How to sync your Windows Phone on a Mac using Windows Phone 7 Connector
When Nokia announced back in February that they would use Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 (WP7) platform for their high-end smart phones, I became a little bit worried. I would have to use VM, Parallels or BootCamp to access the PC-only Zune software to sync the device. I was afraid that there isn’t an application to sync a WP7 on my Mac. Windows Phone 7 Connector Version 2.0 (110823) can be downloaded for free from the App Store or by simply clicking on this link. Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac is different from Zune or iTunes, it reminds me of doubletwist desktop version.
Note: The screenshots I took are from a Nokia Lumia 800 connected to my MacBook but this How to article applies to any WP7 device.
First, you will need to connect your phone to your Mac via USB cable and it should find your device immediately.
You will see your device name on the left side and below you can chose any of the following Music, Photos & Videos, Movies & TV Shows, Podcast, Ringtones, Browse device.
You can sync your Music, Movies & TV Shows, Podcasts, and Ringtones from your iTunes library and Photos & Videos from iPhoto. Check the stuff you would like to transfer to your WP7 device and click on the Sync button.
When you click on the Browse Device section, you will notice there are 3 sections: Music, Movies, and Photos. For each section, you can delete selected items, import selected items or preview them.
On the main page, you will find two buttons: App Marketplace and Device Options…
App Marketplace opens the Marketplace landing page on WindowsPhone.com. There are a big number of apps, games you can download for your device.
Device Options … is the place where you can:
Rename your device,
Sync options: various settings
Device options: Delete all content or Delete sync partnership between Mac and WP7 device.
Check for update, Create or Restore a backup. It takes a long time to restore from a backup, transferring back upped data from the MacBook onto the WP7 device.
Note: Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac doesn’t copy DRM protected media over to your WP7 device.
I hope this ‘how to’ article was easy to follow. Let us know if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions by leaving a comment below.