Using Windows Phone Connector for Mac

April 17, 2011, By Christian Cawley

If you use a Mac, but also have a Windows Phone, you might think that your options are pretty limited. After all, the Zune client software isn’t available for Mac OS X, so how would you connect your phone to your computer?

The answer comes in the shape of the Windows Phone 7 Connector, an application from Microsoft that is available free and allows Mac users to sync their phone with their computer. Synced items include music, film, TV, and podcasts that can be copies from any iTunes library to a Windows Phone or Zune HD device.

Meanwhile pictures and video from your phone will be synced back to your Mac. The Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac is easy to install and use, so let’s take a look at how Mac owners with a Windows Phone can take advantage of it!

Using Windows Phone Connector for Mac

Download and Install Windows Phone 7 Connector

To get started with the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac, visit www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-gb/apps/mac-connector.aspx and select Download now. Next, select the link labelled Open in Mac App Store, and the program will open, ready to be downloaded.

As the Mac App Store is required to install the Windows Phone 7 Connector, your Mac will need to be running Mac OS X 10.6.

In order to start the software, connect your Windows Phone 7 to your Mac via the USB cable; if it doesn’t open, find the software in Applications and launch it from there.

Syncing Media to Your Windows Phone 7

With the software running, you will see a console similar to that illustrated above – this is the Windows Phone 7 Connector interface, and you will use the navigation pane on the left to perform sync tasks.

To sync music from iTunes, for instance, select Music on the left, and in the Media list check the Sync music from iTunes Library box. A similar process should be followed for photos & videos, movies & TV shows and podcasts.

All you need to do then is select the items you wish to sync from your Mac to your Windows Phone (or Zune HD) and then select Sync!

Configuring Device and Sync Behaviour

When you first connect your Windows Phone device to your Mac, the Windows Phone 7 Connector will display your device model along with a meter showing how full the device is and the type of content that is synced to it. This section is visible as you sync more content, allowing you to keep track of the amount of data you have synced.

With the Device View open you also have access to the Device Options, a screen for adjusting how the software and your phone behave. For instance, you can set a Device name for your phone or Zune HD, set various sync options such as Automatic sync, and even Delete All Content from the phone.

Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac is a useful OS X-based alternative to the Windows Zune client, and gives you all of the sync tools you will need for your phone or Zune HD!

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