How to Sync Windows Phone to PC

If you own a smartphone, chances are you want to sync data on your phone such as documents, music, photos or videos to your PC or move stuff from your PC to the phone. If you own a Windows Phone device, you have a number of options to sync your phone to your PC, although they are not the most intuitive methods available.

If you are using Windows Phone 7, you need to make use of the Zune PC software for syncing. If you own a Windows Phone 8 you can make use of the Windows Phone app for syncing. If your PC is running Windows 10, then the Windows Phone Companion app should do the trick. Whatever method you use, it all involves connecting your Windows Phone to your PC. Let’s take a closer look at some of the methods available to sync your Windows Phone to your PC.

How to Sync Windows Phone to PC Using File Explorer

Whatever Windows Phone version you own, if you need to do a quick transfer of photos or videos from one device to another, the simplest way to do it is by connecting your phone to your PC using a USB cable.

1. Open Windows Explorer, otherwise called File Explorer.

2. On the left pane, under Computer (also called This PC), click your phone’s name, then click Phone.

3. Right-click the files you want to copy and click Copy.

4. Navigate to the location where you want to copy the file to, and click Paste to complete the file transfer.

Sync Windows Phone 8 to PC Using Windows Phone App for Desktop

The Windows Phone App for Desktop (Works on PCs running Windows 7 and Windows 8) lets you sync photos, videos, songs, music playlists, podcasts from iTunes or Windows Libraries, and songs that can be used as ringtones between your phone and PC. If you are using a Mac you can get the Windows Phone app for Mac instead. The only downside to this method is that the app may not be available in all countries. To sync your Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 device using the app:

1. Download and install the Windows Phone app for desktop.
2. Connect your phone to your PC using a USB cable.
3. In the Windows Phone app for desktop wizard that opens up, if necessary, check the box that says Import photos and videos to my PC.

sync windows phone to pc using Windows phone app for desktop

4. Then select the option to sync music, videos and more from iTunes or Windows Libraries.

5. Then click Continue.

6. In the next screen, you will see all the music files available on your PC for syncing. You can select the photos, videos, podcasts and ringtones tab to see the respective files in that category that is available for syncing.

sync wizard

At the bottom of the screen, you can also see how much space you have on your phone and SD card. You can select individual files for syncing, sync all or add and remove folders before syncing.

7. If you want to sync the data on your phone to your PC, select the phone tab at the top right corner of the wizard. Then select the items you want to sync and hit the Save to PC button.

sync phone to pc

When the sync process is complete you can close the dialog and unplug the USB.

Sync Windows Phone 8 to PC Using Windows Phone App

If your PC is running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you can use the Modern/Metro app called Windows Phone app to sync your files. The app displays files with thumbnail previews making the transfer process a lot easier. Here’s how to do it.

1. Download and install the Windows Phone metro app.

2. Open up the app on your PC.

windows phone app

3. Connect your phone to your PC using a USB cable.

4. On the Welcome screen, click All done.

5. In the next screen, scroll horizontally on the app until you see the Add to Phone option.

6. Click the Add to phone button to see a dropdown list of items you can sync.

add to phone

7. Select an option and then select the files you want to sync with your phone. All the files you click on will appear at the bottom of the screen. Once you’ve selected everything, click Add.

select files to sync

Your files should now be synced.

Conclusion

Despite the availability of different methods for syncing your Windows Phone to your PC the fact remains that Windows Phone users are still getting a raw deal when it comes to an intuitive method of moving data around. Using a wired option is highly unpopular but is the only one available at the moment. One hopes that Microsoft will make it possible to sync data over WiFi sooner rather than later.

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