How to create Live Folders on Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1

If you just installed Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 that was released earlier today, you'll be happy to know that you can now create Live Folders on the home screen. Microsoft calls these "Live" folders because whatever app or game is included in the folder still has their Live Tile enabled. How do you create them? It's easy! Let us show you.

Head past the break to watch the how-to video on the Nokia Lumia Icon.

  1. Press and hold a tile until it pops into the foreground.
  2. Drag the tile over another tile you want to join in the folder.
  3. Tap the area that says 'Name folder' to rename it to whatever you want.
  4. Drag other tiles you want to the folder.
  5. That's it!

Live Folders can be resized. Just press and hold on the Live Folder, and then tap the arrow on the lower right corner. We like this new feature on Windows Phone 8.1. One example we're using Live Folder is to combine all of our messaging apps like Skype, Whatsapp, Groupme, and Facebook Messenger into one place. Another example is adding our favorite games into a Live Folder.

Just like you could with contacts and Nokia's App Folders, you can copy and paste emoticons from your email or SMS text box to the folder name. For example, add a controller emoticon for Games.

Live Folders is just one of the new features included in the GDR1 update. Another noteworthy feature is Internet Sharing over Bluetooth. There are several more features behind the scenes that are also interesting such as interactive phone covers and support for new resolutions. Want to know more about the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1? Make sure to check out our topic page.

What Live Folders are you creating? Let us know in the comments!

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

336 Comments
  • WPikidia but thanks, there is a lot of people still asking how :)
  • Data connection shortcut in action centre... Anybody checked it?
  • Toggle is not there.
  • With the leaked photos the lines were with colors
  • They are if you have no Start Background.
  • nope, still not included.
  • Not there :(
  • missing i was also a little dissapointed 
  • I personally use mquick for Data Connection, it's always available by scrolling the notification center.
  • thanks for mquick :)
     
  • Can we finally sync time with a time server?
  • 11:42
  • This! I really miss this "feature"...
  • No... I just have to use Nokia App Folder to make a shortcut, then throw it in a Live folder with Data sense, Battery saver, Files, and apps alike.......
    ................
    We need to understand that not having the data toggle is purely politics between MS, and the carriers, and not incompetence on MS's part.. You could see it in Joe's eyes when asked about it... The carrier's don't want us having to many easy options to turn off data... And WP has a lot!! Android devices are having similar BS as well... They are disabling tethering with unlimited data plans, and other crazy, illegal if you ask me, things...
  • Like i told you before, CV phones shouldn't be affected because of American carriers !
  • Right... But, aren't American phones the only ones that matter?
  • lol laughed so hard at this
  • Having just moaned about tedious way you have to first add Apps to Start screen then move tiles over each other to create Live Folders unlike the more efficient Nokia way of multi-selecting Apps - including System Apps I was pleased to see you can add a Nokia App Folder to a Live Folder. I hadn't thought to try and can now, finally get access to a quick Data switch so many thanks for this tip. Also interesting to hear why this much requested feature is not available and the reason does not surprise me but it would be in Microsoft interest to publicise issues like this and so avoid people (like me!) moaning about their lack of attention etc.
  • I stated what I think is a pretty accurate reason in my comment above⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
  • Yes I agreed with your reason!!!
  • No data connection in action centre
  • He got it after the first comment
  • More sources = more confirmation
  • More live tiles in live folders made my screen sluggish and slow.i guess we need more processing power.+L525
  • +925
  • Not on my L620. I have 7 live folders with more than 30 live tiles inside them and everything is still smooth and fast. And i have less than 1gb of memory space left with no memory card installed. maybe you can move some of the apps to the memory card.
  • Hey I found out the reason... If I use a background to my start screen the screen is laggy but if use default tile colors it is alright I think this is something related to parallax effect..,, hey and also a tip for the folder boundary bars to be colored and not grey, switch to default tile backgrounds
  • It did? Mine got faster again!
  • Use the quick control app, then folder them together.
  • Don't name....naming live folders take the lower portion...I don't want that
  • I like the naming part
  • Some of us want it there... Sorry you can't have everything the way YOU want it.
  • YOU... LOL!
  • Thanks for the advice I was wondering why was this happening Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Then don't name the folder and you won't have it.  Some of us do like the naming of the folders.  Make it easier to remember what live tiles are in the folder.  Good thing Microsoft gave us the OPTION, right!?
  • I dont think he was calling to get the option removed but simply posting the information about this so other people know.
  • Thanks bro, you understood me well. Thanks.
  • HOW DO YOU REMOVE THE LUVE FOLDERS?!?!?
  • Drag all apps that are inside the folders out.
  • Any info on why the update is failing for so many?
  • Yes. Too many trying to grab it or there's a firmware that is needed from the OEM's (HTC or Samsung).
