Getting started

Synchronising your Windows Phone

If you want to move media or sync things between your computer and your Windows Phone, a good way to start is by looking at what type of computer you have.

If you have a PC running Windows 10

The Phone Companion app is built in to Windows 10, and it will tell you how to automatically get the things you love from your PC to your phone or tablet. (You can also plug your phone or tablet into your PC and use File Explorer to move files manually.) Search for "Phone Companion" in the search box on your PC's taskbar to open it. Learn more about Phone Companion

Accidentally removed the app from your PC? Get the Phone Companion app

If you have a different version of Windows

Have a look at Which apps can I use to sync with my computer? to see which apps work on which computer. And if you're trying to figure out how to sync your contacts, calendar and emails, see the list of topics following this table, which have detailed instructions.

Windows Phone app

A modern app for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Windows Phone app for desktop

A classic app for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Windows Explorer

A way to move files manually

Automatically copy photos and videos to your computer when you plug in your phone


Move music, ringtones, podcasts, photos and videos between your phone and your computer


Sync with iTunes


Copy documents between your phone and your computer



Move music, photos, videos and ringtones between your phone and your SD card



More ways to sync

You don't need to use an app to sync some things, like your contacts, calendar or emails. Here are detailed instructions to help you get those things added to your phone, including additional info for synchronising your docs and music.

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