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Sync and get updates with my Mac

The Windows Phone app for Mac (formerly the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac) is the tool you need to sync your favorite music, photos and videos, movies and TV shows, and podcasts from your Mac with your Windows Phone. You can also copy files from your phone to your Mac, update your Windows Phone software, and restore your phone to a backup.

The Windows Phone app is available in the Mac App Store.

To sync music, pictures, videos, and podcasts

  1. Connect your Windows Phone to your Mac using the USB cable that came with your phone.

  2. In the left pane, click the type of media that you want to sync (Music, Photos & Videos, Movies & TV Shows, or Podcasts), and then do one of the following:

    • To sync music, select the Sync music from iTunes library check box.
    • To sync photos and videos, select the Sync photos and videos from iPhoto library or the Sync photos and videos from the Aperture library check box (depending on which library you're using). To include videos too, select the Include videos check box as well.
    • To sync movies and TV shows, select the Sync movies and TV shows from iTunes library check box.
    • To sync podcasts, select the Sync podcasts from iTunes library check box.
  3. Select the files you want to sync, and then click Sync.

    Notes

    • Protected media files (such as protected MPEG-4 files) in your iTunes libraries can't be synced.
    • To add a file to your phone manually (rather than syncing it), drag it from the Finder to the phone icon in the Sidebar and drop it there.
    • If the Windows Phone app doesn't recognize your phone when you connect it, try unplugging it and connecting it again. If that still doesn't work, press and hold the Power button on your phone and swipe down to turn off the phone, then turn it on again. That should fix it.

To add ringtones to your phone

The Windows Phone app identifies the music files that will work as ringtones so you can use them on your phone. To learn how to work with them once they're on your phone, see Ringtones, sounds, and volume.

  1. Connect your Windows Phone to your Mac using the USB cable that came with your phone.

  2. In the Sidebar, click Ringtones.

  3. Select the files you want to add, then click Send to Phone.

To copy files from your phone to your Mac

You can select individual files on your phone to copy (or import) to your Mac. For example, if you took a picture or a video on your phone, you can import it directly into iPhoto or Aperture on your Mac.

  1. Connect your Windows Phone to your Mac using the USB cable that came with your phone.

  2. In the Sidebar, click Browse Device, and then select the files you want to copy. (You can hold Shift or Command to select multiple files.)

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Click Import Selected Items to copy the files to the corresponding library on your Mac.
    • Drag and drop the files to your Desktop or to a specific folder.

To update your Windows Phone 7 software

You can install updates to your phone with the Windows Phone app for Mac. If an update is available, you'll be notified when you connect your phone to your Mac and start the app.

  1. Connect your Windows Phone to your Mac using the USB cable that came with your phone.

  2. In the left pane, click the device name (don't click the media type).

  3. Click Install Updates.

To sync your phone with more than one Mac

It's possible to sync your Windows Phone with multiple computers. You can sync media files from multiple PCs and Macs, but you can only manage your media files on the computer the files originated from.

  1. Using the USB cable that came with your Windows Phone, connect your phone to a different Mac than you originally synced with.

  2. Click Enable Sync, and then follow the instructions above for syncing media files.

To restore a backup to your phone

When you update your phone using the Windows Phone app for Mac, we'll automatically back up your phone software and settings for safekeeping. If your phone has problems after an update, you can restore it to its pre-update version and state. For more information about how this works, see Restore a backup to my phone.

  1. Connect your Windows Phone to your Mac using the USB cable that came with your phone.

  2. In the left pane, click the name of your phone, and then click Device Options.

  3. Click Restore, and then follow the instructions to restore your phone to the most recent backup. (If the Restore button is unavailable, it probably means that there is no backup available for this phone.)

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