Syncing a device manually

To choose the files and playlists that are synced manually, complete the following steps:

1. Turn on your device and connect it to the computer.

2. Check the device to determine whether you need to select a specific syncing option. For example, you may need to specify that you want to sync music or that you want to sync data.

Figure 8-31. Reviewing the device details and setting a device name

3. Start Windows Media Player. If the player is already open and you are viewing the Now Playing window, click the "Switch to Library" button.

4. If the Sync pane is not displayed, click the Sync button. The Sync pane shows the name of the device and the amount of available space.

5. On the Sync pane, create a list of items you want to add to the device by dragging items to the sync list. You can add albums, songs or any other files the device supports to the list. As you add items to the playlist, note the amount of free space remaining.

6. When you've configured your sync list, click Start Sync to start the sync. Similar to when ripping audio CDs, you'll see the sync progress. To see the sync results in the main pane, click the link provided.

7. Repeat this procedure whenever you want to update the device manually in the future.

While a device is syncing, you can stop the sync by clicking Stop Sync, but you won't be able to resume the sync by clicking the Start Sync button. Instead, you'll need to view the sync results by clicking the results provided and then in the main pane you'll see the status of each file. Files with a status of "Synced to device" were successfully synced. Files with a status of "Stopped" were not synced to the device. To add files there weren't synced back to the sync list, right-click the file and then select Add to Sync List. Using Ctrl-click or Shift-click, you can select multiple stopped files at one time and then when you right-click and select Add to Sync List, they'll all be added to the Sync list.

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