Connect, Sync Windows Phone 8 With Windows 8 PC – Twothirds.Us

Connect, Sync Windows Phone 8 With Windows 8 PC – Twothirds.Us

Connect, Sync Windows Phone 8 With Windows 8 PC – Twothirds.Us

Keeping your devices and services in sync is a great way to stay organized and have access to all the information you need. This includes documents, contacts, pictures, videos, and music. Properly managing your settings and sync options will eliminate any worries about losing this data, which is one of the main reasons to invest in a smartphone. In this post, we will discuss how to sync a Windows Phone 8 device with a Windows 8 PC. Note that the steps are the same for all WP8 phones, but for this demonstration, we will be using a Nokia Lumia 920.

Connecting your Phone

Windows Phone app for desktop bridges the gap between your phone and your computer. You can search the Store to download it or connect your phone to your PC for automatic download.

For Windows Phone 7.x, use the Zune software. Mac users have a dedicated Windows Phone app.

To connect your phone to the PC, use the USB cable from your phone pack.

Getting Started

Once you have the software and connect the device to your machine, it should launch the app on its own. If it does not, search for the app by going to the Start Screen and typing “windows phone.” Click on the application in the image below to get started.

When you connect for the first time, you will be asked if you want to participate in the WP app improvement program. It’s your personal call there.

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Afterward, you will see a screen asking you to give a name to your phone. Choose a name if you do not like the default.

Additionally, you can choose to set automatic import for photos when your phone is connected. Don’t worry, you can change it later as well.

Synchronizing Contents

When you reach the main screen of the application, you will see your list of photos, music, and videos.

Connect, Sync Windows Phone 8 With Windows 8 PC – Twothirds.Us

When you scroll right, you can see what’s in the store and online. You can search, download, and install apps directly from this interface.

Connect, Sync Windows Phone 8 With Windows 8 PC – Twothirds.Us

To add more content like photos, music, and videos, click on one of the icons. On the next screen, select a directory under “Files.” The listed options are your libraries. If the list doesn’t include what you need, click on “Add more” for additional options. From there, you can navigate to the desired location.

Connect, Sync Windows Phone 8 With Windows 8 PC – Twothirds.Us

You can navigate to the phone directory through Windows File Explorer. There, you can add, delete, and copy content between your phone and computer.

Connect, Sync Windows Phone 8 With Windows 8 PC – Twothirds.Us

One more way to sync is through SkyDrive. You can find the details here. We recommend doing it mainly while connected to Wi-Fi to extend battery life and save on data costs.

Syncing Contacts

You don’t need to worry about doing this on your PC. If you have a Microsoft account (which you must have if you have Windows Phone), all your contacts will be imported from there. Additionally, when you add another email account or service, your contacts will be imported from there as well, such as Google Contacts.

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Connect, Sync Windows Phone 8 With Windows 8 PC – Twothirds.Us

Windows Phone Settings

There are preferences and permissions that you can adjust when the application is open. Access the Charm Bar and navigate to Settings. Under Preferences, you can rename the phone, enable/disable automatic import, and resize pictures on the phone, among other options.

Connect, Sync Windows Phone 8 With Windows 8 PC – Twothirds.Us

Through Permissions, you will be able to control the level of access and notifications that the application can process.

Connect, Sync Windows Phone 8 With Windows 8 PC – Twothirds.Us

Conclusion

This guide explains how to connect your Windows Phone 8 to your Windows 8 computer. We cover the basics and provide tips for learning advanced options on your own.

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