Clear up your caches to free some space on your Windows Phone 8 device

By clearing up your history of Internet explorer and the caches which are used by Maps you will be able to win some of precious storage back on your Windows Phone 8 device.

How to clear your Internet Explorer history:

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Tap on “more”
  3. Tap on “Settings”
  4. Tap on “Delete History” and acknowledge the the message

Microsoft: Tips for Internet Explorer on your WP8 device

How to clear your maps cache, it’s the same as for Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Maps
  2. Tap on “more”
  3. Tap on “Settings
  4. Tap on “Delete History” and acknowledge the the message

Use Shrink Storage to clear some space on your Windows Phone 8 device


If you have a Windows phone which is eating up your storage space as Cookie Monster devours cookies, you should try out “Shrink Storage”

It is a simple app which is based on filling up/maxing out your “Other” designated memory and than releasing it. The amount of space cleared does depends on your configuration.

Instructions for use:

  1. Install Storage Shrink from the Windows Phone store
  2. Start Shrink Storage and press “Fill Phone Storage”. This might take several minutes.
  3. Reboot your phone
  4. Start Shrink Storage again
  5. Press “Clean Phone Storage”




Storage Shrink @ Windows Store

Save space on your Windows device by disabling the Skydrive auto-upload function

I have noticed on my HTC 8S that when the phone stops responding and it reboots or I will give it a reboot, I will have extra copies of pictures on my phone depending on the amount of reboots the phone has had. This resulted into a lot of excessive use of extra storage space. The only program I could think of  which would do something like this would be the backup function so I disabled this.

Also someone of the team behind Windows Phone has announced to disable the Auto-upload function

You can disable this by doing the following:

  1. Open you app list
  2. Go to “Settings” -> Backup
  3. Disable the auto upload by pressing the function you would like to have disabled. (I would recommend to disable the “Photos” and “app list + settings”)
  4. Reboot your phone

Tip: If you choose to disable the auto upload regarding you “app list + settings”, I do advise to still do this manually every once in a while. If something does happen to your phone you can always retrieve a copy of your settings.