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File manager coming to Windows Phone 8.1 in June, will be called Files

File Manager

The official Windows Phone UserVoice is a great place to get your feedback heard by Microsoft. Today the company has done some spring cleaning and flagged a lot of requests as ‘completed’. One of the most requested feature was a file system of some sort. Earlier this month, Microsoft shared that an official file manager would be coming to Windows Phone 8.1 this month. It looks like that date has been pushed back a month.

The Windows Phone team has been cleaning up the UserVoice thread and marking as complete. The request for a file manager to come to Windows Phone has been marked completed. An admin on the boards also informs us that the file manager app for Windows Phone will be launching in June and will just be called ‘Files’.

Files will be coming to Windows Phone sometime in June. We can’t wait and we know a lot of you can’t either. Keep your eyes peeled.

Source: Windows Phone UserVoice

Thanks for the tip Z04!



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maclancer says:

Sweet, can't wait

kenzibit says:

I thought they said this month....oohh

K Raghu says:

Would it enable sending attachments through the mail app as well. currently the files cannot be attached from the phone mail client/app. you have to go to the file to send it  ?

reda igbaria says:

Currently the files can be attached to email. With windows phone 8.1 and pocket explorer app

Nik Rolls says:

Not to replies and forwards, only new emails. The attach button on the compose view only does photos.

KoreyTM says:

+1 to this question

rockstarzzz says:

They said many things about WP and its apps. If you know WP, you should know waiting is just as routine as breathing for WP users ;)
(*hint - WP8.1 updated apps for fb, Skype, whatsapp, instagram etc*)

Belfiore actually said "HOPEFULLY by the end of May" so I think giving a week or two slack is still okay ;)

Tonchi91 says:

Sad. I have waited so long for this and was hopping to get it by the end of the month, but now I would have to learn the patiente. Coding WP apps may help with waitting.

hotraia says:

Would it support the OTG devices like USB flash

tkdmacgeek says:

If they want to compete with Samsung yes

josonjoy1986 says:

Why don't they just name it Windows explorer or just Explorer ?

reda igbaria says:

How it would be different from the current file managing apps (pocket explorer for example)???
? Does anyone know?

spaulagain says:

Not suck. And probably not require that "select folder" process etc.

Ohhh damn !!! Again wait...wait..wait....I've already been waiting for this in a long time. I was counting the days to the end of the month and now I see June. Duuhhhh......

Life Artist says:

What they need to do is update their mail app to support these file explorer apps. Allow multiple attachments on all mails and be able to download and save files to the phone.

John20212 says:

Hopefully it will be at least half as good as the one in Windows Mobile 2003 SE.


Niavlys77 says:

It's pretty sad when we have to hope for things that have been around for 10+ years elsewhere already.

Montpbm says:

It is sad smh!

ortizang says:

Windows phone is not as old as android or IOS, that's why we have to hope for apps. It was the same with IOS.

rockstarzzz says:

It's more than 3 years old OS. In 4 years both android and ios were more than matured, mainstream both feature wise and app wise.

ortizang says:

Not really, WP is the fastest growing Mobil OS.

like the Gas Station? lol, (I know that was corny, but I had to do it, haven't commented in a while)

jlynnm350z says:

Let's hope it's another (while) before your next post.

die geek troll nerd person, I just gotta spankin new Lumia Icon, and I'm back in the building for a (while)

Yeah, and iOS was lacking and Android was as well. If you think they were the complete o/s they are today, you're sadly mistaken. When did iOS enable multi tasking? What version was Android three years in? Froyo? Gingerbread?

rockstarzzz says:

In 4 years, they were. That is 2011 Q2 for iOS and 2011 Q4 Android. If you compare mind shares, market share, app quality, app functionality and big apps in store now, then extrapolate it to October 2014, you will see how much it lacks. In 5 months WP8.1 will be what Honeycomb 3.2 was for Android and what iPhone 4S was for Apple. Does it match up shares, market share, app quality, app functionality and big apps in store??

dasfoto says:

Personally, I don't give a flying f*** if they match iOS or Android feature for feature. I like the feel of the Lumia phones in my hand. I like the durability of the Lumia phones. I like the awesome quality of the pictures I get on my 1020. I like the smoothness of the operaintg system. I like live tiles. I like Cortana. I like the interoperability with my other Microsoft products. To me (and this is purely my opinion, so don't crap all over me), this is what really matters. I'm sure if I thought about it a lot, I could come up with some features that would be pretty cool, but iOS and Android don't have anthing compelling enough that I would cause me to switch.

ortizang says:

I'm with you!!

