Release the “Other” Storage in Windows Phone 8

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We had previously covered about one of the main problems facing the Windows Phone, the “Other” category in storage. The Other category takes up enormous storage space for reasons which are not mentioned by Microsoft. We had also covered about a trick on how to reclaim this storage. But now, it seems we wont be need these solutions as a new app has been released for this purpose.

Shrink Storage is a new free app for Windows Phone 8, which allows you to clean up the other storage using a trick. It fills up the remaining storage and then cleans it up. So how does it work exactly?

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This App tries to reduce this storage with the following trick:

  • It completely fills your internal storage
  • Then you restart your phone
  • This will release some storage from the phone automatically
  • Now in the final step, remove filled storage manually using this App

Many users have mentioned that the app was able to release some amount of space. The result (gained free storage) will differ from phone to phone. There’s no guarantee that Windows Phone will free some storage. Usually, it does when you use this App for the first time.

So for the time , Microsoft releases a solution, this app should come handy.

Download Shrink Storage


Nirmal is a big fan of Windows phone ever since it was released. He owns a Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 920. You can find Nirmal on , and .

10 Comments to Release the “Other” Storage in Windows Phone 8

  1. I freed up 5.8 Gb of space after using this app. Worked fine for first but not for second. Now I will wait for few more days and try it again!!

  2. Assist4Tech

    Desperately need a proper Phone Explorer for Windows Phone 8.
    Tried this in the mean time . Before using this app the free space on phone was 4.11 GB. After completing the process free space is 4.31 GB. Device used – HTC 8X

    So the search for the explorer continues…

  3. No function at all…

    Before = 2.8 GB (in “other” storage), after using Shrink Storage still = 2.8 GB…

    Wish Microsoft will release its official app to fix this problem.
    Device used = Nokia Lumia 820

  4. It cleaned up a little bit, however it still has not nearly done enough. there is 1.37 gigs in the ‘other’ folder now, as opposed to 1.4. But I only have a 4gig memory. So is there a more effective way to do this?

  5. Aman mukhi

    How to clear app data on lumia 1320 ..its using unnecessary seems that i have taken a wrong decision shifting from android to windows

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