How To Remove A Start Screen Folder In Lumia Denim

One of the great new features of Lumia Denim are Live folders on your Start screen on your Windows Phone.  This feature allows you to group together applications into one folder instead of having them separately scattered on your Start screen. If you are like me and have moved from iOS or Android, you know how powerful these folders can be in your day-to-day organization on your phone.

There may be a time however where you need to eliminate a Live folder on your Start screen to either save space and prevent long scrolls down your Start screen or you simply don’t need that collection of apps on your Start screen anymore.  It is easy to remove a Live folder from your Start screen but it isn’t exactly intuitive.  In this How To I will show you how to do it in just a few steps.

First, on your Windows Phone Start screen, tap to open up the Live Folder that you want to delete.  The trick on removing the folder is that you

Removing An App From a Live Folder
Removing An App From a Live Folder

have to remove all of the apps within that folder first.  This is what seems to trip up most users. To remove an app, tap-and-hold it until you see Remove Pin icon in the upper right corner of the app’s icon.  From this point you can do one of two things:

  • You can remove the app from your Start screen entirely by tapping that Remove Pin icon
  • You can tap-and-hold the app’s icon and drag it out of the folder and onto your Start screen.  There it will remain so you can access it from your Start screen.

Once you have removed all of the apps from the Live folder it will simply delete itself.

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5 Replies to “How To Remove A Start Screen Folder In Lumia Denim”

  1. Not working, delete al shortcuts from that folder, but the folder it is still there. I use Nokia 530. Restart the phone but with no efect. Thx !

    1. Hi. I had same problem which appears to have been due to a bug. I pinned a webpage to my stay screen and some how held too long and it was placed inside a new folder. When I moved the pin outside the folder, the folder did not disappear like it should have. Even though it appeared to be empty. Solved by opening the folder and long-pressing on all of the blank spaces until I found an invisible (completely black) item. Unlined that one and the folder gone. Hope this helps.

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