  • I have a lumia 625 and 1020 that are unable to get the upgrade - both with dp8.1 and cyan (UK unlocked devices). So unless there is an update to cyan or Nokia is doling out updates what gives?
  • That doesn't sound right considering the majority of people who have the problem downloaded the update just fine but can't open/install the update
  • It's not just HTC or Samsung, a portion of phones from every OEM is having problems.
  • Yes that's it - I can download the update but it fails to open. This appears over all phone manufacturers, whether they have cyan or not, or whatever.
  • Weird... My AT&T Lumia 1020 downloaded and installed just fine. 8.1DP before downloading, no Cyan. Only took one update, was aprox. a 30 min process.
  • Lucky! I have cyan but no luck with the update. Perhaps it's a regional issue?
  • how did you updated your phone with Cyan? by downgrading 8.1 to 8. if so did you come back to 8.1 using Previw of developers? Then you will get it. But if you don't install Preview for developer nad enable check box you will not get it.
  • my 1020 in the UK on o2 got the update, although it took 2 attempts to download it! Then when the phone restarted it didnt boot up. I only had about 35% battery so maybe it wasnt happy. As soon as I plugged it into a computer USB port for power it started up and the cogs started turning! very happy with the live tiles! Still waiting for Cyan on O2 UK, but know it will wont come until MS patch the issue for those on DP! but not affecting me yet and dont see Cyan making a lot of difference so happy to wait :)
  • I used the Nokia Folder app but these Live Folders are totally awesome!  Now, I can get to anything on my home screen that I need with no more than a scroll down and a tap to open the folder. Don't forget that the size of the tile you drop into the folder is the size the tile will be IN the folder. You can have all three tiles sizes in your folder.
  • They are. Must say, MS go something right the very first time with these. It works flawlessly and smoothly. I honestly didn't expect that
  • Can add web-page links too, like Samsung's app folder app let's you do.
  • Yes!  This is great.  I have all my web page live tiles in one folder now so it doesn't take up 15 rows of live tiles anymore.  One tile on the screen.  A LOT less scrolling!  I LOVE it!  Way to go Microsoft!
  • I also had this, ever since WP 7.1. It's called Internet Explorer and its favourites ;-)
  • See this bothers me. I think if I put say three tiles in a folder I think the folder should show two medium and one wide tile. It should automatically adjust rather than just giving you a load of empty space.
  • This bothers me a bit too. Maybe in the future they can adjust it. But hey, if this is my biggest complaint with this feature, they did well.
  • True it can leave some empty space, but if it is full of same size tiles it alternates which one is biggest. I think it is a good trade-off. Though perahps needs a tweak if don't have very many in it.
  • Hopefully this will fox on next update.
  • It's not just empty space.  The live tiles within the folder rotate into various sizes.  Watch one of the live tile folders for a while and you will see what I mean.
  • I have to say im pleasantly surprised with them!
  • +620 this feature is the best new thing I've seen in 8.1 It just seems really smooth and well thought out. Another thing making me happy again! I was beginning to think that Microsoft was removing all the little features that made WP so great, and trying to follow the crowd, but this is great!
  • I created one for all the Bing apps.
  • What's new in gdr1 except live folders and internet sharing over WiFi?
  • App corner, accessory app setting, live tile store. At least these are what I discover. Don't know any other yet
  • Internet Explorer does a better job too!
  • Uploading pictures...also in comments included now
  • it was there before this update......
  • Store Live Tile not working for me for some reason.
  • Read the bottom of the article.
  • Internet sharing over wifi was always there. Internet sharing over BLUETOOTH is new.
  • I've been using BT for internet connection since 8.1. What's new?
  • You sure? I wasn't able to. http://www.wpcentral.com/internet-sharing-over-bluetooth-comes-gdr1-update-windows-phone What are they talking about here then?
  • Yep, I'm sure. Been doing it often and for a long time. Come to think of it, I use my wife's 8x once in a while and she doesn't even have 8.1, just 8.0. Seems to be a feature of Windows 8.1, so maybe Phone 8.1 update makes it available regardless of Windows 8.1 (so works now with any O/S)?
  • You're thinking of something different, I think.  The new feature allows an actual hotspot connection between phone and PC over BT using PAN (personal area network) protocol.  The older feature you mention acts only as a trigger:  using a BT connection, the PC triggers the phone to turn on its internet sharing over WiFi, then the PC connects to the hotspot over WiFi. 
  • So, same user experience with a differenbt technical implementation? The benefits of which are theoretically better battery life - although I use current implementation for a weekly 2-1/2 hour trip and battery consumption is extremely low. What, if any, are the cons? Speed? I think for most people, this "new feature" could be confusing if its always been present despite a different technical implementation. Like for me, it won't "feel" new.
