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Cell Phone Data Transfer - How to Complete Cell Phone Data Transfers

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Transferring data from a desktop or laptop and putting it on your cell phone is a simple process that usually takes minutes to do. In most cases, your cell phone provider will give you the necessary equipment, such as a Micro SD card, a USB cable, and a starter booklet that goes over your phone and its features.

The steps in transferring data are simple. The first thing, of course, is to find out whether your cell phone will allow for data transfers. Newer cell and smartphones allows for the transferring of music, videos, and documents from a home or business computer to a cell phone or vice versa. Most smartphones will have a certain platform that runs on them, like Windows Mobile, which allows for the viewing, creating, and editing of documents or files from the phone.

If you’re using a cell phone that allows for music or video transferring or a smartphone that allows for other options like documents or files, you are now ready for a data transfer.

To begin, make sure you have a USB data cable that works with your cell phone. This cable allows you to connect your cell phone to your computer via a USB port. If you’ve just purchased your phone, this should come with the phone; if not, you can purchase one either from your local phone dealer or online. If you are using a smartphone, you may need to download a syncing program.

A sync program allows for your smartphone to be updated with your calendar, contacts, or email. Popular sync programs are for Blackberry phone or phone running Windows mobile software. These programs are usually free for download. Once you have the USB cable and any syncing software, just plug in the cable to a USB slot on your computer. Then plug in your phone.

Depending on which operating system you’re using, the computer should automatically see that a new removable device has been installed. If this is the first time you’ve used it, it may take some time to install the necessary drivers to allow the program to work. This usually takes no more than five to seven minutes. Your device will then be opened as a folder on your computer. From here, you can transfer music and videos from one folder to another.

If you use Windows Media Player on your computer, you can also transfer music and videos this way as well. Just open the media player; depending on the version you use (current is WMP12), your device will show up on the left hand navigation menu as being another drive under My Computer. On the right hand side, it will show up as an MP3 player device. You can then take your music and videos from Windows Media Player and drag and drop them into your cell phone.

If you’re using a smartphone, you have a greater ability of cell phone data transfers as you have the added ability of transferring files, documents, and even pictures from your computer to your smartphone and vice versa. The Windows Media Player method described above works for smartphones too, but there are other ways of transferring data to your cell phone.

Smartphones will sometimes require the extra program that allows users to sync their calendar, email, and contacts from their home or work computer to their phone. These programs included Microsoft’s Active Sync (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/help/synchronize/device-synch.mspx) for Windows mobile phones and Blackberry Desktop (http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/desktop/) for Blackberry phones.
The Windows Mobile Device Center is for those users running Windows 7. Software like WMDC allow a Windows user to sync their information from Microsoft Outlook, as well as create, edit, and view documents from Microsoft Word, spreadsheets form Excel, and view Powerpoint slides.

From the software’s interface, users are presented with transferring photos, media, or files from a list of options. There will also be options to set up how your phone and desktop sync with each other. For instance, if you only want the last month’s appointments to show on your phone, you can select that as an option.

Data transfers to a cell phone are quick and easy and ensure you have your favorite media wherever you go.

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