Microsoft made a debatable move when they unified their mobile and desktop operating systems making it seamlessly integrated. If you own a Windows Phone, here is the method to sync Windows Phone 8 with a computer.
The experience is extremely user-friendly. All you have to do is to connect the phone to the PC via the USB cable and this should begin an automatic download of the Windows Phone app for Desktop . This app will help synchronizing data between the phone and the computer.
How to Sync Windows Phone 8 With Windows 8 Computer
The user can sync data once the phone is connected to the system and the sync software is downloaded and installed. The app will launch automatically. In case it does not, go to the Start Screen and search for the app by typing “windows phone”. Click on the application as shown in the image below.
In the first connection of the phone and the PC, a pop up will appear (image below) asking if the user wants to participate in WP app improvement program which is a personal choice.
After that, the phone can be given a custom name for easy recognition.
Once the phone is connected, photos can be set for automatic import. The option can be undone later if not required.
Next the user can choose between Windows Libraries or iTunes to sync and press Continue.
Windows explorer or File Explorer can be used on the PC to transfer files between the Windows Phone 8 and the PC. While moving content to phone, remember to save content to appropriate folders so that it is easier to locate them later.
In the applications main screen the user can see their list of photos, music and videos.
Scrolling to the right the user can see what is available in the store and in the internet. Using this interface, apps can be searched, downloaded and installed directly to the phone.
Photos, Music or Videos can be added by clicking on the respective icons. Another screen comes, where in the user has to click on Files to select a directory.
Click on Add More to check out more options available and navigate to the desired location.
Syncing can also be done via SkyDrive but it is suggested to be used only if the user has access to Wi-Fi as otherwise it will drain the phone’s battery and data charge will be high.
This happens automatically, all contacts get imported from the Microsoft account of the user. If another account or service is added, contacts are imported from there too.
Windows Phone Settings
Go to the Charm Bar and go to Settings. Under Preferences, options are available to rename the phone, switch on/off automatic import, auto resize pictures on phone etc. Using Permissions, the user can determine to what level the application is allowed to process.