  • Better security for your networking and less power consumption.  Bluetooth devices typically have low power consumption while Wi-Fi uses much more electrical power. In part, this is due to the broadcast range of the two technologies. Both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi devices announce themselves by emitting a signal with a frequency of 2.4 gigahertz. Bluetooth devices emit a signal that travels for about 30 feet, while Wi-Fi signals travel about ten times as far. Wi-Fi devices need more power to generate a stronger signal. Primarily Bluetooth networking (hotspot capabilities) has a much shorter range than regular bluetooth connected devices (typicaly 2 meters or about 6.5 feet).  Anyone outside this distance will find it hard to "hack" into your Private Area Network (PAN).  They may be able to view your Bluetooth connection, but will find it hard to connect to it at a range farther than 6.5 feet.  This means a much more secure PAN as a hacker would have to be seated practically right next to you in order to "hack" your network.
  • Using it for music apps and games so far. Not sure if I want to put messaging apps / emails in one yet. I still like those out.
  • I put my secondary comms apps in a folder (F'book, Skype, Messenger). It's cool that you can look at the folder and see the counts on their tiles without opening the folder.
  • Any settings included to change default messaging app.???
  • Change it how?
  • I think it would be pretty pointless putting multiple emails into a folder. Better merge those multiple emails into a single tile, like I've done.
  • I separate them by productivity, entertainment, notes, quick access and social media app
  • Tip: You don't need to name them. IMO the tiles look better on the home screen without one.
  • Ohhhh, I'm glad I read this. Totally agree! Thanks for the Tip!
  • Me too, looks better and the name can cover up some tiles
  • Thanks Dan
  • No it's Mark?
  • I wish they would just let folders stay open so you could simply ground apps together like you can in W8. The animation for opening and closing the folders is nice though.
  • I'd miss the animation, and having it always open kind of kills the need for having folders in the first place...
  • This^
  • Yeah
  • Folders makes the start screen shorter and more organized.
    I'd like them always open, but this is so coooool, I love it more
  • And they are the best folder system of any platform.. I'm not just saying that because I'm a WP fan.. They really are!!!
  • Yeah, at least we don't have to close them to use the main screen !
  • Agreed, I was concerned we were getting a copy of what's on other systems but they are done incredibly well.. Nice job MS!!
  • When you get to playing around with it it's actually quite ingenious if you think about it...
    Today the WP start screen has entered a new level... I wonder what's next!!!!!
  • I agree, it is well implemented. 
  • agreed 
  • +520
  • Works great, but is there a limit to the number of tiles I can throw in a live folder?
  • I haven't reached one yet. Unlike the original iPhone folders, the folder is dynamic in as much as it opens to the full size of the tiles it contains. I had several Radio mixes and artists pinned to the Start screen and I have popped those and several music apps into a folder. This brings me to the Music app. I was under the impression it would update with Update 1, but apparently it hasn't. Any word on that?
  • I thought the music and video apps were to be merged(back) with this update as well. I'm pretty sure I read that in the actual document/changelog for WP 8.1 GDR1, what gives?
  • Nah, they're never baking those apps back into the OS. Don't know where you would've read that.
  • I don't think so.  I have about 25 pinned web site live tiles for various places I view on the mobile web all the time and all of them are in the one folder now.  I LOVE IT!!!  No more scrolling through rows and rows of live tiles on my Start screen.  Just click the one folder and all of therm are there.  LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE'N IT!!!!
  • God I love live folders, enjoying in every aspect of them..... just kidding, I'm on HTC..
  • +8S
  • Sorry mate, I guess you can say this is Microsoft's way of making HTC catch up to Nokia with firmware updates. Hopefully you gain a lot in the end, though!
  • Nah, I believe HTC will provide 8.1 only for 8x devices, 8s users won't get it...
  • Just awesome love the way apps pop out after clicking the live folder
  • Yeah, that is awesome!!!... Seriously, WP feels completely new everything from WP8.1.... WP7.5 was empty compared to this... Lol!!... And enjoying this on the 6" 1520 is absolutely amazing!... I feel as though my phone is the best smartphone money can buy, and although its an subjective feeling, it sure feels great compared to WP 3years ago.... This is huge.....
    ............
    Nevertheless, I'm sure MS won't brag about Live Folders like they should... Market this MS❕❕❕❕❕❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗
  • Updating from 7.1 to 7.5 feels so long ago.... Posted via Windows Phone Central App on Andriod
  • Only 3 years ago... But, in reality WP could be on version 9.0, or higher, considering the amount of features that have been added this year alone... Heck GDR1 could've been a .5 update in itself..
  • Stick with the thing which we have faith for it.
  • I have to say that it is not intuitive as it should be. I mean, unless that you know that the feature exist, it is not really obvious how one should create a live folder. There should be an app for that athough because it is really not obvious. Sure it only took me a minute to figure that out, I wonder how long it will take the casual user to figure out how to do it. Still I am enjoying although it is on my small Luima 920 screen.
