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How To Manage Windows Phone On a Mac

The Windows Phone and Mac OS X are entirely different ecosystems. If you have a Windows Phone and a Windows PC, you need to use the Zune Software to manage it. But what if you are a Windows Phone and Mac user? Windows Phone 7 Connector lets you manage your Microsoft phone on your Mac OS X computer.

You’ll need a Mac running OS X 10.6 or later. In this example I am using Apple OS X Lion 10.7.3 running on a Mac Mini.

Open the Mac App Store and install Windows Phone 7 Connector – It’s free.

Mac App Store

It downloads and installs and you’ll find Windows Phone 7 Connector in Launchpad.
App in LaunchPad

Start the app and you’re greeted with the following screen. Now connect your Windows Phone to your Mac with the micro USB cable.

Connect Phone

After connecting your Windows phone, the first step is to personalize it.


Next, you’re able to sync music, movies and other media from your iTunes Library to Windows phone. It also supports syncing photos between your iPhoto library.


It’s a familiar iTunes-like interface.

sync music

Click Sync and wait for your items to copy over from your Mac to Windows phone.

syncing items

The software allows you to access the Windows Marketplace. It will open in Safari though, and not directly in the software interface.

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It allows you to manage your phone settings and updates as well.

phone Options

The cool thing is you’ll still be able to use your phone on your PC using the Zune software too.

I guess I don’t know how many Mac users own a Windows phone or vice versa. But, at least you’re able to use your Mac to manage your Windows phone if that is your setup.

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Another interesting thing about this software is if you still have a Zune HD, Windows Phone 7 Connector lets you manage it too.

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