I plugged in my HTC 8X into Windows 8 and not much happened. Zune and Windows Media Player do not recognise it as a device. I can see the contents of the device in Windows Explorer and it is listed in PC Settings -> Devices. Windows Phone Connector on Mac seems to work with it.

How can I sync my music (and perform other Zune functionality) on a Windows Phone 8 device to a PC?

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    WMP should recognize your phone as plugable media device. At least it does for my Lumia 920. However, I want to note that there is an entry on UserVoice to continue zune support. It already received about 10k votes. – Aschratt Jul 17 '13 at 6:44

For Windows Phone 8, you can no longer use Zune to sync to your PC.

With Windows 8, they've instead provided the Windows Phone app or the Windows Phone 8 app for desktop.

Either one will sync music, photos, videos, and ringtones between your phone and your computer. They will also sync with iTunes.

Additional information for other O/S versions:

To sync Windows Phone 8 with Windows 8 RT, use the Windows Phone app.

To sync Windows Phone 8 with Windows 7, use the Windows Phone 8 app for desktop.

To sync Windows Phone 8 with a Mac, use Windows Phone app for Mac.

For the Windows 8 or the above 3 O/S versions, you can also use Windows Explorer to copy things between your phone and computer.

For other O/S versions, your only option is Windows Explorer.

  • how about connecting a Windows Phone 8 to a Windows 7? Will Zune work for this? – franklins Dec 8 '12 at 1:12
  • @franklins - No. Zune is no longer usable at all with Windows Phone 8. I've added info to my answer above for Windows 7 and other O/S versions. – lkessler Dec 8 '12 at 5:30
  • You can also use Windows Media Player...although it is quite slow and I found it to create duplicates of existing songs. – row1 Dec 11 '12 at 0:17
  • It might be worth noting that the Windows Phone 8 App for Desktop is a bit limited, I've found that (for example) it will happily sync playlists but not actually sync the SONGS, why would I want the playlists without the actual songs? 8-( – Richard Lucas Apr 23 '13 at 13:57
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    Oh my god i've spent like a year trying to figure this out!! :@ Thank you ikessler! – Subby Jun 3 '13 at 15:02

Go to File Explorer after you have plugged your phone.

You should be able to see a folder -> Phone -> Ringtones.

Copy the ringtones, and you are all set.

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