  • It does work exactly the same as iPhone, for putting things in a folder. Much better when you consider they are all still live and sizeable.
  • Except that it does follow the drag and drop idiom of the Live Tiles anyway so it shouldn't take too much experimentation.
  • I disagree... It's very intuitive and works exactly like the other OS's. Drag a tile and drop it on another tile. They all work like that.
  • How is it not intuitive? It works just like android and IOS.
  • The folders are great but when i started creating them the start screen started to hang on scrolling on the seventh one the 8th one.
    Jitters in the scrolling animation were clearly visible. I guess they need to optimize it more.
  • Which one can expect from a preview
  • I really really like this new feature. So smooth and intuitive.
  • Is the act of adding emojis/emoticons to the name officially supported?  I'd hate to see something like that break up a backup/restore because of something silly like invalid characters...
  • It's not really "officially" supported since you still have to open Mail or SMS and then copy n paste.
  • I love Live Folders. Its Live! Haha. A lot better than the Nokia App Folder.
  • hope people don't come on this article and whine about when updates will come, updates are being released at end of every business week, just hold your horses and you'll get it,also this is NOT CYAN, why do people always think updates for Developer Preview will bring you Cyan?   I think all who missed the article should read it here http://www.wpcentral.com/should-you-get-preview-windows-phone-81-update-1
  • Lol i think those people have every right to ask.. Especially those, with 8.1 dp and cyan, that haven't received this update
  • That's why I posted the link cause someone will always ask
  • Nice article Mark ! That was fast :D
  • Do we need to install preview for developer in order to install this update?
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • yes, and check box
  • I'm so glad they went with these live folders!
    Now we just need folders for the app list... Then for W8 to get all these goodies.
  • Once everything is pinned and in folders, what would be the point of also having folders in the app list?
  • Because I like things organized but don't want everything I don't use frequently on the start screen, such as video editors.
  • I d prefer a different way to sort the app list
  • Some of us have many categories for apps, not just games and messaging categories. And some of us don't want the start screen to look too cluttered and like a big mess. I like the start screen to be not too long and to look nice. So I organize it with apps I really use or simply have good looking tiles. I order it in a way that it looks pleasing to the eye. So I can imagine not liking to waste too much time creating many categories and having to think about how to make them look nice on the start screen. So I'd rather have them on the apps list. For instance to easily find all apps related to pictures.  The apps list needs autocategories as well. Like ordering by times used, age (date of install) and so on.
  • Social network ' Nokia ' xbox
  • I wish HTC updates it windows phones asap. Getting jealous of all Lumia owners :'(
  • I use an HTC 8XT and I have the update but it wont let me make live folders.
  • Amazing work by Microsoft on the Folders. +620
  • I actually enjoyed the implementation and the look so much I decided to make a folder just cause it looked neat. Other than that I really don't need it, but nice job on it anyways MS.
  • OMG! Live folders are awesome! I was not expecting it to be so beautiful and smooth. It's completely revolutionized my start screen.
  • There is a discernible lag and partial stutter while scrolling on the home screen after creating a couple of these folders and clustering them. Restarted my phone a couple of times to no avail. But I guess, can't expect to much from a Lumia 520. The update rocks anyway.
  • Did you wait for cyan? I have no issues on my rolled back, pedestrian 8.1 updated, dp gdr 1 updated 520.
  • How To create live folders on update 1 of 8.1 ??? I am still waiting on this 8.1 .....WtF Microsoft...when are we getting this finally in Belgium?
  • You do realize this is only on dev preview and you could get 8.1 if you just entered the program. Cyan will come depending on carrier.
  • Wish this could also be used as stationary Categories. Meaning... The folder-look but minus the folder. I want to be able to have categories like windows 8. There are apps that "kinda" do this.
  • It's great. My start screen is much smaller now
  • Awesome folders, no doubt about it. Keep up the good work Microsoft!
  • V
  • I tried them.  I find them too ugly and so minimally useful.  I'm going back to the normal way to have the Start screen.
  • So ugly. I prefer App folder, looks better than this mess. Hope they will come with a facelift, otherwise i will not use that shit. The bar separator ruins all the design, they should have made it look like App folder
  • The bar only appears when you open the live folder...........
  • If you don't like them, don't use them! Many people coming from different OS's are so used to folders that they find them a requirement of any OS. So they provide more ways to organize and customize for those that find them useful and that's a great thing overall for those of us that support windows phone.
  • I will not use them, i'm with the tiles, it's much better for me
  • Maybe the live folders will grow on me, but I never have cared for the look.
  • Much better than the Nokia dead folders.
  • Be nice if it would install....
  • More like "How to install Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1". That ******* **** won't install for anything.
  • Are you on DP?
