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



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  ?

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*)

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.

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......

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.

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.

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.

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?

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??

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.

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.

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

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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...

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.

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 

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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. :(



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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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).

+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.

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.

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.

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...

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.



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!

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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. 

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

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.