PREMISE: This question has been asked previously, but I could not find useful answer on other threads, and, for the reasons I'll now explain, I cannot be satisfied by superficial considerations nor invitations to desist because "is so/too difficult, impossible, etc...".

QUESTION: My mother has a LUMIA 630 with windows phone 8.1; while using it, she had the brilliant idea to download a (wetransfer) .zip file (using internet explorer) of 1.37 GB. Space on phone memory is an issue, now.

So, I'd like to free that space, which means, delete that 1.37GB file, which, many of you will know, is nothing made simple by Microsoft. Needless to say that "files" file manager and other similar apps won't find that file. This question in facts resembles questions on how to get to explore filesystem, gain root access, etc.

Please, help me, and if you're not that experienced, don't answer me "is impossible". Thank you


There are two solution for you,

Solution 1:

  1. Since the download is incomplete the file may be possibly be in Internet Explorer cache.
  2. Open Internet Explorer.
  3. Clear all browsing data.

Solution 2:

  1. This process involves accessing system files so proceed with care.
  2. Unlock your Windows phone(normal screen unlock).
  3. Connect your phone to a Linux OS.
  4. You can access all the system files of Windows Phone via Linux.
  5. Search for the .zip file and delete it.

Note : Some Linux OS such as Fedora has some problems with recognizing Windows phones. Ubuntu works fine in this case.

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