  • Yes.
  • is it al ready for HTC ?  
  • I almost had to ask the question myself when i just said to myself, "Let me try to drag one app onto the other" and voila. But its good u put this up for those who didn't figure it out.
  • ...is this not available on 520 yet? 
  • Others having fun with GDR 1 while I tried to install it 4 times \:
  • Others having fun with 8.1 while my 8X won't probably ever even get it \:
  • You can even resize the apps in the live folder so when you click on it to expand the apps can be small medium or large... Pretty neat
  • Any way to disable this option? is making harder to order my apps in the home screen
  • How's it making it harder? It's supposed to make it easier.
  • It's supposed but it doesn't when I expect the tiles to act like before when I put one tile above another one, the one below would just move to one side before and now it makes a folder.
  • WTF? just don't create any folder, that's all.
  • It's not that easy, before if I put a tile on a another one, that one would have move up or down or to one side now it just creates a folder.
  • It still does, you just have to be more accurate with your finger dragging.
  • Useful article. I found it somewhere else, but I doubt I'd have found it by myself. Besides that, I hated folders be for but this implementation is really nice.
  • These are great! My 1520 is loving this.
  • Mine says that the updates have been downloaded but cannot be opened with some error code! Anyone else facing this?
  • This looks so freaking gorgeous. Best implementation of folders out of all the OS's. 1020 + Photography folder =perfection. Can't wait til the update is ready!
  • Hhmm, I think I don't need games hub anymore, place all my games in live folder more faster than opening games hub. But yes games hub has it own features. This live folder is awesome, keep improving. But please MS fix Xbox music and video
  • This App Live folders are amazing, beat my expectations
  • Agreed. Better than I expected.
  • That's cool.
  • I hope Live Folders comes to Windows 8.x/9
  • Somebody really wanted a orange ICON. :P. Was it hard to do?
  • What?
  • Loving the animation! That kind of attention to detail is what I'm talking about. Looks gorgeous!
  • How to use alpha Cortana in India somebody plzzzzz help ????
  • Try deleting all languages except for the phone default. I am in Canada and for as long as I had US language installed it did not work. Removed it and just had Canada English it worked. Might work for you as well.
  • Anyone notice how the other tiles kinda float and swim around whilst you are moving a tile on your screen? Subtle but a very nice touch indeed.
  • True that;)
  • Opening and closing folders has the coolest animation it makes me like my WP even more
  • Amazing feature. This alone is worthy of Dev Preview
  • I created so many live folders all over my start screen.. Just loved it
  • Scrolling in the home screen with live folders is not that fluid. Using L720 with extra tile column
  • Loving this feature! Beautifully implemented...
  • Cool.
    Btw
    Windows Phone is now better than Windows Tablet.
    I think Microsoft have to rethink scrolling horizontally on RT.
    Its easier to scroll up down with a thumb than across.
  • Anyone else experiencing icons missing from the folders when opened? On 920
  • Still would like to see the app list have folders instead
  • The games can be found in the Games app. Picture related apps used to be found on the pictures hub before 8.1. Messaging related apps can also be identified by WP. So why can't they be divided on the apps list? Either with folders or simply by swiping left more times? I agree, folders are needed on the Apps list and also the settings need to be organized because right now all that is a mess. One should also be able to quickly see all new apps on the apps list. I have so many apps and sometimes I install some and don't use them. So when I want to see which apps are new (they are marked with new) it's very annoying that I can't simply sort the list to see them all grouped. Instead I have to scroll a lot. I have a total of over 70GB on my phone (probably around 80-90) so I can store a LOT of apps. They need sorting alright.
  • I didn't like this one!
  • Awesome...loving it
  • Love the animation. Well done Microsoft!
  • Got this cool jukebox going on. Pinned my current albums to start and then into a live folder. It rocks. They did a great job with this feature.
  • I LOVE this feature! A lot more than I thought I would.
  • A Live Folder for the Moga controller compatible games!
  • Im nott HAPPY witH WP8.1 but folders are nice...
  • Best part of the new feature is the ability to put shortcuts to webpages in the folders, not just apps.
    Just pin your favourite web pages to the start screen, then drag them into a folder. Much better than the Nokia app.
  • Is it only me or is there anyone who feels that Lumia 520 is a bit lagging with live folder?
  • My 520 was a bit laggy but after an hour or so it was ok again.
  • It took time to handle all the awesomezzzzzz.
  • My 920 had some performance problems too. It was caused by the apps installing on background. All of your apps need to be installed again after updating the OS. Maybe it was laggy because of this.
  • Putting frequent Here Drive+ destinations into a folder does it for me! :)
  • I hope they bring this feature to Windows. Given that it's a little more colorful than WP the Live Folders would look beautiful.
