Release the “Other” Storage in Windows Phone 8

We had previously covered 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 Microsoft does not mention. We had also covered a trick on how to reclaim this storage. But now, it seems we won’t 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 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 in handy.

Nirmal is a big fan of Windows phone ever since it was released. He started off with Nokia Lumia 800 and then got the Lumia 920. Presently he owns the Lumia 730 and Lumia 930.


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

  6. I used the app “Storage Cleaner Pro” and checked under “Big Files” and also “Duplicate Photos” and found a lot of old pictures and videos that I had already synced to my OneDrive and deleted from my Pictures-app.. They were apparently still lying around in my phones Others-section clogging up some diskspace. Deleted those and now my Others-section has shrunk from about 7gigs to absolutely 0!! I still have my OneDrive-autosynd turned on, because I read somewhere that they should have fixed this problem in the latest firmwareupdates, but the future will tell…

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