Need To Hook Your Cellphone To Your Laptop?
Different people may need to hook their cellphone to their laptop for a variety of reasons, this includes email synchronising, calendar and appointment keeping, web browsing, downloading photos or uploading ringtones etc.
We receive various enquiries from our visitors asking what is the best way for them to be able to hook their cellphone to their laptop, this will depend largely on what type of communication options you have on both your cellphone and your laptop.
The most common methods of cellphone to laptop communications are Bluetooth
, and USB to Data cable
Bluetooth function is largely generic in its methods of connecting, basically you need to activate BT function on the phone and the laptop and have them discover each other to form a connection. This is a simplified explanation but it's not difficult to do, remember if you do have problems to refer back to the user manual for the phone or get on the net to troubleshoot, this applies to all the connection methods we refer to.
The phone manufacturer software suite would also be involved here for proper communication, though be warned that not all cellphone manufacturers software suites work as well as they should, this is particularly true for Nokia's software. There are other software packages from aftermarket companies available online that work for particular phones and some of these are free.
Infrared is a line of sight connection, much like the technology in our TV remote controls. Once again Infra needs to be enabled on both devices and they MUST have a clear line of site from one
device to the other. Data transfer with Infra is normally controlled from the laptops native software, so no special software is normally required.
The third option to hook your cellphone to your laptop would involve a direct link via a physical cable from one device to the other. The cable will normally have a USB connector on one end and a proprietary connection for your cellphone at the other. The phone manufacturer's software suite would also be involved here for proper communication.
Some cellphone manufacturers will supply the software and cabling required with the phone itself. If they don't then the software can usually be downloaded from their website. I recently bought a Nokia phone which came with neither the cabling or software so I've had to buy an aftermarket cable to hook my cellphone to my laptop.
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