Let’s face it, Windows Phone is so great that even Mac users may want to use a Windows Phone device at one time, but I receive many questions on whether or even how much Mac systems are supported on Windows Phones. Fear not Mac users, if you want a Windows Phone, you can have one and even sync it with your Mac computer.
I think the first thing that needs to be addressed is that the primary client for transferring files to and updating a Windows Phone is the Zune PC client software, which is not available on anything other than Windows, however, there is a solution for Mac users called “Windows Phone Connector for Mac.” The Windows Phone Connector isn’t nearly as full-featured as the Zune PC software, but for most of your needs will be just fine. The supported Windows Phone features are:
- Sync music, movies, TV shows, and podcasts from your existing Apple iTunes library to your Windows Phone or Zune HD (Non DRM-protected files only)
- Sync pictures and videos from your existing Apple iPhoto library to your Windows Phone or Zune HD
- Retrieve pictures and videos taken on your Windows Phone and automatically import them into your existing iPhoto library
- Browse and preview media items stored on your Windows Phone or Zune HD
- Download and install operating system updates for your Windows Phone
*You will also need to have Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later to install the connector software.
Because the Zune software also acts as a source for music, podcasts and video, you will need to download this media from another source, but the Connector will allow you to sync it with your Windows Phone. I went ahead and downloaded the Windows Phone Connector for Mac and tested it on my own Windows Phone. Everything works flawlessly and I can honestly say its a great tool since the Zune software isn’t on the Mac, at least for now.
There is also a helpful website guide setup for support with using the Connector software, click here.
You can find the Windows Phone Connector software for the Mac here.