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Create Folders in Windows Phone to Organize Videos, Pictures and Music

When you launch Photos App in your Windows Phone, you must have seen few default folders already like the camera roll, albums which includes pictures from WhatsApp, Screenshot and so on. While being in the app, it is impossible to create another folder as the OS doesn’t support it but did you know it is still possible to create folders in the ALBUM section and in the Camera roll ?

Video Folder in Camera Roll Windows Phone

I have this problem. I created a folder with pictures. Then deleted it later. But my phone keeps generating an empty folder by the same name. No matter how many times I delete it, it keeps coming back :-

When connected with a PC, you must have seen that it becomes possible to access the Pictures, Documents etc like you do when connect an SD card or external drive to your PC. The phone is available as selectable drive. This means that you can do basic file operators and create folders inside Camera Roll, In Pictures folder. Done that how do they appear ?

  • A folder created in Camera Roll, appears on top of the list of files in it. You can either move important pictures in that folder or move videos in it.
  • The biggest advantage of moving videos in separate folder is you can access them quickly instead of trying to find then in camera roll as there is no way to search or sort them by pictures.
  • You can move all your videos in the folder you created above and sharing will easy.
  • Any folder created in the Picture Section of the storage, appears under Albums when you go to Photos > Albums in Windows Phone
  • Want to hide some videos or pictures ? Create Subfolders and subfolders like you had in your Windows Machine.
  • A Great Way to organize your Music As well.

Folders in Windows Phone

One spooky thing that might happen. Sometimes even after deleting a folder, it reappears. Ghostly but Windows Phone seems to be doing it and the only way to get rid of this is do a soft reset (volume down + power button.)

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About Ashish

A die hard fan of Windows, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone and Xbox, Loves to Do Video reviews on Windows Phone Apps, Games, Xbox Games, Xbox Tutorials. He Owns a Lumia 950 XL, Lumia 550, Lumia 1020 & BLU WIN HD LTE and have used all the Lumia Phones and Non Lumia Phones as well.
  • Filipe

    Since I upload and organize my pictures on SkyDrive, I always have them on the right album.

  • HI, I have noticed something on my Lumia 625 Gallery. I have pictures and videos divided by year, every year is a folder on the micro sd. All the pictures are sorted correctly, while the videos are sorted but at the end of the gallery (basically I see first all pictures sorted by date and then all videos sorted by date, like they are sorted for type). There is no way to sort all pictures and video together?

    • Janne Kurttila

      Hi Marco, did you ever get a proper answer to this video sorting problem? The same thing happened to my picture /video files when copying everything from an old microsd to a new one. The videos are shown separately in the end of pictures list. Annoying.

  • Tony

    Thank you, Ashish, for some very useful information. I am now able to get classical music properly organised on my Windows Phone..

    Just using Windows Explorer on my PC I create a folder on the phone in Music/Album. In there I create a folder called, say, Mozart Symphony 41. I can now copy the four MP3 files that make up this symphony to the phone (again just using Windows Explorer), and provided they are tagged correctly they will appear as an album with the appropriate folder and track names.

    To get the tags right I use MP3tag. All I have to do is make the folder name for each track Mozart Symphony 41 and name the title of each track something like Movement 1, Movement 2, etc.

    Another little issue. I use an SD card in my phone. While it is essential to create the folder in the phone itself in Music/Album, it doesn’t matter where I put the MP3 files. They can go on the SD card if I wish. They still appear on the phone in the appropriate album/folder. At last I have discovered one advantage of MTP!

    I am hopeful that greater control over files on the phone will be possible with WP8.1, but this has not reached me yet. Meanwhile your advice is a considerable step forward.

    • Tony


      I wrote the above too hastily. I have now found out that I misunderstood some of Ashish’s post and that what I say about creating a folder in Music/Album is quite wrong. I did manage to organise music files better on my phone but it was all due to editing the MP3 tags and not to creating a new folder.

      The advantage of creating a folder in Pictures/Camera Roll is that it brings any photos placed in there up to the top of the list when viewed on the phone. Nothing like this is relevant in the Music/Album folder because the albums are always shown in alphabetical order and can easily be accessed by choosing the required initial letter.

      Still, I have learned a little.