I really like my Lumia 820, but I am becoming frustrated by the lack of a file manager.
I have read a few discussions on here and searched elsewhere and the replies seem to state that the phone does not, nor will it have, a file manager type facility to be able to access the files on my SD card.
Before binning my woeful BB Torch, I ensured that all my files were stored to the memory card and now cannot find a way to access those files on my phone.
Why should I connect it via USB, or remove the memory card, to be abel to access the data?
Am I missing something, or is this a design flaw?
Many thaniks in advance for any replies.
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It will never have a file manager and it is not a design flaw. Microsoft has done it this way for security reasons. Files are specific to each app and not shared.
The WP8 OS does not allow access to the file structure on the phone and you can only handle media and office files via the PC app. It is the way the OS is designed.
So I can have a memory card in the phone, but cannot access any files on that card, unless they are viewable in a particular app - so I can see the photos on the card, read any office documents, but cannot access any other file type without plugging the phone into a PC?
You say that's not a design flaw and it may make it more secure, but it also makes the memory card fairly pointless - I cannot access the files on the card, to gain the information on it, without connecting to a PC, which defies the point of having a mobile "smart" phone.
Other than this (minor) inconvenience, I am loving the lumia!
It makes the phone more secure by isolating data files to specific apps. In this way your files are safe from malware, hackers etc, which will have no access to them, well in theory anyway. Microsoft had a lot of security issues in the past. Some think they have gone a little overboard with this.
For the moment, the memory card has limited use. I am sure more and more apps will be able to make use of it in time.
Guys, I really didn't undestand.
I have transferd (pc connected to phone), many files (word and excel) in the memory card and the phone memory. I have Office app installed. Nevertheless when I open it I just see word and excell sample files so I can't see and open them.
What I did wrong so cannot see them. I know that could use Skydrive instead, but I want to keep in the pohne some files and access them with office app.
Please for help.
You might want to check the document format, which version of office is it?
You have to transfer files to the Phone>Documents Folder
They should appear on handset under Office > Places > phone
Another test... email document as attachment to your phone.
open attachment, should launch in office, click "..." and "save as", select the phone in "Save to".
The phone will not recognise a Documents folder on the SD Card, it can be there for storage.
I mostly use a Mac so I use skydrive most of the time.
This is what I did. Tranfered them in phone, place but when open the office app they are not visile. The version of files is Office 2003, but I sent them trgiugh email and the phone open them. But if they are more files this is big work to transfer them trough email and store them. Same big work is put them into skydrive and download them after. Sometime there is no wifi.
Gyus is this a software limitation or I'm doing something wrong?
Please for help!