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January 3, 2015

How to: Managing picture files on a Windows Phone

St-11_picmonkeyedSo you got a Windows Phone for Christmas and have been taking loads of pictures which unless you have a microSD card, if not we strongly advise you get one (and configured it to store the pictures) they’re all being stored on your phone taking up valuable storage space.

Basic File Storage – Swipe to the left on the main screen, scroll down till you see the Files app, tap it and up pops the main Files window, showing Phone and SD Card folders. Tapping the SD Card folder then shows you more folders like, Music, Videos, Pictures, Downloads and Documents.

On my SD Card folder you can see it has the number 4 in the bottom right corner, this does not mean I have four pictures but I have four sub-folders, Screenshots, Saved Pictures, Camera Roll and Sample Pictures.
Tapping on Pictures then Screenshots shows I have 14 screenshots I have taken and, you will see the file names all start with wp_ss (WindowsPhone_ScreenShot) followed by the date, in the format of year, month and day, 20150103, finally followed by the file number 0005. Now if you want to change this to a name you can associate with the picture, long press on the file and tap rename then tap the St-10 save icon.

Managing picture files is easier than you think with Windows Phone 8.1 (Cyan). Here we guide you through storing picture files as they take up more room than a document file. There are three ways you can manage storage on a Windows Phone : Computer Storage, Local storage and Cloud Storage.

Computer Storage – These are the files you may have stored on your phone. They include documents, music and pictures. Now, while its far easier to manage these using the apps sometimes one just likes to get down and dirty and take care of it manually. There are several ways of handling this. One way is by making use of a computer. To do this, you’ll need to use the USB cord that came with your Windows Phone and plug it into a computer. Once that’s done and the system has finished installing the necessary drivers for your phone, you should see the phone pop up as a removable drive. You can now manage files using either File explorer or Finder.

Local Storage – The second way is by using a file explorer directly from the phone. Now, while there are many file managers for power-users available in the store, we will focus on Microsoft’s own “Files” app. The app offers basic file management capabilities, allowing you to manage files and folders with ease. You can move files within various folders, delete them or create new folders entirely. It also allows you to share files directly from a folder without needing to open an app first using Windows Phone 8.1’s powerful native sharing capabilities.

Cloud Storage – Here we are going show you a quick guide on Cloud storage. Now there are several Cloud storage apps available, Microsoft’s OneDrive  which is built-in, is easy to set-up, In the setting menu scroll down to ‘backup’ and set which type of files you want to save automatically, it’s as easy as that.
Using a third party app like BOX is a manual operation where something like Flickr Central can be set to auto upload or, the beautiful 500px which is a photo sharing site, to name just three.

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini