How Do I Connect and Sync an Android Device to Windows?

In this tutorial, you will learn:

      • why syncing files is important
      • how to use your charging cable
      • how to connect your Android device to your Windows computer
      • how to navigate sync options
      • how to change sync settings
      • how to sync your files to your computer

Sometimes it is necessary to move files from your phone to your computer, but the user needs a more streamlined, easier process than emailing the files to themselves.  Although most files saved to the phone may be synced to the computer, most people typically transfer music, photos, and videos from their phones to their computers.  It is also possible to sync files on the computer to your phone.  People typically download music, photos, and documents from their computers to their phones.

Introduction

Although there are many ways to sync your Android device with a Windows computer, the simplest way would be to physically connect the phone to the computer via USB cable. This cable is the same one that you use to charge your phone.
Getting Started
Simply remove the cable from the wall charger (Image 1).

 

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Image 1

 

Connecting Your Phone to Your Computer

The end that was in the wall adaptor end plugs into a USB port on the computer (Image 2).

 

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Image 2

 

 

Syncing Files from Your Phone to Your Computer

After connecting your phone, your computer will recognize it as a USB device.  Usually, this prompts window to appear that looks like this:

 

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Image 3

The different prompts allow different things to happen.  Don’t be alarmed if your prompts don’t match the ones in this picture.  Some of these are determined by the software on the computer.  The computer being used for this imagery has Windows Live Photo Gallery and Adobe Elements Organizer 9.0.  Your computer may or may not have these options, or you may have other options this computer does not have.

The top three options are usually standard for any Windows computer.  The first selection, “Sync digital media files to this device using Windows Media Player” allows you to select media (usually music, but may also include videos) saved to your computer to be sent to your mobile device.

The second option, “Open device to view files using Windows Explorer” allows you to use your computer to search the files on your mobile device, similar to when you plug in a USB device.  You can move files within the device or from the device to your computer, copy files from the device to the computer, delete files from the mobile device, or any other options usually available when performing the same functions on a computer.

The final option, “Import pictures and videos using Windows” is one that will probably be most beneficial (Image 4).  This option gives your computer permission to search your entire device for all pictures and videos saved to it.  This may be a good option for moving pictures and videos you take to your computer.

 

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Image 4

 

Changing Import Settings

By clicking “Import Settings,” you can determine where the files your computer is accepting from your mobile device are going, how they should be named, if you want the files imported to be deleted from the mobile device, and many other options  (Image 5).

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Image 5

 

 

By now, you should know how to:

      • connect your Android device to your Windows computer
      • navigate sync settings
      • change sync settings

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