How To Setup Wireless Sync on Windows Phone

One of then many advantages Windows Phone has over other mobile platforms is its ability to wirelessly sync photos, music, podcasts and video over your wifi network. With most other platforms, the only way to transfer your media collection to your phone is to manually plug the device into your PC and move the files over. With Windows Phone, you can set it up to send those same files to your phone without plugging directly into your computer.

Here’s how to set it up:

On the first attempt, you will need to connect your phone to your computer via the USB cable that came with the phone.

Using the Zune software, you will click on Settings->Phone->Wireless Sync and then follow the prompts to set up the wireless network with your phone.

You should receive a message that the wireless sync setup has been completed.

There are a few caveats with regards to wireless syncing. Below are the conditions that must be met in order for files to automatically sync to your phone from Microsoft’s Windows Phone website:

  • Your phone and PC are both connected to your home Wi-Fi network. Note that wireless sync is not supported on workplace Wi-Fi networks.
  • Your phone battery has at least a medium-level charge ( ) and your phone is connected to an AC power adapter (that is, your phone must be connected to the wall charger and not connected to your computer).
  • You’re not interacting with your phone. For example, you’re not touching things on the screen, the backlight is off, and music and videos aren’t playing (it’s OK if a song or video is paused).

I usually start seeing my Windows Phone syncing automatically after it has been plugged into an outlet for about 10 minutes or less. The syncing goes pretty quick depending on your wifi network.

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