Syncing Your Phone
No matter what kind of smartphone you’re using, you can sync the phone with Windows 7 and transfer files—including pictures, music, videos, and Office Mobile documents—to your computer. This gives you great flexibility in the media and files you enjoy on your phone and enables you to share the files with your computer so you have access to them anywhere. The process is different, depending on the operating system of the phone you use.
Connecting Your Windows Phone 7
Excitement is growing about the Windows Phone 7 because of its beautiful touchscreen, full-featured mobile operating system, and easy integration with Microsoft programs. This phone—which is available from a handful of providers—enables you to make the most of touch capability and download and use more than 10,000 apps.
- Begin by connecting your phone to a USB port on your computer.
When prompted, click Get Software.
You are taken to Microsoft’s Zune site. Click Download Now.
In the File Download dialog box, click Run to download the software and click Run again.
- Disconnect your phone as prompted and click Install.
- You are prompted to let the Zune software restart your computer and then reconnect your Windows 7 phone. The Zune software launches automatically.
- To begin the sync, click Start and then click Skip. Click the icon in the lower-left corner of the Zune window to check your phone sync status.
- Click the phone and PC icon (alternately) to sync items from the phone to your computer and vice versa. Drag and drop the files you want to sync.
Connecting Your Windows 6 Phone
If you’re using a Windows phone model made prior to Windows Phone 7, your phone uses an earlier mobile operating system, such as Windows Mobile 6.5. This means that you need to download and install Windows Mobile Device Center (instead of Zune, for the Windows Phone 7) to be able to synchronize the files on your phone and your computer.
- Using your web browser, go to Microsoft Downloads (www.microsoft.com/downloads) and enter Windows Mobile Device Center in the search box.
- Click Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 for Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit, depending on which type of computer you have).
- After you download and install the software (the utility will lead you through the steps), plug your phone in to an available USB port and double-click the Windows Mobile Device Center icon on your desktop.
- Click Mobile Device Settings and choose how you want Windows Mobile Device Center to handle any conflict when syncing files between your phone and PC.
- Set sync preferences for picture files by clicking Pictures, Music and Video.
- Click Pictures/Video Import Settings.
- Click the arrow and choose the location where you want imported files to be stored.
- Change other import options as needed.
- Click OK.