Not at all, android and ios is getting features we wp users enjoyed for a while. All OS goes through this.

Nik Rolls says:

And Android and iOS still don't have first party file managers either.

spaulagain says:

Exactly, WP will be the first to have a native file explorer. I think that's pretty fucking awesome to be honest. And certainly something to brag about.

When it comes to iOS. Does it have live tiles? Can I change the size and theme of its app icons? Does it have tap to wake? Does it have glance screen AND glance notification counters?

No, it doesn't.

iOS is the one starting to fall behind. Only real benefit there is the app selection.

rockstarzzz says:

App quality AND quantity. Also, much detailed reply is few posts above this.

Bor Navas says:

It's nice to have a file manager at last, but it won't be the first...
BlackBerry 10 has it since day one...

Posted via Windows Phone Central App

Fritzly says:

Actually WM had it, together with many other features, years before any other OSes....

Ashhar Hasan says:

Wm was way ahead of the times! Microsoft has always been ahead. Think Kinect, think Xbox as a complete media center, first touch centric OS...

jlynnm350z says:

Fan boy here. Fan boy anybody?

Deaconclgi says:

Exactly. People seem to forget that all file managers on iOS and Android are 3rd party. I have been using ES File Explorer on Android for years in addition to whatever file explorer OEMs create for their device.

sri san says:

in ios there s no ffucking torrent app ;O dafauq wp having torrent client i have dwnloaded 1 gb movie on phone itself but in ios no torrent app. total shame 

fwaits says:

To be fair, WP8 was the true start of the platform from a code perspective, as they had to spend most of the time/work between WP7 to WP8 re-engineering it to the shared core kernel and such.  iOS and Android did not.

rockstarzzz says:

So every time you lose the race you blame the shoes and change the kit w that it's a new race?

dasfoto says:

The race is long from over, my friend. This is merely a pit stop for new tires.

Dare2Blink says:

They never lost any race. Even as they made wp7 they already knew it was a temporary solution and that they would have to remake the OS with a different kernel. This is well known, wp7 was just there to get users used to windows phone

Fritzly says:

A pity they forgot to mention to the buyers.....

Ian Too says:

Yeah, but I had two good years out of my HD7 before I upgraded to my Lumia and ask my info migrated flawlessly to the new device. So it wasn't so bad.

rockstarzzz says:

So with that logic can we please stop using kernel reboot as an excuse for everything? WP8 isn't when WP started off. WP7 is where the platform started off. WM6.5 to WP7 was a reboot.

Sure, back then there were ONLY Android and iOS. "Maturity" is relative to what else exists at the time you measure it. After 3 years, WP has more apps and is more "mature" compared to what both Android and iOS was after 3 years.

WixosTrix says:

Priorities. WP is made for regular people first, most of whom aren't using file managers. WinMo may have had a file manager but it's experience was utter shit by compared to what WP offers. Now that they've gotten the majority of the basic features implemented and refined. They can start adding extra things like this that would surely be used by many of us, but not so much the broader audience. 

kingjah says:

I always used Resco explorer back than, it was way better than the native offering.

adrian1338 says:

didnt they have a few cool tools. think i used the same one

rockstarzzz says:

It had awesome registry editor!

adrian1338 says:

true. but someone from xda even provided a GUI editor :)

John20212 says:

I loved Resco Audio Recorder, used it for all my Uni lectures back then, 3 years into WP and I still haven't found an app that would be anywhere as close to or flexible in features and recoding formats as Resco. That is the main thing I am missing on WP.

Was hoping Nokia would make a voice recorder since they were braging about their multiple microphones, but nothing from them too. :(



KrightonX says:

Deja Vu, First. Seems faster etc..

