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


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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!

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.

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

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. :))

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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...

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.

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 !

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 :)

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.

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 ?:)

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.

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?

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!

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???

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.

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

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!

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.

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 :)

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 ???

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:)

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.

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"

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!

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.

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?

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. 

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

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. :-/

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!!

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.

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.

Thanx very much. A real lifesaver for me. I've downloaded around 15GB of Here world maps which is almost half of my 1520's internal storage, so being able to store the maps on my 64GB memory card is essential to me.