Here are answers to some common questions about syncing a device in Windows Media Player.
For more information about syncing a device, see Set up a device to sync in Windows Media Player.
You can sync to a wide choice of devices, including portable media players, storage cards, and some mobile phones. Refer to the documentation that came with your device to determine whether you can sync to your device.
The Player can sync most audio and video files, and pictures in JPEG format stored on your computer. Not all devices support all file types, however, so you should refer to the documentation that came with your device for information about the file types it supports. Note that you can't sync streamed files.
The Player syncs your entire Player Library by default if your media device has a storage capacity greater than 4 gigabytes (GB). If your Player Library grows over time, eventually it might no longer fit on your device, and after which, the Player prioritizes the playlists in your Player Library to sync your favorites first. Then, while syncing, lower priority files are removed from the device to make room for higher priority files. (The files remain in your Player Library.) The Player prioritizes your playlists in the following order (some playlists might not apply if your device doesn't support playing or viewing the file types in the playlist):
Playlists you have created
Music auto-rated at 5 stars
Music added in the last month
Music that you rated at 4 or 5 stars
Music played in the last month
Pictures taken in the last month
Pictures rated at 4 or 5 stars
TV added in the last week
Video rated at 4 or 5 stars
Music played the most
To check which files are included in a playlist, do the following:
In the Device Setup dialog box, click a playlist to see which files will sync as part of the playlist.
If your device has a storage capacity of less than 4 GB, you will need to sync your device manually. For more information about syncing manually, see Sync manually in Windows Media Player.
Yes. If you have a device that supports copying from the device to the Player Library (sometimes called "reverse sync"), you can copy a file from your device to your computer. If the device recognizes the files as new, and you have an automatic sync relationship, then the files will be automatically copied to your computer. To manually copy files from your device, connect the device to your computer, and then do the following:
In the navigation pane, click the arrow next to the device, and then, in the list under the device, click the media type (for example, Music) for the file or files you want to copy.
All media files on the device of the selected type will be displayed in the details pane.
Drag the files you want to copy from the details pane to the list pane in the Sync tab, and then click Copy from device.
If you delete a file that is in a sync list from your Player Library or computer, the file will also be deleted from your device and from the sync list the next time you sync. If you delete files from your device, the files won't sync again.
For more information about deleting files from your device, see How do I prevent a file from syncing to a device in Windows Media Player?
Yes. If your device syncs automatically, the Player starts to sync every time you connect the device to a computer. If you want, you can turn this option off by doing the following:
In the Device Setup dialog box, clear the Sync this device automatically check box.
The next time you connect the device, you will need to sync manually. For more information about syncing manually, see Sync manually in Windows Media Player.