KrightonX says:

There weren't any comments after 2 refreshes. Server fail.

adrian1338 says:

serves you right for those annoying 1st comments

sarim_xyz says:

Big question: when is Windows Phone 8.1 coming? Can't wait anymore :-\

rubenbest says:

Get the developer preview like everyone else

sarim_xyz says:

I could, but I wanna wait and get the final, finished 8.1. Some posts about the bugs in the forums discourage me.

rodneyej says:

There are bugs, but 8.0 has bugs also.. Nothing major...

scdkad says:

+1520-that's why I ain't doing it. I'll wait too.
So 8.1 could be weeks away?

SwimSwim says:

Could be months away, depending on your device/carrier.

Just get the Preview, totally worth it, especially with the recent bug-fix update.

xFalk says:

Even the final version will have bugs.  It's software.  That's why we get updates.

R0bR says:

Developer preview is final, they wouldn't have released an update for it if it wasn't.

Nik Rolls says:

It's definitely not final, it's more of a mostly-ready beta this time around.

Fritzly says:

Actually it is RTM; when it will be released will have GA status.

Marco Gomes1 says:

Smart move. You should definitely wait for the 8.1 with the Nokia firmware. Especially if you're not in the US.

shadow118 says:

Those with developer preview will just receive the Nokia firmware as an update, when it comes out. They are not tied together, so there's no need to hold out on 8.1 because of Cyan

dasfoto says:

I'm pretty sure there will be at least some minor differences in developr and final, that will require an update for 8.1 as well. It just won't be as significant as going from 8.0 to 8.1.

sarim_xyz says:

Actually I'm in US, but my phone is unlocked. It is from Middle East & Asia region. So, probably, I'll get the update at most 10-15 days after it becomes available for anyone. But yeah, with Nokia Cyan coming even later, makes me wanna update to developer preview. I just hope I don't encounter any significant bug.

shadiliky says:

I'm using a 925 with 8.1 as a daily driver and i can tell ya' there are certain apps that doesn't work very nice with windows 8.1 but nothing major , i can tell you also that the OS is nicely stable and the battery life improved for me from 8.0 to 8.1.

Artur Linck says:

No bugs here... Lumia 920

sarim_xyz says:

So, you recommend me to get developer preview? I'm also using Lumia 920.

SvenJ says:

Yea. No more issues than what you have now. As has been mentioned, there are always some bugs, and MS has already done updates to the preview. 1020 is my primary phone but have 520, 720, 920, 1520. Only one doesn't have the preview is 920. Needed to hold one back to see when AT&T actually steps up.

topleya says:

Get the dev preview, it's easy and very safe to do

unknownguns says:

Get the developer preview and u can get wp8.1 now :)

rockstarzzz says:

Get the developer preview and no one break this combo!

Deaconclgi says:

C-C-C-Combo Breaker!!!!!!

xratola says:

If you mean it as a update and your carrier has good rep for pushing updates, it will be live for you by late june :D

sarim_xyz says:

Luckily I've an unlocked phone :-)

KrightonX says:

Do be skeert do it!

rubenbest says:

The bugs are beyond minor

Deaconclgi says:

My bugs were E-flat.

OS bugs or 3rd party app bugs?

AndreiX says:

I was hoping Windows Explorer.

A was hoping File Explorer, or simply Explorer.

Deaconclgi says:

I was just hoping.

dazorange says:

One cannot lose hope.

Tonchi91 says:

Explorer would be nice. But I believe that people would confused it with IE. And there are a lot of people who hates IE (not me).

Ticomfreak says:

Windows Explorer = Desktop Windows 7

File Explorer = Desktop Windows 8

topleya says:

Must have taken ages to think of the name ;-)

Tonchi91 says:

You would be surprised how hard is somethime to think about the good name for a product.

taymur says:

Isn't this old news? Or is there something new to this?

MrPhilicorda says:

Read the article...

rodneyej says:

Ready boy!!... Read❕❕❕❕

OHardy says:

I'm enjoying my ride with the evolution on Windows Phone. Great job guys!!

rodneyej says:

Sounds like you took drugs, man!!... Dude, give me some already!!!

rodneyej says:

Was wondering about this app... Now we need the dynamic lock screen app... Come on Rudy!!!!

IceDree says:


Tonchi91 says:

+9999999999999999999999999999999999999 this is the only thing that I miss for good WP OS design. That would be f***** awesome.

Now that quote from Belifore seems likes distant memory, but I recall something about them consulting with that french genius regarding the lockscreens.

Somehow, that quote got more mixed up than Rodney King's get along quote.