  • I created a tvshow map for shows from rusyhuyn's tvshow app. Helpa me See when new episodes are/will be out for each show. I also plan To make a YouTube channel map and a webpagea map. Windows Phone always allowes You to pin so much but there was never enough room. And now there is!
  • Thanks I was figuring out how to. Lumia Icon.
  • Has anyone notice with the new update that when you go on websites in browser, that it reads it as an android device. (links to download the android app)
  • What?! Post some link here, man.
  • Simply the best implementation of any OS. I already have several folders on my start screen.
  • thats what i call a smartly done folder
  • Is there a reliable way to get that split folder title view that is show in the phone folder in the article?
  • Lovely feature! Works better than I imagined. The only thing left now is to move multiple tiles at once.
  • Moving a folder is moving multiple tiles at once.:)
  • In a way, yes. But I'm saying like on Windows 8.1. For example, when I put several new tiles on the home screen when I don't want to create a folder.
  • I am using Lumia 1020 and 920, 1020 still on wp8, should I upgrade to 8.1.1 or just wait? Is cyan coming this week for 1020?
  • My crystal ball is broken regarding Cyan, but 8.1 update 1 is running well on my 1020. Love the folders, still got the limited Wi-Fi and broken backup from 8.1.
  • WOW !! am totally in LOVE with this Amazing new feature..
  • Thank you Microsoft !!!!
  • i see google in da back ground sleeping this time  
  • Hi.
    What's new with this update are from exactly?
  • They should seriously make another update to change the keyboard to allow emojis. And also incorporate Nokia's app for it. Some people make want a folder to apply for a list and some for live tiles. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • You can resize and reorganized tiles inside the folders too. I have one for Navigation with my HERE apps, Bing Maps and Syngic Speedometer. I have HERE Maps & Drive large, Syngic Speedometer medium and the rest small.
  • Could also use WebApps (app) to create tiles for favorite websites then drag them into a folder for a web favorites folder.
  • Won't use this feature, don't judge me :'|
  • I'm sorry for the off topic question but can somebody tell me where to find this green wallpaper? Thanks in advance for the answer. :D
  • +1 also looking for this hint
  • I am so dropping most of my email sub-folders into one of these the second I have Live Folders installed. I have filters that automatically sort my mail for me, and I hate having to open my email and click on "..." > "Folders" just to see if there are any new messages waiting for me. The only way around this is to pin all my email sub-folders to the home screen, and I don't want my phone to be that crowded (plus, without labels on the tile, it's hard to know which folder is which). This will help in checking for new messages at a glance. Kind of a notification center for email.
  • Pretty easy. So, it's basically just like how to create app folders on iOS, then.
  • I love the implementation of these folders. It's like having loads of mini start screens on your start screen! Notifications show up clearly and apps are still live. Really nicely done. The animation is nice and bouncy but unobtrusive too. Any one with a complicated or fussy start screen background is in for a world of pain though. It gets messy quickly, so stick to something as flat and genetic as possible! (a to die those with ocd!)
  • Some of users maybe not noticed yet but the keyboard input prediction become more powerful
  • I'm enjoying it
  • Live folders, great and innovative implementation to meet demands! I've always had one large and one med tile for Amazing weather at two locations. Sticking those in to a single large tiled live folder produces excellent results. And frees up valuable space. This is way better than Nokia app folders because the useful live tiles for weather remain functional. Hats off to MS on this one!!
  • Actually I don't need folders much. I do not organize or group my stuff by type. It is too clerky for me and not optimal or logical. I put all the stuff I use most often and organize it by usage and quick accees. First screen i fill with the phone, sms, mail, explorer and photos. I can even fit what I use on one screen (moreover in 8.1 there is a 3rd column). In a while I get used to the arangement and do not need folders to tell me where that app is. What I use ocasionally is still in the All apps list. May be it is funny to have folders, but not very useful, as the classic WP home screen does the job perfectly.
  • I'm sure I may be in the minority, but the Folders feature leaves me less than enthusiastic about having it. Didn't need it before and after going thru some playing with it I don't see me needing it now. I'm sure others will disagree.
  • Is this the Lumia cyan update? Because I just updated my dp.8.1 920, still shows as Lumia black at extras+info
  • Really cool new (old) feature but man they only really look best when they're filled up. And they kind of negate what live tiles are about cuz they limit the info so much. Played around with it a bit by put a lot of what i clumped together back so i can get the info at a glance
  • My home screen looks horrible with live folders. How do I undo this? Do I have to delete all the apps and start over again?
  • I like this a lot.
  • How do we undo folders???
  • Tap and hold the app and drag and drop them out of the folder.the folder will disappear after all apps are outside it.
  • I love this new feature, although it would be nice to make all tiles that are not in the current folder you have open, inactive. So that it makes it easy to close the folder without activating another app outside the folder.
