they will allow other apps to have access to the card. 

horbeme says:

the tilte says "allows map data to be stored on SD cards" which Win 8 phone caryy SD cards my i ask? i still using my Trophy waiting for a high end 928 which from all the tech site i read doesnt seem to carry a SD slot, so how usful is it if a phone doesnt have one? it defeats the purpose of having such a feature when most Win 8 phone dont have SD slots, if i am wrong please correct me

ZuNuKoo says:

Well I know the 822 does, but this app doesn't work with my current firmware. So its pointless to everyone. (minus the 820 phones)

I hope eventually, we 810 users will get the firmware upgrades we need to be able to get this Storage Check feature. Hate that we've been shafted by T-Mobile. :-/

kimlo91 says:

And when will the rest of the world get this firmware update? So annoyed with Nokia delaying updates by 3 months to non AT&T users, so much so I'm considering going for an Android phone where I cam at least root the device and do it myself. iPhones are way too boring to consider.

Please wpcentral, put some pressure on Nokia to express updates to the rest of the world, there's simply no excuse for a 3 month delay. I bought my Lumia on release week and I've received one update in that period.

I have to reboot my phone 2-3 times per day because of constant no data, no phone calls, SMS failed to send errors, everytime this happens I miss important phone calls, then when I restart my phone I get all missed messages and calls come through. That's not including the random shutdowns.

I love this phone so much but my consistent problems with network connectivity and dropped calls and random shutdowns is making me seriously consider going back to Android. I never ever had these problems with any smartphone I've ever owned, not even my wp7 phones.

I second this. I live in the US but was shipped a Puerto Rico variant phone. No update :\ shouldn't be that hard Nokia! Just enable the firmware for all regions!!

Spedez says:

Awesome. I need that for my 820, now.

aliasname says:

Well I got 3 820s. Two of them being 1308.0001 and one 1308.0000
Don't expect the beta will run on all of them, it's Nokia you know? Coding by luck.
System could not retriece storage information.
Deleting old summary file.
Well it's beta, as is Nokia when I keep in mind how I was served since I ordered the WP8 phones.

Nik Rolls says:

Got the OS update for this (the initial release) in New Zealand last night (country variant).

reyfbernardo says:

i got an update this morning when i turned on my lumia 920 after charging. it adds a storage check in the settings and 1308 in firmware version. i lived in saudi arabia. no use for SD storage as some people mentioned here.

Its useless! Still it can't delete some of the temp files which is created on using the windows phone store! :/