I believe that feature is getting baked in with the first update or sooner vie the dev preview. But my memory sucks so you could be right...

Either way, yeah, it looks to be shaping up mighty dopely.

rodneyej says:

I think even WPC said its coming as an app... Checking now..
.................. Update.........⬇⬇

mahesham22 says:

Have a look at this video. if it's real, it's cool! He implimented swipe to change the track from lock screen.

Yep... my fault.

You were right. What are you gonna do, sue me?

rodneyej says:

Are you serious?... Lol!

Wael Hasno says:

As long as it helps me set a new ringtone without having to connect to PC. Unless there is an easy way I'm missing out on.

Wael Hasno says:

Is there one that helps me set a ringtone from the songs I currently have in my library?

Wael Hasno says:

I have that. Incompatible with any songs I download through MUSIC+.. And doesn't allow me to have full songs either. Useless. But thanks you.

Tonchi91 says:

Full song for ringtone? WTF? The call can't be that long. Eventually, the call will end.

Ticomfreak says:

That's because Music+ stores the songs in its isolated storage. You need to export the songs to the native music player (and it is possible from a developer standpoint)

I have an app that really isn't that great (I have bigger better projects now), but it shows how to use an app to make a ringtone.

AskaLangly says:

Just let me access system partition's ringtones already. Ever play Bullet Asylum, Rocket Riot, or use any soundboard, just to find out that you can't transfer them to another phone? Boooo...

Sadly WP fans and enthusiasts have to wait for everything, even a file manager :(

rockstarzzz says:

Yup story of my life

xFalk says:

Good things come to those who wait.

rodneyej says:

iOS doesn't have things that Android, and WP have... Does that make you feel better?

Ugh, we already have file managers.

and WP 8.1 has also several file managers...
Where is your Nokia Camera with reframe and manual settinds?
Does you phone have OPTICAL image stabilation or is it just a POS stone age relic?

There are file managers!! For e.g. Folders, pocket file manager.

dasfoto says:

Nothing has everything at the beginning, and I'm glad. It would be pretty dang boring if we weren't getting new stuff now and then.

rockstarzzz says:

4 years isn't beginning in the world of technology.

Divjot Singh says:

That was obvious I guess. A lot more should be ready by June IMO (Revamped Office, Music/Video/Podcasts,Lockscreen etc)

rodneyej says:

You mean the dynamic lock screen app that Rudy is making?

Tjalsma says:

Will this allow you to attached files, etc. to emails?

SwimSwim says:

Seeing as other third party file manager apps let you do this: One would hope so. Unfortunately, sending attachments in forwards and replies is a different matter.

Deaconclgi says:

Dee Jay? From Street Fighter???

Jakub JS says:

"Daje", italian word that mean "Yeah!!!". ;)

Fritzly says:

More Roman dialect....

Aashish13 says:

I'm waiting for file manager and and majorly for watsapp. I've been tired of facebook Inc.

Maybe now I can upload documents to Google drive? I have been using the website its great so far.

imranjazib says:

Xbox music app ain't opening. It's just stuck at the opening tile.

What about USB storage ??

Deaconclgi says:

Get down with OPP????

rodneyej says:

Not other people's property... No, not that.. Although I wish.. Rather USB On The Go... You know, where you can plug a flash drive strait into your device...
This would be cool for dumping your files when On The Go.. Like if you had a 41mp camera, and no SD card slot, and no WiFi... Perfect for vacation's, and enterprise use.

shrikant50 says:

USB OTG support or not. ????????

rodneyej says:

The platform doesn't support it as far as I know. But, I'm not sure if anyone has even tried it.

When the developer preview first leaked I think there were hints in the code that it would be coming. We know now that it didn't make the cut for 8.1 launch. However, I think that might be because Microsoft were waiting until they got the file manager finished. Wouldn't be surprised if it comes in one of the later GDR updates.

Lol OTG. OH dis what did I mean.

Either Lumia Cyan or GDR 1 soon after.

mshaw2k says:

Am I the only one that isn't really that fussed about a file manager. What am I missing.

Even if you never use it, It's a bragging point. Take that iBoys and Androids!!!!

rodneyej says:

Depends on the user... There's a few times when I would've used it.. I need it because of that..

