Lumia Storage Check (beta) available, feedback needed

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Looks like Nokia is getting serious about sorting out the internal storage mess on Windows Phone, with a new beta utility that goes beyond that which is embedded in the latest device firmwares. Nokia Beta Labs has released a version of Lumia Storage Check which breaks out details such as video use, plus it allows detailed map management, including moving downloaded maps to microSD, if available. Screens and quotes below.

From the Nokia Beta Labs post:

Check out the new Lumia Storage Check beta app, which, like the initial version can be used to show a detailed breakdown of the phone memory usage and do something about it. We've heard people having been able to reclaim gigabytes of storage!

As before, the app will show you first an overview and then details on the second page, app details and now as a new feature, ability to manage your Maps data. The offline maps are hugely valuable when travelling and with the help of this tool, you can now store them on SD card too, vacating some phone memory.

In the beta version we are also adding some debugging to give us a better picture why it fails to start in some cases or just "spins" forever.  If you have this problem, please let us know if the beta fixes the issue for you and also if it doesn't.

So, please give it a try and let us know how it works for you. The beta is provided as a stand-alone app, but it still requires a recent firmware that includes the necessary enablers.

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The beta can be installed from the Beta Labs site via a QR code or email link; the summary here is on the new Lumia 520 without much detritus on it (yet), you'd expect more coloured banding on a phone that had been used for much longer

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Each content type is now broken out completely (including 'Videos', for the first time), with 'clear' (obviously) clearing out the problematic 'Temporary files' that have caused so many Windows Phone owners issues after weeks or months of use; (right) the 'Maps' type has this extra dialog, letting me choose 'SD card' as the destination for new maps - sadly, existing downloads aren't automatically moved.

Note that a very recent firmware is needed for the 'hooks' for this utility to work - which is why I couldn't try it on my Lumia 920. Not that this has a microSD anyway, so the map trick couldn't be tried.

Nokia writes that it has 'added some debugging' - it's not clear whether this just shows a new, more informative error message in the case of a problem, or whether some data is sent back to Nokia's servers. Let's hope it's the former, though I doubt many people would mind too much about Nokia knowing the content type fractions on their phone?

Comments welcome here too - did it clear much space on your Windows Phone?

Source / Credit: Nokia Beta Labs