How to weed out your Nokia Lumia 1020 high resolution image files

Nokia Lumia 1020

Question. How do you go about deleting the high resolution image files from you Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone without deleting the 5MP, lower resolution copies?

That's a question Windows Phone Central reader Binson#WP has tossed out over in the WPCentral Forums. There's no way to sync just the low resolution images and you can't see the high res image file from your phone. So what's the solution?

Lumia 1020 image files

When you connect your Lumia 1020 to a computer, you can view your Lumia 1020 image folders through your computer's File Explorer. Just look under your computer's drives and you'll see your Windows Phone listed. Go to the Phone folder then Pictures then Camera Roll. Both your low and high resolution images will be listed here.

The high resolution file names will end in "_highres.jpg" and will not have an image thumbnail. For example, image file WP_20130813_13_11_28_Pro_highres.jpg is the high resolution file for the low resolution file WP_20130813_13_11_28_Pro.jpg.  You can always sift through these image files and delete only those with "_highres.jpg" in the file name but that can be awfully tedious.

Lumia 1020 image files

One suggested solution comes from TheCrazySwede who suggests viewing your image files in File Explorer and sort them by file size. The larger high-res files should be grouped together making it easier to select the group as a whole and delete them from your Windows Phone (and copy them to your computer's hard disk drive).

Just be careful that video files don't sneak into the files you're deleting. They will be listed at the upper end due the larger file size as well.

If you've got an easier way to delete only the high resolution image files from the Nokia Lumia 1020, head on over to this forums discussion and share your methods.


Reader comments

How to weed out your Nokia Lumia 1020 high resolution image files


You can also use the search box in the top right corner and just type "*highres.jpg". Then you can guarantee you won't delete videos.

Awesome, I got mentioned! (although my name is missing an "n" in the middle :P) Thanks for all the responses from everyone and the article, George!

I don't have a 1020, but there has to be a better way? For a non-techie a type (not me of course!), this could be difficult.

yeah so hard...
plug your phone in your computer, searchbox (because its file explorer in the end), search = "highres" "highres.jpg" or something like that. select all and delete... or whatever you want to do with those pics.

wow too hard /s

if thats too hard for a "non-techie" then anything will be hard for that person, not just this.

Won't work. That would require being at the command prompt for starters. Not a big deal but very few people will be comfortable with that, even a lot of techies these days. Bigger problem is that the phone doesn't get assigned a drive letter and therefore there's no way to access it from the command prompt that I'm aware of.

ya of course it gets a drive letter usually, E or F, anytime you can access something from file explorer it gets a drive letter, and yes cmd prompt is probably the fastest way of all.

I was thinking about this the other day. Nokia needs to come up with a better way to delete photos on the phone. Just 5mp, just Hi Res, or both.

Create a batch file or powershell script that you can execute when phone is connected. Or make it autorun when connected. Cake :)
Having that said, guess a cleanup app would be available soon...

Not sure why you can't upload the high res to Skydrive, if you are on wifi, shouldn't be an issue, who knows. 
I know the ATT locker app is a total mess to use, very annoying 
I just sorty by name in the view files when i plug into my pc, all the high rest file names go together. 

Don't have the 1020, but that's a smart idea. It would be nice if there was a way to auto delete just the higher resolution photos after uploading to SkyDrive.

The biggest issue for the solution proposed above is that it's indiscriminant. It's possible but just very tedious to delete only the ones I want to delete and keep the ones I want to save in my phone.

I this is exactly the reason that this is a microsoft responsibility. I consider this an ecosystem problem. They really need to do something about this. They have had a track record of a diverse range of file sharing programs such as windows mobile device center and Zune. Its high time they got to work and get a file syncing software up and running. They also have a massive bucket list of tips in the suggestion box. The have the software experience, they now certainly have the manpower. Get it done.

I am actually shocked to see so much discussion over this...
A lot of Apple users may not know these basic things, but I think other smartphone users should know better.
For Chrissake, not knowing how to use Command Prompt or how to batch delete (or rename or whatever)is kinda dissapointing.

I'm sure even an Apple user can even type in the search box at the top of the window! It is pretty similar :)

Search for *_highresjpg
This will return all JPG files with _highres in the name.
Can them CTRL + A and then hit delete.

Many photos are taken on the same day though. Traveling and touristing sometimes, maybe an event. Within that same day, I'll want to save some as hi res in my phone so I can zoom in. Regular pictures of people, I'll usually want to delete the high RES version.

If you want to be picky about the photos you keep, you have to pick them yourself 1by1, all I provided was a solution to remove ALL hi-res photos

If you want to be selective, then be selective.
Simply hold down the Ctrl button as you left click on the icons for the highres files you don't want anymore.
(View the folder in "Large Icon" mode for best results)

Open up command prompt, change directory to the folder where the pictures are. Type in delete *highres* press enter. Boom , gone.

I want to chime in on this post, albeit quite some time after original posting, to warn against the reverse of what's being talked about here.

My wife (pro photographer) recently got her Lumia Icon. She opened it up in Windows Explorer, and deleted all the non __highres images from her Camera roll. All the sudden she couldn't open the highres ones!

Sure enough, if you delete the low resolution version of your images, the high resolution ones are deleted as well, AUTOMATICALLY.

So beware!