DevCas1 says:

Finally a free file explorer, that also works fast! But I hope the system memory space gets compressed, because my memory rivers completely somehow... Even with al my apps on the SD!

xFalk says:

I've never really cared, but now I want.

BataBole says:

This should come with 8.1 as part of OS!

If it was a part of the OS, then for it to be updated, it would have to be in an OS update.

Deaconclgi says:

At the very least, it should come preinstalled. :) I don't want to have to download a filemanger like I have to on Android. Give me a preinstalled file manager like on Symbian....pretty please.

rockstarzzz says:

I promise once you install this you will feel like its preinstalled.

No, it absolutley shouldn't. Releasing as an app is the way to go. I would guess 95% of users don't need this, myself included and I'm a power user.

Deaconclgi says:



Just doing my job....for every positive....there is a negative. ;)


It is 4:29pm on a friday before a 3 day weekend. I get off work at 4:30, pardon my excitement!

IceDree says:

Excellent ! Now what about that Lockscreen app?

OTG flash drive support????

Savinati says:

Someone tell me more about this dynamic lockscreen. Will it just be Rudy Huyn making the lockscreens, or can other developers also make lockscreens???

SwimSwim says:

Rudy Hyun has been working with Microsoft privately for many months now, and his app taking advantage of the new API will be the first and only for awhile.
Then, after people have sampled the app and what it's capable of: Microsoft will open the flood gates and let other developers access the API, so as to implement this into their own apps.

Savinati says:

Thank you for explaining. ⌒.⌒

Other developers could make lockscreen apps

Raesu says:

This should be core functionality of OneDrive, like in Windows. Including offline syncing and at least ffs... Ability to download videos!



The issue has been access AND fragmentation.  While a file manager fixes access, it makes framentation even worse.


Each app caches a file, onedrive caches the file, the online copy can differ, the local copy does not automatically sync.  It's not a pleasant or intuitive experience.


OneDrive should be the ONE place for files, period.  It's already a file manager, afterall.  Like Windows RT, they should add "Make available offline" option and browse "This Phone" option.  


...Everytime I travel (mexico), I make this mad dash to grab my school files so I can study on the bus.  Why can't my phone just keep the OneDrive folder synced?

CraUmm says:

Shall it show files received via Bluetooth?

DJCBS says:

Yes, very nice. Now lets hope that this delay means it will be the ultimate Explorer app.
As far as I go, it better be better than Pocket Explorer... And Pocket Explorer is by far the better file manager on the WP Store. It's "bad" enough that Rudy Huyn can produce in a week a better ago than a major company *cofinstagramcof* let's see if Microsoft will be humiliated by the work of a single developer too.

rockstarzzz says:

Humbled is the right word, not humiliated.

DJCBS says:

Will I think when you're big and powerful and yet once single person can do a better job than you.... Humiliated is a better word. If a single developer proves to be better than a team of professionals within a software giant... That's as humiliating as it gets in my book.

mswindows101 says:

Ok.. What else has been marked as "completed"?

gfunk84 says:

Should be called File Explorer to match Windows.

sardelich says:

i just need fixed ip on wifi and play music by folder....

MaxSmarties says:

I'm using file Ex, but it's not very user friendly. Looking forward to have this Files very soon

majed_7866 says:

I thought it named one file, one folder or one manager. Actually I like it when Microsoft choose the name one.

Bruno H says:

Please make this a universal app!

mmcpher says:

I don't mind having bought 4 different 3rd party file manager apps while we wait for this most elemental of features of any OS, so long as the "Official" file manager fully intergrates attaching files to emails, whether they are new, replies or forwards. . . . you know, the way that you do, when using email. 

Jordano says:

Exactly. Some features are essential to bring the mobile use closer to the desktop. You pointed a huge one.

danycagiva says:

I hope the New whatsapp update will ne featuring access to the backup.

Mark Richey says:

Bitch Bitch Bitch Bitch Bitch Bitch. It is the 24th of May! June is too long for me to wait. Lordy what a whiny bunch. Pull yourselves together for crying out loud.

Why no Explorer :(((((

Mark Richey says:

Try Folders. Just out the other day. Free and included rename, etc.

Mark Richey says:

By the easy. Check your updates. One Drive just updated with additional file options.

RayWP7 says:

Misa Bing happy.