I have a Nokia Lumia 1520.3 running WP 8.1 with Lumia Cyan. I was given the option of storing media files to SD memory instead of internal phone memory. When choosing SD memory the files are sent to the SD card, however internal phone storage shows empty folders labeled as follows:

  • Internal Phone Storage
    • Documents
    • Downloads
    • Music
    • Pictures
    • Ringtones
    • Videos

I am unable to remove these empty folders from the internal storage. The error given is:

These folders are write protected, remove write protection and try again.

How does one remove the write protection on a Windows Phone 8.1 device? I have tried disabling all sync and backup and made sure the folders are not in use. There is no option for properties to disable write protection when connected to a Windows 8.1 PC. Please clarify if this is possible.

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    Why do you even want to remove those folders? – Indrek Jan 29 '15 at 22:15

Windows Phone 8.1 relies on those folders being present as each of them is used by at least one OS app (like Music for the Xbox Music app). So the OS won't allow you to delete those.

  • The SD card folders can be deleted, however the internal storage on the phone has empty folders which can not. If I am not using the internal storage to store the pics and music then those folders are useless and cause confusion in apps such as "File". Why have an empty folder shortcut in an app if it will never be used... – John Crockett Jan 30 '15 at 0:30
  • I'm sorry, I misread the part about the SD Card, so I removed my last two sentences. Still, the OS requires those folders to exist as they are the default location for all those apps to look for files. I assume the apps might store some additional data in those folders that is not visible to the user, but that's only speculation. – Thomas Jan 30 '15 at 0:39

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