If you own a smartphone, you will find that you can do so much with it. After all, you essentially have a miniature computer that helps you to keep organized, stay connected with other people, play games, keep on top of your finances and so much more right at your fingertips. You will find that it is sometimes necessary to manage your smartphone with your computer. This will ensure that your device is up to date and that you can ensure sufficient space on it.

iPhone

There are three smartphone types that are the most popular at this time. These include the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 8. With an iPhone, managing your device through your computer is a must as it relies on iTunes to function. You can download apps and music on the program and sync your iPhone to add this content and keep everything up to date. By connecting your iPhone to your computer via the USB cable that came with it, iTunes will instantly launch, recognize your phone and begin syncing. If there is a new version of iOS, iTunes or your iPhone itself will also alert you and you can install it.

Of course, you can also back up your photos on your iPhone by clicking on the link “Open folder to view files” that appears in the new popup window upon connecting it to your computer. You can cut and paste or copy and paste images from your iPhone to your computer to back them up and save storage on the phone as well.

Windows Phone 8

With a smartphone that runs on Windows Phone 8, you can essentially sync it simply by connecting it to your computer. You can view and manage photos from your camera roll and saved pictures, your music and even ringtones. Windows Phone utilizes the simple drag and drop rule that makes it easy to manage your phone. You can also use the Windows Phone app on your computer to make managing your content even easier. You can get it from the Windows Phone Store. You can also install apps on your phone directly through the Store.

Android

To manage your Android smartphone from your computer, you will have to connect it with its USB cable and log into your Google account. Your Google account is essential in your Android phone and allows you to access all of your accounts, from your email, Google Play, Google+ and more. With your smartphone connected to your computer, go into your phone’s settings and click “Accounts,” “Google” and then “Add Account” if you are a brand new user. You will be required to choose a name for your Gmail account, and from there, you will be able to go to Google Play on your computer and sign in with your new account. Check the left hand panel of your screen and click on “Apps.” You can then search through categories of apps from Google Play to choose which you want to install on your Android smartphone.