Windows Phone 8.1 users will be able to keep their apps in a folder

Windows Phone 8.1 users will be able to keep their apps in a folder
Microsoft took down an article on its support site for Windows Phone, that hinted at folders for downloaded and installed apps. While this feature is currently available for iOS and Android users, those toting a handset powered by Microsoft's mobile OS, have been unable to organize the apps they download from the Windows Phone Store.

According to the now-removed article, this feature would work similar to the app folders used on iOS, and some versions of  Android. App icons are dragged, one on top of another, stacked up inside a folder, which you can rename. The folders would be available on the start screen, but in order to have this feature, the user must have Windows Phone 8.1 running his handset.

The phrasing on the instructions note that "you need to have Windows Phone 8.1 Update installed on your phone," which makes it sound as though this feature will be coming in an update to Windows Phone 8.1, rather than being a feature that comes with the Windows Phone 8.1 update. The good news is that the article explaining how to create an apps folder was saved before Microsoft removed it, and you can read it for yourself by clicking on the sourcelink. This way, once Windows Phone 8.1 is released (which could be as soon as next month), you will know exactly how to put your apps inside a folder.

With Windows Phone 8.1, users will be able to store apps in a folder

With Windows Phone 8.1, users will be able to store apps in a folder


source: Webcache, TheVerge via Engadget

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40 Comments

1. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

There is an app from Nokia that offers similar functionality. but native support is always better.

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yes, the new way is much easier, and with it being native I'm sure your folders will backup with the rest of the OS,,, something that App Folder doesn't currently do... WP8.1 just keeps getting better, and better..

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah true, only this thing can be done by WP. Keep getting better and better.

11. benhar156

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

These are basic features and they should've been there from the start. But they keep on releasing uncompleted product and when they complete it, they say its a 'brand new feature'.

15. LikeMyself

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Android is like a complete car. iOS more or less. WP only the chassis without seats, steering wheel, tires, windows, lights,... So when they add a seat or one tire they say it's brand new feature. Next update is other missing wheels. For some people, a car with only the chassis and one tire with Nokia brand is awesome!

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is to them, Apple does the same thing with their stuff, including all new features such as the thinner font. It really is getting tedious for these companies and they'll call anything a feature now because they're running out of actual features.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

@benhar156, you do know that android does not have an official folder app from ASOP, samsung etc all have to use their own or use one that is already made. (i forget if kitkat gave them one finally)

36. Blazers

Posts: 699; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Yep. With stock android (including Kitkat) can only create folders on the home screens, not the app drawer. Touchwiz and LG offer this feature, and Google should too. And no, the "just use a launcher" argument doesn't count.

26. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

So when android was four years old (2007, technically!) did it have what it does now? No? How about when IOS was? No? WP is still new and a completely different OS, not an evolution of Windows Mobile, and - surprise! - adding, testing, and refining features takes time, just as it does for other software. By your logic Windows 1.0 should have been equivalent to Windows 8.1, and the original Macintosh would have launched with Yosemite. Let's see you do better.

38. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Don't reply to the pathetic haters.... We know WP is awesome. That's the end of it❕

2. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I use folders all of the time on my 1520... Really PA? ........... App Folder by Microsoft Mobile, only for Lumia Devices, so it's available for pretty much all WP devices right now... ........... Check out "App Folder" for Windows Phonehttp://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=7d2e7de3-95e7-4143-8a9d-aedf8c3f901e ...........https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=85F5D4AD91CF254C!37830&authkey=!ACvv4ywpln57E28&v=3&ithint=photo%2c.png ................. Get it together Phone Arena!

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Actually, Samsung, and I think HTC, have their own very similar versions of App Folder... They've been around longer than App Folder!

5. LordChristoff

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 29, 2014

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh that feature that IOS and Android have had for ages now? Good to see Windows have finally caught up.

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Ohhhh you need to catch up.. Your knowledge of WP is obviously worse than Phone Arena's... Lol!!! :-o:-o:-o:-o

14. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

@LordChristoff, considering IOS and android have been around for so long compared to windows phone, id say they are actually doing a good job at adding features

16. LikeMyself

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Actually it's a feature Symbian has since long time ago in the past. The new generation has finally caught on one feature. Next is 100s other features which daddy Symbian had for ages!

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

actually no, android until their very latest release, has never had a native file folder shipped to oem's.

23. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Dafuq are you talking, folders are on *AOSP android since 4.0 ICS. But if you are talking about app drawer folders then no, stock android doesnt offer it yet(doesnt matter though we are talking about homescreens of both OSes and android can enable drawer folders via launchers and other OEMs offer it too).

32. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Yah, Sony UI can have app folders in the drawer. Not sure of other OEMs tho.

7. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

This article was posted at 00:00. Lol

8. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, Alan must be posting in his sleep.. Lol!

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Why he need to post about wp folder? Thought MS already announced it in their windows 8.1 update.

12. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Finally something to cheer for WP fans who must be having a party for this. Surely they deserve the basic which has been denied to them for so long. Now won't be feeling so sad for them.

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

So no apps and games is not the only problem on WP. And our Grandpa boasts so much superiority, creating spam ads on PA like a shill. Poor him.

24. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I see summer is taking a real toll on your brain (which was anyway not so bright to begin with). Don't you have any homework or summer assignments to complete? Don't waste your time on a platform with "no apps and games". Go and spend more time on your books. It'll help you get good grades and also help you to get into a good college.

29. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Meh, Grandpa, seems like you have anything to argue. You have clearly lost it. Everytime you have same sh*t 1. Summer vacations homework bla bla 2. Wwe watch bla bla I owned you now fanboy.http://i.imgur.com/pXNsO3o.jpg

39. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

This guy, and college??.... Maybe a school for special needs, but no,, not a "regular" college.... Look at him! He's lucky if he can even tie his shoes.

18. dr.c33

Posts: 19; Member since: May 31, 2014

good for WP8.1. im looking forward to the day where i can come back to it. and LOL at those WP fanboys. remember they said that a notification, a file manager, and folder support are all useless features? "WE HAVE TILES, A NOTIFICATION CENTER IS MESSY" "WE DONT NEED A FILE MANAGER, WE DONT NEED TO MANAGE OUR FILES" "FOLDERS ARE STUPID, OUR TILES ARE THE BEST" Now they are claiming their OS is getting better because of them? Fanboys will be fanboys...But WP is making progress.

22. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Very true. Best comment ever bro. +1

25. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The OS was already great in our WP "fanboys" minds before the 8.1 update. But just to appease you haters and naysayers, who trolled on WP for not having a notification center and native file manager, we now boast about the new features. The thing is, no matter what a rival OS does, good or bad, you fandroids always squirt out negative stuff off of your brains. Go and get your backsides washed off the Scroogle juice.

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