  • Now its back to organizing my start screen....yay lol
  • Do we have the ability to resize the tiles on the folders on your they will site up when not focused?
  • Haven't been able to download the update just because of the stupid data restriction even i have unlimited data connection >.
  • If only we could make a folder out of settings like we can on nokia folder app
  • I'm just glad you can just choose not to use the folders. Or you can use them. The fact that MS is trying to change the WP is nice. While there are some things I'm not a big fan of, I'm just having fun with my Windows Phone.
  • My Favourite use for Live Folders so far is for People. I like the idea of Pinning people to my start screen, but it always took up too much room. On top of this the "Me" tile has become pretty useless in 8.1 so I was close to removing it from my start screen. Now I've replaced "Me" with a "People" folder and it looks fantastic.
  • Live folders are slurpalicious.
  • I love the fact we've got live folders now.. But that wallpaper is gorgeous! Can anyone PLEASE tell me where I can get that??
  • +1
  • Darn it now that I have watched the video, I want to downgrade so bad since I am getting the 0x80188308 error lol but my precious app data.... I don't want to lose it :'(. Come on MS update the darn sync client so that we can back up our precious app / game data T_t. Not every dev is going to implement cloud saves.. some are extremely lazy lol. The best method is to have a sand boxed folder with-in the games hub where all game data is stored (tied to the persons MS account and gamertag), this folder is then automatically backed up with the app+settings back up. As opposed to having the all game data stored with-in the games own directory.. it is that simple!
  • +1520
  • Really like the folders, I put all of my music apps in one folder and all of my maps apps in one, makes for greater space to put more apps on the front
  • The dog is cute
  • Live folders are awesome
  • Such a simple, and well executed idea... I absolutely love it! Might have gone a bit mad, shoving pretty much everything on my phone into folders, and yet my start screen is about 75% of the length it was before with about 200% of the previous apps. In fact, it all fits on one screen, with no need to scroll. I've also created myself a medium sized "Inner Circle" folder which is home to 9 of my nearest and dearest's medium sized live tiles... Kind of like a speed dial! :D
  • That's a pretty awesome idea!
  • Can someone please tell me the size of the update?
  • It's actually pretty cool. My first look into it I didn't like it too much but it's really growing on me.
  • Man, they really nailed this feature, not going to lie, I love having live tiles in folders like this. The only thing that would make it better, is if I have two medium tiles and a wide tile, it should use ask for slots of the medium tile, would make it look even cooler.
  • Social, productivity and lenses live folder.
    And the best part I, it has live tile and a live lice folder. Lovely!
  • I have one for my different email accounts.  One is for camera apps.  One for social media.  One for Nokia Here apps.  I like them!  It's no longer a pain to move a bunch around. What's interesting is when the folder is closed, the bigger tiles rotate, giving more info.
  • Meh. With these updates you'd usually hear "seems faster" but with this, it's quite the opposite... I suspect the live folders are at fault here. When going to and from the home screen, the animations are very laggy sometimes! Doubt thts gonna get fixed anytime soon unless they decouple the... Wait it's not an app nvr mind. Until update 2, lag away!
  • I missed this till I finally used it for the first time... Didn't realized this would be thisssss helpful!!!!
  • Wish the folder drill down would have been more aesthetic (i.e background blurred etc) than current just expand!!
  • awesome
  • Adding several live folders caused noticeable sluggishness on my start screen when resuming from an app (lumia 925).
  • It will better if it has quick ungroup and remove folder options . BTW , nice minor update
  • I guess I don't see the point the all programs is one swipe away... Feels like it'll just be more cluttered.
  • Hi! Anyone facing problems with WhatsApp? I'm actually not able to receive/send any message since the update! :( And there is a major bug affecting the battery life!
  • My phone was running really hot after the big update, but a few hours later and a power cycle later, its back to normal.
  • Loved it!!!!:)
  • Can't do in Kids Corner.... Probably best that way.
  • Really beautiful implementation.
  • WP is getting cool, day by day.  I was in love with the LIVE FOLDERS, since the day i saw it in a video <3
  • This is an awesome update :) Love you Windows Phone and my Lumia 720 :)
  • Unpin and repin store tile for live tile to work
  • I'm in love with the new update. I stumbled across the feature just now and its definitely an appreciated addition. My 1520 feels even more premium.
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  • I don't get it, call me dense but I just updated my 1520 to the official WP 8.1 and I don't have the live folder feature. I had to rollback my phone as I previously had the developers preview, in order to get the cyan update.
  • Yea this is so cool
  • Not working
  • Live folders is sweet! I love it! WP8 is rocking.
  • My phone error in updating to update 1 error(80072ee2) what will i do....?
  • Not really necessiay, and it broke the beauty of start screen
  • the folder bar lines should be transparent or in theme color this would add a lot to visuals.
  • A cool feature and it saves a lot of space....but one prob that i came across now is that it makes it really difficult to rearrange tiles as everytime to try to move the tiles it tries to merge or group with other tiles :(
  • i have lumia 925 N im from india
    my question is how to get these live folder??
  • I'd love to see the ability to add to a live folder from the App list. As of right now you have to add to the start screen and then find the app on the start screen and then add it to a live folder from there.
  • +1320... Became slow after too many live folders
  • I need help. I have updated my Lumia 925 to WP 8.1 Update 1 (8.10.14147.180) (Preview for Developer Update) recently but, the extras+info menu still shows Lumia Black. I clicked the "Check for Updates" button in STORE menu but still nothing. Anyone please help!
  • Update 1 of Developers Preview Windows Phone 8.1 is a Microsoft Operating System update NOT a Nokia OEM firmware update. NOKIA Lumia Amber/Black/Cyan are like updated drivers for Nokia specific hardware in the phone. Cyan would be like a firmware update for your nVidia video card in your Dell PC. NVidia noticed that WITH Windows 8.1 on the Dell PC, they could take advantage of a new geewiz feature in Windows 8.1 if they would update the firmware of their video card. Hope this is clear as mud.
  • Thank you very much! So I would assume that Cyan is the 'Update Name' of 8.10.14147.180 ✅
  • How do you delete a folder?  Can't seem to figure that one out.  :-(  
  • I love the new live folders, but there needs to be an easier way to delete the folder instead of moving every app out. Maybe an un-pin button like normal tiles?
  • Great video Mark! I'm looking forward to using this to help tame my start screen.  p.s. I love how your dog slept through the entire video! I wouldn't have been able to get through a video shoot without a bark or two...
  • a little bit laggy when you move icon if you put too much app in folder
  • Any word on how to change the color of the folder's bars? In pictures I've seen it different colors other than grey.
  • Windows is listening to us guys! This feature is smooth and awesome on my 1520! What a difference this is going to make! Does anyone know the max you can put in before it starts to cause lag or any other issues?
  • i have cyan update but i can't create live folders on my lumia 1520
  • Just got the update. Owh my, i love the Live Folder, very nice! At least we are different!
  • I like this feature, I made a folder for my most used OneNote page tiles.
  • This is sweet. I have this on my android tablet (actually a Kindle Fire with the N2OS Android 4.4 O/S installed). Great to have it on my phone. Now I have my most frequently used apps one click away without having to scroll up and down in the app menu.
  • I need that wallpaper!
  • To cool! I liked folders on Android, I REALLY like this!!
  • great guide thank u . What an awesome function
  • How does it work on Lumia 630... Get me soonn
  • Nice idea, but Samsung App Folder is still better and easy to use.
  • That controller icon trick is cool. :D
  • quien me pasa esa imagen de fondo'?  
  • Put all my games in a live folder and removed the official games hub tile. No more waiting for the games list to load.
  • Nice feature i want to use it, but i can't. Does anyone the same problem or just me?
  • This so frustrating. I just updated my lumia 1520 with the cyan update. All features are present except for the Live Folder on the Start screen. I can't get it to work as it supposed to as all other features were included with the update. Will someone help me please. Thanks.
  • This so frustrating. I just updated my lumia 1520 with the cyan update. All features are present except for the Live Folder on the Start screen. I can't get it to work as it supposed to as all other features were included with the update. Will someone help me please. Thanks.
  • This isn't working. Just updated my Lumia 620 and all I get when I try to move one app on top of another is the default behaviour where the two apps switch places. Can't make a folder. very disappointed, anyone else have this issue?
  • I updated my phone to 8.1 but still can't make those folders. :( What should I do?
  • I have updated Lumia 720 yesterday to 8.1 and I cant make folders directly. When I move and place a tile over the other, it slides up or down or anywhere but the is no pop and folder formation. Plz help
  • After udate to cyan on my lumia 1320, this method is no more working! The tiles no more combines/creates a new folder.
  • This used to work when I was on developers preview, no longer working after I updated my phone to Cyan. 920 India
  • I am not able to create any live folders. I just did how it was shown in the video above. Help guyz!!!
  • I have a 920. It doesn't seem to work for me. When I try to do it the tiles move themselves out of the way  
  • I was just informed by someone on a different blog that we need to wait for "8.1 Update 1" to get the live folders
  • its not working in my lumia 525 even after update.... :(
  • i am not able to create live folders in my lumia 625 with update 8.1, i tried the above steps but still not working... can anyone help me??
  • Guys i have 8.1 but unable to create folder what to do?
  • It doesn't work for the nokia lumia 925 t-mobile version. Why? Cortanna and everything else works but this
     
  • How can I upgrade windows 8.1 into windows 8.1 update gdr1 in nokia Lumia 520
  • You guys sould chek "FolderMarker" software. It probably would be ported soon.